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Why was Petra Kvitova allowed to hit the ball before it had crossed the net?

I'm going to assume that this is in regards to the 2nd Set; Game 3; Adv. Kvitova - as this is the only shot that I've found where Kvitova reaches over the net... Petra Kvitova reached over the net ...
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Hitting the ball to your opponent when it's going out

The player that was hit loses the point. To quote from the Rules of Tennis: PLAYER LOSES POINT [...] i. The ball in play touches the player or anything that the player is wearing or ...
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What do the tennis-ball ‘countdowns’ on scoreboards mean?

You're seeing how many challenges they have left (well, how many incorrect challenges they have left) in the set. See for example this RadioTimes article: Players are given unlimited opportunities ...
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Is it possible for a tennis match to last forever?

Depending on the competition it is very well possible to have a match last forever. Tennis itself has no rules about a time limit. See the longest match ever played, which took 11 hours in total. ...
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Does the man with an extra day of rest at the Australian Open have an advantage?

Well, after disappointment in finding the useful tennis databases failed to give match dates, decided to slog it out a bit to try to at least get you something slightly useful. I used date-restricted ...
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Longest time between ATP or WTA #1?

Longest time span between the First and Last time at #1 (ATP) Roger Federer was first ranked at the top of the ATP Rankings on February 2nd, 2004. The last time he was promoted to the top of the ATP ...
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It is allowed in tennis play a ball externally from the net?

I believe you are referencing what is typically called "hitting around the net post." This is a completely legal1 (albeit rare) shot in tennis. There are no requirements on the height of ...
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Are there any rules in Tennis regarding deliberately aiming the ball at the player?

There seems to be no rule against hitting an opponent and many players have included body shots in their repertoire. (This assertion is validated by the fact that players like the Bryan brothers and ...
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Why don't tennis match-ups always follow seedings?

So, tennis tournament draws follow some mathematical rules, but also incorporate a bit of random chance to try and keep things interesting and fair. It seems like you already understand how seeding ...
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What does the superscript used in tennis scores mean?

When a set reaches 6-6, a tiebreaker is used to determine the winner of the thirteenth game and hence the set. The first player serves once, then the players alternate serving twice consecutively, ...
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Is Roger Federer's 65 consecutive Grand Slams a record?

Roger Federer's 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments (2001 US Open - 2016 Australian Open) was indeed a record at the time of posting this question. Since then he was surpassed by Feliciano López ...
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Why are Wawrinka and Murray allowed to play in Queen's without wildcard?

To enter a tournament at the ATP level the ranking 6 weeks before the Monday of the week of the tournament is relevant. Therefore, for Queen's the ranking of 07.05.2018 is relevant. At that time ...
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In tennis how to find out the service side in the middle of the game?

The rules of tennis are that: The first point of a game is served from the right-hand side of the court. After that, sides alternate. Therefore: Anything with an even number of points played (0-0, ...
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In tennis why does the ballboy/girl crouch on one side of the court and stand on the other?

Because the side they stand on is next to the Referee's stand and the ballkids blend into the shape of the stand. Whereas, on the side the crouch, they do it to minimize peripheal distractions to the ...
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Do tennis players go off court for a break before the next set after an even number of games?

The USTA rule for Changeovers have the following: 90 sec changeover break between odd games 120 sec changeover break between sets (regardless if the set ended even) A bathroom break can be taken at ...
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Is this the oldest top ten in history?

According to the blog Where is the next generation in men’s tennis? (Wayback Machine) written by John Burn-Murdoch (FT Data) in November 2015: The average age of the ATP top 10 is 29.7 — the ...
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What do "2 of 6" and "4 of 6" mean in the context of this tennis schedule?

The numbers that confuse you have nothing to do with the tournament schedule per se. The link you are viewing shows ongoing ATP tournaments. There are 6 ATP tournaments that are currently ongoing, ...
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Why Federer was seed #3 at Wimbledon 2017?

Unlike the other Grand Slams, Wimblendon's seeds have more elements into consideration together with the ranking. This is explained in Wimbledon's Seeds page: Gentlemen's Seeding Formula The ...
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What is written on the last ATP finals trophy?

This trophy made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte is made up of Silver. "Winners of major sports tournaments, such as tennis' ATP World Tour, are invariably rewarded with enormous silver trophies." ...
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Last tennis players to win Grand Slam on home soil

As of end 2022 US Open this is the list of last tennis players who won grand slam championships on home soil: Men's: Australian Open: Mark Edmondson - 1976 French Open: Yannick Noah - 1983 Wimbledon: ...
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Changing sides in tennis

They switch at the end of the set, AND at the end of the first game, you are reading it correctly. Here are some pictures of it happening in the 2014 Australian Open Semis between Nadal and Federer (...
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What does T mean in ATP rankings

If you check the ranking, you can see that this is always shown next to several players - so it means that the players are tied for the same position. For example, here is one screenshot from ATP ...
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Is there an ATP 1000 that can end without a tie-break? Why not?

According to the ATP Official Rulebook, all the ATP 1000 matches have a tie-break in the final set, even the finals: ATP World Tour tournaments and the ATP Challenger Tour tournaments are ...
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Did any other latinamerican country win the Davis cup besides Argentina?

If you look at List of Davis Cup champions on Wikipedia you can see that: In 2016, Argentina became the first country from Latin America to win Davis Cup. (Before that Argentina ended up as runner-up ...
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Can a player challenge a chair umpire correction?

Absolutely, I've seen that exact scenario happen many times. It usually results in the other player having to request the challenge since the call gets changed/overruled. Challenges are available for ...
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Why so many "bye" in ATP Indian Wells?

It's simple math, really. Tournament draws like the one you linked to in your question must have a total number of slots that are a power/exponent of 2. So numbers like 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, etc. ...
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10 title at Montecarlo for Nadal is a record?

From the ATP World Tour website (emphasis mine): Rafael Nadal captured an incredible 10th Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday in beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in the ...
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How many times all Grand slams of a calendar year were won by players 30 and older?

Men's side Since the Open Era began in 1968, and until 2013, this only happened in 1969. That year, Rod Laver (born 1938) won the Grand Slam, which means he won all of them: Wimbledon, Australian ...
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Longest time between ATP or WTA #1?

I took data from the Tennis ATP and Tennis WTA repositories in GitHub. They do not have all the rankings, so it is not comprehensive and Logan's answer will be more accurate. From there we see that: ...
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