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    Highest peak level of non ATGs.

    Yeah, agree with adding Wawrinka to the list. And Nalbandian. I would probably vote for Nalbandian, because his talent was just immense. It just never clicked for him at the right time to win a Slam or Slams, but there are matches where he could just handle anybody even if they were totally "on."
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    Taipei and Hong Kong in May

    I'll be traveling through Asia in May. I'll be in Taipei from the May 6th to 12th, then Hong Kong from the 12th to 18th. I've already searched for similar topics, messaged a couple of people. Basically, would like to find decent players to hit with. 4.5 and above preferably. At my best, I...
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    Hi, I'm traveling to Hong Kong soon, would like to find some 4.5 and above players to hit with...

    Hi, I'm traveling to Hong Kong soon, would like to find some 4.5 and above players to hit with. If you are still in Hong Kong and that level, please feel free to email me at chauncey2@mac. com. I'll be there from May 12th to 18th. Cheers!
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    Hi, I'll be in Hong Kong from the 12th to the 18th. Can you play? My email is chauncey2 @ mac...

    Hi, I'll be in Hong Kong from the 12th to the 18th. Can you play? My email is chauncey2 @ mac. com. No spaces.
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    Is it common for 4.5 to play in local open level tournaments?

    This is a common problem. People think to get better they have to hit more aggressively, more winners. That's why there are so many weekend warriors who lose horribly to consistent players and chalk it up to having a horrible day or having to play against a "push." What might be hitting to...
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    The modern game

    You can keep a looser grip with a smaller racket, which in turn allows you to have a more relaxed arm, which can lead to more racket head speed.
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    How do play against a better player?

    This. There was a guy at a club in NYC, he had super ugly strokes but nobody wanted to play him. I made a deal where I got to play for free so long as they could choose who I played with. I was in college at the time. He really was a nightmare to play against. Even 5.0 players could lose to...
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    What is 4.5?

    In that video where a 4.5 player plays a female pro. I actually think that guy's level is a great representation of 4.5.
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    What is the NTRP of these players?

    Just curious… as opposed to what?
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    Is it common for 4.5 to play in local open level tournaments?

    I'm not saying to push, I mean get the ball back. Fight for points, don't go for stupid shots. That's what I mostly see when inexperienced (guys who didn't play lots of juniors or college tennis) guys play somebody superior. They go for super low percentage shots (usually, they act like...
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    Is it common for 4.5 to play in local open level tournaments?

    What's up? E and I have been following C's tennis results, talking about him. Exciting times! Not sure. I'll google the tournament. Maybe I can come up Sunday.
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    Is it common for 4.5 to play in local open level tournaments?

    If the cost of entry doesn't make you wince, and you can accept you might lose in the first round, go for it! It's great experience. I saw one dude who was like a 3.5 playing an open tournament in So Cal. It was a huge tournament, the winner got a wildcard into the qualifiers of a Challenger...
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    What is the NTRP of these players?

    Depends where, too, though. In So Cal, in a major Open tournament, winning two rounds could mean you're 6.0. In smaller ones, at least 5.5, but legit. But in the Eastern region, from what I remember, their top 2 or 3 guys might be top 20 in So Cal level, but the rest of them would be more...
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    What is the NTRP of these players?

    To me they look like strong 4.5 to 5.0 players. Hitting indoors makes everybody sound deceptively more powerful than they are.
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    Which Tennis Great is Most like Rocky Balboa?

    Out of the bunch, I chose Connors. Who I dislike. But, to me, Rocky was an emotional fighter, an underdog, something Connors definitely was at the end of his career.
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    4.5jumping to open in pursuit of 1glorious atp point

    They're way better than 5.0. Those guys would be feeding bagels to almost everybody at a So Cal Open tournament.
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    Could a 5.0 beat McEnroe?

    No way. But a solid open player might have a chance depending on the conditions, how many sets, and how motivated Mac is. Twelve years ago I used to watch him play in Queens quite a bit, and a guy I was hitting with said that the best teaching pro there, a guy who was probably around 27, could...
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    Very impressed with the Australian Open

    The ball striking and defense has reached ludicrous levels on the men's tour. A nearly six hour match where the power just escalating at the end. Unreal. Strongest era ever.
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    This is why Nadal would lose to Sampras every time

    They said the reason Wayne Ferreira went 6-7 against Sampras was he had great speed and could get balls back that an Agassi couldn't. Nadal is faster and more tenacious, and poses bigger problems to Pete's backhand than he does to Federer.
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    "offensive" slice

    Not really. It's how you use it. Just like a change up in baseball. It won't end points, but like a good jab in boxing, it can keep opponents guessing, off balance, disrupt their rhythm, and set up knockout blows. If you can keep it low and deep, and hit both corners consistently, that...
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    A letter to all TW members

    This comes up all the time. The kinds of mistakes you see Donald Young make when he's playing a top 100 opponent, he would never make against anybody on these boards. Tony Lars would be lucky to win 2 games against Donald and that would be on his best serving day. You're delusional but...
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    Nick Bollettieri says the most talented player he ever coached was......

    They weren't trick shots, more like using the same motion that he used to hit a rally ball to suddenly hit a flat bomb or incredible angle. After Agassi lost to him, he said he couldn't read Rios serve, that he was serving like a big guy. It wasn't the pace though, that year, when he was...
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    Experience in pro tennis

    It's a good way to know what you're getting into when agreeing to play with somebody you don't know. Of course, most people lie about it. "I am coming off an injury" is the most common excuse for why they move like Matlock and have the technique of a 3.5 player.
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    Nick Bollettieri says the most talented player he ever coached was......

    No way. Nalbandian might be my all time two handed player when it comes to whose game I would like, but Rios was more talented. I don't actually think Safin was all that talented. He was physically gifted and had great technique, but I actually think he's a perfect example of people...
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    Davenport's comeback thread

    I really like her commentating on US Open Tonight. She seems on point just about all the time. She brings a player's perspective in a good way, she doesn't seem to have any axes to grind, and she doesn't back away from saying a fellow American or star is going to lose. Her style is so winning...
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    Are women really the fairer sex?

    I think in ancient greece men were considered to be more beautiful. Maybe it is social conditioning. Maybe women like checking out other chicks because whereas even ugly fat dudes think they're awesome, girls are always insecure and checking out the competition. And maybe guys would dance...
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    Are women really the fairer sex?

    Straight women enjoy looking at other women, too. I don't know many straight dudes who care to look at hot guys. And I don't think it's merely social conditioning.
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    Levels of the Game by John McPhee... spoiler alert

    ^ I've been watching more Ashe videos. What a talented player. Tennis has come a long ways, though, from the days a guy could wear a regular pair of prescription frames with no strap on it in humid NYC august weather. Wow.
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    Levels of the Game by John McPhee... spoiler alert

    ^ Yeah, he did. Graebner by all accounts had more sound mechanics and played a higher percentage and more straight forward game. Ashe thought that was his problem and that G could really stand to not hit his forehand so hard. Graebner couldn't understand how he always lost to Ashe, somebody...
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    who thought it was a good idea to make Gimmelstob a broadcaster

    Bad as he is, I'd rather listen to him than P-Mac and Drysdale any day.
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