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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?
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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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Lacoste racquet string setting for beginner level

I am beginner and plan to purchase Lacoste Lacoste L20L Tennis Racket. What would be good String upgrade choice for beginner level. I was thinking about Tecnifibre Triax - 15L, however, I am not sure ...
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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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Who will serve the opening game of a set? [duplicate]

Who will serve the opening game in set 2 after tennis player A served the first game of set 1. But tennis player B served the last game in set 1.
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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 are let speeds not shown at Wimbledon?

Annoyingly located in the far corner of many tv tennis courts (right where it very often ends up out of frame or behind the chair umpire when watching on tv) is a display that shows the speed of the ...
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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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What happens if Hawk Eye determines a call was wrong, but no player challenged the call?

I'm watching the 2021 Australian Open men's singles final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. In the first set, with the score 3-3 and Djokovic serving, Djokovic won one of the points when ...
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High Level Tennis Leagues Europe

I am a high school senior looking to take a gap year before I head to college and play D1 tennis. I am looking for top level tennis leagues that I can play in for that year abroad. I am aware of the ...
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Do tennis players need to reach a certain ranking to be able to turn pro?

I was looking at the ATP rankings and years the players turned pro and I couldn’t understand what is the criteria for players to be able to turn pro? I always thought that as soon player start to play ...
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Backspin takes tennis ball over the net and back, but hits the player who hit it?

I had a strange situation on court and I don't know who wins this point. Player 1 hits a ball with a ton of backspin which lands on players 2 side of the net. The backspin causes the ball to bounce ...
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Why does the NCAA limit how much time coaches can spend with players?

I was reading the New York Times article "A Deep U.S. Open Run Becomes a Pitch For College Tennis" which says, One of the major disadvantages of college tennis is that the N.C.A.A. limits ...
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Are underarm serves fair in tennis? If so, why are they looked upon as a means of disrespect?

As my title says all about the question, are underarm serves a fair thing in tennis? Because the reaction of Chris Garin says me otherwise when Alexander Bublik served him an underarm serve. I was ...
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I-formation in doubles tennis

What is the rational behind the I-formation in doubles tennis? What are some considerations when using this strategy?
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In which Wimbledon womens final or semi-final (we think) late 1970s to early 1980s, did the umpire have problems with his microphone?

My grandfather was a sound engineer at Wimbledon, and my family all remember rushing to look at the TV to see him fixing the umpire's microphone. We're trying to find a recording of this incident, ...
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Did Novak Djokovic just enter the Vienna Open (Erste Bank Open) to pass the time?

After the quarterfinal match in the 2020 Vienna Open between World No.1 Novak Djokovic and unseeded Lorenzo Sonego, Instagram and Twitter have been flooded with the comments like, "Novak let ...
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How do you do a kick serve?

I typically do a hard flat first serve and then a slice second serve, but I'm curious to know the fundamentals behind adding "kick" to a serve for higher bounce.
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Does an Eastern forehand grip provide more precision compared to a semi-Western grip?

I've been experimenting between Eastern and semi-Western grips for my forehand. When I was hitting, I felt like the Eastern grip forehand provided much more precision (almost an unbelievable amount) ...
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Has any player beat both of the Williams sisters in singles games within a week?

Victoria Azaranka beat Serena Williams 2-1 on September 10th, 2020 at the US Open semis. She went on to beat Venus Williams 2-0 on September 16th, 2020 at the Italian Open. The timing worked nicely ...
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Song played in and out of commercial breaks for the 2020 US Open Women's Final

There was a song played in and out of the commercial breaks for the 2020 US Open Women's Final on ESPN. It's sung by a male and the lyrics are as follows: We'll be the last ones standing Be a light ...
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2020 US Open theme music

Before or after a match, there is a pop song that is played repeatedly on TV. In the song, I hear a woman and chorus singing together. What is the name of this song? How do I find out about the ...
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Has a top seed tennis player been disqualified from a grand slam tournament before?

Novak Djokovic, the top seed of US Open 2020 (and world #1 as of the start of the tournament) was defaulted from his 4th round match against Carreno Busta after hitting a line judge with a ball. This ...
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What determines who sits to the umpire's left or right?

When players arrive on court, they'll put down their bags and towels on seats to the umpire's left and right. Is there a rule that determines who sits where, or is it simply that the first player ...
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What happens if a tennis player challenges a decision for his opponent

Typically tennis player can challenge a certain number of decisions. If they lose the challenge, they lose one of those “challenges”, but if they are right they don’t. So, they could possibly ...
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Can a player in a lawn tennis match request that the umpire be changed?

If, during a lawn tennis match, one or both players request the match commissioner or the tournament organisers to substitute the umpire of the match, can the request be granted for any reasons at all?...
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How to give 100% effort in sports

I have the following problem. I play tennis if this is helpful, but i think this is more a psychology thing. I often do not play at 100% effort. This is in the training as well in the real game. All ...
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Does learning by teaching apply also in sports?

I like explaining programming skills and mathematical theories to others because in the teaching or writing process I can learn more than I study alone. Some theories in education psychology also ...
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Tennis: Ball In or Out? Hawkeye vs Frame-by-Frame Video

I was under the impression that line calling is done in the following way. Freeze time at the moment the base of the ball first touches the ground. Take a "bird's eye view" of the ball, ie ...
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Why do tennis players get penalized for breaking racquets?

Breaking a racquet out of anger or frustration is a common sight in tennis, both on the men and women's tours. They normally get a code violation or monetary fine for doing so, sometimes both. I can ...
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How to beat a fast and consistent tennis player?

This is the player I have tried, but can barely get games on her: Lower 5.0 - very fast, probably the fastest in the league. Self taught ugly strokes, flat forehand but uses a forehand western grip. ...
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What does T mean in ATP rankings

On the atptour site, next to the player's ATP rank there is the letter T. What does it mean? https://www.atptour.com/en/players/rogerio-dutra-silva/sc73/rankings-history
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One-handed backhand in tennis

What are the fundamentals of a one-handed backhand? What grip should I use? How should I position, and what should the technique be like during the stroke?
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Are Davis Cup matches accepted as official matches, do they appear in the players' stats?

Are Davis Cup matches counted as official matches for the players?
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