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How to Keep Score for a Tennis Match
A simple introduction to the basic scoring and procedures for playing a tennis match: the system of points, games, tie-breaks, sets, and matches explained for beginners.
What's the Right Length Tennis Racquet for a...
How to use age, size, strength, and experience to choose the right length tennis racquet for a junior player. Page 2.
The Tennis Master Quiz - A Level-by-Level...
This tennis quiz challenge starts with an easy question at the beginner level. Each time you answer a question correctly, you will get a more difficult question. To make it all the way through Level 10, you will need to have an uncommon mastery of tennis knowledge.
Tennis Quiz for Beginners
This fun quiz covers the basics of tennis, such as positioning, scoring, serves, forehands, and backhands. It will grade itself and show you the correct answers where needed.
Rafael Nadal: Basic Facts and Game Profile
Profile of Rafael Nadal and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Getting Your Racquet Grip Size Right
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
All-Time Tennis Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
How Beginning Tennis Players Can Choose a Racquet
How to choose the right tennis racquet for a beginner, based on price, power, materials, and specs such as weight, length, and balance.
Photo Tour of the One-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photos of the Full Eastern, Modified Eastern, Continental, and Western one-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses for topspin, slice, and flat backhands.
Tennis Drills
The best tennis drills for beginners, intermediates, and advanced players, as individuals or in groups, providing fun, skill-specific practice on forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, overheads, quickness, footwork, power, depth, placement, and consistency.
Tennis Strategies: Tips for Winning in Singles...
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Basic Serve
Photos illustrate this step-by-step, free tennis lesson that will help you learn how to hit the basic serve. Simple, easy instructions include the stance, grip, ball toss, windup, swing, point of contact, and follow-through.
What Racquets and Strings Will Prevent Tennis...
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing racquets and strings that transmit less shock and torsion to your arm.
Photo Tour of the Forehand Grips for Tennis
Close-up photos of the Eastern, Semi-Western, Western, Continental, and Hawaiian forehand grips for tennis, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses.
How to Hit the Topspin Serve
Photos illustrate this step-by-step, free tennis lesson on how to hit the topspin serve, one of the two kick serves used most often as a second serve in tennis.
How String Tension Influences Racquet Performance
Understanding how energy dynamics in the ball-string interaction govern the effect of different string tensions in tennis racquets.
Evolution of the Modern Racquet
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
Clay Courts: the Good, the Bad, and the Debatable
The advantages and disadvantages of clay tennis court surfaces, including red clay and green clay or Har-Tru.
How to Hit the Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
How to Fix Your Forehand in Tennis
How to fix problems with your forehand in tennis: adjusting your forehand grip, swing, stance, and timing to hit better forehands.
Tips for Teaching Youngsters to Play Tennis
How to get young beginners off to a fun, successful start in tennis, using easy stroke progressions and the right kinds of drills and games.
How to Handle an All-Court Opponent
Strategies and tactics you can try against the most complete type of tennis opponent, the all-court player.
Stan Wawrinka's Strokes in Photos
Photos of tennis pro Stan Wawrinka: a gallery of pictures of Stan Wawrinka hitting backhands, forehands, and serves that illustrate explanations of his stroke techniques, starting with the backswing for his one-handed topspin backhand.
Photo Study of the Roger Federer Forehand
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
How to Apply an Overgrip
Photos illustrate step-by-step instructions on how to apply an overgrip onto your tennis racquet. A grip wrap keeps your handle drier, preserves your original grip, helps to prevent the racquet from slipping out of your hand, and can be used to fatten a racquet grip that's too small.
Li Na's Strokes in Photos
Photos of tennis pro Li Na: a gallery of pictures of Li Na hitting backhands, forehands, and serves that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques, starting with the backswing for her two-handed backhand.
Doubles Tactics Illustrated
An illustrated guide to tennis doubles tactics, starting with standard positioning at the start of a doubles point for the server, the receiver, and the partner of each.
