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    Ball Machine Monthly Payment

    Join a club. Mine lets you use the ball machine for $5/hour on top of whatever the court fee is. A ball machine won't make you a better player anyway. Play live people.
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    Pros don't hit deep near baseline that much

    Yes. This. It's not so much where the ball lands but where your opponent is able to hit the next shot. Generally the deeper the shot the deeper you push your opponent back but some people's shots are heavier and carry through the the court more or sometimes spin gets you a better angle take them...
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    Good news: I'm getting to some finals. Bad news: I'm losing them all.

    I never won an individual title in my entire tennis career and I did alright. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. If you can consistently get through a few rounds you're in good shape. You just need to win more than you lose.
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    Has any pro made it from D-3 or D-2 college tennis?

    This guy tracks current college players with at least 2 ATP points
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    How many sets can your body handle

    3 sets here too. I still feel good after 3 sets but I know I can't play 2 long matches in a day anymore and don't want to push past my limits.
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    Most common male tennis physique ???

    Lars' dad!
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    Chicagoland Competitive Junior Tennis

    Northshore burbs of Chicago are extremely competitive for high school tennis. New Trier has a long winning tradition and had their fair share of TRN blue chips in recent years with Jared and Aron Hilzik at U of I, Tom Fawcett at Stanford. North shore burbs have some of the best public schools...
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    I'm embarrassed to ask this. How do I hit a slice serve?

    When first learning it I'd exaggerate and toss it as far to the right as possible (assuming you're right handed) and work on getting the feel of that brushing motion around the outside of the ball. You're not going to be able to get the ball to bend right to left much if you're using the same...
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    You're game today vs 10 yrs ago

    Much better considering 10 years ago I had just come back after a long break from the game and was 20 lbs heavier, out of shape, and extremely rusty
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    Single greatest thing that helped your tennis condoning?

    I'd say diet. Cutting a lot of junk out of my diet helped me lose weight and losing weight means I can move a little bit faster, play a little bit longer, put less stress on the body. Eating the right foods before/after playing helps with keeping my energy up and in recovery.
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    Twisted foot sideways on curb. Bones hurt, not tendons/ligaments.

    Any signs of bruising? One time I rolled my ankle really badly and didn't have any swelling or sharp pain, could put weight on it, but a few days later there was noticeable blue/purple bruises meaning I tore something. I was able to walk fine in a straight line on it but had no stability or...
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    How Long Can You Abstain From Hitting Before You Begin to Suck?

    Hitting isn't the problem if you were a decent player in the past. I hit with old college buddies once in a blue moon and these guys still have good hand-eye coordination and relatively clean swing mechanics even if they only pick up a racket once a year. I even took a few years off from the...
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    Organizing a company tennis tournament, advice needed

    I've run socials at the club I used to work at for adults and children, but we'd have a staff of like 10 people for these things because you may only need 2-4 pros on the court but you need other people behind the scenes and in the clubhouse to keep things running smoothly - e.g. food, keeping...
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    What will Sharapova be mostly remembered for?

    Really? Ummm no. Weed, cocaine, vicodin are absolutley performance enhancing drugs. Weed and coke are both on banned on the WADA list. Meldonium not banned until Jan of this year. She was legal until it was banned in Jan of '16. Her management team F'ed up.