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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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What is the difference between the statistics “First service” and “First service won”?

I am confused about these two statistics: - First service - First service won Can anyone tell what is the difference between them?
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Is there such a thing as a “body fault” when serving?

We know that a foot fault is when your foot touches the baseline before you make contact with the ball. However, what if your feet are planted, and your toss meets or exceeds the baseline, forcing you ...
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What are the most serve attempts for a single tennis point?

In Tennis, you usually have 2 attempts for a service. however under certain circumstances there are more serves made fot one single point, for example when the ball touches the net and then enters ...
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Most 5 set matches at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era?

What is the record for the most number of five-set matches at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era? Where does the 2019 US Open (27 five-set matches) rank in the all-time list?
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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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Why do some tennis broadcasts show the player's country next to their name?

For example, see this screenshot of the broadcast of the men's final from the 2018 Australian Open, between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUoA7E-VMAMDD0C.jpg They show ...
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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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All-winners semifinals in tennis

At the 2018 US Open, the semifinals had three 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 not, has it ...
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How are unseeded players, players with PR, qualifiers and wildcard positions determined in a Grand Slam singles main draw?

How are unseeded players, players with protected ranking, qualifiers and wildcards positioned in a Grand Slam singles main draw? Is it a generic random allocation or is it based on a formula/method ...
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What is the record for the longest 5-set winning streak by a player across tournaments?

What is the record for the longest 5-set winning streak by a player across tournaments? Nishikori is on an 8-match five-set win streak. Where does he stand in the all-time list for most consecutive 5-...
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What features should I look for when buying a tennis racket?

What are some things that a new tennis player should consider when buying a racket? In this case cost isn't a factor and the player has no idea what to look for.
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Why was Andy Murray allowed to play doubles in Washington without a wildcard or PR?

At the Citi Open in Washington 2019, Andy Murray played doubles with Jamie Murray. The team did not got a wildcard, nor was it a protected ranking (PR). Link to draw. According to this answer on ...
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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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Is there a difference between a service winner and an ace in tennis?

As a tennis player and fan myself, this has always been a question that I have wondered about. I know that an ace is when a serve that is in the box goes through untouched. Is a service winner a serve ...
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Is Roger Federer's 65 consecutive Grand Slams a record?

In 2016, Roger Federer missed a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, the French Open. This was the first Grand Slam he had not competed in since the since 2000 Australian Open, i.e. 65 ...
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Does a tennis player lose point if he hits opponent with racquet due to follow through over the net?

Tennis Player hits opponent with racquet due to follow through over the net when opponent is very close to the net. Does he lose the point.
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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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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 do tennis players get into tournaments?

In tennis, I know there are multiple ways to enter a tournament (if there are more, I've never heard of them): direct entry wildcard qualifying How does a player get in using these methods? I'm ...
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Is it ok to stop my serve when I've already started my racquet forward?

In a match last night, I was serving, threw the ball in the air, and started swinging my racquet. Just before I hit the ball, I stopped my racquet and caught it because I didn't like the toss. Did I ...
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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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Does calling 30-30 “deuce” in tennis affect the game scoring?

As an IT guy I cannot avoid the observation that the states "30-30" and "40-40", "deuce", have the same outgoing transitions in the state machine "tennis game": From both scores a two point difference ...
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Why is casual tennis scoring 5-30-40?

This question asks why tennis is scored 15-30-40, and I'm very satisfied with the answer. Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40? Some players use 5-30-40 for scoring casual games. Where does ...
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How are matches decided in Laver cup?

The Laver Cup takes place every year between 6 players from Europe (plus a substitute) and 6 from the rest of the World (plus a substitute). They play three singles and a double every day for three ...
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Abbreviations on tennis tournaments

Abbreviations on tennis tournamentss. I know LL (lucky loser), SE (special exempt) , PR (protected), W (wild card), Q (qualifier), but now there is (O) appearing next to names. What is (O) qualifying ...
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Is it possible for a tennis match to last forever?

I ask this because in 2018 John Isner and Kevin Anderson had a set that latest for 50 games in one set. And in 2010, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut had a set lasting 138 games. I understand that to win ...
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Can the same person play all matches in the Fed Cup?

I know that a team from a country consists of max 4 players. Of the total 4 singles matches played at the Cup, I've always observed that a single player only plays in at most 2 matches. I was ...
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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 Djokovic - Federer 2019 the first Wimbledon match to have a tiebreak in the final set?

Right now, a tiebreak is being played in the Wimbledon 2019 men's final between Djokovic and Federer. This is different from how it was before; in past Wimbledon tournaments, players were required to ...
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What is the record of a tennis consecutive games won?

Is there any official statistics that show who has won many consecutive games in a particular court? I can only find those relative to winning streak of sets.
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Grass tennis compared to hard court

What are the differences between playing tennis on grass compared to hard courts? What adjustments do professional tennis players make for grass court season?
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Has a ATP / WTA / Grand slam ever been rained out?

If during a ATP / WTA / Grand slam tennis tournament, rain falls consistently for the entire 2 weeks, would the tournament just be cancelled? Has this ever happened in a grand slam? Is there an actual ...
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Which tennis matches are best of 5?

I am researching statistical characteristics of tennis matches. I need to know reliably which tennis matches are best of 3, and which ones are best of 5. Is it strictly the case that only men grand ...
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Why doesn't Wimbledon have final set tie break?

Wimbledon is the only tennis grand slam that doesn't have a final set tie break. This means that there is no maximum number of games in the 5th set (for men). Famously John Isner and Nicolas Mahut ...
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Most 5 set matches won in a row

Alexander Zverev 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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Is there a tennis Grand Slam winner with a lower career high ranking than #15?

I was involved in a discussion on the "worst" singles Grand Slam winner and we were trying to think of the player with the lowest career high ranking as a possible candidate. Mark Edmondson was dug ...
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Are tennis rackets checked by officials before matches?

Following this question I started looking for evidence that rackets in tennis were checked by officials, at least on the ATP tour, but couldn't find some. I was able to find the regulations for racket ...
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Is my tennis racket damaged?

I bought a second-hand tennis racket last weekend and I wanted to change the main grip. I wanted to remove the adhesive remains but it was way harder than usual. Then I realized there was a plastic ...
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How to choose your first tennis racket?

I'm in my third year of high school and planning to go out for the school's tennis team, without having ever played tennis before at all (hit the ball yes, played? no). I'd like to know which types of ...
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Cleaning up tennis ball as simple as possible

Just brought some tennis balls (some normal, some beach) and play until dirty. So, how do I get it clean up with the least damage done to the tennis balls? (Had done some research online and it was ...
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Are there any rules in Tennis regarding deliberately aiming the ball at the player?

If a player decides to employ a strategy of deliberately hitting his opponent to try to intimidate or injure them, it would be considered unsportsmanlike but would it be against the rules? If not, ...
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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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Serving over the sideline

As far as I know in table tennis, it is not allowed to serve over the sideline i.e. on the first hit of the ball, it is not allowed that the ball will go over the side of the table on the opponents ...
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Tennis tiebreak in doubles

What are the rules for a tiebreak in doubles tennis, particularly with service? What are the similarities and differences between a doubles tiebreak and a singles tiebreak?
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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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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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Who calls tennis serves in or out when no referee is present?

Regarding doubles match: On our opponent's 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. Our opponents said ...
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What is the most match points saved by a tournament winner?

Recently Martin Kližan won ATP tournament in Rotterdam. On the way to the final he saved 8 match points (5 against Batistuta Agut and 3 against Mahut). What is the record for the most match points ...