Underhand Sidespin Serve - Video and Analysis
A free tennis lesson using full-speed and slow-motion videos to help you learn the underhand sidespin serve, an extreme spin serve used commonly in early tennis history and as a rare surprise in contemporary tennis. Page 2.
Five Mental Toughness Tips
Get your mind to be a partner, not an extra opponent, on the tennis court. Here are five top tips to use in your mental toughness training.
Photo Study of Rafael Nadal's Forehand
A photo study of Rafael Nadal's forehand, beginning with a photo and explanation of Rafa's forehand grip, backswing, and stance.
Which One-Handed Topspin Backhand Grips do the...
Photos and descriptions of the one-handed topspin backhand grips used by some of the world's top male professional tennis players, starting with Feliciano Lopez.
WTA Tour Rankings - Women's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
Tennis French Open History Quiz
See how much you know about the history of the French Open tennis tournament, a.k.a. Roland Garros. This quiz will grade itself and show you the correct answers where needed.
Choose the Best Tennis Racquet for Control and...
Learn what control and power really mean in a tennis racquet; how racquet weight, balance, and stiffness influence control and power; and which racquet specifications are likely to produce the best blend of control and power for different types of players.
Index of Step-by-Step, Photo-Based Tennis Lessons
Free step-by-step tennis lessons using photos to illustrate tennis strokes, including serves, forehands, backhands, volleys, half volleys, drop shots, drop volleys, backhand overheads, topspin lobs, and grips.
The Pros and Cons of Grass Tennis Courts
The advantages and disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Roger Federer's forehand grip.
Points of Contact for Five Spin Serves
Photos illustrate this tour of the ideal points of contact for the topspin slice, topspin, twist, slice, and underhand sidespin serves in tennis.
What Are the Origins of Tennis?
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Winning Singles Strategies at the Beginner Plus...
How to win more tennis matches with better strategies and tactics at the beginner through early intermediate levels.
How To Find Your Grip Size
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
Four Safe Ways to Be More Aggressive
If you're not trying some of these tactics to make your tennis more aggressive, you're probably playing it so safe that you're at greater risk of losing.
Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
Photo Tour of the Two-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
Basic One-Handed Backhand: Photo Lesson
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
Animated Tour of Tennis Footwork Exercises
Animations illustrate a sequence of tennis footwork exercises you can use to warm up and as agility training.
How much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
How to Hit the Topspin-Slice Power First Serve
Photos illustrate this step-by-step tennis lesson on how to hit the topspin-slice serve, the most common first serve and the most powerful spin serve used in advanced tennis.
How Can I Teach Myself Tennis?
Which tennis strokes should you learn first as you use free, photo-based lessons to teach yourself how to play tennis?
Seeding
Definition of seeding in tennis.
Wild Card
A wild card is a special admission (or a player who gets one) into a tournament draw despite lacking the standard qualifications.
Grand Slams
Definition of Grand Slams in tennis.
Group Tennis Games - Jail and Around the World
Jail (or Jailbreak) and Around the World are two great tennis games for large groups of kids.
How to Hit the Semi-Open Semi-Western Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the semi-open, semi-western forehand in tennis.
Serena Williams: Gallery of Strokes
Gallery of Serena Williams photos: pictures of Serena Williams hitting backhands, serves, a forehand, and a volley illustrate explanations of how she hits those strokes.
Photo Study of the Rafael Nadal Backhand
Photos of Rafael Nadal hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a two-handed backhand.
Tennis Control Drill Series
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
Male ATP Tennis Players Quiz
This fun quiz focuses on the career accomplishments of the world's top male tennis pros. It will grade itself and show you the correct answers where needed.
How to Spend Almost Nothing on Tennis
If you don't think your budget is ready for tennis, here are some ideas that will change your mind: tips on saving money on lessons, racquets, strings, balls, and court time.
Tennis Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
Photo Study of Andy Roddick's Serve
Photos of Andy Roddick hitting serves illustrate important tips on how to hit powerful first and second serves.
Tennis Racquet Care and Stringing
How to keep your tennis racquet performing at its best: tips on racquet stringing and taking care of your racquet frame.
