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    Federer fans : what would have delighted you the most ?

    Before the season, I would’ve preferred Federer to win another French Open because it is so unlikely to happen. After the French and Wimbledon are over, I 100 percent would’ve taken the Wimbledon win over even beating Nadal in a French final. Now, however, I would take one last US Open title...
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    Crazy Tie Off Positions

    . I’m not the most experienced stringer , but strung this racquet yesterday and actually had a few expletives slip out when I got to the final tie-off on the crosses. The cross tie-off is at 11 Throat. There was barely enough room to pass the string through and loop it around for the tie-off...
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    Prince Bandit 105 stringing pattern?

    I just got the racket in hand and it is strung exactly according to the pattern you suggested. It is 16 x 19 is the only difference. Two piece. Any suggestions on length of string to use on mains v. crosses? I never trust my judgment without stringing instructions.
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    Prince Bandit 105 stringing pattern?

    Asked to string a Prince Bandit 105 but cannot find stringing instructions online. I don't have racket in hand yet so it may have instructions on the racket. Online I can only find instructions for Bandit 95 or 110. Thanks in advance.
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    New Miami Open Venue vs Old

    What did they do with the old tournament site? That old center court stadium was always an iconic reminder of early season tennis on pro tour.
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    Sandgren has some game

    I’ve followed his career since watching him and his brother play collegiate tennis at nearby U of Tennessee. They had an exceptional team a couple of those years that ran into juggernaughts of USC and UVA and never captured a title. Tennys is a different type of dude with a grinder type of...
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    Laver Cup Court Colors

    Have watched now both years of the Laver Cup and thought the court made for an interesting viewing experience. Wife just came into the room, stared at the tv and asked “What in the world is going on in this tennis tournament.” I asked what she meant and she said the court makes it look like...
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    Serena Williams

    Don’t recall all the details but I still remember Martina Hingis getting booed unmercifully off the court at the French Open one year versus Steffi Graf. She was really young and was maybe hitting some crazy shots to throw Graf off. Crowd didn’t like it and started booing her. Hingis started...
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    American Twist serve

    Thanks everyone for all the tips and replies. I’ve enjoyed each. And, I am going to do what I should have done decades ago: I’m going to track down my high school coach and get the skinny from him if possible. No idea why I didn’t try to learn this serve from him. I swear I wish I could go...
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    American Twist serve

    As a righty, what should I be doing with my right arm through the swing to get a Twist? As you brush the ball, do you sort of swing parallel to the side of your body — meaning swing along the baseline? Or do you brush the ball as you swing your arm forward toward the net/service box?
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    American Twist serve

    Ha ha. Old man words. This is sort of what I was afraid of —that I was really outdated in my terminology even though I’m in my forties. But, for real, there is a difference between a kick and a twist serve. Craziest thing when it bounces sideways away from you.
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    American Twist serve

    Coach isn’t dead, just no longer around the area. Terrific guy by the way who loved to beat me unmercifully with the Twist serve back in the early 90s. There was also a lefty college player who hit the American Twist the opposite direction. He was before my time but I got to play points...
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    American Twist serve

    This video refers to this serve as a kick serve. Whatever it is called, the American Twist jumps away from returner like this serve does.
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    American Twist serve

    I can kick serve all day long. No matter what you call it, there is a difference between a kick serve and an American Twist serve. The AT is probably just an advanced variant of the kick serve. The best way to describe it is the ball seems to loop up over the net and dives down into service...
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    American Twist serve

    Have played tennis going on on 3 decades but have never been able to hit the American Twist serve. Can someone list 3 or 4 pointers that one should focus on when trying to hit the American Twist? Things such as grip, stance, toss, swing, contact point, etc. I am not too far off from being...
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    What was the exact moment you became a fan of tennis?

    I am 45 and the first match I recall watching was McEnroe v. Connors at Wimbledon in late 1970s or early 1980s. I’m guessing it was their match in ‘77 when I was 5. My older brother was watching the match early on a Saturday morning and I sort of became interested because he was cheering the...
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    Microdiscectomy Journal

    Bulging disc issues for nearly a decade here with no relief. One day at work the pain shot through my lower back all the way down to my right foot. Debilitating and on the floor crying in pain. Right leg and foot were functional but numb. Off and on with Ortho for about a year. Felt like...
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    What is Feds schedule the rest of the year

    The only way I see him showing up in Paris for the French is if Nadal is still physically ailing. At this point it is all about giving himself the best chance for a slam title. It makes no sense to grind his body down on clay and lessen his chances for another WIMBLEDON where he will be the...
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    What is Weather Forecast for AO Men's Final Tonight?

    Anyone know how hot it is supposed to be at the start of the men's final tonight?
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    Still Can't Believe Fed has 18

    I feel exactly the same. Despite their history I felt very confident that Federer was going to win the match. Then in the 5th set I lost faith and gave up. I have to admit I shed some tears when Roger dug deep and pulled out the title. The losses have been so personal over the years that...
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    Still Can't Believe Fed has 18

    I feel exactly the same. Despite their history I felt very confident that Federer was going to win the match. Then in the 5th set I lost faith and gave up. I have to admit I shed some tears when Roger dug deep and pulled out the title. The losses have been so personal over the years that...
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    Still Can't Believe Fed has 18

    I feel exactly the same. Despite their history I felt very confident that Federer was going to win the match. Then in the 5th set I lost faith and gave up. I have to admit I shed some tears when Roger dug deep and pulled out the title. The losses have been so personal over the years that...
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    Core Strengthening After Back Surgery?

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. After nearly two years of not being able to do much by way of exercise, I am finally feeling 'well enough' to get some activity going. I also do need to shed a few pounds that have piled up during my inactivity. The reason I posted initially was to get...
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    Core Strengthening After Back Surgery?

    I have had back problems since around 2001. Began with bulging disc and sciatica that I learned to live with combined with relief from rare steroid injection from doctor. It was basically a miserable way of life, but one that I managed. In 2014, more disc herniation which led to nerve...
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    AC Joint/Rotator cuff pain in shoulder?

    Upon reflection studying these diagrams, it appears lower on the shoulder/arm than the AC Joint. Maybe a tendon issue?
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    AC Joint/Rotator cuff pain in shoulder?

    This is now November. In August I woke up one morning having slept awkwardly on my right shoulder. My shoulder was in tremendous pain. I had never had pain in this area before. Right at the tip top of the shoulder. The pain has subsided but has never gone away. Sometimes it is seemingly...
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    Getting an autograph or selfie from federer

    I've been to the Cincy tournament 4 or 5 years and was able to get Federer's autograph each time. I was shocked by how much time he devoted to signing autographs and taking photos with fans. Federer is also kind of sneaky about it. He will sign a few and appear to leave, but then reappear a few...
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    Cincinatti Question

    The view from up there is fine, especially if you don't know what you are missing by being lower. You can see the players and the action just fine. Now, I am a veteran of the Cincy tournament and have been spoiled by sitting in the lower section from time to time. But last year watched the...
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    Problem with TW website on my Smart phone.

    After the recent changes to the TW forum, and change back to the old lay out, my blackberry can no longer access the General Pro Player Discussion forum. I can access all the other forums, but just not that one. I never had that problem until the recent changes. I've cleared my cookies and...
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    AO 08 - Mono Fed vs. Joker

    I've never thought much about the fact that Federer had mono, but I don't think it should be dismissed as irrelevant. You don't have to look far for examples of careers that have been completely derailed because of mono. Watching Soderling's recent interview reminded me that mono could have...
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