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    How to teach a 1hbh to a young kid?

    Many people say that the rarity of the 1hbh in today's tennis is due to the fact that kids are starting earlier and earlier. It seems that kids need to be playing by around 8 years old if they wanna make it big. The problem is that it is very difficult to teach a 1hbh to a kid this young. Most 8...
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    Federer's loses this year

    Roger has lost 8 times this year. In 7 of those 8 losses (87.5%) he has had leads or significant chances to win: 1. Against Hewitt in Brisbane. Had BPs in the 3rd. 2. Against Djoker in IW. Got to a 3rd set tiebreak, then fell apart. 3. Against Nishikori in Miami. Played amazing to get...
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    Is the mental game overrated?

    I hear very many people blame their failures in tennis on a poor mental game. But sometimes I feel that this goes a bit over the top. People think: "My physical game is absolutely topnotch! If I only had my head together I would be so darn good." But actually their main issues are physical...
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    Tips for my bro

    I have a 13 year old younger brother who is just starting in competitive junior tennis. He is a pretty decent player for his age (he can beat most of the older 3.5 guys at my club) but hasn't played many junior tournaments yet. His game is unusual in the sense that his best shots are his BH and...
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    Ugliest and most beautiful games on tour

    This is obviously very subjective so try not to judge or argue too much. Here are my picks: Most Beautiful of All Time: Andre Agassi (I love clean compact strokes) Ugliest of All Time: Fabrice Santoro (I liked him, but his game was hideous) Most Beautiful Currently: Novak Djokovic (clean...
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    The ATP social media GOAT: Dominic Thiem!

    https://www.facebook.com/1.Dominic.Thiem The Thieminator's page is my new favorite follow on social media! Seriously. If you haven't followed him yet, I recommend doing so ASAP! The page is amazing! He writes a detailed match analysis in English AND German after EVERY SINGLE MATCH! Awesome! And...
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    How did ttwarrior1's epic drama play out?

    Looked in the adult league section and it seems that the greatest thread of all time was deleted! What happened?! Did people start accusing OP of trolling and the whole thing got out of hand? Anyways, the deletion of that thread was a great loss for the forum. I started this new one in odds and...
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    Who will be better: Zverev or Coric?

    Which one of these 2 very impressive 17-year-olds has more potential? I was stunned by both of their games in recent tournaments. To me it seems that Zverev has the bigger game and bigger weapons, while Coric is more athletic and has better defense. Some of Coric's gets and scrambling points...
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    Simplifying your game (i.e. variety is overrated)

    I think I stumbled on a valuable insight recently. Many coaches and players praise variety as a valuable asset, but IMO it can sometimes also be a disadvantage. Variety has never been a struggle for me. I don't have big weapons, but do have a wide arsenal of shots. I am pretty athletic and have...
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    How to quickly improve your net game, guaranteed!

    This is one of the most amazing drills for net play I've ever tried! The results are amazing and very quick! I am sure that if every elite junior included this in their daily training regimen, we would see a comeback of net play within the next few years. It goes like this: 1. Get a pro...
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    Made a guy quit today

    I was playing a fellow junior player in a training match at my club. Our training matches mean nothing officially, but they really determine the pecking order among the juniors. Everyone really wants to win. I was playing a guy who I typically beat. He is a year younger though and really wants...
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    The Cause of the Weak American Field: USTA Junior Tournaments

    As someone who has gone through the grind of USTA junior tennis, I created this thread to share my (mostly negative) views on how the whole thing is being run. IMO this is the main reason why the American mens field has been so weak in recent years. Here are the main things I have noticed over...
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    How to find the zone when you need it?

    It happens very rarely in a tennis players career. You play a match where you find your VERY BEST tennis at the moment when you NEED IT THE MOST. Happened to me about 2 weeks ago in a tournament. I was playing a kid almost exactly at my level. What made the difference in the match was that I was...
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    Why are some people so obsessed with their balls?

    Some people (especially older club players) have such an obsession with (tennis) balls that it gets pretty ridiculous! The other day I was working at the front desk at my club. Some older ladies came in to play a (non-USTA) league match. One of them stopped at the front desk and asked me for...
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    Would you rather lose like Bouchard or Federer?

    If you were to lose a grand slam final, how would you prefer it to happen: getting destroyed by a GOATing opponent or losing an epic 5 setter that you had chances to win? I would rather be destroyed by someone playing the match of their life. It would be much easier to accept and live with the...
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    Is Fed the best when getting outplayed?

