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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 ...
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Longest time between ATP or WTA #1?

What is the longest time from the first to the last time that a player was ranked number 1 of the ATP/WTA rankings?
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What's the fastest grand slam tennis singles won

I'd like to know what's the fastest total time of all the matches played by any male and female tennis grand slam champion for the entirety of a single tournament. In other words, what's the shortest ...
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Does being good at table-tennis help when playing tennis

I'm a sport fan, playing ( at amateur level ) numerous sports. 10 years ago, I was quite good at playing table-tennis, participated in several amateur competitions. Even now I often play with my ...
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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 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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At what point does a player earn his prize money and points for getting to a certain stage in a tournament?

If a player pulls out of a match (eg. due to injury), do they still get the prize money and points for it? So say, player A has qualified for the australian open which has a prize money of 50k and ...
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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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When is the challenger awarded the point in tennis?

Tennis players are allowed to challenge line calls when the hawk-eye technology is available on court. Upon a successful challenge, I've seen the point getting reversed in some occasions and replayed ...
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Can a player challenge a chair umpire correction?

Players are often seen challenging out calls/non-calls by the linesmen, but when the chair umpire makes a call correction, can a player still challenge the corrected call?
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Why is Hawk-Eye not used on clay courts

I have never seen Hawk-Eye technology to be used on clay tournaments. French Open is running at the moment and it is not being used there. What are the reasons for not using this technology on ...
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Why is hawkeye not allowed to automatically correct a wrong call?

At tennis tournaments with hawkeye, a player is allowed 3 challenges to a call made as to whether a ball was in or not, and losing one challenge each time they are wrong. I can understand limiting ...
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Who was the youngest player to win an ATP challenger tournament?

Who was the youngest ever player to win a tournament on ATP Challenger Tour? We had similar question about ATP World Tour. I thought that knowing answer to a similar question about challengers might ...
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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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10 title at Montecarlo for Nadal is a record?

Nadal has won his 10th title on clay of Montecarlo, is this a record for winning of a single tennis tournament? I would like to consider only ATP/WTA tournaments from the Open Era that begins in 1968,...
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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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Who serves in the first game after a tiebreaker?

I'm watching the Federer-Roddick match in Miami. Roddick served at 5-6 in the first set. He ended up serving out the tiebreak, 7 points to 4. He then opened the second set on serve. How do they ...
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What is the destination of the used tennis balls from tournaments?

During the tennis tournaments, every 7 games the balls are changed. What is the destination of those used balls? I think there were a lot of balls every tournaments of that
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How many balls on tennis ground?

How many tennis balls does a player have to choose from at a time? I know every 7 games they play with new balls, but I do not know how many balls are in use at the same time. Is the rule the ...
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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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How to benefit from playing a racquet game with a player on a much lower level?

Suppose you're teaching a beginner how to play (let's concentrate on various racquet games for that matter). Do you have some tips on how the more experienced player can also benefit on some level ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Tennis scoring goes 15-30-40-game. Why 40? Why not 45? What is the meaning of the points being given in tennis as 15-30-40-game? What is the history of this scoring calculation?
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How are tennis mixed doubles seeds determined?

This is the Mixed-double draw of Wimbledon 2017. How are the seeds determined in Mixed Double tournaments considering that there is no general rankings?
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Are there additional conditions for qualifying to WTA Finals other than race rankings?

The Wikipedia article on 2017 WTA Finals1 has some brief explanation of how qualification for this tournament works. Based on the description given there it seems that simply the top players in the ...
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Laver Cup: Why are the doubles played without No-Ad rules

At the moment the new Laver Cup take place in Prague. Does anybody know, why the doubles are played without No-Ad rules? The champions tiebreak is played in every match including the singles, so why ...
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How does the serving and swapping side cycle work after the first set?

I know that when you start a match, you spin the racket or toss a coin and decide who serves first and who goes on what side. If you finish a set that's not a multiple of 4, say 6-3, does the person ...
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Probability of winning after playing a 5 set match

In the 4 majors of Tennis, the men in the singles competition need to play the best of 5 sets. From what I have seen, is that if a player plays a 5 setter and wins, they are going to have less of a ...
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Andy Murray's ranking at the beginning of 2018

According to Andy Murray's Facebook page: Unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the upcoming events in Beijing and Shanghai, and most likely, the final two events to finish the season in ...
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How is lucky loser decided in WTA tournaments?

Lucky loser used to be chosen as the highest ranked players among unsuccessful finalist of qualifying competition. Not so long ago ATP changed this rule in such way that lucky loser is chosen randomly ...
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Most love serve games

What is the record for the most love serve games in a tennis match for men and women? In tennis the word love is used to represent 0 points in a game. So by love serve game, I mean a server game won ...
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Serving advantage of tall players

Looking at the top 5 fastest recorded serves in tennis, it's noticeable that players who have hit these serves are relatively tall players. Sam Groth (263.4km/h) is 6'3" Albano Olivetti (257.5km/h) ...
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Measure a tennis racquet grip size

I have an old aluminum tennis racquet that I'm looking to replace after having broke its strings. I know neither my hand's grip size nor the racquet's grip size, but I do know that the racquet is the ...
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Which tennis number one played the fewest tournaments in a year?

Roger Federer is currently number 3 in the world with only 7 tournaments played this year, but is it possible for him to return to number 1 in the world in the ATP rankings this year. What is the ...
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US Open 2017 - draw movements after Murray's withdrawal

At the 2017 US Open, Murray (seed 2) withdrew 2 days before the tournament began, but 2 days after the draw had been posted. After his withdrawal the draw was changed with the following movements: ...
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In Tennis rankings what does 10+45 mean in terms of getting ranking points?

I have been figuring out the ranking system in tennis recently. I took a look at the page for the 2017 Men's singles for the US Open. It has the current ranking points for each player, how many ...
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Is protest considered as Unsportsmanlike Conduct in tennis?

ITF Senior Regulation define Unsportsmanlike Conduct as: Any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the Sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on‐...
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How many times a tennis player became world number one ranking without ever winning a grand slam?

Tennis world number ones are usually grand slam champions, Roger Federer, Serina Williams, and Andy Murray are a few examples. But it's possible for a player to become the top seed by collecting ...
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How many times all Grand slams of a calendar year were won by players 30 and older?

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the only men's majors champions of 2017 so far. 35 year old Federer won the Australian open and Wimbledon, and 31 year old Nadal won the French Open. There has been ...

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