How to Handle The Spin Meister
How to find the right strategy and tactics against the heavy topspins, backspins, and sidespins of the spin meister tennis player.
Open Era
Definition of the Open Era in tennis.
The Two Best Aiming Drills for Beginners
Full explanation of how to run the Master of Groundstrokes drill, where beginner tennis players learn to aim their forehands and backhands into certain areas of the court. Page 2.
Tennis Quiz for Intermediates
This fun tennis quiz will help intermediates measure and improve their knowledge of strokes and tactics. Topics include serves, forehands, backhands, spins, positioning, rules, singles, and doubles.
Which Forehand Grips Do the Top Female Pros Use?
Photos and descriptions of the forehand grips used by top female pros.
Tennis Quiz Central
Tennis is a thinking person's game. These tennis quizzes and mazes will exercise that part of you responsible for both strategy and making the strokes happen.
Advanced Doubles Tactics Illustrated
An illustrated guide to advanced doubles tactics in tennis, including the positioning and roles of the server, the receiver, and the partner of each, starting with the serve and volley tactic.
Why and How to Hit on the Rise
Hitting on the rise gives you several advantages in tennis, but your timing, positioning, and point of contact with the ball must all be more precise.
The 24(?) Types of Tennis Balls
With four speeds, three types of upholstery, and two power sources, the tennis ball universe might need its own Blue Book.
The Two Best Aiming Drills for Tennis Beginners
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on aiming volleys and forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
How to Buy a Racquet for an Advanced or...
Background advice on choosing a racquet for an advanced or intermediate player, with links to top picks for all-court players and baseliners.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
How to Hit the Heavy Slice Serve: Photo Lesson
Photos illustrate this step-by-step, free tennis lesson on how to hit the heavy slice serve, a serve with nearly pure sidespin that makes it curve sharply to the left as seen by a right-handed server.
Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
Photo Study of Richard Gasquet's One-Handed...
Photos of Richard Gasquet hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a one-handed backhand.
Mini Tennis
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
Serve Repair
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
List of US Open Men's Singles Champions
A list of all of the past men's singles tennis winners at the US Open. Trace US Open history through the records of great champions like Bill Tilden, Jimmy Connors, and Pete Sampras.
Step-by-Step How to Hit the Forehand Drop Shot
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand drop shot in tennis.
Backhands: One Hand or Two?
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, focusing in this part on the one-hander.
Backhand Repair
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
How to Hit the Twist Serve
Photos illustrate this step-by-step, free tennis lesson on how to hit the twist serve, one of the two kick serves used most often as a second serve in tennis.
Doubles Positioning of the Bryan Brothers:...
How Bob and Mike Bryan use positioning to win in doubles.
The Two Best Levels Tennis Drills for Beginners
In Return of Serve Levels, the player tries to work her way from returning the flattest, easiest serves to returning serves with spin and power. The player practices forehand and backhand returns from both the deuce and the ad sides. Page 2.
Your Complete History of Wimbledon Women's...
A list of all of the past women's singles tennis winners at Wimbledon. Trace Wimbledon history through the records of great champions like Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Billie Jean King.
Tennis Elbow
Learn how to prevent tennis elbow by choosing elbow-safe equipment, improving your strokes, and changing off-court activities that may cause tennis elbow.
What size racquet should my kid use?
What size junior racquet should my kid use?
Choosing Grips, Overgrips, and Balls to Prevent...
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing the right grip size, applying an overgrip, and using arm-friendly tennis balls.
Maria Sharapova Profile
Profile of Maria Sharapova and her tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Wimbledon - Past Men's Singles Champions
A list of all of the past men's singles tennis winners at Wimbledon. Trace Wimbledon history through the records of great champions like Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg.
Tennis Racquet FAQ
Answers to your questions about tennis racquet weight, balance, length, materials, cost, stringing, stability, and more.
What's the difference between "extra duty" and...
What's the difference between extra-duty and regular-duty felt on a tennis ball? Which are best for hard courts or clay courts?
