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How many times have the Big 3 lost a 5 set match without earning a break point?

On January 26th 2024, Novak Djokovic lost his Australian Open semis match to Yannick Sinner without having earned a single break point. Not only he didn't brake Sinner, he also didn't get a break ...
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How to set SMART goals for a sports performance skill that is hard to measure

I have been reading 'Building a Tennis Champion' and they talk about setting SMART goals. For the specific part they use an example of measuring first serve percentage. That is obviously something ...
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when playing court tennis, is the server's partner allowed to move during the serve

In doubles tennis, is the serving partner allowed to move 3-4 steps in the seconds before and during the serve? The incident is this - the server prepares to serve from the left. His partner stands by ...
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How to identify if legit or fake Babolat Pure Strik 16x19 racket [closed]

I am a new tennis player and would like to take it further. Currently I am planning on buying a tennis racket but I can only afford 2nd hand racket due to financial status. I saw a post online which ...
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(Why) are line judges not instructed to delay calls to avoid interference?

The following scenario is not uncommon in tennis: Player A hits the ball to Player B The ball lands right on the service/back/side line Almost simultaneously, — Player B takes the ball but misses (...
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Tennis rules question regarding serving out of sequence rule

In the UK, the LTA, basically the UK tennis governing body has a rule: If a player serves out of turn during a standard game, the player who was originally due to serve will serve as soon as the error ...
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Why are there no players who one handed on both sides?

I was wondering why there are no players that play forehand and backhand one handed but not both with their main hand. There were players doing both two handed or Nadal plays his forehand on his left ...
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Can woman tennis players participate in men's tournaments?

In chess it is often informally said that there are men's tournaments and women's tournaments. Actually it is not true. There are open tournaments, in which both men and women can participate. And ...
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Tennis grand slam trophies

How many different trophies were there at each grand slam? And where can I find some photos of them? For example Wimbledon trophy nowadays looks differently as the one Rod Laver once won. Roland ...
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Is it against the rules for tennis players to wear cleats on a grass court?

Watching Wimbledon, I saw Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams slip on the court. I'm sure there were many other instances in the past of players slipping. Can tennis players wear shoes with cleats/...
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Is there a special etiquette in mixed doubles tennis?

Though mixed doubles are rarely broadcasted on Television, they are a part of official Tennis tournaments, including the Grand Slams. I am wondering, whether on that professional level, there is any ...
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What was the smaller trophy that Djokovic received after winning the 2023 French Open?

During the trophy presentation for the 2023 French Open, Novak Djokovic received the official trophy for winning the tournament. Right after that, a girl walked up to him and gave him a much smaller ...
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The ball got stuck in the tennis racket. Whose point is it?

Yesterday I was playing tennis with my son, and literally on my match point, my son hit the ball, and then we didn't see it anymore. It turned out the ball had got stuck in the racket! Of course ours ...
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Why are tie-breakers considered service games?

If a 5-set match went 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, then not counting the tiebreaker, 1 player would have served 28 games, the other 25. This is a different of 3 games, which would never happen as players ...
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What is the rule in tennis doubles if the opposition change the sides they receive on

What is the rule in tennis doubles if the opposition change the sides they receive On? Ie “Jim” was receiving from the ad side for the first 11 games, then started on the deuce. I was in a match ...
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Tossing second tennis ball after a successful first serve

Some social tennis players hold two balls in their hand when they serve. If the first serve is successful, they toss the second ball behind them so that it rolls next to the wire fence and is out of ...
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Why was Petra Kvitova allowed to hit the ball before it had crossed the net?

During the 2023 WTA Miami Open Final, during a rally, Petra Kvitova reached over the net and hit the ball without it crossing the net to her side. She did not touch the net. The point was allowed; ...
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Can a tennis ball bounce multiple times and still be returned?

At 0:48, Djokovic intentionally waits for the ball to bounce twice and returns it to score a point. Can a tennis ball bounce multiple times and still be returned like this?
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Can world no. 1 in tennis play qualifying?

So apparently, Elena Rybakina who is world no. 10 would have to play qualifying at a recent WTA event if she wouldn't withdraw. I was wondering if it's possible that it would somehow happen that world ...
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Tennis: When playing doubles, is it not allowed for both players to be at the baseline?

What are the rules when playing doubles? If the serving player (or the one receiving the serve) is naturally positioned at the baseline, should his/her partner be at the net (or more generally, at &...
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how to serve (start of the rally) prediction in table tennis

I am working on a problem where I need to find the moment of service (start of the rally) in a table tennis game. start and end of a rally in a game - the moment when a player serves the ball and the ...
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Why are tennis cometitions called 'open'?

There are plenty of tennis competitions named 'open' such as the French Open, Australia Open, or Mexico Open. Is there any particular reason for this naming?
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Song played before commercial breaks at the 2022 US Open

There is a song playing heading into the commercial breaks, that says "get up" and "electric". Does anyone know the name of the song or who sings it?
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In tennis how to call a service ball close to the intersection of the service lines

What happens in tennis when a ball hits the 'service line' but you are unsure if it also touched the 'central service line' to call it in? For example in the drawing the player serving must throw the ...
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Difference between Men's and Women's Tennis balls?

While watching the 2022 US Open 1st Round match between Raducanu and Cornet, one of the commentators said something along the lines of the following: [...] the balls are different this year, they are ...
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What does "0" mean in the ATP Rankings?