    Roger Federer has an uncanny ability to keep the match close (or even win) when he is actually getting significantly outplayed. Today's final was an example. He had no business winning the first set. Nole was going deep in all his service games while Roger could barely string 2 return points...
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    What would you rather watch: Live Futures Final or Wimbledon Final on TV?

    I was faced with this choice today. I could stay home and watch the Wimbledon Final on TV or go to the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center (20 minutes from my house) and watch the final of the F17 Futures from the front row (admission is free for all!). The matches started close to the same time, so I...
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    Hail Becker!

    Seems that Big Boris managed to banish Nole's mental demons and finally get him over the line in a GS final. Congrats to both player and coach on one of the sweetest titles of Nole's career. Hope this title ends all the "Fire Becker" BS threads on this forum!
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    How to play on a super-slippery court?

    I was playing in a tournament this week under very tough conditions. The surface was Har-Tru, but it was poorly maintained. The courts are used year-round (they put up a bubble in the winter), often rolled and rarely watered. Because of this, the surface is super dry and rock-hard with a little...
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    Tennis isn't meant to be played in any particular way!

    I hear it way to much on this forum and even from TV commentators. They say: "That's the way tennis should be played....", "That's not real tennis...", "Tennis is meant to be played....". The problem with all these statements is that tennis isn't meant to be played in any particular way. It is a...
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    What would you do in this situation?

    A very interesting situation came up in a tournament I was playing in recently. I was playing a guy who was very evenly matched with me. The match was pretty much dead even the whole time. He broke my serve at the end of the first set and won it 6-4. I broke him in the first game of the second...
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    Fognini fined $27,500!

    Fognini fined $27,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, "visible obscenity" Dayum, huge fine! Why so much? He was fined $20,000 for one incident of "unsportsmanlike conduct", $5000 for another, and $2500 for "visible obscenity". Does anyone have a video of what he did? I am especially interested in...
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    Am I at risk of getting bumped?

    I started playing for a 4.5 league this summer. Since Pittsburgh is a pretty weak tennis area, I am significantly above average at the 4.5 level. I would probably be a legit 4.5 in a strong region, but here I'm closer to a 5.0. I've played two matches so far. The first one was at #2 singles. I...
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    The deadly angled backhand

    I recently noticed how useful this shot can be. I can be hit with either slice or topspin with similar results. The topspin version is a bit easier to hit with a 1hbh IMO. The 1hbh provides a bit more spin and wrist flick that make it easier to hit at a sharper angle. The idea is to hit a...
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    How do you practice?

    IMO there are three main ways of training in tennis: 1. Drills. Cross-court, Down-the-line, volleys etc. 2. Point/match play 3. Off-court work. Lifting, stretching etc. My practices are typically centered around #2. I don't really like drilling (I find it rather boring) and am not a big fan...
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    Whose call is it when the ball goes through the net?

    I was playing one of my buddies in a practice set today and an interesting situation came up. I was serving at 5-3 30-0. We got into a pretty long rally which ended with him hitting a swinging volley off my defensive lob. I was sure the ball was gonna hit the net when it came off his racquet. I...
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    If your opponent is blatantly cheating and there is no official, do you hook back?

    I do. Fortunately I have very rarely been in this situation. Most of the time simbly talking to the opponent or calling an official is good enough. But if my opponent is definitely, obviously, 100% certainly cheating, I will get my point back. I make very certain to emphasize that I am not...
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    Dimitrov has now won a title on every surface

    2013 Stockholm on indoor hard, 2014 Acapulco on outdoor hard, 2014 Bucharest on clay, and now 2014 Queen's on grass. Very impressive stuff from the 23-year-old. He is truly a threat on all surfaces. And it has all happened since he hired Roger Rasheed as a coach in October 2013. Really good work...
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    Most MPs/SPs saved

    What is the biggest number of MPs or SPs you've saved and still won the match? My highest is 6 SPs. It was in an L5 backdraw match. The first set was super-close. Both of us were serving well and holding with ease. But when the set got to a tiebreak, it all went wrong for me. He hit a...
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    Coaching and emotions on court

    A trend I see almost universally in high-performance academies and junior development programs is coaches discouraging all shows of emotion on court. The standard coaching mantra seems to have become: "Turn your back to the opponent, fiddle with your strings, go through your rituals etc.". It...
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