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July 9th, 2009

Davis Cup Quarterfinal Previews

Can “Dr.” Ivo rain down the aces on clay? The nod goes to Croatia as Blake is 0-4 in live ties on clay and Fish has only one win in the same situation. Marin Cilic should dictate this tie, but the Bryan brothers will do their best to keep it a live tie by Sunday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:58 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 70 Comments »

June 17th, 2009

Forget Debating Tennis GOATS, Track Paradigm Shifts

The sport has changed enough in a short period of time to ask if tennis fans can accurately compare eras right next to one another.

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:26 am in 2009 Season, ATP, Miami, Tennis | 159 Comments »

June 4th, 2009

Tennis Notes: Rafa Opens School, Serena Drama Dodger

Serena Williams at the French Open: “I’m like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them. I don’t want to be that girl.”…

Posted by Staff @ 1:38 pm in Tennis | 36 Comments »

April 23rd, 2009

Nadal Wins, Gets Pass to SF; Nalbandian Withdraws

Unfortunately the meeting is not to be, as after Nalbandian won his match on Thursday, he withdrew from the event citing an injured hip.

Posted by Staff @ 3:46 pm in Tennis | 22 Comments »

April 7th, 2009

USTA Pro Circuit Shows U.S. Emphasis on Claycourt Tennis

“The clay court portion of the USTA Pro Circuit schedule has served players for much of the last three decades to develop specific aspects of their games to achieve the next level of world-class play,” said Brian Earley, Director, USTA Pro Circuit.

Posted by Staff @ 3:16 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

April 5th, 2009

Murray Says He Can Be No. 1 This Year; Dokic on Downslide

According to the Miami Herald, one-third of the spectators at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami/Key Biscayne have a net worth of $1 million or more. With the event drawing approximately 300,000 patrons during the tournament, that’s a lot of cash coming through the gate…

Posted by Staff @ 11:17 pm in Tennis | 119 Comments »

April 3rd, 2009

Serena Hobbles, Azarenka Chokes Way Into Miami Final

In the final Serena will face Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, who overcame a bout of choking to defeat another mentally-challenged opponent, Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 11:16 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 26th, 2009

Dmitry Tursunov in Miami: From Russia with 30-Love

“It’s not really you. You’re basically trying to make a facade for the people. You’re never gonna please everybody, anyway. Somebody’s gonna say, ‘This guy’s a dick.’ Somebody’s gonna say, ‘He’s a nice guy.’ If they catch you at a bad time and you snap and say something bad, you’re not being polite, they form an opinion of you basically being an ass. When you’re in a happy mood, you’re the greatest guy out there. It’s kind of a difficult time to be in the public eye because everything you do is under a microscope.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:40 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

March 25th, 2009

Tennis Instruction: Got Grip Drift?

Conscious control of the racquet needs to be maintained within the backswing. There are a few ways that players can do this: hold a penny or other coin in the palm when you serve. Unless you have a very sweaty hand, the coin will usually fall to the ground if you switch grips on the backswing. Just having the coin in your hand is usually enough to help a player maintain conscious feel of the grip.

Posted by TennisOne @ 10:41 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

March 19th, 2009

Electronic Line-calling Malfunction Costs Ljubicic at Indian Wells Tennis

After losing the replay point, Ljubicic lost the next point to lose his serve, walking to his chair for the changeover while the Indian Wells crowd booed the electronic line call. Ljubicic had argued to no avail with the chair umpire that the make the electronic line-calling system had made was “ridiculous.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:01 pm in Tennis | 45 Comments »

March 19th, 2009

Tennis Handicapper: Thursday at Indian Wells

Ljubicic is more fit after his rededication to tennis, but this should be a walk-through for Murray.

Posted by Staff @ 1:19 pm in Tennis | 107 Comments »

March 18th, 2009

China Tennis Booming with $15 Million Web Cash Influx

If you’ve never heard of, join the club, but the internet portal is apparently swimming in cash as it just announced a 100 million yuan ($14.63 million) investment in the 2009 China Open tennis tournament, according to the China Daily newspaper.

Posted by Staff @ 2:32 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 16th, 2009

Tennis Instruction: Is the One-Handed Backhand a Thing of the Past?

I am not going too far out on a limb here but I predict there will be less than a total of three combined one-handed backhanders on the men’s and women’s tour that make the quarterfinals at Indian Wells this year. That is three out of 16.

Posted by TennisOne @ 5:15 pm in Instruction, Tennis | 22 Comments »

March 14th, 2009

Djokovic Says ‘I’m No Quitter’ Prior to Indian Wells

“I’m just playing tennis for myself and I always have put my health as a priority to everything. Tennis is probably my life at this moment, but it’s not the only thing in my life.”

Posted by Richard Vach @ 2:14 pm in Tennis | 126 Comments »

March 10th, 2009

Tennis Instruction: Catch Your Volleys Instead of Hitting Them

As a teaching professional, speaker, and writer, I am always looking for ways to help players master shot-making skills. And, when I say “players,” I mean many players, as in thousands. This is because I often address hundreds of players (and coaches) at a time when I speak, or, if I’m on the court, sometimes [...]

Posted by TennisOne @ 3:31 pm in Instruction, Tennis | 2 Comments »