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    New warmup tool, the Snauwaert racquet!

    A friend brought this goofy racquet to the club this weekend. It used to be legal for play, and Vitas Gerulaitis supposedly used it until it was made illegal. Anyway, I asked to hit with it to see what it was like. It was heavy. You hold it with the oblong part pointing down. Wow, I was...
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    Doubles: switch if you didn't break 'em?

    If you're playing doubles and you don't break the serve of the other team at all in the first set, do you automatically switch receiving sides for the second set? Seems to me you have nothing to lose, but sometimes I have a partner who doesn't want to anyway.
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    USTA match, my teammates' bad calls...

    Yikes, there was some drama on one of our courts this weekend. The opposing player kept questioning my teammates' line calls. I saw some of the shots, and they were close enough to go either way. But in the match tiebreak, my teammate swung at a baseline shot, flubbed it, then yelled BACK, IT...
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    Poor Jelena Jankovic... can't even get a racquet sponsor?

    I really like Jelena Jankovic, but was shocked watching last night's match against Ivanovic that Jelena was playing with a blacked out racquet with no logo on her strings. Has she fallen so far that she can't even get a racquet sponsor? For the uninitiated, if a racquet maker won't pay the...
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    Funny conversation at state USTA finals.

    Played in the state USTA finals this weekend. It was combo doubles. The other guys were very nice, they were good sports, and they beat us. (Ugh.) I thought this was funny for a team that made it to state finals. Here was the conversation at the start of the match. Me: "You won the...
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    New balls for USTA match... already open?

    Had a great USTA doubles match yesterday, even though we lost in split sets. The other team were good sports and nice folks. There was only one thing that bothered me. Both teams had warmed up with their own members. When we were given our court assignments, we met our opponents. They...
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    Custom paintjob to match racquet to car.

    First, don't attempt this unless you have new replacement grommets! My racquet is discontinued, and the guys at Stringers had to go to a lot of work to combine my old grommets and some new ones from a similar racquet. Played USTA with this racquet yesterday. As of today, it is undefeated...
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    Which way do you wrap overgrip?

    I have always wrapped my overgrips by starting with the squared end at the butt, and finishing with the tapered adhesive end at the top of the grip. That way, the little adhesive holds the grip while I add the tape. The tapered end is flush to the top of the overgrip. I started doing it this...
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    Serving a dead old ball from another court.

    In the new issue of Tennis magazine, the Court of Appeals gave a very odd answer to a query: "On my partner's serve in a doubles match, he picked up a ball that he thought we had been playing with and proceeded to serve. After returning the serve into the net, the receiver called a let because...
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    Divider nets - open or closed during normal play?

    Alright, forum mates, what's the policy at your club? Our indoor courts have divider nets that you can pull closed between each court. When someone is having a lesson or using a ball machine, it makes sense to keep those nets closed because balls are spraying everywhere. Here's the issue...
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    Etiquette Q: okay to retrieve balls from adjacent court between points?

    A common scenario: our point ends and the ball rolls to the fence behind the players on the next court. When their point ends, is it okay to run in quickly to grab my own ball, or should I ask them to get it for me? I send balls back to other courts all the time, and it doesn't bother me...
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    Tennis quips I never want to hear again...

    Please list the ones you hate. You know those clever lines that were funny the first time you heard them on court, but you won't care if you never hear them again? I'll start. After shanking a winner off the frame, someone will inevitably say, "You paid for the whole racquet, you might...
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    "Funny" story of league play at a public park

    Sometimes these USTA matches take you to places you haven't been before. My wife's 3.0 team had a match yesterday at a downtown park. Some local kids hung out behind the fence, repeatedly taking "upskirt" pictures with their cellphone cameras. (They were holding the cameras down as low as...
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    Rude to say "Match Point"?

    The Code says 10. Treat all points the same regardless of their importance. All points in a match should be treated the same. There is no justification for considering a match point differently than the first point. Given its location in the Code, I assumed that rule meant that line calls...
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    Sneaky trick for friendly matches only.

