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Why do tennis players keep an extra ball in their pocket?

I have seen many times, while serving, when a tennis player gets a ball, he/she keeps one ball in their pocket or skirt and serves with the other ball. Why do they keep an extra ball in their pocket/...
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Do tennis players require the permission of their country to participate in tournaments?

Do tennis players need the permission of the governing body of tennis in their respective countries to participate in Grand slams and open competitions? Are the players under the jurisdiction of these ...
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What are the allowed thicknesses of a tennis ball shell?

What are the allowed thicknesses of the shell of a tennis ball? I know the external diameter, but I'm interested in what thickness is allowed for the shell itself. I don't have a ball at hand to cut ...
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If grunting is not related to performance, why do tennis players do it excessively?

While watching Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova play for the gold medal in London 2012, I noticed Williams was going about her business while Sharapova was grunting each time she hit the ball. ...
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Where can I get non-standard tennis net? [closed]

I've just bought a new tennis net and discovered that it's 42 feet long which I assume is the standard. I've also just discovered that my poles are 39 feet apart so the net is too long to fit between ...
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Why are tennis players active in multiple events during a Grand Slam?

Now Wimbledon is going on for over a week, I wonder why some players enter mutliple events on the same Grand Slam, e.g. the Williams sisters that in the past participated in the Women's Singles and ...
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What is a Golden set? and what is the difference with Bagel set?

What is a Golden set on tennis? Is there a tennis player who won a golden set? What is the difference between Golden set and Bagel set?
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What are the key differences to my game with different racquet sizes?

I am in the market for a new tennis racquet and have been out of the loop for a while. When I bought my last racquet the oversized heads were all the rage but now they seem to have returned back to a ...
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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 logic behind re-serving in volleyball and tennis?

I have seen plenty of times a re-serve being awarded instead of giving the point to any of the team in both volleyball and I think tennis, too. (I'm not sure if it's still the same in tennis). I had ...
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Are all of the lines on a tennis court the same width?

I was at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the BNP Paribas Open and took the following photo of center court. The end lines appear to be thicker than the other lines (including the service line). My ...
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How do tennis players get into tournaments?

In tennis, I know there are multiple ways to enter a tournament (if there are more, I've never heard of them): direct entry wildcard qualifying How does a player get in using these methods? I'm ...
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Playing tennis without ball boy. Any tips to avoid collecting the balls so often?

I used to use all the balls that I have, only if there is no one playing at the area. But if there are other people playing at the area, I don't want the balls mixed up with others, or stolen by ...
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Is it legal in racket sports to pass the racket from one hand to the other?

Can you hit with different hands during the same point? set? match? Also, is racket throwing authorised?
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In which racket sports can you hit the shuttle (or ball) with the head?

In this video, Roger Federer hits the ball with his head. I know that in tennis, it is allowed to hit the ball with the head. And AFAIK, it's also allowed in table tennis. Can you confirm that? And ...
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What does “open divisions” mean in a USTA tournament?

Most (adult) tournaments I've entered have divisions indicated by NTRP level - i.e. MW(3.0, 4.0) means that men and women who are rated 3.0 or 4.0 can enter. Some of them, though, are listed as MWOp. ...
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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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Why is casual tennis scoring 5-30-40?

This question asks why tennis is scored 15-30-40, and I'm very satisfied with the answer. Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40? Some players use 5-30-40 for scoring casual games. Where does ...
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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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Recommended drills to help keep your eye on the ball?

One of the things that I find myself not doing as well as I need to is keeping my eye on the ball. I am a tennis player but I am sure this could apply to other sports as well (baseball, football, ...