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    Illegal behavior apparently now acceptable in women's tennis...

    I am curious as to why no one seems to be making a serious move to sanction the clearly illegal coaching provided to Maria Sharapova at the U.S. Open. I think the WTA and USTA need to come out with a clear statement about whether or not they intend to enforce the official rules against...
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    Mirka, you're a dollbaby!

    I absolutely loved that leopard-skin-coat-thingy you wore to your man's quarterfinal match. It was very New York, New York! Maybe one of your single friends on the women's tour needs a guy like me to tour with her. Then, you and I could sit in the players' box and look glamorous together...
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    "The Inner Game of Tennis" is Genius

    Just finished reading this book. It's a must-read, must-memorize. For a long time, I have struggled to understand the competition part of tennis. I love to play the game, but I have really always been a stroke-maker more than anything. I've always gotten myself tangled-up in competitive...
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    Strategy question: Countering the high ball with a one-handed backhand...

    When stuck in the predicament of hitting a very high, topspin ball on my backhand side, what is the most effective way to counter? Please keep in mind that I am not asking for advice about preventing myself from being in that situation, nor am I asking for advice about moving in to take the...
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    Will a lighter racquet make it easier to hit high, one-handed backhands?

    I have a one-hander on the backhand side. So, not surprisingly, the high backhand is my nemesis. I was wondering if a lighter racquet will make those chin-high topspin balls easier to hit. Also, what effect will a lighter racquet have on my slice backhand? Informed opinions welcome...
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    USTA rating system confusion

    I'm a bit confused by the USTA rating system. I find that many people call themselves 4.5 when the lose regularly to 4.0 players. Also, people who call themselves 5.0 sometimes lose to 4.5 and even 4.0 players. It's a given that we all have our good and bad days, but to call yourself a...
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    Interesting point about racquet weight...

    I recently read this in a book on high level tennis (unfortunately, I forgot the name of the book), and I thought some of you might find it interesting. Apparently, a lighter, faster-moving racquet will increase serve speed rather dramatically, however it will not increase the speed of...
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    What's the difference between a counter-puncher and an aggressive counter-puncher?

    A teaching pro recently told me that there is a difference between these two styles (the latter being a relatively new addition to the game of tennis). The classic counter-puncher would be a guy like Chang--retrieve until the other guy breaks down. The new aggressive counter-puncher would be a...
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    Herbal tea being used by many athletes???

    I have heard that several tennis players (as well as some baseball players) have been using an herbal tea of some sort that is supposed to help increase a person's spatial awareness. Has anyone else heard about this? If so, do you know what this herb is? Apparently, it is perfectly legal...
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    Why am I breaking poly crosses but not gut mains????

    The first time I did this, I thought it was a fluke. But I have broken yet another poly cross string. My theory is that the gut strings are losing tension over time, while the polys hold their tension so well that they end up "doing all the work". Could this be the case? I have never been...
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    What racquet has the most quality-control

    I am wondering which of the players racquets has the best quality control from frame to frame. (For example, I have noticed that the new Head liquid-metal prestiges are made in Europe again. I know that the China-made Classic Mids had some pretty crappy quality control. Are the Czech made...
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    ncode tour question - consistency of manufacturing

    I have demoed the ncode tour 90 several times now. On the TW website, it lists the racquet at 9 pts head light. The racquet itself states 12 pts head light. However, the model I am testing couldn't possibly be either of those. It feels and balances out almost even. I noticed that the...
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    Gut/Poly Hybrid Tension Question

    If I string the mains with Gut at, say, 60 lbs., should I string the crosses at the same tension? Or, should I string the crosses at the "recommended-10%-less-tension" that is recommended for all-poly jobs? Also, what's the verdict on mixing guages? Should the mains be thinner, or thicker...
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    Where is the best place to train to develop as a player?

    California, Arizona, Florida... all seem like good/obvious places. Is there a best place to go train for tennis? Also, what's the process for earning a qualifier spot in the U.S. Open? Obviously, one must be a USTA member and develop a ranking by winning matches in open tournaments. But...
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    What's the tennis scene like in Phoenix, AZ?

    I am considering moving to Phoenix Arizona, and I was wondering what the tennis scene is like there. I currently live in Indianapolis, and the scene here sucks. It's hard to find good singles players, and hard courts are really the only playing surface, even at the private clubs. Is Phoenix...
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    Who is the oldest player to ever make a breakthrough?

    We've seen older players make a breakthrough before. For example, Martin Van Kirk made it to the semifinals (or was it the finals?) of Roland Garos several years ago at the age of 31. It seems to me that with todays knowledge of fitness and nutrition that a player could feasibly breakthrough...
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    Looking for 4.0+ hitting partners in Indianapolis

    I started playing tennis again this past winter after many years out of the game, but I am having a lot of trouble finding quality hitting partners in my area. My summer league is a 3.5 level team, and all of the other players are much older than I am (I am 31). I have been networking the best...
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    Paint Job Conspiracies and General Stupidity

    There seems to be no way to put these types of discussions to rest once and for all. The constant questions about whether a pro is really using this or that seem to never end. Most pros (those ranked outside of the top 50 or 100) are using some frame or another that, at least, is similar...
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    Congrats Henin-Hardenne!

    She is truly my favorite player in tennis (mens and womens). I love watching the backhand. She is truly an example of a player who gets absolutely everything out of herself through pure determination and hard work. She will be a threat for many years to come, and I look forward to seeing...
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    Poly Strings are Destroying My Arm

    I have never had tennis elbow before, ever. I started using poly strings (even at veeery low tensions), and I have absolutely chronic tennis elbow now. I just lost a match to someone that I could have beaten, because my arm was literally trembling with pain as I held the racquet by the third...
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    Qualifying for Pro Tournaments in the U.S. - How?

    Can someone explain to me (not by just posting a link to the USTA website - because I've been there, and it isn't very informative) what the first step is to playing big-time tennis in the U.S.? I know there is college tennis, but I am out of college. I have made major improvements in my game...
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    One-handed backhand with an oversize racquet?

    Can a person use an oversize racquet while hitting a one-handed backhand? I always assumed that this was a bad idea, but maybe not. I don't really have any reason for my opinion except just a general hunch. Any opinions? I guess it also depends on what you consider "oversized". Keep in...
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