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Schedule-wise, is it possible to win a Triple Crown in today's Tennis?

The Triple Crown is an achievement wherein a player wins the title in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles in a single Grand Slam event. Given the scheduling of finals matches being so close together ...
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What are the first steps to become a Chair Umpire/Line Judge in Tennis?

I am addicted to Tennis, I can't really become a Tennis pro or even semi-pro right now. I have my eyes on being some kind of official in Tennis. Where should I start? - My first guess is LINE JUDGE ...
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How to beat 2 singles players playing doubles

What kind of strategy should you use if you are 2 doubles players playing against 2 singles players? Would lobs be a good option?
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What do “2 of 6” and “4 of 6” mean in the context of this tennis schedule?

I was looking at the ATP tournament schedule at the below two links. http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/scores/current/rotterdam/407/results http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/scores/current/sofia/7434/...
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Have two players ever played twice on the same tournament in tennis?

It sounds impossible, but I just noticed a very weird fact that caught my eye and interest. Tomorrow (13th February) starts the main draw of ATP 500 Abn Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. ...
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In which late-stage Grand Slam tennis matches has a single player won 200+ points?

Which Grand Slam matches, in the Round of 16 or later, have had 200 or more points won by a single player? Two known examples are Djokovic v. Wawrinka at Australian Open 2013: 209-200 Federer v. ...
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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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Worst first serve percentage in a match during a grand slam

Is there a record of who has had the worst first serve percentage during a singles match in a grand slam event? This question includes both men's and women's games.
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Does the man with an extra day of rest at the Australian Open have an advantage?

It seems the Australian Open is the only Grand Slam event in tennis that does not have both men's singles semifinal matches on the same day. This means the man who won his semifinal match on Thursday ...
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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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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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What to do with my sweaty daily clothes?

I play tennis daily, and I sweat alot. I tend to use dri-fit shirts, which are great for playing, but as they get older, they tend to smell even after they're washed. They smell great after you wash ...
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Did any other latinamerican country win the Davis cup besides Argentina?

When I hear about Davis cup champions I always hear about United States, Australia, England, Spain, etc. but never heard of a latinamerican country wining it. Is Argentina the first latinamerican ...
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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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Wimbledon Tennis Championship 2004, women's single, semi-final (Sharapova vs. Davenport): July 1st or June 30th?

I find multiple sources having both dates for this match: either 2004-06-30, or 2004-07-01. Wikipedia is no help in multiple articles, as single matches aren't broken down to dates. I fear that from ...
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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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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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Tennis: why can doubles players have a partner from a different country?

Why are players able to choose partners from different countries in doubles' tennis? For example, Sania Mirza and Marina Hingis are from different countries but they play together.
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Tennis doubles: Can the player also return just after serving?

A bit confused about the player positioning in doubles. Say a player serves, after his game, can he also return the serve or does he have to move to the Ad court?
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Is this the oldest top ten in history?

So we're all surprised that we haven't had a young teenager shake the game for a while now but only one person under 25 in the top ten! The combined age of the top ten is 289 with an average of 29! ...
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Problems in elbow while hitting a forehand shot

I coach a player who, before the forward swing, is raising her elbow up. What drills or changes in technique could I use to correct this?
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What does data about kWh in the French Open “shots of the day” videos mean?

The French Open publishes on its YouTube videos with "shots of the day" - the most impressive plays from a particular day at the tournament. At the end of the point, an information about kWh is shown....
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Why is the hashtag #P3tra used in posts about Petra Kvitová

I have noticed that many twitter posts about Petra Kvitová use the hashtag #P3tra. What is origin of this hashtag? Is there some significance to this name (like 3 important wins or somethings similar)...
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In a major tennis tournament match, what was the largest difference in points won and lost where the winner lost more points?

In a Major (a.k.a. "Grand Slam") tennis tournament, what is the largest difference in total points won versus total points lost in a match where the winner of the match won fewer total points than the ...
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Hitting the ball to your opponent when it's going out

let's consider a smash, in this case it's more likely to happen this situation. Say, one player was making a smash shot and meanwhile the other player is way behind the baseline, the smash goes way ...
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Is there an ATP 1000 that can end without a tie-break? Why not?

Is there an ATP 1000 that can end without a tie-break? Why not? It seems unfair to end with a tie break.
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How are national tennis leagues organized?

