Recent content by Arak

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    Slow surface to fast surface HC, how to adapt?

    I think it can be explained by the fact that my opponents are giving me short dead balls. I barely can reach them and I need to lift them too which induces errors or weak shots that they can lob or place beyond my reach. My opponents are mostly doubles players, and this kind of court is very...
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    Diego Schwartzman prolonged grunting

    If I wanted to like every player who is catholic, that would be too many to like :D So I stick to liking players with a 1HBH :)
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    Hydrogen water and energy drinks, any experiences

    According to a few players, cocaine helps too ;)
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    Djokovic breaks a racket with code violation

    I think our tennis champions are all channeling their internal beast and primal instincts. Apes do this physical intimidation all the time to show who is the alpha male/female. Djokovic’s racket bashing, Serena’s roar, Nadal’s hip thrust imitating a sexual act are all meant to physically...
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    First game on a lawn court

    I posted a similar thread as I’m having exactly the same issues as the OP due to playing on an old low bouncing HC against pushers. Excellent advice that I can also apply to my game. I have to say though that playing a lot of slice is not fun for players who enjoy hitting topspin. It’s very...
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    Slow surface to fast surface HC, how to adapt?

    Thank you very much. Those are all very helpful points. So basically hit more flat, less topspin, and add slice. One of my main problems is getting a lot of short low bouncing balls, so I have to leave my comfort zone at the baseline to retrieve them. Difficult to do anything advantageous with...
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    Full match or highlights?

    Live, full match. If I’m unable to watch live for whatever reason, then highlights.
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    Slow surface to fast surface HC, how to adapt?

    Hi all. Any tips on how to adapt technique when moving from long term training on slow high bounce HC to very fast low bounce one?
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    Does string-breaking frequency correlate to skill level for advanced players or not?

    But you said you’re a flat hitter. That makes sense. No spin, no sliding. Low tensions last longer.
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    Does string-breaking frequency correlate to skill level for advanced players or not?

    More sliding, more breakage, hence low tensions should be looked at as well. When I string at high tensions my strings last longer.
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    Natural gut to multi transition help

    Difficult to say without knowing what poly you were using, but 55-57 for multi, and 57-60 for NG should be the most commonly used tensions. Also some multis are very powerful and some others are not, so you will need to adjust for that as well.
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    Dusan Lajovic accidentally picked Nadal's towel and wipe his face with it

    I’m concerned for Lajovic though :D
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    Slice backhand with eastern forehand

    I hit slices with continental, eastern backhand, eastern forehand grips. I mostly do it intuitively, and it does work depending on the particular situation but the ball trajectory is slightly different. I think the continental grip rule is a good compromise, kind of middle of the road, but there...
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