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How to take advantage of an opponent's second serve

On two matches I lost recently, I thought I hadn't taken advantage of my opponent's serve. One had a pretty short and dinky with a some weird spin (she had some shoulder problem). The other one had ...
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Why are tennis balls not airtight?

I know tennis balls go flat (even if all they do is sit there) because the interior of the ball is actually pressurized above normal atmospheric pressure, and over time some of the air leaks out. The ...
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Can a player stretch into opponent's court to play a shot?

If you touch the net while playing a shot, you lose a point. (I remember seeing Federer lose a point a few years ago, as he fell on the net after hitting a smash shot.) However, a player could stand ...
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Playing against a very athletic player - singles tennis strategy

What kind of strategy should you use when you play against someone who plays at a higher level than you, but is still beatable on a bad day? This particular player is very athletic, but she doesn't ...
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Which is better one-handed backhand or two-handed backhand? [closed]

I've tried both backhands but i prefer one-handed backhand because of reach and disguise of dropshots and mobility, I know one-handed backhand is dying art right now because it's hard to master ...
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How are points in the ATP/WTA ranking computed in case tournament final is delayed (and finished during the following week)?

It happens quite often that a tennis tournament is not finished on Sunday. Due to weather or other reason. A few examples (I wanted to include various leves - Grand Slam, ATP Tour, ATP Challenger ...
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Which is more effective against a net volleyer, backspin or topspin?

If the ball goes to my forehand, I find it more comfortable to use a really junky slice to their backhand, or depending where they are at the net. I find that they get to the ball, but mishit it 95% ...
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What causes the imbalance where back points towards the side after serving?

I am analysing the serving here where the player gets angular momentum not towards the field but to the side. where you see back pointing towards the side, bad. In comparison Federer 1m12s gets ...
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Net forehand with topspin to high balls: how to practise them?

I want to improve my forehand near the net. I hit ball to a wall with a specific target but the rebound is so fast that it is not really equivalent to high ball shots. How do you train forehand near ...
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Which strategies to use against aggressive tennis players?

Aggression spread aggression. It is easy just to follow the other player and bang harder back. You need to outsmart the other player somehow particularly if you are about the same level or you feel ...
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Same footwork in the volley-returning serve as in the basic volley near the net?

This question originated from the larger question here about returning aggressive serves. So Is the footwork in the volley-returning serve the same as in the basic volley near the net?
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What is the safest technique to return very aggressive serves?

I was recommended to break the earlier question here to parts to make it easier to answer. So What is the safest technique to return very aggressive serves?
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Techniques to return aggressive tennis serves?

I injured my forearm when I tried to return a fast aggressive serve at about 200km/h with basic forehand grip and backswing: the hit can extremely damaging to your ulnar nerve more here (particularly ...
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How can Ferrer replace Raonic in the ATP Tour Finals?

So in the 2014 ATP Tour finals, Milos Raonic has pulled out with an injury but he is being replaced by David Ferrer. ...
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Measure a tennis racquet grip size

I have an old aluminum tennis racquet that I'm looking to replace after having broke its strings. I know neither my hand's grip size nor the racquet's grip size, but I do know that the racquet is the ...
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Will the ATP Year End No. 1 be awarded after the ATP World Tour Finals or the Davis Cup finals?

Currently, in the ATP rankings, Roger Federer is, effectively, just 490 points behind Novak Djokovic with two tournaments, namely ATP Masters 1000 Paris & the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer, ...
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What was format of tennis year-end championships in the past?

I wonder how the rules and format of the year-end championship in the ATP tour and WTA tour evolved. For example I notice that in 1985 men played knock-out tournament, whereas in 1986 the ...
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Tennis finals winner with two lose?

Today A. Radwanska reach the semifinals in Singapore in the WTA finals after two losing match during the round robin. When in the past a tennis player (man or woman) won the finals after losing two ...
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How many tennis players have finished the year as Slam-less World No. 1?

Roger Federer is very close, theoretically & somewhat practically, to finishing the calender year as World No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam this year. How many tennis players (both men ...
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What are the main differences between Challengers and Futures tournaments?

What are the main differences betwwen Challengers and Futures tournaments. Do conditions under which players may enter them differ? Are there differences in the way points are calculated in the ...
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What are importance technical differences between a squash forehand and a tennis forehand?

I have played tennis for about 10 years, and am a beginner at squash. What are the key differences between hitting a forehand squash shot and a forehand tennis shot, that I should be aware of as I ...
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Is there a tennis statistic about set-winners depending on who serves first?

I have a feeling that serving first in a set is an advantage. Is there a statistic like "X % of the sets were won by the player who served first"?
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Beach tennis rackets with most control?

I am trying to keep my tennis level high. Sometimes, I do not find any field to play tennis in Riga. So I think the good thing is to play beach tennis on badminton fields. I have now tested about 5 ...
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Maximum match point saved in a tennis match?

What is the record of saved match points in a ATP/WTA tennis match? And what about limited at grand slam matches? I mean that player who saved match points finally wins the game
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How often has an unseeded woman player gotten to/won the Finals in a Grand Slam tournament?

If unseeded Shuai Peng manages to beat Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open (unlikely in my opinion), she will face either Serena Williams or Ekaterina Makarova in the finals. And if ...
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In tennis, is there any advantage to decline the opening serve?