On the ATP Tour site, in the ranking column, I see a "0" for some players and some weeks. What does this mean? I am trying to measure the strength of the field of Wimbledon over time, ...
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Has a tennis player ever hit a shot behind the umpire's chair that landed inbounds in a singles match?

There have been many tennis shots that went around the net post. But has any tennis player ever hit a shot that went behind the umpire's chair and still landed inbounds in a singles match? There are ...
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Full polys vs. hybrids (poly and natural gut)

What are the differences between using a hybrid string setup of natural gut and polyester strings, compared to a full bed of polys?
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Is women's tennis the only sport which is shorter than men?

Women's soccer is played for 2 halves at 45 minutes with 15 minute break in between, just like men https://yoursoccerhome.com/how-long-is-a-womens-soccer-game/ Yet, men have to play best of 5 sets in ...
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In team tennis matches, what is the purpose of numbering lineup positions by theoretical skill level?

Say, in a USTA adult league match or a NCAA match, what is the purpose of numbering lineup positions by theoretical skill level? For example, if teams are of four players, then the best player from ...
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what is the difference between series and tournament in tennis?

I am working on the ATP tennis matches dataset and I have a series column which contains International, ATP250, Grand Slam etc... and a tournament column which contains Wimbledon, Lyon Open etc... ...
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Is it a hindrance to wave your arms around at the net?

I’ve seen someone do this repeatedly, and when I told him that in a league setting some might consider it a hindrance, he insisted it’s not a hindrance.
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What are the rules regarding return of serve in tennis doubles?

I was playing up front in tennis doubles. The server hit a trick shot to my partner in the receiving court. The ball hit in the serve court near the center line, bounced and spun into my side. I ...
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Qualifying criteria to an ATP tournament

How many ATP points, or what ATP ranking, does a player need to participate in the qualification of an ATP 250 tournament? The rules do not seem clear on this point.
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In tennis why does the ballboy/girl crouch on one side of the court and stand on the other?

I notice if the ballboy/girl is on the left they always crouch, and if they are on the right they always stand. Why?
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Head Ti S6 - Restringing options - Beginner - Tension

I have a Head Ti S6 racquet, and I love it. I want to up my game by restring it. I am a beginner. I am thinking of Solinco Hyper-G. Racquet says string tension range 57LB to 62lb, while string say don'...
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How will lawn tennis ranking be affected by losing earlier than previous year?

Suppose a player has reached a higher stage in a tournament but failed to reach the same stage in the next year. Can you explain how the ranking will be affected for each stage worse they are placed ...
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How lawn tennis ranking is affected?

Can somebody explain in detail how a player's rank is affected when they lose against lower or upper-rank players in the different ATP tournaments? Is there a set metric for it?
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How many men's singles matches have ended with the same score in all five sets?

How many men's singles Grand Slam matches (or Davis Cup matches) have ended with the same score in all five sets? Like the 2002 Wimbledon QF where David Nalbandian defeated Nicholas Lapentti 6-4, 6-4, ...
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Why was the game replayed from first and not second serve during Medvedev-Djokovic final after music played?

During the US open final between Medvedev and Djokovic, at some point in the second set, on the 2-1 Djokovic and Medvedev serving, Medvedev missed his first serve giving Djokovic a chance to break him ...
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Trophies for tennis coaches

Is there an ATP/WTA or grand slam tournament where coaches win a trophy too when their player win the tournament?
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Can a tennis ball be in without touching the line?

[Yes, I know the ball can be in without touching the line if it’s on the inside, just couldn’t think of a better, succinct title.] Currently, the Nordea Open clay tournament is being played in Båstad, ...
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Why do tennis players blow on their fingers after a point?

It seems common these days for tennis players to blow on their fingertips after winning a point. I've noticed it particularly with the server: they'll do an arm pump with clenched fist then open the ...
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Is squash much more dangerous than tennis?

This article places squash on its list of sports with the highest risk of joint injury, while it places tennis on its list of lowest risk sports. Assuming proper protective equipment is worn (e.g. ...
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What do the tennis-ball ‘countdowns’ on scoreboards mean?

I’ve noticed during the first few Wimbledon matches this year (it may have been there before, but this is the first time I’ve noticed it) that on the court-adjacent scoreboards, right underneath the ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in weight between different brands of multifilament strings?

I recently got the strings changed on my Head Gravity Tour. Now it is noticeably more head heavy. To the point where it feels like a sledgehammer instead of its usual scalpel-like precision. It had a ...
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Double tennis serve hits opponent purposely [duplicate]

From the video Jelena Ostapenko hits Alize Cornet with a serve and wins point! | Wimbledon 2019, we can see that the serve has given a point. I wonder if they revenge back by serving the tennis ball ...
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Doubles positioning at the net during serve

In doubles (particularly at a 3.0 or 3.5 level), what should the net players consider when choosing where to position during the serve?
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In tennis how to find out the service side in the middle of the game?

I am new to tennis, both as a viewer and a player. I hope this is not the wrong place to ask a beginner question. So what happens is, after serving the ball I am too invested in the game and I don't ...
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Why is there no attempt to change the tennis scoring system? [closed]

Why does the tennis scoring system still remain as it is ? By that I mean the 0-15-30-40 progression. The obvious 1,2,3,4 progression makes more sense as it is simplistic and does not indicate ...
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