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    why do challenger events (atp events?) sometimes have such a small qualifying draw?

    i've really noticed this recently.... not sure if it's new and/or challenger-level only. i've seen some qualifying draws with just 4 players, maybe even just 2 players? why is that? is there some guaranteed level where they have to accept you into the tourney either main or Q?... it just seems...
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    i didn't realize Djokovic won a Nole Slam (equiv. Tiger slam)

    i follow tennis pretty closely but i had no idea that Djokovic held all 4 majors at one time. why didn't this get more love from mainstream press? tennis press? the Tiger Slam in golf was huge........... i will note the odds of a top golfer winning a tourney is far far less than that of a top...
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    why was/is murray a top player?

    just a curiousity question......... i can plainly see why federer/nadal are top players and a with a little digging and some visual evidence, i have a very good idea why djokovic is so great. but i could never figure out murray. and i'd seen him live a couple of times when he was youngish on...
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    stat question: rally length and server win rate

    a friend who is moderate tennis fan but big stats/econometrics guy had this general question. and to simply let's assume men's tennis at wimbeldon or USO in tennis, does the server still have a greater than 50% win rate on points when the points gets over 5 shots, 8 shots, 10 shots etc.? and...
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    anyone seen federer F.O. odds?

    anyone seen these... i've only seen his odds of winning 2,3,4 grand slams this year... i realize you could somewhat back them out of the difference between 3 and 4 grand slams. i think 3 grand slams pays 2 to 1 which is great when it's by far the most likely outcome... i guess injury is a...
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    new wilson racquets next month??

    curious if anyone else has heard this..... i was at a big sporting goods store in SF bay area. and the salesman said that wilson is coming out with some major new racquets next month (the sales guy just found out the other day). i've seen a small amount of talk about new racquets on here...
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    did TSN (canada) show tennis at 12:30?

    i forgot to check. i remember tennis listed at 12:30 today (sunday)... i was flipping channels at 1:30 and i think curling was on, so tennis couldn't have been on very long. does anyone know if it's on late tonight instead??
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    4.0 (weaker end?) in vancouver for six weeks

    i'll be in vancouver on the north shore for about 6 weeks. anyone interested in playing at stanley park... What is the cheap club scene like in vancouver? toronto has community clubs, which i don't think vancouver has. but i also think vancouver has pretty cheap no-frills clubs... mostly...
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    what makes the babolat PD special (good/bad)?

    i am looking at the great $$$$ specials out there on the LM Radical MP and the 2 TW testers (out of 5 or 6) who subsequently switched to the racquet (that's an amazing endorsement). but i've played with the babolat PD and it seems like alot of the parameters are fairly similar (i had a hard...
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    anyone seen french open odds for men?

    what are federer's odds on french open? that would basically key his grand slam odds, which are probably 8 to 1.... so i'd assume french open would be about 7/2. i'd want better odds to bet on federer (assuming nadal plays well in paris). anyone seen these odds out there?
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    grip size tradeoffs

    i know we've done this a bunch of times, but i've just fooled around with my grip size and lead tape set up again.. i have quite big hands, and i recently have played with both a fairly small grip and a large grip (using heat sleeve and different sizes of spongy grips)... LARGE GRIP: great...
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    work these muscles?

    played two nights ago and hadn't played for two months... so i think it gives some insight on what muscles are important... only rallied (no serving)... i play 2HB. basically, triceps and small shoulder muscles very sore on right side.... surprisingly, forearm quite sore on 2HB, although...
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    important squat questions

    i've been doing some leg presses recently and some squats... obviously squats probably help build the muscles better but leg presses are much safer. i have a few questions from this: 1) i found it much easier to do squats with a wider stance. but is there a limit to how wide my stance...
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    two fitness discoveries (cardio, arm strength)

    two things i've discovered in my winter fitness regimen (if you can call it that, i've gained some weight). i have just recently been introduced to the stair machine. NOT the stair master.... IMO, stair machine is much much better cardio workout than the elypticals or treadmill.... problem...
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    Anna K now a name in the poker world.

