Recent content by SeriousSummer

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    Predict final slam totals of top 10 (replacing Ferrer/Berdych with Murray/Del Potro

    The open era in tennis began in 1968--46 years ago. If you're only 45, then you didn't see the pre-open players play except on film or maybe at the very end of their careers when you were a very small child. I'm considerably older and I did see Laver, Rosewall and Newcombe, among others, play...
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    Opponent says I "bounce the ball too much"

    I'm old. I don't have that much life to waste, so I wouldn't play socially with someone who bounced the ball that many times. Most the people I play with don't even bother to bounce it at all, just hit the ball and play.
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    Do you have a default pattern of play?

    Serve wide, then hit the ball to the backhand until I miss, get an error, or get a short ball. If the short ball bounces high enough, then try to put it away cross court on the short angle. If the short ball isn't weak enough to put away, then slice the ball deep to the backhand corner and...
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    Estimating serve speed using height of ball on fence

    There are previous threads on this topic--I know I started one before understanding just how hard it would be. My math skills are pretty poor, but I finally calculated that on a tennis court with a typical 20' between the baseline and the fence that a flat serve hit from 8' above the ground...
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    what are your swing thoughts?

    This. Or all sorts of other stuff and then I miss it.
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    REALLY slanted courts.....

    I went to high school at a small town in a resort area in northern Michigan, and the only public courts had only about two feet of cement behind the baseline, followed by another two feet of gravel and then the fence. A friend and I played there all the time and learned to stand on the...
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    Thoughts on height over the net

    I read an article on the math of the flight of the ball, and what I remember is that a ball hit at a height of one meter from the baseline at 67 miles per hour needs to clear the net by 1.8 meters if hit flat and 2.2 meters with topspin to land on the opposite baseline. Of course you want to...
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    The Premature Celebration Hindrance Call

    My regular hitting partner often says something like "Aw [crap]" when he hits a ball he thinks is going out--and sometimes it goes in. We've played often enough so that I ignore it now, but to begin with sometimes I'd get a late start for a ball because I assumed he was right about it being...
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    Just played a weird set

    If you play enough, almost every scoring possibility will occur. Last Sunday I lost a 7-5 set where I was 3-3 on my serve and he was 4-2. I had at least one break point on all of his serves, and in his last two service games he came back from 0-40 and 5-40. He played absolutely great on every...
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    Got beat by a guy hitting slice forehands

    If I had a choice between only hitting forehand slices or being afraid to come to the net, I'd choose hitting the slice.
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    If Wimbledon was played on blue grass...

    Federer would win every set and every set would be a Golden Set.
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    Question (need answer)

    Tennis has changed so much since I started playing back in the 1960s that this question is rather tricky. In the 1970s when I was in my early 20s, I was a class A player and played in Open Tournaments getting as far as the semi-finals once. But the game was entirely different. Almost everyone...
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    On Which Side Do You Err?

    Like some others here, I think there is a lot of self-deception going on in this thread and all the similar ones--or else many of you have a very different world view than I do. I'm pretty confident that the sun will rise in the East tomorrow morning, but I'm not 100% sure even of that. Maybe...
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    My Encounter With a Pusher

    That's still the right way to play. But I have such trouble getting my whites white enough! I'd allow wearing colored clothing, but only on public courts of course.
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    Return Grip Backhand vs Forehand

    I hold the racket in an Eastern Forehand grip so I can take a swing at the serve, if it goes to the right place. If the serve goes to backhand, I either slice it from the Eastern Forehand grip or hit two-handed with the right (dominant) hand in the same position.