I had been playing with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 17 on the mains for some time, and had almost decided on xCel Premium for the crosses. Babolat offers a hybrid string package with VS Team 16 for the crosses. I have always loved playing with VS Team for the entire racquet, but it’s difficult to play 100% gut all the time in Texas weather. I felt that the 16-gauge cross would hold up better against the Pro Hurricane Tour ‘cutting into’ it, so wanted to give it a try.
Glad I did. I love the power and feel and still get good access to spin from the mains. I have to worry a bit in humid or sprinkling weather like this morning, but I’ve found if I put some powder or rosin over the strings before working out and after playing that they hold up quite well.