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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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All-winners semifinals in tennis

At the 2018 US Open, the semifinals had three previous winners on the men's side. Has it ever happened in a major tournament that all four places were held by previous winners? If not, has it ...
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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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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 ...
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Del Potro is ahead of Federer in the Race to London, but Federer is the one having qualified

After the US Open Federer has clinched his spot for the ATP Finals and Del Potro hasn't (see the news here). However, Del Potro has more points than Federer in the Race to London. How can this be? ...
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Why are Wawrinka and Murray allowed to play in Queen's without wildcard?

This week the London Queen's Club tourney is taking place, the round of 32 started on Monday June 18th 2018. Stan Wawrinka is currently ranked ATP #261, and Andy Murry is ranked ATP# 156 According ...
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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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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 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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Is there a tennis statistic about set-winners depending on who serves first?

I have a feeling that serving first in a set is an advantage. Is there a statistic like "X % of the sets were won by the player who served first"?
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Is the "makeup" of this year's womens' field at Wimbledon unusual?

In this year's Wimbledon playoffs, the top two women's seeds (Serena Williams and Li Na) have been ousted in the first three rounds. Going into the round of 16, there are only six players seeded 1-16, ...
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How do you hit a shot without spin in tennis and is there anything equivalent to a knuckleball?

A Knuckleball in baseball is a ball without spin where the interaction with seams and the air fluids result into very sporadic flight paths that can change during the flight. I have observed ...
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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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How are points in the ATP/WTA ranking computed in case tournament final is delayed (and finished during the following week)?

It happens quite often that a tennis tournament is not finished on Sunday. Due to weather or other reason. A few examples (I wanted to include various leves - Grand Slam, ATP Tour, ATP Challenger Tour;...
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Are different skill sets required to excel at doubles, rather than singles tennis?

For example, America's Bryan Brothers excel at doubles tennis. Yet neither of them are recognized singles champions. Do they communicate/co-ordinate better than other doubles pairs? Are there other ...
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Does "size matter" in tennis?

Martina Navrátilová is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest woman's player of all time. At 5' 8" in height, she is above average (for a woman) in this regard. But one opponent who ...
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Changing sides in tennis

This site says: A player has to win six games, and at least two more than the foe, to claim a tennis match. Players switch sides after every odd game, as in the first, third and fifth games, and ...
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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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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 collecting points ...
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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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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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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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What are importance technical differences between a squash forehand and a tennis forehand?

I have played tennis for about 10 years, and am a beginner at squash. What are the key differences between hitting a forehand squash shot and a forehand tennis shot, that I should be aware of as I ...
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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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Tennis: Ball In or Out? Hawkeye vs Frame-by-Frame Video

I was under the impression that line calling is done in the following way. Freeze time at the moment the base of the ball first touches the ground. Take a "bird's eye view" of the ball, ie ...
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One-handed backhand in tennis

What are the fundamentals of a one-handed backhand? What grip should I use? How should I position, and what should the technique be like during the stroke?
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Record of consecutive sets won

Rafael Nadal, recently won his 50th consecutive set on Clay in his match against Diego Schwartzman in 2018. This apparently moved him in front of John McEnroe who won 49 consecutive sets on carpet in ...
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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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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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Measure a tennis racquet grip size

I have an old aluminum tennis racquet that I'm looking to replace after having broke its strings. I know neither my hand's grip size nor the racquet's grip size, but I do know that the racquet is the ...
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Is it worth fighting to hold serve in a losing set?

Suppose you're down a couple break points in a set, so you have no reasonable chance of winning it. You are serving in what would be the sixth (and set) game for your opponent. If you win the game, ...
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Are there any permanent points in ATP/WTA rankings?

For example: Nadal finished 1st at the end of 2013. If, by assumption, he doesn't win any match in 2014 will he have 0 (or under 500 points - assuming that qualifing to the main table of tournaments ...
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Are underarm serves fair in tennis? If so, why are they looked upon as a means of disrespect?

As my title says all about the question, are underarm serves a fair thing in tennis? Because the reaction of Chris Garin says me otherwise when Alexander Bublik served him an underarm serve. I was ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Why do tennis players blow on their fingers after a point?

It seems common these days for tennis players to blow on their fingertips after winning a point. I've noticed it particularly with the server: they'll do an arm pump with clenched fist then open the ...
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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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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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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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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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