In football, the winner of the coin toss can elect to "receive" or "defer." The advantage of "deferring" is that you get to receive after halftime, meaning that teams will often elect this option. In ...
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Why are “walkovers” allowed in tennis tournaments?

Stan Wawrinka got a "walkover" in the third round of the U.S. open when his opponent had to withdraw from the match. We're not talking about a situation where a player was, say, injured mid-match, ...
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Is it worth fighting to hold serve in a losing set?

Suppose you're down a couple break points in a set, so you have no reasonable chance of winning it. You are serving in what would be the sixth (and set) game for your opponent. If you win the game, ...
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Are different skill sets required to excel at doubles, rather than singles tennis?

For example, America's Bryan Brothers excel at doubles tennis. Yet neither of them are recognized singles champions. Do they communicate/co-ordinate better than other doubles pairs? Are there other ...
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In tennis, how much is the server's advantage diminished if the game goes to “deuce?”

In tennis, the person with the serve has a clear advantage. This is is certainly true at love-love, where four points are needed to win a game. A server who lets the game go to "deuce" has squandered ...
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Is it possible to enter junior tournament based on ATP/WTA rankings?

Many players who are still eligible to play as juniors already enter enter senior tournaments. It is not uncommon to see, that some player plays qualifying at Grand Slam tournament and if they do not ...
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What does “grade” means for junior tennis tournaments?

When I look at calendar of junior tournaments on the ITF website, I see that each tournaments are given some kind of category: They are marked, for example, as Grade 1, ..., Grade 5, Grade B2, Grade ...
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What does “bagel girl” mean in tennis?

I encountered term bagel girl in connection with a tennis player. I understood approximately the meaning of this term from the context, but could some clarify it in more detail? Is there also male ...
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What is the destination of the used tennis balls from tournaments?

During the tennis tournaments, every 7 games the balls are changed. What is the destination of those used balls? I think there were a lot of balls every tournaments of that
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How can a top seed in a tennis tournament be a qualifier

I have noticed in this tournament (it is ITF Futures level) that the player, who is No. 1 seed in the main draw, also played qualification. (It shows that he was given wild card for qualifying.) How ...
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Undocumented Tennis Shots

I referred Tennis shots but didn’t see about looper and short angles. These two shots are helping a beginner like me to win some games. So, what are such gems like shots that are not documented in ...
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Has a player ever rallied from 2 sets down, 0-5 in 3rd set, 0-40 in 6th game?

Has there ever been a professional tennis match where one player lost the first 2 sets, lost the first 5 games of the third set, and was trailing 0-40 in the 6th game of the third set before rallying ...
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Why is there no ATP Masters series 1000 event on grass courts?

The ATP Masters series 1000 is the premier event in Men's tennis after the 4 Grand Slams. 1000 signifies the ranking points earned by the winner. There are a total of 9 Masters 1000 events throughout ...
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Does being good at table-tennis help when playing tennis

I'm a sport fan, playing ( at amateur level ) numerous sports. 10 years ago, I was quite good at playing table-tennis, participated in several amateur competitions. Even now I often play with my ...
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Why does the US Open have a tiebreaker for the fifth set?

The Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon do not use a tiebreaker in the fifth set for men and third set for women. They play that final set until someone gets a 2-game lead, no matter how many ...
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Are there any permanent points in ATP/WTA rankings?

For example: Nadal finished 1st at the end of 2013. If, by assumption, he doesn't win any match in 2014 will he have 0 (or under 500 points - assuming that qualifing to the main table of tournaments ...
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Tennis coaches who were former opponents of the players they coached

Brad Gilbert and Andre Agassi played 8 ATP matches before Gilbert retired as a tennis player and later became Agassi's coach. Amelie Mauresmo and Marion Bartoli played 5 WTA matches before Mauresmo ...
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Is the “makeup” of this year's womens' field at Wimbledon unusual?

In this year's Wimbledon playoffs, the top two women's seeds (Serena Williams and Li Na) have been ousted in the first three rounds. Going into the round of 16, there are only six players seeded 1-16, ...
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Elmer Shoop mens open tennis wimbledon [closed]

Does anyone know if footage exists of an American amateur tennis player who got into the men's open singles at Wimbledon in the 1960's and turned out to be an absolute rubbish player which caused big ...
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How changing tennis balls influence players using serve and volley?

I have heard on several occasions from TV commentators that the tennis balls are now faster, which means that serve and volley, once typical for grass court, is much less common nowadays. I have also ...
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Is table tennis based on tennis?

According to Wikipedia, tennis was first played sometime between 1859 and 1865, and table tennis was first played in the 1880s. I tried to do some research online, but couldn't find an answer. Was ...
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Durable tennis players with strings of monofilament, why?

The Babolat advertising here mentions the durability with players such as Rafael Nadal. According to google, durability means "the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage". I am not sure what ...
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Tennis strings with the ulnar claw hand repetition injury?

I am recovering from an Ulnar claw repetition injury, more here: apparently one reason is too tight synthetic narrow strings with extremely dense string pattern 16x19. I am still an amateur. I mostly ...
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All head-to-head matches between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer

It looks like there's only one official match between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer (their meeting in the 2001 Wimbledon). But they have also played at least 4 exhibition matches against each other: ...
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Which features are required from a heat-shrink sleeve for a tennis racket?

My grip size is 12cm 4 6/8 and I have a racket 4 3/8 with overgrip i.e. 4 4/8. It is not fit enough and getting some pain with it. I want to increase its size by 1/8 inches but which kind of ...