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    How to handle Chip-n-chargers.

    Hi all. I am a 3.5 lefty player with topspin forehand and 1HBH. I play baseline game and it has been working quite well. There is another player at my club who frustrates me with his chip and charge game. The most frustrating part is the chipping. He sends both forehand and backhand with a...
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    Question about the rules of tennis

    I have a similar scenario to share. I was playing a doubles match and hit a topspin lob off of a serve. One of the opponents ran back to get it but he thought it was going long. He did not hit the ball but while he was waiting for the ball to bounce, it touched his shirt and then dropped...
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    Need feedback on groundstrokes & serve

    Interesting videos. Thanks for sharing. Your FH looks pretty good but you fall behind on some of them and that either makes the shot sail long or you lose power over it. Early preparation, stepping to the ball and hitting through it might help. On the 1HBH, give yourself more room between...
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    How to assess your opponents weaknesses?

    IMO, you can either play to their weaknesses or to your strengths. What about testing them with your strengths? The problem with focusing on only their weaknesses and pay less attention to what you do well is sometimes you found the weakness that you can't exploit. For example, they have poor...
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    Grunts

    Sharapova's grunts make me think of how she would sound in the bathroom during a bad bout of constipation. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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    Kim Clijsters not so nice article

    Not that I endorse Kim calling the reporter an a**hole. But being nice does not mean you have to be a pushover. Some of those reporters are nasty and invasive. Kim had the right not to answer the question, I just wish she had responded to the reporter in a more professional way. By the way...
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    World's Sexiest Tennis Players by ACE Magazine, hmmm...

    Capriati has every right to be on the list, the men's list that is. Ivanovic should be in the top three. And where is Vaidisova???
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    Nucknames of Tennis Players

    I thought Hewitt's nickname was Rusty...
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    Badminton , have you tried it ?

    I played badminton growing up, then switched to tennis. Unless you play both tennis and badminton often and are good at both, one will screw up the other. Racquet handling, the arm and wrist motion and body positioning are quite different among the two sports.
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    One handed backhand grip issue

    Wouldn't a slice backhand with eastern FH grip cause your ball to float because of the open face? I hit both slice and topspin BH with eastern BH grip. Slight variation toward continental for BH slice and slight variation to semi-western BH grip if I want to rip heavy BH topspin.
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    Suggestions needed!!!

    Probably not a good idea to be restrictive and play only with people at your level. Try playing above and below your level. With better players, you'll learn how to be match tough and know which part of the game you have to improve. With weaker players, you'll learn how to play your game and...
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    Anyone have tips to move LESS?

    One of our club pros is a big guy. You wouldn't think he could play tennis, you wouldn't even think he could walk! He doesn't move much when he plays. Here are my observations about him. 1. He reads the oncoming shot very well and positions himself early. 2. He hits hard, flat strokes that...
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    Are you a lefty?

    Lefty for tennis, soccer, writing and eating. Righty for throwing ball and hitting a volleyball... It's amazing how people neglect to notice my handedness during the match. One time, the last person to know I'm a lefty was my doubles partner.
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    How to avoid passing shot at the net?

    Just wanted to offer something from the passing shot maker's point of view. I have a regular hitting partner who is a pretty decent serve-and-volleyer and a very good net player. I am a baseliner and I usually hit passing shot winners when... 1. His approach shot is not deep or well-paced...
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    Fav forehand grip?

    I use eastern primarily for its versatility. However, I occasionally would go semi-western for that extra topspin if the opponent is a baseline hugger and invites me to a power rally exchange. :)
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    Do you believe that Seles could have won Wimbledon if she was not stabbed in 1993?

    It's funny how the logic applies to Seles and not Graf. To Seles' fans, had she not been stabbed, Seles would have found a way to win on grass. And Graf wouldn't have found a way to beat Seles??? I am an admirer of both players but Seles' fans seem to use the 'stabbing incident' as their...
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    Do you believe that Seles could have won Wimbledon if she was not stabbed in 1993?

    The question of the post is whether Seles would have won Wimbledon had she not been stabbed. I just find it hard to speculate a player's performance on grass based on their results on other surfaces. You can make a case that Seles was a dominant player at the time but her game never suited...
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    Worst player to win a slam?

    My vote for female players goes to Kuznetsova. She was speculated to be 'The best Russian' but has not delivered. After winning US Open in 2004, she won only one more title in Bali (the following week) and none in 2005. Was an embarassment to Russia during Fed Cup 2004. (Thank God for...
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    Will Hingis Win Another Slam or become #1 again?

    With no one dominant player on the tour right now, it is conceivable that Hingis might find some way to sneak back into the top 10 or top 15. (Provided that she plays as well as she did when she left the tour.) And if Mary Pierce can make a successful comeback at the age of 30, I don't see why...
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    Do you believe Hingis was cheated a Grand Slam at the FO '99

    I do not advocate cheating. But as far as a player's concerned, what they face during a match is unfair ruling and perception of being cheated. And yes, that is one of the obstacles they have to overcome to win that match, especially when the umpire already made the final say. By entering a...
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    Do you believe Hingis was cheated a Grand Slam at the FO '99

    Bad calls happen. I refuse to believe that that one particular point truly dictated the entire match. If you watch the entire match, Hingis indeed played better for a few games after that one bad call. (I still remember Chris Evert's commentation about Hingis raising her level when she gets...
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    And God created Steffi Graf and Roger Federer

    Monica Seles once said in a press conference that she struggled more with Graf's slice backhand than the famous sledgehammer forehand. This was verified by other contemporary players in Graf's time. I actually would like to see how Sharapova or Clijsters handle low, deep slice in today's game...
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    Is it possible to hit offensively with forehand slice?

    I played a guy who has FH slice as his default rally shot. AND IT DROVE ME INSANE! Now, I am a lefty with topspin FH and pride myself in the footwork and speed that I have. But the FH slice got me wrong-footed and I just couldn't hit the ball right! The morale is, if you could master the FH...
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    How Do I Hit This Shot

    I use eastern FH too. When I get a floater near the net, I flatten out my stroke and aim deep cross-court. I hit the ball farther in front and at a higher contact point with the racquet finished just above the opposite hip. :)
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    Video: What rating is this dude?

    I'd rate him 3.5. At best, a 4.0 player who is tired and unmotivated. :)
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    Playing doubles with a much weaker partner

    Just a quick follow-up in case anyone is interested. I played doubles with my (weaker) partner last weekend. We lost. However, she managed to hold most of her service games. Before we started, I went over with her on what she thought she could and could not do. I let her play her strengths...
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    Righty/Lefty Doubles configuration

    I'm a lefty and I prefer to play the deuce side, especially if my righty partner is at the same level as I am. When our opponents see the setup, they usually try to avoid the center because that's where our forehands are. This way, we force them to hit out wide on most shots and most points...
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    1 handed BHers: How often do you slice?

    Gotta love that '99 RG final. I still watch it once in a while. In fact, I think Graf used topspin backhand in that one match more than she had in the prior 6 matches combined. She managed to get a few points off of backhand topspin winners too. :cool:
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    1 handed BHers: How often do you slice?

    I hit mostly backhand topspin. I feel I have better control and penetration on my topspin as opposed to the slice. Having said that, I use slice when the ball is out of my strike zone, i.e. the coming shot is also a low slice or a high bouncing topspin that I have no time to retreat and hit...
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