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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 ...
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Eyes in the contact point during follow-through?

This video (8min53s) mentions that eyes are always at the contact point even during the follow-through, I understand this so that the video generalises the observation to all ball games. I instructed ...
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Knuckleball in Tennis? Shot without spin?

Knuckleball in baseball is a ball without spin where the interaction with seams and the air fluids result into very sporadic flight paths that can change during the flight. I have observed ...
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How to throw ball straight up in tennis's serving?

I observed players of different skills and I noticed that one repeating mistake is in the fact that it is hard to throw the ball straight up, I have the same mistake. When serving with the ball going ...
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Does “size matter” in tennis?

Martina Navrátilová is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest woman's player of all time. At 5' 8" in height, she is above average (for a woman) in this regard. But one opponent who ...
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How do the different court surfaces at the majors affect the games and mix of players?

There have been a number of dominant tennis players in history who have won the "Grand Slam," that is, victories in all four opens, Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Opens, under varying ...
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ATP/WTA ranking during Grand Slam tournaments

As far as I know, the ATP and WTA ranking work approximately this way: Each week the points for tournament played that week are added. The points for tournaments more than 52 weeks old are dropped. ...
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Has there ever been a grand slam tennis match where every set has been won to love?

Has there ever been a score in a tennis match like 6-0 0-6 6-0 0-6 6-0 If not, what's the closest to that score in grand slams/major tournaments?
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Is it possible to lengthen a tennis racket?

I want to try the longest possible tennis racket meaning 29 inches long, USTA rules. I use Babolat Pure Drive (68.5cm long) but I want to get it 5.2cm longer to be able to hit as high as possible in ...
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How steep a hill does a low seeded (tennis) player have to climb?

It was shocking, but a low seeded player ousted Number 2 seeded Li Na in the first (women's) round of the French Open. My understanding is that the seeding is designed to prevent this from happening ...
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How many balls on tennis ground?

How many tennis balls does a player have to choose from at a time? I know every 7 games they play with new balls, but I do not know how many balls are in use at the same time.
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What is the reason Men play 5 sets & Women play 3 sets in a Grand Slam in Tennis?

In the ATP & WTA events, both Men & Women tennis players play best of 3 sets. But when it comes to Grand Slams, the Men play 5 sets. At the risk of sounding a misogynist, I always believe the ...
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Tennis shots with back towards the opponent?

A shot with back to opponent is difficult and can injure wrist while turning torso towards opponent or hit leg/knee. It can require flexibility in places such as back, shoulder and hands. Luckily, ...
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Safe volley grip and serving grip in Tennis?

Which is a correct and safe volley grip aka serving grip in Tennis? One where hand is clearly on the handle or the one where some fingers are resting on the handle? Images screenshot from the video ...
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On which tournaments the seeding does not follow ATP/WTA ranking?

Wimbledon uses seeding which gives advantage to players that are more successful on grass courts. (Although I am not sure how long have they used seeding in this way.) For example, in Wikipedia ...
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Do players get points into ATP ranking even for matches in qualifying rounds

All (or at least almost all) tournaments at ATP level have a qualifying competition, from which players can get into the main draw. Do players get some points if they win a match in the qualifying ...
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Is a person likely to realize most of their ultimate potential in a three-day tennis clinic?

I was reading a magazine article about a thirty-something actress who never played tennis before, took a tennis clinic, and in the course of a three day weekend, rose to "high intermediate" level (a ...
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What is the fastest recorded smash shot in tennis?

The fastest recorded tennis serve is about 260km/h but smash is far easier to do and shoot with far higher velocity. I am trying to find the maximum speed tennis players are able to shoot the ball and ...
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Speed of a tennis ball to tennis serving training feedback videos?

My friend suggest me non-interlacing progressive mode to my Sony Nex-3N with low shutter speed and a lot of light and one camera photographing the player and one camera photographing the ball. Is ...
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Do players get points for matches in Davis Cup and Fed Cup in ATP/WTA rankings

Do players, who represent their countries in Davis Cup/Fed Cup, receive also some points in ATP rankings/WTA rankings? If yes, is it for matches on any level? Or only matches in World Group? Are ...
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Double Handed Racket Usage

Is it allowed to play a racket game, like badminton or squash or tennis or table tennis, both left or right handed at the same time? So, if the ball or shuttle is played towards the backhand side, ...
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Device to analyse serving with topspin in tennis from the side?

My friend Timo mentioned that GoPro Hero 3 can connect to your phone with some lag. This opens me an opportunity to get immediate feedback about my tennis serving with topspin. I want to train serving ...
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How to choose overgrip to a tennis racket?

My tennis couch said that I should test as many overgrips as possible to find a grip which does not get slippery so fast and maintain the condition for a longer period. I tested Gamma overgrip that ...
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Independent training management with feedback to improve tennis shots?

It would be very useful after training tennis shots to immediately see the results. Also I would like to see how my shots are developing over time. Helper questions What kind of services are ...
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Any iPhone service to find training partners?

Services such as Tinder and Hot or Not can be used to find social partners but I would like to find a service by which you can find training partners such as other tennis players, CFT people and ...
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Is the elbow in the forehand tennis strike meant to be totally direct or little bit in angle?

I played my first serious match against a player in tennis who strikes over 200km/h. I got a little feeling of pain to my elbow when I passed balls back with a little angle in the elbow. Later I ...
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Meaning of shortcuts like “128S/96Q/64D/32X” for tennis tournaments

In several places, where you can find information about tennis tournaments (for example: 2014 WTA Tour or 2014 ATP World Tour at Wikipedia), there are often shortcuts like this: 28S/32Q/16D ...