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    Is this a legitimate let?

    I wish every ball I hit wide that bounced into another court was unreturnable, but I'm not that good. :-) However, the interpretation that you favor basically means that any ball I hit wide that bounces into another court where there is play going on can almost never be a winner. As long as...
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    Is this a legitimate let?

    We had this happen recently, and we did not play a let because I was of the opinion you can't call a let for action on an adjacent court that doesn't impinge upon the boundaries of your court. To me, players on the adjacent courts should be considered permanent fixtures. The situation, in my...
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    We are going to Nationals!!!

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    Purpose for Hybrid?

    In short: Cost, comfort and feel. The poly/syn gut hybrid will cost you less per racquet than the full poly job. How much less depends on which poly you are using. The poly/syn gut hybrid will be less stiff, offering better comfort and less wear and tear on your arm and shoulder than the full...
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    5 Different Head strings

    You might want to try using Sonic Power mains with FXP crosses. That should be closer in feel and power to your current poly/multi hybrid than a full bed of Sonic.
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    Stringsavers and Gut/Poly hybrids - your experience

    I've experimented with gut/poly hybrids, and I find string savers help extend the life of the stringjob, provided you use a poly with good (for a poly) tension maintenance. I don't have a pattern for the string savers - I play once without them, and the I just put them in wherever I see...
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    Drinking on the job

    A couple of guys bring beer for our team. We usually end up having enough to share, but we tend to focus on taking care of our own, as few other teams are that organized. Anyway, the usual is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale all around, plus a Guinness for me. A good selection of craft brews also never...
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    How many of you live in North Carolina?

    Durham has a full USTA League Schedule. There's a USTA tournament in Durham in two weeks, and one in Cary the weekend after that. Next month there's a tournament in Raleigh. I'll drop you an e-mail.
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    2nd serve ace discrimination

    Interesting. The usual reaction from my opponents for my second serve aces is an incredulous look, a head shake and "Nice serve."
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    The Etiquette of USTA Singles

    I honestly have never asked my opponent in a singles match to hold a ball for me. The third ball goes against the back fence/curtain. I don't find it distracting or worrying. If I was playing someone and they asked me to hold the 3rd ball for them, I'd probably look at them like they were an...
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    Reflections Of A Would-Be Singles Player

    My problem in trying to get my singles game back in gear is that I use the alleys a lot in doubles. All of my unconscious aiming points include that extra width. When I get on the singles court, I find myself consistently missing the sidelines by a couple of inches. Great doubles shots, but...
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    I'd like to re-string less often: NXT 17

    Hmm. OK, here are some options: Klip Legend Gut mains/Gosen OG Sheep Micro crosses. Cost $1 less per string job than NXT. Should outlast and out play NXT. Add string savers to significantly extend the life of the string job (adds about $1.00). The biggest problem will be getting your hands on...
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    What the HECK ? Lost 4 matches in a row in USTA tennis.

    Doubles rewards aggression a lot more than singles does. "Safe" and "conservative" shots tend to be volleyed away for winners by aggressive opponents. Also, doubles points tend to be shorter, so if you can't hit that aggressive shot 5 times in a row, it's OK. In doubles, you probably only...
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    What the HECK ? Lost 4 matches in a row in USTA tennis.

    Actually, it is fair to ask your partner to try to take a little off their first serve so they get more of them in, or to try to serve that second serve the opponent's backhand, as long as you realize that they might not be able to manage that. However, assuming that he's still going to feed...
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    How Far In Advance Do You Set Line-ups?

    As a player and a captain, when I commit to play in a league that plays on regular nights, my thought is that I am holding those nights reasonably free for matches.
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    What the HECK ? Lost 4 matches in a row in USTA tennis.

    I'm enjoying a ridiculous slump at the moment as well. My Best advice, which I'm trying to follow myself, is to think back carefully on what's going on, and see if you can spot any trends, any simple things that you're doing or not doing that might be causing your off results. In my case, I've...
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    How Far In Advance Do You Set Line-ups?

    I try to get lineup out a week in advance. That usually means asking folks about 10 days out for their availability. I've done the calendar thing in the past, but this year people's schedules changed too often due to work and kids. Damn adulthood.
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    Need a different hybrid

    For whatever reason, TW doesn't carry Pro Supex - I really wish they would. However, if you use your good friend Google, you can locate some US sales outlets.
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    Need a different hybrid

    That feels exactly the same? No idea. However, you should probably give a Pro Supex Big Ace/Maxim Touch Hybrid a try. Cost is about $8 per racquet, and I liked the way it played.
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    Avoiding My Singles Nightmare Scenario

    Well, this is a bit late, assuming the match was today, be here are a couple of ideas: 1) Drop shots and short slices to draw her into the net. Get her off that baseline and make her hit from much further into the court than she likes. If she's not comfortable or effective in the short court...
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    What kind of surface was this?

    Sounds like this stuff: It's what they use on the public courts in Durham. Unfortunately, here they seem to forget that bit about reapplying the coatings every 5 years, so many of the courts are in horrible shape from the padding rotting out. When it's new, or well...
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    The Frozen Partner

    Well, one thing is that even when you don't have a play on the ball in doubles, you should always be moving and keep your feet moving, especially if you're the net person. So, let's construct a mythical point here. Let's say you're returning serve, and your partner is at net. Her first job...
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    How much does a serve potentially change your NTRP Rating?

    Everything else being equal, improving your serve and your return of serve could move you up a half point (3.5 to 4.0, for example), I guess. These really are important strokes, because they set the stage for the rest of the point. Here's an example: There's a woman I play against. When we...
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    Going At The Net Person

    Unless your opponent has rooted themselves to the court, you need to go at the net player on your return a couple of times a match. You need to establish in their minds that you are willing to go down the line, which makes them much less likely to poach. It's almost irrelevant whether you win...
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    Looser strings-->Help *cup* ball for topspin?

    Not sure about the physics, by I have a Volkl Cat V8 strung with Head Sonic Pro at 40 lbs right now, and it plays really well. I've not noticed a loss of control. The feel is good, especially at the net, and it's so much easier on my arm.
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    rec foot faults

    "Adult Fun Night?" I let it slide. League or tournament, tennis? I call the egregious ones .. but, as per the rules, I always warn on the first one. Actually, if I see the guy foot-faulting badly in warmup, I'll mention before the start of the match that foot-faults are callable. "Just a...
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    One of your players gives away the lineup to the other team....

    As captain, I've set the expectation on my team that everybody can expect to play at any position in the lineup, so just show up mentally prepared. I generally don't let out who's playing with whom and where until we're on site for the match. Occasionally, I'll tell some folks I'm planning to...
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    To Touch Or Not To Touch

    In order: You/Your partner have final say. You don't have to take your opponent's word for it - the Code is clear that it is your call, not your opponent's. In doubles, your partner should call it and stop play if they see it. If your opponents stop play to ask you about it, and you...
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    Huge gap from 4.0 to 4.5 singles?

    I just moved up from 4.0 to 4.5 this year. The biggest differences are speed/anticipation and bad errors. At the 4.5 level, your opponents simply get to more balls in a position to do something with them, either because they are faster, or because they anticipate better. Shots that forced weak...
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    Clay Court Confusion

    The ball doesn't always leave a mark on clay. I've seen soft shots with little spin leave no visible mark. So, sometimes they can't actually show you the mark.