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After battling their way through the U.S. Tennis Association’s playoff system to earn an unlikely spot in the U.S. Open, Melichar wouldn’t trade Battistone as a doubles partner for anything.

His racket? “Ummmmmm,” she said. “It works for him.”

By switching from one grip to the other, Battistone says he gets full reach on each side and creates better angles on his groundstrokes and volleys.

“It gives me some advantage on different shots,” he said. “The whole premise of it from the inventor’s perspective is, it’s more healthy to use each side of the body equally.”

With Battistone fluidly switching grips, switching hands during his doubles match, it was sometimes hard to tell he’s using a radically different racket.

That crazy jump serve is a different story: Battistone lines up about two feet behind the baseline, jumps and tosses the ball with his right hand, switches the racket over to that hand, then explodes into the ball and lands a couple of feet in the court.

“It’s like a spike in volleyball,” he said. “Works for me a lot of the time. But not today.”

Indeed, Marrero is no stranger to the two-headed monster of Battistone and his racket. They’ve played before, and in the 7-6 (3), 6-3 win Friday, Marrero said he wasn’t fazed by all the nonconforming action moving toward him.

“Lots of strange angles,” Marrero said. “You just really have to make sure you stay very focused when his shots are coming at you.”

A good strategy no matter who’s on the other side of the net.

Certainly, Battistone would second that.