Many countries have their own league competition in tennis. For example, World Team Tennis in the USA, Bundesliga in Germany, Bundesliga in Austria or Extraliga in Czech Republic. How are these ...
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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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Do tennis players go off court for a break before the next set after an even number of games?

Do tennis players go off court for a break before the next set when a set concludes after an even number of games?
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Difference between hit the tennis ball in different positions

Thinking of a traditional shot from the baseline, if the player has enough time to be able to hit the ball after the rebound in a higher position or lower one, what are advantages and disadvantages in ...
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How do you determine what skill level a child is?

If I have a young child that has been playing school tennis for a couple of years and he/she is interested in entering a tournament, how do I go about determining what skill level they are? I have no ...
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How was the legend of 7th game in tennis born?

Watching tennis on TV, it often happens that the commentator talks about the importance of the 7th game of the set; the player who wins that game has more probability to win the set. This theory ...
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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 is the doubles match still played when the round is already won by a team in Fed Cup?

A Fed Cup round consist of 2 national teams playing 5 matches(4 singles & 1 doubles). Whoever wins 3 matches wins the round. Why do teams still play a dead rubber doubles match when the round is ...
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Were volleys considered unsportsmanlike in tennis?

Is it true that in the past the volley was considered an unsportsmanlike shot in tennis? If so, why was this, and when did this attitude change? I have heard this thing during a recent tennis match, ...
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In tennis, when is the optimal time(s) to use an open or closed stance?

I think an open stance is used mainly for cross-court shots, and a closed stance would be used for line shots, but I can also use a neutral stance for either of those. When is the optimal time(s) to ...
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Who is eligible to play in junior tennis tournaments?

This is a quote from Wikipedia article on junior tennis (emphasis mine). I will also add a link to the current revision - in case the article changes in the future.) Junior tennis refers to tennis ...
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How to handle a squash match, as a very-nearsighted athlete?

I am nearsighted, such that everything would be opaque without glasses and I can not play squash, practically. I've lived with the glasses over 20 years in daily life without any problem, but now ...
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How are tennis tournament draws determined?

The draw in the 2016 Australian Open (mens) (womens) does not seem to follow the top-seed vs. bottom-seed format common in tournaments such as the NCAA College basketball tournament. For instance, ...
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If a let was considered a valid serve, could it be a useful serving strategy?

If a let was considered a valid serve, would professional tennis players be able to accurately hit the net cord and have the ball drop into the service box, often enough to make it worth while? Would ...
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What is the difference between a tennis and a racquetball ball? [closed]

What would happen if you played tennis with a racquetball or racquetball with a tennis ball? Tennis balls have felt and are heavier. If I practiced tennis with a racquetball for a week, and then ...
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What is the best spot to strike a tennis ball?

As seen in the image below, there are several "sweet spots" on a tennis racket. Before seing this picture, I always strived to hit the ball in the center of the racket, which seem to feel the nicest, ...
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Should your feet be in the air when serving?

I have seen it being taught two different ways: 1) Lifting only left heel, but left foot stays on the ground. 2) Bending knees, and doing leg spring action, lifting your legs off the ground, ...
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What racquet is most similar to TT Warrior?

Unfortunately the great Prince Tripple Threat Warrior tennis racquet was discontinued in 2009, with no clear replacement. What tennis racquets available now on the market would be most similar in ...
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Why are tennis players so bad at serving?

Tennis players spend countless hours working on their serve for years, or decades, just as they do every other shot. Yet it's entirely common to see even the top players in the world struggle to get ...
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What happens if the ball returns to the player's side of the court in tennis?

What happens if a tennis player hits the ball with a very large amount of spin and after the first bounce the ball returns to his side of the court? For example, in this video (the 3rd replay is the ...
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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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Ranking from which week are used to decide who qualifies for ATP/WTA finals?

I know that race rankings, i.e. points only from this calendar year, are used to decide players at year end ATP/WTA championships. My question is whether the rankings just one week before the finals ...
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How are the different events classified according to tiers on the Women's Tennis circuit?

On the Men's side, it's fairly simple & unambiguous. Men's tennis events for the season are classified into 3 tiers. ATP Masters 1000, ATP 500 & ATP 250 in decreasing order of importance based ...
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How it was decided that year's first grand slam will be Australian Open?

In tennis sport, all 4 grand slams are played in a specific order in a year. First we Australian Open, then French, Wimbledon and in the last we have US Open. Can anyone explain the exact reason why ...