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First Service & First Service won

Can anyone tell what is the difference between these two stats, First Service & First Service won? I am confused about these 2 statistics.
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Do players lose a point in a game on purpose as part of strategy?

In a game of tennis (singles), are there any strategies where players lose a point (and thereby, a game) voluntarily so that it benefits them in the long run - like say, a serving first on the next ...
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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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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 does “bagel girl” mean in tennis?

I encountered term bagel girl in connection with a tennis player. I understood approximately the meaning of this term from the context, but could some clarify it in more detail? Is there also male ...
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Maximum match point saved in a tennis match?

What is the record of saved match points in a ATP/WTA tennis match? And what about limited at grand slam matches? I mean that player who saved match points finally wins the game
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What is the fastest recorded smash shot in tennis?

The fastest recorded tennis serve is about 260km/h but smash is far easier to do and shoot with far higher velocity. I am trying to find the maximum speed tennis players are able to shoot the ball and ...
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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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what does “go down a break” mean?

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2013/09/federers-last-stand.html I'm not familiar with tennis so I don't know what he's talking about here with this. "goes down another break ?" A wild ...
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who serves after tiebreaker in doubles tennis

In doubles tennis, who serves 1st after a tie breaker set? I realize who starts the tie break but who serves the first regular game after the tie break?
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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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Playing against a very athletic player - singles tennis strategy

What kind of strategy should you use when you play against someone who plays at a higher level than you, but is still beatable on a bad day? This particular player is very athletic, but she doesn't ...
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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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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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Did any tennis tournaments retain Rebound Ace after the Australian Open switched to Plexicushion?

From 1988 to 2007, the Australian Open used Rebound Ace surfaces. In mid-2007, the tournament organisers decided that from 2008, the tournament would instead be played on Plexicushion surfaces. From ...
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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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Slowing down rallies during training

The other day I was having a hit with a colleague who was at a substantially lower level than me. In order to keep the rallies going, I slowed down my swing through the ball a lot so that I could take ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

I'm a badminton player, not a very good one though (D-C2 level). Currently I'm having mostly temper-related issues on progressing in my game/winning matches (both friendly and competitive). I'm just ...
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Is it possible for a tennis match to last forever?

I ask this because in 2018 John Isner and Kevin Anderson had a set that latest for 50 games in one set. And in 2010, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut had a set lasting 138 games. I understand that to win ...
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Do players get points for matches in Davis Cup and Fed Cup in ATP/WTA rankings

Do players, who represent their countries in Davis Cup/Fed Cup, receive also some points in ATP rankings/WTA rankings? If yes, is it for matches on any level? Or only matches in World Group? Are ...
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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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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 many tennis players have finished the year as Slam-less World No. 1?

Roger Federer is very close, theoretically & somewhat practically, to finishing the calender year as World No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam this year. How many tennis players (both men &...
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Does the tension of a tennis racket really affect the game play?

I'm an amateur who has played for a couple of years. In the beginning I bought just a random racket - "for beginners", they say. Then I saw some Big Helmet tournaments and got curious about players ...
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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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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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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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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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Do players get points into ATP ranking even for matches in qualifying rounds

All (or at least almost all) tournaments at ATP level have a qualifying competition, from which players can get into the main draw. Do players get some points if they win a match in the qualifying ...
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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 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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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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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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Will the ATP Year End No. 1 be awarded after the ATP World Tour Finals or the Davis Cup finals?

Currently, in the ATP rankings, Roger Federer is, effectively, just 490 points behind Novak Djokovic with two tournaments, namely ATP Masters 1000 Paris & the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Dress code at tennis tournaments on clay

Could a player at a tennis tournament on clay wear an outfit (shirt, shorts, etc.) that is the same colour as the colour of the playing surface? Could this be used as an advantage against an opponent? ...
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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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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 doesn't every match always use Hawk-Eye technology in tennis tournaments?

What is the point of having a lot of line judges, since everything can be done automatically by Hawk-Eye? I mean the microphone, that listens the ball touching the net, and Hawk-Eye, which knows ...
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How does Hawk-Eye differ in tennis & cricket in terms of technology & philosophy?

What is the difference in terms of accuracy of Hawk-Eye technology when it comes to cricket and tennis? The tennis authorities throughout the world (except for the French Open and some clay court ...
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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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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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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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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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How to choose your first tennis racket?

I'm in my third year of high school and planning to go out for the school's tennis team, without having ever played tennis before at all (hit the ball yes, played? no). I'd like to know which types of ...