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Meaning of shortcuts like “128S/96Q/64D/32X” for tennis tournaments

In several places, where you can find information about tennis tournaments (for example: 2014 WTA Tour or 2014 ATP World Tour at Wikipedia), there are often shortcuts like this: 28S/32Q/16D (Brisbane),...
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Correcting a tennis serve with too much rotational motion

By looking at videos of my service motion, I notice my movement is more rotational, i.e. the racket is moving from my back in the trophy position, round counter-clockwise (for right handed player) on ...
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Most 5 set matches won in a row

Alexander Zverev won 3 consecutive 5 set matches in 2018 Roland Garros before losing to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. What is the record for most consecutive 5 set match wins in the history of ...
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Tennis Grand Slam winner who didn't lose a set

Rafael Nadal "The King of Clay" won the 2017 French Open dominantly without dropping a set. He got a little bit of help achieving the feat as he didn't face either of the top 2 ranking players (i.e., ...
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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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Tennis finals winner with two lose?

Today A. Radwanska reach the semifinals in Singapore in the WTA finals after two losing match during the round robin. When in the past a tennis player (man or woman) won the finals after losing two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Device to analyse serving with topspin in tennis from the side?

My friend Timo mentioned that GoPro Hero 3 can connect to your phone with some lag. This opens me an opportunity to get immediate feedback about my tennis serving with topspin. I want to train serving ...
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What happens if a tennis player challenges a decision for his opponent

Typically tennis player can challenge a certain number of decisions. If they lose the challenge, they lose one of those “challenges”, but if they are right they don’t. So, they could possibly ...
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Who calls tennis serves in or out when no referee is present?

Regarding doubles match: On our opponent's second serve to me, I called it out. Our opponents contested my call. My partner said she did not see exactly where the ball bounced. Our opponents said ...
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Tennis coaches can't coach during a match?

Serena Williams lost a tennis match yesterday at the 2018 US Open, but not without some controversy. [Williams was] penalized in the second set because of three separate game violations. Source ...
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History of rule changes in tennis [closed]

What were the changes in professional tennis' rules (e.g., the doubles reforms of 2006) in the currrent century? Links to the ATP rulebooks in which those rules are stated might suffice as an ...
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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 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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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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What was format of tennis year-end championships in the past?

I wonder how the rules and format of the year-end championship in the ATP tour and WTA tour evolved. For example I notice that in 1985 men played knock-out tournament, whereas in 1986 the semifinalist ...
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Beach tennis rackets with most control?

I am trying to keep my tennis level high. Sometimes, I do not find any field to play tennis in Riga. So I think the good thing is to play beach tennis on badminton fields. I have now tested about 5 ...
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Why was Andy Murray allowed to play doubles in Washington without a wildcard or PR?

At the Citi Open in Washington 2019, Andy Murray played doubles with Jamie Murray. The team did not got a wildcard, nor was it a protected ranking (PR). Link to draw. According to this answer on ...
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Is Djokovic - Federer 2019 the first Wimbledon match to have a tiebreak in the final set?

Right now, a tiebreak is being played in the Wimbledon 2019 men's final between Djokovic and Federer. This is different from how it was before; in past Wimbledon tournaments, players were required to ...
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How are ends chosen to start a new set following a tie-break?

After a tie-break, how is it decided which end to start serving from in the following set? Do players get a choice or do they keep the current end for one game or swap immediately?
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Why doesn't Wimbledon have final set tie break?

Wimbledon is the only tennis grand slam that doesn't have a final set tie break. This means that there is no maximum number of games in the 5th set (for men). Famously John Isner and Nicolas Mahut ...
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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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What do these tennis words mean?

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/09/02/130902fa_fact_collins 1, does this mean he quickly goes back to the corners from the center to hit those attacks that land so close to the baseline? 2, ...
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In tennis, is there any advantage to decline the opening serve?

