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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 ...
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Why does a tennis ball have a curvilinear oval that goes around it?

Tennis balls are mostly covered with felt, and they have a white curvilinear oval that goes around them. Is there any reason tennis balls have that oval, instead of just being completely covered with ...
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What are the fundamentals of a tennis forehand?

What should one consider when making a forehand stroke in tennis, and what should you look to avoid?
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Championship points decided by a net cord?

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 cord by Becker. Have ...
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Why so many “bye” in ATP Indian Wells?

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/scores/current/indian-wells/404/draws 32 in the first round are listed as "Bye" (not counting lucky losers). Is this normal or something happened? I found http://www....
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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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It is allowed in tennis play a ball externally from the net?

Is it possible to play a ball from a very lateral position to the near bottom corner so that the ball pass to the left to the net? Are there any differences on the fact that the ball pass at a height ...
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Maximum match point saved in a tennis match?

What is the record of saved match points in a ATP/WTA tennis match? And what about limited at grand slam matches? I mean that player who saved match points finally wins the game
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Why is the word Love used as a score for Tennis?

I have never understood this form of scoring. What is the origin of this score "title".
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How many of Junior Grand Slam Winners made it to ATP/WTA Top 10?

I know that Federer won a Junior Grand slam in past and then later he become number one. But how many of Junior Grand Slam Winners make it to pro tennis and reach top 10?
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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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What else can I do to my tennis racket to keep the ball in the court?

I like to swing fast and hard....very hard. I get my stress out. But even with a head light tennis racket, on which I've weighted the handle, and top spin, my hits go too far. I once borrowed a ...
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Why don't tennis match-ups always follow seedings?

Unlike the NCAA Tourney, #1 doesn't necessarily play #16 (or #32)
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Tennis men's or women's singles - most matches played to win a single tournament

What is the most tennis matches a man or woman has had to play to win a WTA or ATP tournament in the open era?. At the ASB Classic in Auckland, NZ, Bianca Andreescu is playing the final tomorrow in ...
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Why don't Women play 5 sets in tennis? [duplicate]

What is the reason behind women do not play 5 sets in tennis.But play 90 minutes in football & 80 mins in rugby just like men?
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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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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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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 4....
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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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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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Are transgender people allowed to play tennis on the WTA/ATP tour?

Are transgender people allowed to play tennis on the WTA & ATP tours as their non-original gender? I know that Renee Richards was the first one to play at a Grand Slam, about 20 years ago. Does ...
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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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Why meldonium “almost” only in East Europe?

Meldonium has been considered a drug used for doping since Jan 1, 2016 and many athletes that used this drug in the past and did not stop have tested positive for it and have been disqualified or ...
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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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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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Has a “lucky loser” ever won an ATP or WTA tournament?

This question made me wonder if a "lucky loser" has ever won a big tournament (ATP, WTA etc.)? If it has happened, is there some kind of overview of all the players that did so?
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How does Hawk-Eye differ in tennis & cricket in terms of technology & philosophy?

What is the difference in terms of accuracy of Hawk-Eye technology when it comes to cricket and tennis? The tennis authorities throughout the world (except for the French Open and some clay court ...
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Why doesn't every match always use Hawk-Eye technology in tennis tournaments?

What is the point of having a lot of line judges, since everything can be done automatically by Hawk-Eye? I mean the microphone, that listens the ball touching the net, and Hawk-Eye, which knows ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is racquet abuse banned in tennis?

I am wondering what is the reason a player is not allowed to damage their racquet on purpose, assuming they have another to play with. I can see why such behaviour would be discouraged, but why is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...