    Surely I'm not the first person who's thought of this: Tonight at a singles ladder match, my serving opponent lined up on the wrong side of the court to serve. He correctly called out the score, but I then pointed to the opposite court before the toss. He moved and served properly. BUT...
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    How to play after you run out of gas? Tips to avoid?

    I have always disliked direct sunlight. Played a match against a new opponent last weekend. It was hot and muggy. I had been careful to drink a lot of water the day before and that morning. Lost the first set 6-2, but figured out his game (and found my serve) and was ahead in the second...
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    What Unforced Error annoys you most?

    What unforced error annoys you the most. For me, it's hitting a ball in the net. Drives me crazy.
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    Public court etiquette when hitting many balls

    I've been on both sides of this issue, so would like to know what folks think. Tonight at a public court, two guys were going through a whole hopper of balls while practicing. One guy was at the net, and he'd feed a new ball to the other guy, and they would keep a rally going as long as...
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    One shot at video instruction: what to work on?

    I'll be at a resort this weekend and will have one shot for a 2 hour lesson at a facility that has slo-mo video instruction. I am a basic 3-3.5 player, 46 y.o., decent footwork, but my strokes are more "instinctive" than adherent to proper form. So, would my one shot at professional video...
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    Adult site copying threads from this board?

    I ran a Google search on my screen name, and the very last thing on Google was my thread from this TW forum about a McEnroe/Sampras exhibition match. The website is now down, but I checked Google's "cached" version, and it was an adult website with lots of pictures of topless women, then a...
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    How to serve in Mini-Tennis?

    How do you make a game of "mini-tennis"? I assume you play and score like a regular match, except the boundaries are the service boxes. Here's the real question: how do you start a point? You can't serve like normal because you're so close to the net.
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    What if opponents make contact over net?

    I've searched the rules, but have found no answer to this question. What happens if a player at the net hits the ball (on his side of the net), and the follow through of his racket makes contact with an opposing player or the opposing player's racket on the other player's side of the net...
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    Why Not call "30-30" as Deuce?

    If the score is 30-30, the rules for what happens next are just like deuce; the first person to get two points ahead wins the game. So, why don't we just call it Deuce if the score gets to 30-30?
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    Six players, one pro, one court, four to six hours. What to do?

    A friend of mine has a private tennis court out in the country (paved with Rebound Ace), and I want to hire a pro to come out for day of lessons and training for our families. It's four adults (2.0-3.5) a 3.0 teen and a 2.5 child. My idea is three hours in the morning, a break for lunch (and...
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    Classic wooden racquets - names?

    I'm old enough to have played with wooden racquets and those big ugly warp guards with the wing nuts, but I don't remember any of the names of the racquets that were considered really good. Now that I'm back into tennis, it would be fun to find some old wooden racquets and play with them some...
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    Why is it effortless to BH balls over fence, yet...

    I know this is a dumb question, but hitting 1H backhands against a ball machine the other day I started whacking a few balls over the opposite fence. It really felt effortless to do that, yet it seems to take so much effort to hit a backhand with any pace into the opposite court. Should I...
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    You should mention this forum in your TV and print ads

    I think this discussion forum is one of your best selling points. You should add a line in your print and TV ads that says something like... "... plus the best place online to talk tennis..."
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    McEnroe/Sampras Exhibition Match - Raleigh, NC

    John McEnroe and Pete Sampras put on a fun exhibition match in Raleigh this weekend. The tennis was great, and both guys hammed it up for the crowd. The best part of the show was when Sampras, down 40-0 in a game, handed his racquet to a 14 y.o. ball boy and sent him in to play the point...
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    Rule/Etiquette on hitting toward opponent at net?

    Watching a recent doubles match in a tournament, there was quite a dust up when one player hit an overhead smash that struck the player at the net. The referee had to intervene to calm everyone down. I have heard that it's rude to hit right at another player, and in this situation the...
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    You're down a set and a break... Now what?

    From various readings, it seems to be the consensus that when you're playing a match and find yourself down a set and a break, that's a magic moment when you should realize that you have to do something different. The game you brought so far isn't going to get you past this match unless you can...
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