The Two Best Levels Drills for Tennis Beginners
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills in which the player works through increasingly difficult levels as she progresses.
Should You Use the Same Toss for Different Spin...
Should you use the same toss for different spin serves in tennis? Do pros Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Samantha Stosur, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, and Novak Djokovic use the same toss for different spins, or is there a difference between the tosses for their topspin-slice first serves and their kick second serves?
Top Five Doubles Tips for the Receiver
The top five tips for the receiver in doubles tennis, using placement, positioning, topspin, slice, and lobs to return serve more effectively.
The Structure of Men's Professional Tennis...
The structure of men's professional tennis, beginning at the ITF's Futures level, followed by ATP Challengers, ATP Tour and Masters, and ITF Grand Slam tournaments, with increasing prize money and ranking points at each level.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Review of the Tennis Twist Ball Machine
Review of the Tennis Twist, the most portable and inexpensive of all tennis ball machines.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
Tennis Racquet main strings Glossary Definition
Definition of tennis racquet main strings.: string tensions string tension glossary definition page nbsp energy dynamics
Five Person, One of the Best Tennis Practice...
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhands illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
The Three Best Net Drills for Intermediates
Full explanations of how to run the three best intermediate tennis drills for net play, including volley and overhead skills.
Super Tennis Shots - High Deep Topspin
How to produce a high, deep topspin that will draw errors or short balls from your opponent in tennis.
What grip works best for volleys?
The pros and cons of the main volley grip systems in tennis, including the Eastern grips and the Continental.
The 5 Best First Serves in Women's Tennis
Which current WTA players have the five best first serves?
Photo Study of Andy Murray's Strokes
Photos of Andy Murray hitting forehands, backhands, serves, and a volley illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
How To Make a Ball-Pickup Tube
A simple how-to on making a ball-pickup tube. This homemade tube picks up tennis balls as well as an commercial pickup tube or hopper.
What's the best grip for first serves?
What's the best grip for first serves?
Seven Little Tennis Riddles and Brain Teasers -...
Solve seven tennis riddles ranging from trivial to technical.
How to Hit the Forehand Topspin Lob
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob in tennis.
ATP Tour Rankings - Men's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
How much does a beginner racquet cost?
How much does a beginner racquet cost?
A Hierarchy of Tennis Shots
The core shots of tennis, ranked from most to least essential; the most important shots in tennis might have somewhat different rankings.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
Volley Drills and Games
How to improve your net play through volley drills and games you can do with a friend.
Playing Tennis Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
Buying an Adult Tennis Racquet
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
Caroline Wozniacki's Strokes in Photos
Photos of tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki: a gallery of pictures of Caroline Wozniacki hitting serves, backhands, forehands, and a lob that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques.
How to Improve Your Serve Toss
Why the service toss can be tricky and how to make it reliable: one of the easiest ways to improve your serve in tennis.
Major Records in Tennis History Maze - A Quiz...
Try to weave your way through ten questions about the all-time tennis records with as few steps as possible.
Female WTA Tennis Players Pros Quiz
This fun quiz focuses on the career accomplishments of the world's top female tennis pros. It will grade itself, and if you miss a question about one of the great women players in tennis, it will show you the correct answer.
Photo Study of Samantha Stosur's Serve
Photo and explanation of Samantha Stosur's serve toss.
The Two Best Consistency Drills for Tennis...
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on consistency of forehand and backhand volleys and groundstrokes.
How to Become a Tennis Teaching Pro: Part I
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
Best Defensive Tennis Tactics
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
Will a loop backswing help or harm my tennis...
How much loop to use in the forehand backswing is a subject of much debate among tennis teaching pros. Does a large or small loop, or perhaps a paused-loop, give you the best timing, racquet-head speed, and topspin?
Simona Halep's Strokes in Photos
Photos of tennis pro Simona Halep: a gallery of pictures of Simona Halep hitting forehands, backhands, and serves that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques, starting with her forehand backswing.
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