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    High altitude balls and string tension.

    Playing at 9000' I am living in Quito, Ecuador and playing at 9000' above sea level. It has taken me about a dozen hitting sessions to adjust to the thin air. The balls do fly long, and don't slow down, and my kick serve is kicking 6' high or more. I also get tired quickly if the rally is...
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    New camera, new serve video, critique!

    Serve It is a different kind of serve that I have rarely seen anyone else do, but comes from me playing basketball before taking up tennis. Being 6'4, the serve is the strongest part of my game in general so I have no desire to change it. If I am lazy about not jumping very high, I have been...
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    Rules question?

    So we should have played a let as the opponent did ask for a hindrance but since the ball was on our side I thought my partner had a right to stand anywhere on our side of the court. Luckily it was a friendly match!
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    Rules question?

    So what if the opponent had swung at the ball and hit my partner? Would that have been a hinder on my partner?
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    Rules question?

    So if the ball bounces back over and hits my partner before the opponent hits the ball or the ball hits the court, it would be the opponents point? I think I can agree with that. Or least that would definitely be a hinder.
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    Rules question?

    Ball bouncing back over A player is allowed to hit the ball on the opposing side if a ball bounces back over to it. An opponent can even technically run around the net to hit the ball but can not stand inside the lines on your side. My partner didn't try to distract him but I think was...
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    New camera, new serve video, critique!

    Thanks, I still have the same motion with leg raise, but have improved my kick serve as well as the slice that you noticed and sometimes use the standard grip instead of eastern forehand for my flat serve to add a little bit of spin. I find the kick serve has been very valuable against righty's...
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    Can anyone show me what a 'benchmark' 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 look like?

    I did live in Brisbane, Australia for 2.5 years but now living in Auckland, New Zealand. Australia is huge, the same size as continental US with only about 5 big cities which are each like 10 hours drive or more apart from each other so not so close. NZ has a better tennis ranking system...
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    Rules question?

    During a doubles match, I hit a dropshot, that with the wind, bounced back over to our side of the court. The opponent ran to it and reached over the net, but stopped his swing because he might have hit my partner who was very close to the ball. Does the opposing team have the right to call a...
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    my strokes (5.5) if interested

    I have seen Tony play and he is 5.5, damn fast, very steady, good defense, and can hit winners when he has time. I watched him play a guy who was serving around 120mph. He is a very hard working player. I have seen other 5.5 and 6.0 players at my university. I was rated 4.5 in US (now rated...
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    High School players and other outdoor players: How did you overcome the sun?

    I switch serves depending on the angle of the sun. I will hit slice if sun is overhead since the toss is more out in front. I will hit the kick serve is the sun is setting since then the toss is more directly over my head. I will back off on hitting so hard when conditions are difficult like...
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    Doomed to being just a 3.5 NTRP player?

    Oh, yeah, after I beat that 4.0 guy like 4 times in a row, he never wanted to play me again! He knew I had him figured out and would likely never lose to him again. But I owe him for teaching me those 4.0 tennis lessons.
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    Doomed to being just a 3.5 NTRP player?

    When I made the move from 3.5 to 4.0, I once lost 24 matches in a row against a steady 4.0 player. I never gave up but just kept playing him to figure out what it takes to beat a 4.0 player. He hit slow and steady topspin on both sides so I had to learn to be patient and wait for the short...
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    Murray Didn't Win Because... (complete the sentence)

    he forgot to serve and volley and be more aggressive in general.
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    Murray's strategy against Federer

    As someone else said, hit spinny, loopy, heavy topspin shots to the one hand backhand is the way to go. One hand backhands struggle against lots of topspin, and you can get a floater to come back so you move in and volley away to the open court. I wish Murray would have changed up the pace and...
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    Murray's strategy against Federer

    Murray's first set strategy was to outrally Fed backhand to backhand. Late in the 2nd and into the 3rd set he started hitting harder and attacking the backhand or even attacking the forehand but otherwise would rally backhand to backhand. But the way Murray beat Nadal was to always stay on...
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    Why does it seem like left-handed players have an advantage...

    Righties are used to playing righties. Lefties are used to playing righties. Righties aren't used to playing lefties. Lefties aren't used to playing lefties. Lefty spin is tricky to deal with since we aren't used to it. A lefty with a good slice serve is a dangerous player. Also most...
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    Your serve toss

    Playing in windy conditions I tend to keep it low, but sometimes my toss is too low and I can't get fully entended but ideally you want it about 6 inches over the top of the racquet just falling as you make contact. Keep it simple, less problems like wind to deal with. The higher the toss, the...
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    Favorite Mountain to ski?

    Canyons in Utah was huge and we had the place to ourselves, cheap, easy to get to, and great snow. Vail is excellent with so much powder in the back bowls. Whistler is amazing with one mile drop and so many different types of snow to ski on in just one long run. Grouse Mt has the best view of...
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    my strokes (5.5) if interested

    yeah, the coldest is gets here is 5C (40F) and the hottest is 35C (95F) and it's usually dry so you don't sweat much which is nice. Typically the weather is between (16-24C) 60-75F when I play in the evening and not too windy either. The birds can be noisy when settling down. The kookaburras...
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    100+ mph TW club

    Plenty of people can serve over 100mph, even some 3.5s. Usually the younger guys can rip it up while the olders guys hit more in the 85-90mph range. I have hit with guys who have been clocked at 118mph and others who seem to hit similar around 120mph. I have been radared at 110mph using week...
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    Perfect in drills, fall apart in match play--ARRGH!

    Stop drilling and the mindless rallying. Your opponent is hitting soft shots to you in practice and letting you hit from your comfort zone, but in a real match you often have to hit awkward shots or from different places on the court than you are used to. Just play lots of real matches and try...
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    my strokes (5.5) if interested

    Wow you were awesome a couple of years ago. Tennis is great here. Saw many good players here at the Brisbane Open last January. I play 2-3 times per week year round. Temps range from 50-95 so perfect for tennis since it is usually dry and not as humid as Iowa in the summer. I think I am...
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    At Least We Know That Ano is Still Among the Living..........

    I don't buy the official 9/11 story and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan so I moved out to a warmer dryer climate where I could play tennis year round. Aussies drink more than Americans, especially on Friday nights. They are a bit more humble and quiet, but also sometimes not as...
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    my strokes (5.5) if interested

    From where corn is king to the land of oz and roos.
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    my strokes (5.5) if interested

    Tony, Hey Tony, how is the tennis? Did you play Waterloo Open this year?
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    At Least We Know That Ano is Still Among the Living..........

    I am back on TW, oh yeah! After a couple of years away, I am back and now playing tennis in Brisbane, Australia at the University of Queensland Tennis Club. Have I missed anything in the last two years?
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    The Bump Update Thread

    Mixed is a different beast, so don't worry about it. Keep working at it and eventually you will start to figure out what you need to do or what you need to work on. Cover you alley, try to build a wall and let your partner take balls down the middle. Have fun and communicate with your partner...
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    Aussie Doubles Anyone?

    I used Australian last week and it worked well with a good net partner and serving down the T. My partner crowded the net near the center and my heavy slice serve made it hard for the returning to go down the lines. We won like 10 points in a row this way from the deuce side against a 4.0...
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    Looking for sandbaggers for 4.0 team in Greensboro NC

    Good stuff there! Dang I got bumped to 4.5 this past year and forgot to appeal. I know the weather would be nicer there so would have been willing to move.