Tennis: Most Popular Articles
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.
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
How to use age, size, strength, and experience to choose the right length tennis racquet for a junior player. Page 2.
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.
How to choose the right tennis racquet for a beginner, based on price, power, materials, and specs such as weight, length, and balance.
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.
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.
Understanding how energy dynamics in the ball-string interaction govern the effect of different string tensions in tennis racquets.
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 find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
How to fix problems with your forehand in tennis: adjusting your forehand grip, swing, stance, and timing to hit better forehands.
Close-up photos of the Eastern, Semi-Western, Western, Continental, and Hawaiian forehand grips for tennis, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses.
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.
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing racquets and strings that transmit less shock and torsion to your arm.
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
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.
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.
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
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.
Which strokes to learn first as you use free, photo-based lessons to teach yourself how to play tennis.
Photo and description of Roger Federer's one-handed topspin backhand grip.
How to win more tennis matches with better strategies and tactics at the beginner through early intermediate levels.
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.
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
How to keep your tennis racquet performing at its best: tips on racquet stringing and taking care of your racquet frame.
Animation illustrates the carioca, a tennis footwork exercise. Page 4.
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.
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.
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
Jail (or Jailbreak) and Around the World are two great tennis games for large groups of kids.
Photo and description of Rafael Nadal's forehand grip.
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Why the service toss can be tricky and how to make it reliable: one of the easiest ways to improve your serve in tennis.
Background advice on choosing a racquet for an advanced or intermediate player, with links to top picks for all-court players and baseliners.
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.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on aiming volleys and forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
Test your knowledge of tennis forehands and backhands: Eastern, Western, Continental, two-handed, one-handed, topspin, flat, and backspin.
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.
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
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.
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
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.
A photo study of Rafael Nadal's forehand, beginning with a photo and explanation of Rafa's forehand grip, backswing, and stance.
A fun, challenging quiz on tennis racquet balance, weight, swingweight, stringing patterns, power, sweet spots, and construction.
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
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.
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
The advantages and disadvantages of pressureless tennis balls.
With four speeds, three types of upholstery, and two power sources, the tennis ball universe might need its own Blue Book.
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.
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills in which the player works through increasingly difficult levels as she progresses.
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.
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
A review of the Gamma Tennis Trainer, a practice device consisting of a tennis ball attached to an elastic band anchored to a weighted block.
A fun quiz on the positioning, grips, spins, and placement used for volleys in tennis.
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on consistency of forehand and backhand volleys and groundstrokes.
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.
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing the right grip size, applying an overgrip, and using arm-friendly tennis balls.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
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.
Photos of tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov: a gallery of pictures of Grigor Dimitrov hitting forehands, serves, and backhands that illustrate explanations of his stroke techniques, starting with the beginning of his forehand swing.
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
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.
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.
One of the best tennis strings for durability, sustained liveliness, and retention of string alignment.
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.
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
Learn how to hit the twist kick serve in tennis.: photo lesson step explanation backhand fence full length
How to find the right strategy and tactics against the heavy topspins, backspins, and sidespins of the spin meister tennis player.
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 to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
How to produce a high, deep topspin that will draw errors or short balls from your opponent in tennis.
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
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 advantages of clay tennis court surfaces, including red clay and green clay or Har-Tru.
Photos of Rafael Nadal hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a two-handed backhand.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
How tight is your knowledge of the effects of string type and stringing choices on racquet performance, arm safety, and stroke production?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
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.
How topspin affects a tennis ball's flight in the air and the height, steepness, and speed of its bounce.
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.
What gauge of tennis string is best?
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.
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
Test your knowledge of the sometimes subtle Code of Tennis with this fun, self-grading quiz.
The best tennis books covering strokes, strategies, doubles, drills, and conditioning.
Which type of tennis lesson will my kid enjoy most? In which will he/she learn fastest? Are private lessons better than group lessons?
Learn how to prevent tennis elbow by choosing elbow-safe equipment, improving your strokes, and changing off-court activities that may cause tennis elbow.
The advantages and disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
A wild card is a special admission (or a player who gets one) into a tournament draw despite lacking the standard qualifications.
Full explanations of how to run the three best intermediate tennis drills for net play, including volley and overhead skills.
The top five tips for the receiver in doubles tennis, using placement, positioning, topspin, slice, and lobs to return serve more effectively.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the semi-open, semi-western forehand in tennis.
Some commonly neglected points of tennis etiquette that will help you have more fun and get better exercise.
Paddle mini is a high-energy cross between pickleball and mini tennis.
The core shots of tennis, ranked from most to least essential; the most important shots in tennis might have somewhat different rankings.
How to improve your skill at playing and winning tennis matches by taking on stronger, weaker, and equal opponents with specific tactical and strategic goals in mind.
Answers to your questions about tennis racquet weight, balance, length, materials, cost, stringing, stability, and more.
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhands illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
What's the best grip for first serves?
Photos of professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
Meeting the ball as high as possible on your tennis serve makes a huge difference, but many players habitually meet the ball as much as three feet too low. Here are several ways to develop a higher point of contact and a better serve.
Review of the Tennis Twist, the most portable and inexpensive of all tennis ball machines.
How to improve your net play through volley drills and games you can do with a friend.
What's the best string tension for more power?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
A free tennis lesson using full-speed and slow-motion videos to help you learn the twist serve, one of the two kick serves. The twist serve is hit most often as a second serve in advanced tennis, but it also makes an effective first serve.
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
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.
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive 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?
Photos of tennis pro Eugenie Bouchard: a gallery of pictures of Eugenie Bouchard hitting forehands, backhands, and serves that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques, starting with her forehand backswing.
Free photo and video tennis lessons on basic and advanced forehands, including forehand grips, Eastern and Western styles, slice and topspin strokes, and photo studies of the Roger Federer and Ana Ivanovic forehands.
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
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.
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand drop shot in tennis.
Slow-motion videos of the tennis topspin serve, with instructional comments on grip, stance, swing, toss, point of contact, and follow-through. Page 2.
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
Learn more about the tennis serve by testing your knowledge of service tosses and flat, topspin, twist, and slice serves.
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by improving your stroking technique, especially if you use a one-handed backhand, the most likely stroke to cause tennis elbow.
How useful and reliable are the racquet reviews at Tennis Magazine, Tennis Warehouse, and Racquet Research?
Photos of Richard Gasquet hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a one-handed backhand.
Photo and description of Roger Federer's slice backhand grip. Page 6.
The four types of practice tennis balls, including pressureless.
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
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.
A fun quiz on tennis ball types, bounce and weight standards, history, and current use.
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
2014 WTA Tour schedule: a calendar of women's professional tennis tournaments in 2014.
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the one-handed backhand sidespin slice in tennis.
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Definition of Grand Slams in tennis.
Profile of Rafael Nadal and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
When should I hit my forehand flat?
The structure of women's professional tennis, beginning at the ITF Women's Circuit level, followed by WTA International and Premier tournaments and ITF Grand Slam tournaments, with increasing prize money and ranking points at each level.
Photos of Andy Roddick hitting serves illustrate important tips on how to hit powerful first and second serves.
Why tennis backboards need to be taller and wider and how much it costs to build a bigger, much better backboard.