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Questions tagged [tennis]

Questions about the sport of tennis.

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Dress code at tennis tournaments on clay

Could a player at a tennis tournament on clay wear an outfit (shirt, shorts, etc.) that is the same colour as the colour of the playing surface? Could this be used as an advantage against an opponent? ...
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Rolex Paris Masters 2018: Federer haven't decided

This is something that really confuses me. Federer obviously still haven't decided whether or not he's gonna participate in Paris Masters. Now, how can this be, since all the other players already ...
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I can't get Pure Drive Lite 2012 is 2015 Superlite with silicon in the handle gonna be the same thing?

I love my trainer's Pure Drive Lite 2012, the 2015 has difference balance and I am not sure if it is stiffer? I can't find 2012 Lite anywhere so I thought I would pick up 2015 Superlite and add ...
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What are the fundamentals of a serving toss in tennis?

On my tennis serve, how do I properly and consistently do the ball toss?
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Women's versus Men's pay in majors

Why are women compensated the exact same as men in major tournaments but only play maximum three sets to men's five? I don't find that to be equal?
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When do you switch ends of the court in tennis? [duplicate]

Including with respect to a tiebreak game.
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In tennis, what is the percentage of broken service games?

Looking at Befair tennis, what is the percentage of broken service games? If both players are fairly evenly matched, how many times does a player lose his service game?
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calling serves in/out

Regarding doubles match: On our opponents second serve to me, I called it out. Our opponents contested my call. My partner said she did not see exactly where the ball bounced. Out opponents said ...
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Can code violations be overturned?

When Serena Williams was awarded her third code violation during the recently concluded US Open Finals against Naomi Osaka, US Open Referee Brian Earley and WTA Supervisor Donna Kelso were also called ...
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Del Potro is ahead of Federer in the Race to London, but Federer is the one having qualified

After the US Open Federer has clinched his spot for the ATP Finals and Del Potro hasn't (see the news here). However, Del Potro has more points than Federer in the Race to London. How can this be? ...
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Portable lights for playing tennis at night?

I'm looking for a way to play outdoor tennis on unlit courts at night. I had the idea to bring some kind of portable lighting. Has anyone tried this? Is it effective? Is there a way to do this for a ...
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Tennis coaches can't coach during a match?

Serena Williams lost a tennis match yesterday at the 2018 US Open, but not without some controversy. [Williams was] penalized in the second set because of three separate game violations. Source ...
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All-winners semifinals in tennis

At the 2018 US Open, the semifinals of nearly consisted of four previous winners on the men's side. Has it ever happened in a major tournament that all four places were held by previous winners? If ...
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Server win percentage in tennis

In professional men's tennis, what percentage of games played on the tour are won by the server? I'm interested in the year-long data from a recent year (2017, 2016, ...).
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What will be the Davis Cup format from 2019?

Currently, the Davis Cup consists in a series of heats throughout the year (on February, March, May and November, if I recall properly), each one where the winner needs to get three matches to make it ...
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Changing sides in tennis

This site says: A player has to win six games, and at least two more than the foe, to claim a tennis match. Players switch sides after every odd game, as in the first, third and fifth games, and ...
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Correcting a tennis serve with too much rotational motion

By looking at videos of my service motion, I notice my movement is more rotational, i.e. the racket is moving from my back in the trophy position, round counter-clockwise (for right handed player) on ...
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What if the semi-finals are not completed before the scheduled start of the final?

In Wimbledon 2018, the first semi-final (Anderson vs Isner) of gentlemen's singles went on for 6 hours and 35 minutes on Friday, 13 Jul 2018. This caused the start of the second semi-final (Nadal vs ...
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Why is there no tiebreaker in the final set of a tennis match? [duplicate]

In a couple of recent gentlemen's singles matches in the ongoing Wimbledon 2018, the 5th sets have gone on to an unusual length: In one of the quarter finals, Kevin Anderson eventually won the 5th ...
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Do Professional Athletes Drink Gatorade, Powerade or Brands Such as High5, SiS or Torq?

I saw at the world cup that Powerade is the official energy drink. Are the players actually drinking Powerade? I would have assumed that they would drink a specialised drink, such as one from Science ...
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What does the ITF rulebook consider to be “the service motion”?

According to Rule 18b of the ITF Rulebook: During the service motion, the server shall not... touch the baseline or the court with either foot. What, exactly, constitutes "the service motion"? I ...
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When should I expect to start camping for tickets to Wimbledon's Tuesday games?

I want to queue for tickets to centre court or one of the other main courts. I have found plenty of advice for camping on Sunday night to start tickets for Monday, but nothing about camping on Monday ...
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Queueing at Wimbledon for a Grounds Pass: When Can I Expect to Get In?

I wish to get a grounds pass for Wimbledon. My plan was to get to the queue at about 7am. I have seen some people say that I wouldn't get in until 1pm doing so, however they are talking about show ...
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Why do many tennis players crouch-then-uncrouch before receiving a serve?

I’ve been watching quite a lot of tennis this year, and I’ve been noticing a tendency among many professional tennis players—particularly noticeable in women players, for some reason—to crouch down ...
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In which match did Djokovic successfully challenge a call but give away the point?

In which match did the following happen? (I can't for the life of me find it.) Djokovic hit a backhand hard crosscourt from inside the service box, approximately on the left tramline. Nadal was right ...
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Tennis movement while opponent is serving?