    i was watching poker the other day... not sure what show, but it sounded like mike sexton (sp?). not sure if he does more than one show. anyhow, he said that players are now calling AK the "anna kournikova" hand..... "it looks great but it almost never wins" freaking hillarious, and i...
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    tighter angles with 2HB

    people were so helpful on getting tighter angles on forehand. i was wondering if we can have tips on better angles with 2HB... it seems with 2HB, you don't have the same freedom with the wrist that you have with the forehand. basically easy with forehand to place the racquet many different...
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    simple "wonder wedge" questions

    apparently the wonder wedge entrepeneur posts (lurks?) in here. i have a few questions (i have heard great things about it) 1) do many people play matches with it? or just training aid? (which is o.k.) 2) how much larger does it make your grip? 3) any major chains in canada or USA...
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    2 simple "wonder wedge" questions

    i have searched and there are some threads, but i have three simple questions that i didn't see covered. 1) does anyone play with it on their grip? or just a training aid?? 2) how much does it add to the grip size? 3) do any tennis shops carry it? mail order from canada is painful...
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    getting in amazing game shape

    how do you get in amazing game shape? where your fitness is a huge weapon in 3 set matches (i'm assuming most of us don't play best of 5) was thinking heavy hill work and sprints??? i remember reading about a NCAA football team that did 800 metres 8 times, (of course, one of their players...
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    federer's chances in paris?? "tiger" slam

    what do people think of federer's chances in paris? i was thinking not too great based on QF thru finals in melbourne... although i wonder how slow that surface was versus clay (i think it was alot faster, even though announcers kept saying how slow it was). anyone seen odds on french open? i...
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    how much do tennis players make?

    i was wondering how much tennis players make. specifically men's players. i was thinking there are 4 brackets of players that at least a few of us have heard of 1) elite household names: federer, roddick, agassi, nadal 2) big names: safin, hewitt etc. 3) top players, lesser known...
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    somewhat simple technical question

    i was wondering about balance of racquets when you buy them new. i read a review of ncode 6.1 9.5 and it says it's 10 or 11 points head light (i can't remember exactly, and not the point of thread). anyhow, assuming it's 11 points head light, will it be that balance exactly no matter the...
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    federer ESPN; correct math???

    sorry, i don't have the #'s in front of me. but my math showed that federer match will start around 5 AM tomorrow morning on U.S. east coast, meaning it won't be shown live. 8 hour time difference to melbourne (surprised that small difference) and federer is second match in later...
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    i hit FH & BH on different spots on racquet face??

    i have been wondering about this. i always thought i hit 2HB best with head heavy racquet and FH best with higher lighter racquet. and i think i may have realized that i am hitting 2HB higher up in the loop. does that make sense? i remember someone saying that certain racquets are...
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    separation between hips and shoulders?

    i've notice that golf instruction has gone crazy on ratio between hip turn and shoulder turn on both backswing and impact position. they call it the X-factor and you want larger shoulder turn than hip turn (twice as big) on backswing. and hips open at impact with shoulders lagging...
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    great federer article in weekend FT

    did anyone else read the article on federer in the weekend FT (financial times)? thought it was fantastic. federer sounded very, very giving of his time (phoning the journalist late at night to schedule a meeting the next day, spending 12 hours at a promotional event for the shanghai...
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    aces - deuce vs. ad side

    does anyone know what % of aces players generally get from each side of the court? i know it would be reversed for lefthanders. i think it would be far higher on your natural slice serve side as you can take it out really wide, thereby setting up the down the line ace much better. any...
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    smooth or explosive hip turn?

    wondering how you want to do you hip turn... do you want a gradual turn accelerating? OR, do you want to load up your hips and then fire? the two best players i ever played with were always talking about "opening your hips" optimally, but i barely ever see any mention of this at all on...
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    hitting huge serves?

    wondering what people think is important for hitting really big serves.... for me, i find if it consciously delay shoulder rotation and then absolutely rip thru at the last possible moment, i can hit a big serve and pretty accurately sometimes i forget the tip though and it can be pretty...
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    how close to net for initial volley?

    i don't think i've seen a thread on this... fairly basic i think. but if you hit an approach shot to your opponent, how far from net do you want to be when you opponent hits? does it depend on the angle somewhat? i seem to recall something about the T, but that seems too far away,] i...
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