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Definition: The strings that run parallel to the long axis of the racquet. The main strings carry most of the burden of biting into the ball to produce spin. Small areas on each main string tend to rub against much longer sections of the intersecting cross strings, and this concentrated friction tends to make the mains break before the crosses.

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