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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do top ranked tennis players choose ATP 250 tournaments?

Are there a minimum number of ATP 250 tournaments top 50 players must play each year? Also, do the players select the ATP 250 tournaments they wish to play in, or are the tournaments assigned to the ...
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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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Why Federer was seed #3 at Wimbledon 2017?

Official seeding for Wimbledon 2017 shows Roger Federer at #3 while ATP ranking before the tournaments shows him at #5. Considering that all 4 players ahead of Federer participated in the tournament, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tennis player sit-down (or other form of) protest?

A few years ago, many Brazilian football teams sat-down right after the match started, in protest for extenuating scheduling conditions. Has there ever a player protested in akin ways in a ...
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Tennis - soil under grass vs other court types

The surface under grass of grass courts is slower or faster than hard courts/clay courts? What about its uniformity (i have read that it is compacted soil, but it does not seems that uniform)? ...
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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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Tennis serve - such thing as a “body fault”?

I have been playing tennis for many years, and a consistent failing point is my serve. Yesterday, I had a bit of inspiration and decided to try and rework my serve a bit. I was amazingly lucky to ...
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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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Is there a significant difference between a 16x18 and a 16x19 tennis racket string pattern on performance?

A difference of one string, yet the 16x19 seems significantly more popular than the 16x18. Is there a significant difference between these rackets performance-wise?
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Tennis Grand Slam winner who didn't lose a set

Rafael Nadal "The King of Clay" won the 2017 French Open dominantly without dropping a set. He got a little bit of help achieving the feat as he didn't face either of the top 2 ranking players (i.e., ...
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Moving during serve in tennis

How much can a player move or step in the process of serving: stepping as long as not crossing the base line? Jumping? "Volleyball" serve?
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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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How many times tennis majors champions played in the qualifiers round?

How many times a player who got in a grand slam through the qualifier round won the championship, and who are they?
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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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Why are there wildcards for players which could get direct entry into a tournament?

I have noticed that occasionally some players enter tournament via wild card, despite the fact that they have sufficient ranking for direct entry into tournament, sometimes even to be seeded. To list ...
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Do high ranked players need wild card to play a Challenger tournament?

I have noticed that Benoit Paire plays this week challenger tournament in Sophia Antipolis and he is listed among players who received wildcard. Paire is currently No. 40 in ATP rankings. Does 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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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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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....