Our opponent was serving to my partner. I was moving my feet in place just to keep from being sedentary. Not wildly, just kind of shuffle back and forth in place. The server missed and blamed me ...
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Probabilities of winning as a function of sets played

In tennis, what are the probabilities of winning a player has as a function of sets played? Examples: 1-0 in a 3 set game 2-1 in a 5 set game However, if you include psychology (such as winning the ...
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Why are Wawrinka and Murray allowed to play in Queen's without wildcard?

This week the London Queen's Club tourney is taking place, the round of 32 started on Monday June 18th 2018. Stan Wawrinka is currently ranked ATP #261, and Andy Murry is ranked ATP# 156 According ...
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Most 5 set matches won in a row

Alexander Zeverev won 3 consecutive 5 set matches in 2018 Roland Garros before losing to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. What is the record for most consecutive 5 set match wins in the history of ...
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How are doubles tennis players matched?

I have a few questions regarding doubles players playing together on the mens', womens' and the mixed tournaments. How are the doubles tennis players partnered up? Is this totally based on players' ...
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How are ends chosen to start a new set following a tie-break?

After a tie-break, how is it decided which end to start serving from in the following set? Do players get a choice or do they keep the current end for one game or swap immediately?
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How to handle a short ball which has dropped below the level of the net

If I am a bit late to a short ball which has dropped below the level of the net I tend to hit up fairly crudely and the ball will land somewhere in no mans land which can be easily attacked by an ...
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Record of consecutive sets won

Rafael Nadal, recently won his 50th consecutive set on Clay in his match against Diego Schwartzman in 2018. This apparently moved him in front of John McEnroe who won 49 consecutive sets on carpet in ...
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What would I have to track during each point to get detailed tennis match statistics

I am looking to keep stats for upcoming tennis tournament and I am wondering what would I have to track play by play to get good match statistics. For example should I track every shot in the rally ...
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Why was junior Italian player Viviani disqualified for accidentally hitting a ballboy?

In this video you can see Italian player Viviani at the Australian Open. Apparently, at the end of an exchange, she hit the ball with her racket and this hit a ballboy. This was completely accidental, ...
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ATP rankings - is this true?

If Federer wins Indian Wells and makes Miami SF at least, and Nadal does not play Miami, would I be correct in thinking that he cannot lose the #1 ranking (EDIT: to Rafael Nadal) till Halle at least? ...
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Why are 7 non-compulsory tournaments included in Marin Cilic's ATP ranking?

I understand that only 18 tournaments (19 if qualified for ATP Finals) are considered for ATP rankings of which 4 grand slams and 8 masters (excluding Monte Carlo) are compulsory. If a player fulfills ...
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History of rule changes in tennis [closed]

What were the changes in professional tennis' rules (e.g., the doubles reforms of 2006) in the currrent century? Links to the ATP rulebooks in which those rules are stated might suffice as an ...
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Are advantage or tiebreaker sets more common?

In tennis, what type of sets are more commonly played, advantage sets (where one player must win by two clear games) or tiebreaker sets? I'm wondering because I'm writing scoring logic for a tennis ...
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Who can qualify for the Australian Open?

I apologise if this question may sound ridiculous. I would like to know if there are any limitations to qualify for the Australian Open. For example, to qualify for the WTA Finals, WTA players ...
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What do these numbers mean in the tennis WTA calendar?

Take a look at the rectangle in this picture. I understand that M stands for the whole amount of participants (it is like "S" for Singles). Q stands for qualifiers. D for doubles tournaments. X ...
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How many tournaments is a professional tennis player required to play in a year?

How many tournaments does a professional tennis player have to play in a year? I am looking to understand the workload of a top ten player in view of the complaint by Rafael Nadal during the 2018 ...
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Is it easier to hold serve in tennis doubles than in singles?

I've read somewhere that in doubles it's easier to hold one's serve, and as a consequence in average there are not as many consecutive breaks as in singles; but no explanation or reference was given. ...
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Last tennis players to win Grand Slam on home soil

Who are the last male and female singles' tennis players to win a grand slam on home soil? In other words, which male and female Australian, French, British and American athletes most recently won ...
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What does the superscript used in tennis scores mean?

In the score below, what do the 7 and 4 superscripts mean in the first set?
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What is written on the last ATP finals trophy?

I was wondering what do they write on these trophies, what material they are made of too. Couldn't find this in Internet.
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Championship points decided by a net court?

In 1988, Boris Becker dramatically beat Ivan Lendl in 5 sets in the Masters tournament at Madison Square Garden. The final set went to tie breaks, ending with a backhand net court by Becker. Have ...
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Singles net at ATP

Why they don't use a singles net at the ATP Finals. Also on other big tournaments they often use the doubles net. Is there a rule, when a turnament is supposed to have a singles net or is it a ...
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Tennis ATP World Tour Finals Scheduling

My question is to ask how the scheduling for the WTFs is done. I understand the grouping. There is Group A and Group B with the following properties: seed 1 is assigned A or B uniformly at random (50-...
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Is hitting a foam ball against a wall in training detrimental to my tennis?

I have recently begun hitting a foam ball against the wall to improve my volleys, since I have been playing more doubles lately. I think the benefits are reduced noise and it is not so hard on my arm ...