In football, the winner of the coin toss can elect to "receive" or "defer." The advantage of "deferring" is that you get to receive after halftime, meaning that teams will often elect this option. In ...
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Techniques to return aggressive tennis serves?

I injured my forearm when I tried to return a fast aggressive serve at about 200km/h with basic forehand grip and backswing: the hit can extremely damaging to your ulnar nerve more here (particularly ...
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What is written on the last ATP finals trophy?

I was wondering what do they write on these trophies, what material they are made of too. Couldn't find this in Internet.
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Is a person likely to realize most of their ultimate potential in a three-day tennis clinic?

I was reading a magazine article about a thirty-something actress who never played tennis before, took a tennis clinic, and in the course of a three day weekend, rose to "high intermediate" level (a 4....
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Is the elbow in the forehand tennis strike meant to be totally direct or little bit in angle?

I played my first serious match against a player in tennis who strikes over 200km/h. I got a little feeling of pain to my elbow when I passed balls back with a little angle in the elbow. Later I ...
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10 title at Montecarlo for Nadal is a record?

Nadal has won his 10th title on clay of Montecarlo, is this a record for winning of a single tennis tournament? I would like to consider only ATP/WTA tournaments from the Open Era that begins in 1968,...
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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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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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How often has an unseeded woman player gotten to/won the Finals in a Grand Slam tournament?

If unseeded Shuai Peng manages to beat Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open (unlikely in my opinion), she will face either Serena Williams or Ekaterina Makarova in the finals. And if ...
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What are the fundamentals of a tennis forehand?

What should one consider when making a forehand stroke in tennis, and what should you look to avoid?
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In tennis, what is the percentage of broken service games?

Looking at Befair tennis, what is the percentage of broken service games? If both players are fairly evenly matched, how many times does a player lose his service game?
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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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Is it possible to enter junior tournament based on ATP/WTA rankings?

Many players who are still eligible to play as juniors already enter enter senior tournaments. It is not uncommon to see, that some player plays qualifying at Grand Slam tournament and if they do not ...
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On which tournaments the seeding does not follow ATP/WTA ranking?

Wimbledon uses seeding which gives advantage to players that are more successful on grass courts. (Although I am not sure how long have they used seeding in this way.) For example, in Wikipedia ...
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What features should I look for when buying a tennis racket?

What are some things that a new tennis player should consider when buying a racket? In this case cost isn't a factor and the player has no idea what to look for.
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What does the ITF rulebook consider to be “the service motion”?

According to Rule 18b of the ITF Rulebook: During the service motion, the server shall not... touch the baseline or the court with either foot. What, exactly, constitutes "the service motion"? I ...
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Why are there wildcards for players which could get direct entry into a tournament?

I have noticed that occasionally some players enter tournament via wild card, despite the fact that they have sufficient ranking for direct entry into tournament, sometimes even to be seeded. To list ...
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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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What causes the imbalance where back points towards the side after serving?

I am analysing the serving here where the player gets angular momentum not towards the field but to the side. where you see back pointing towards the side, bad. In comparison Federer 1m12s gets the ...
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In tennis, how much is the server's advantage diminished if the game goes to “deuce?”

In tennis, the person with the serve has a clear advantage. This is is certainly true at love-love, where four points are needed to win a game. A server who lets the game go to "deuce" has squandered ...
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How to throw ball straight up in tennis's serving?

I observed players of different skills and I noticed that one repeating mistake is in the fact that it is hard to throw the ball straight up, I have the same mistake. When serving with the ball going ...
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How do the different court surfaces at the majors affect the games and mix of players?

There have been a number of dominant tennis players in history who have won the "Grand Slam," that is, victories in all four opens, Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Opens, under varying ...
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How steep a hill does a low seeded (tennis) player have to climb?

It was shocking, but a low seeded player ousted Number 2 seeded Li Na in the first (women's) round of the French Open. My understanding is that the seeding is designed to prevent this from happening ...

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