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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 ...
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The longest super tie break?

What is the longest super tie break (10 points final set) in tennis history in official ATP and WTA matches?
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What is tie-break for match in tennis?

In US-Open 2015 mixed doubles final I saw tie-break instead of the third set. What is that ? Is it applied only in mixed doubles? When this rule is applied in tennis? Is it applicable for all ...
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What is “sneak attack by Roger” (SABR)?

Recently there was a discussion about a new element in Federer's play which some journalists dubbed sneak attack by Roger or SABR. What exactly this shot/point build-up is? What type of player can ...
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How many tennis players have announced retirement after winning Grand Slam?

Flavia Pennetta has announced the retirement after winning her first Grand Slam of the career. I guess she is the only tennis player who has taken retirement after winning major. Can you remember any ...
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Tennis tournament winner with multiple walkovers

In the 2015 US Open Mixed Doubles competition, Hingis/Paes are playing (finally winners) the finals after receiving 2 walkovers (2nd and 3rd round). Now the match is going on, but has this happened ...
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How far is too far for Roger Federer?

Well, not far enough in terms of innovating/rediscovering tennis in these dull times of monotonous baseline rallies. But the question is specifically about Roger Federer's recent attempts at hyper-...
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Why do people grunt while playing tennis? [duplicate]

A lot of tennis players, from professional to recreational, grunt when they hit the ball while playing tennis. Is there a reason for this? related: http://regressing.deadspin.com/why-do-tennis-...
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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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Should I give unsolicited playing advice to strangers? [closed]

I happened to walk by a man and woman casually playing informal unscored tennis, somewhat above beginner level, at a local park. It was immediately obvious the woman was waiting far too long before ...
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In Tennis why is zero called Love? [duplicate]

Ive heard many theories one being that a 0 looks like an egg and the french word for egg sounds like love and after time became just that, but this is just one theory. Does anyone know the actual ...
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Tennis Statistics By Sets and Games [closed]

I am trying to find a resource where I can find the results for historic tennis games, where the match statistics are broken down within each set. The ATP website gives a breakdown for the entire ...
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US open scoring system

How does the scoring system in US open differ from other majors and normal ATP/WTA turnaments? My understading is this: In ATP they go best of five sets like French Open etc. but have a tie break ...
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What would be the cost of the season for a young tennis player?

What would be an estimate of costs for a season for a young (15-18 years) tennis player who wants to play only in Europe circuit? Excluding revenue (sponsors / prize), what about the costs: transfers,...
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Is an advantage for a left-handed to play vs a right-handed tennis player?

I often listen to the tennis matches that a left-handed has an advantage to play tennis. What would be the reasons of this "skill"?
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The call “nets” in tennis, details

Question: If I used up my first serve, then am serving my second serve, and the ball hits the net and into the correct sector(meaning if the ball would hit that surface directly without hitting the ...
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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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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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Learning to keep the wrist locked while learning forehand in tennis

I used to play table tennis and badminton before i wanted to learn tennis. TT and Badminton don't require the wrist to be locked in all strokes. However, in Tennis, the wrist needs to be perfectly ...
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What is the difference between the ATP and the ITF?

What is the difference between the ATP world tour, and the ITF (international tennis federation)? What is the difference between the rankings of the ATP and the rankings of the ITF?
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In what sense is the term “pigeon” used in tennis

I have encountered the word pigeon in connection with tennis players, for example, have a look here, here or here. It seems to be a slang term - at least I did not find it in any news article. From ...
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Is there such a thing as a “one way player” in tennis?

I'll use an example from baseball to illustrate my question. A designated hitter is someone who bats, but is not deployed on the field. In its extreme form, a "one way player" would be someone who was ...
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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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When was the last time a single country had three players in Top 10 of WTA rankings?

If Karolína Plíšková wins her today's match against Angelique Kerber, she will move into the 10th spot in the next edition of WTA singles rankings. (Sources: wtatennis, tennisworldusa, idnes, ...) If ...
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How are doubles seeds calculated?

For singles, the seeding in the tournaments is rather straightforward: We simply look at the rankings and the players with top 8 (or 16 or 32) rankings are seeded. However, for doubles competition we ...
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Skills and tennis surface?

How can a tennis player use his skills in his favor on the different surfaces of play? I mean Is a powerful player favourite on grass/hard/clay ? Is a technical player favourite on grass/hard/clay ?...
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Which edition of rankings is used for which purpose on Grand Slam tournaments?

Rankings are used for several purposes: Players in entry list for main draw and for qualification are ordered based on ranking. In entry list a cut-off is made to decide which players go directly ...
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it is required to add an overgrip on a Fischer sorb tack

Recently, I have bought a Fischer racket ( it doesn't matter which type ). It has a very nice sorb tack ( like a grip ), very firm, really nice to be touch. I was wondering if it is necessary to buy ...
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Rules to determine “unforced errors” and “winners” in tennis? [duplicate]

Is there any rule to understand when a shot is an "unforced error" or a "winner" in a objective meaning?
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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 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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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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Ranking points for a player who received bye

There are many tournaments where seeded players (or at least some of them) receive a bye into the second round. This means that the first match this player plays is in the second round - against a ...
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Who was the youngest player to win an ATP World Tour tournament

I was trying to find the information about youngest player with ATP World Tour title. I found on Wikipedia that Michael Chang is the youngest player to win Grand Slam title. Wikipedia also has list ...
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How to beat a good doubles player in singles

I lost to this very good doubles player (leftie) who rarely plays singles. That was embarrassing, given that I only play singles. It was close, but I am 100% sure I can beat her. Her low pace flat ...
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What are restrictions for junior tennis players on number of senior tournaments?

Recently in a discussion I have heard that young players can only enter a limited number of senior tournaments. The number depends on the age of the player. (This information was mentioned in an ...
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Why do some players have trouble finishing off a point in tennis?

I played a match with a 19 year old girl (division ? college player). During warm up we were hitting back and forth, she hit hard, had some spin, was pretty consistent, I thought this was going to be ...
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How to take advantage of an opponent's second serve

On two matches I lost recently, I thought I hadn't taken advantage of my opponent's serve. One had a pretty short and dinky with a some weird spin (she had some shoulder problem). The other one had ...
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Why are tennis balls not airtight?

I know tennis balls go flat (even if all they do is sit there) because the interior of the ball is actually pressurized above normal atmospheric pressure, and over time some of the air leaks out. The ...
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Can a player stretch into opponent's court to play a shot?

If you touch the net while playing a shot, you lose a point. (I remember seeing Federer lose a point a few years ago, as he fell on the net after hitting a smash shot.) However, a player could stand ...