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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.
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.
Getting Your Racquet Grip Size Right and...
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Origins of Tennis?
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
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.
Photo Tour of the Forehand Grips for Tennis
Close-up photo of the Semi-Western forehand grip for tennis, with comments.
Photo Tour of the One-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photo of the Modified Eastern backhand grip for tennis, with comments on its strengths and weaknesses.
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.
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 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.
Tennis Strategies: Tips for Winning in Singles...
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
All-Time Tennis Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
Evolution of the Modern Racquet
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
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.
Which One-Handed Topspin Backhand Grips do the...
Photo and description of Roger Federer's one-handed topspin backhand grip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennis Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
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.
WTA Tour Rankings - Women's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
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.
How to Hit the Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Rafael Nadal's forehand grip.
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.
Tennis Rules Quiz
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
Photo Tour of the Two-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photo of the double forehand two-handed backhand grip grip for tennis, with comments. Page 2.
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.
Serve Repair
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
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.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
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.
The First Strokes to Learn in Teaching Yourself...
Which strokes to learn first as you use free, photo-based lessons to teach yourself how to play tennis.
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Photo Study of the Roger Federer Forehand
Much of the power in Roger Federer's forehand results from the laid back position of his wrist on the backswing as shown in this photo. Page 2.
How to Apply an Overgrip
Photo of beginning to wrap the overgrip onto your tennis racquet's handle.
Basic One-Handed Backhand: Photo Lesson
Photo of bringing the racquet to the high point of the backswing on a basic one-handed backhand in tennis.
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.
Marin Cilic's Serve in Photos
Photos and analysis of tennis pro Marin Cilic's serve.
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.
Backhand Repair
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
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 Topspin Works in Tennis
How topspin affects a tennis ball's flight in the air and the height, steepness, and speed of its bounce.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Learning the Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
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.
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.
Are pressureless tennis balls as good as...
The advantages and disadvantages of pressureless tennis balls.
How to Hit Low Volleys Video
How to Hit Low Volleys Video
ATP Tour Rankings - Men's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
Tennis Volleys Quiz
A fun quiz on the positioning, grips, spins, and placement used for volleys in tennis.
How to hit the Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
Learn how to hit the twist kick serve in tennis.: photo lesson step explanation backhand fence full length
Serena's Exit Opens Lots of Doors
When Garbine Muguruza upset Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday, the rest of the women's field had to see a much-improved opportunity at Roland Garros this
Clay Courts: the Good, the Bad, and the Debatable
Clay Courts: the Good, the Bad, and the Debatable
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.
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.
Rankings Mini-Quiz: Week of 5-19-14
Which two player in the ATP top 10 traded ranking spots between last week and this week? Which WTA player climbed into a ranking spot between last week and
Choosing Racquets and Strings to Prevent Tennis...
Choosing Racquets and Strings to Prevent Tennis Elbow
Tennis Pros Looking Funny
Tennis Pros Looking Funny
Mladenovic Upsets Li
Kristina Mladenovic, ranked #103 in the world, upset the second seed, Li Na, in the first round at Roland Garros on Tuesday 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.  Facing set points at
Wawrinka Upset in First Round
Stan Wawrinka, the third seed at Roland Garros, lost in the first round Monday to 41st-ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Wawrinka has put
Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
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.
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.
French Open History Quiz
French Open History Quiz
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.
The Pros and Cons of Grass Tennis Courts
The advantages and disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
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.
Rankings Mini-Quiz: Week of 5-26-14
Which player in the WTA top 20 gained the most ranking spots between last week and this week? Who is the only player in the ATP top 20 to improve his ranking
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 Learn and Use the Drop Shot
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
Photo Study of the Rafael Nadal Backhand
In this photo, Rafael Nadal's racquet face is slightly closed on contact with the ball as he hits a two-handed backhand.
Backhands: One Hand or Two?
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
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.
Buying an Adult Tennis Racquet
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
Win With Consistency - How to Play Consistent...
How to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
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.
Tennis Control Drill Series
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
Tennis Footwork Warmup
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
How much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? 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.
Tennis Grips Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of...
Test your knowledge of the grips used for the major strokes in tennis. Questions include the best choices for various types of forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
Gamma Tennis Trainer
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.
Tennis Racquets Quiz
A fun, challenging quiz on tennis racquet balance, weight, swingweight, stringing patterns, power, sweet spots, and construction.
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.
Index of Tennis How-To Articles
An index of short, simple, step-by-step tennis how-to articles. Follow easy instructions to find the sweet spots on your racquet, make a ball pickup tube, improve your topspin or your serve toss, make a serve trainer, apply an overgrip, and find your grip size.
Review of the Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L...
One of the best tennis strings for durability, sustained liveliness, and retention of string alignment.
What's the best grip for first serves?
What's the best grip for first serves?
Paddle Mini
Paddle mini is a high-energy cross between pickleball and mini tennis.
Be Fun to Have On Court: Tennis Etiquette and...
Some commonly neglected points of tennis etiquette that will help you have more fun and get better exercise.
Modifying Your Strokes to Prevent Tennis Elbow
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.
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.
Doubles Positioning of the Bryan Brothers:...
How Bob and Mike Bryan use positioning to win in doubles.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
What are hard courts made of?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
Volley Drills and Games
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's the best string tension for more power?
Tennis Groundstroke Quiz Test Your Knowledge of...
Test your knowledge of tennis forehands and backhands: Eastern, Western, Continental, two-handed, one-handed, topspin, flat, and backspin.
Best Defensive Tennis Tactics
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
Five Person, One of the Best Tennis Practice...
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
The Code of Tennis Quiz
Test your knowledge of the sometimes subtle Code of Tennis with this fun, self-grading quiz.
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.
Mini Tennis
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
Should You Use the Same Toss for Different Spin...
How Roger Federer tosses the ball for his twist second serve.
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.
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.
Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
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.
Tennis Needs Better Backboards
Why tennis backboards need to be taller and wider and how much it costs to build a bigger, much better backboard.
How to Improve Your Match-Playing Skills
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.
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 Forehands
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.
Playing Tennis Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
Li Na's Strokes in Photos
Photo and explanation of tennis pro Li Na's forehand backswing.
Finding the Right Tennis Lessons for Kids
Which type of tennis lesson will my kid enjoy most? In which will he/she learn fastest? Are private lessons better than group lessons?
When should I hit my forehand flat?
When should I hit my forehand flat?
Round Robin Tournaments: Advantages and...
Round robin tennis tournaments have many advantages over elimination tournaments, but a few difficulties as well.
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.
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhands illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
Racquet Review - Wilson Hyper Pro Staff 6.1...
This racquet offers the right control, weight, maneuverability, and spin potential for advanced players with powerful swings.
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.
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.
Volley Repair
How to correct specific problems and hit better volleys in tennis.
Soft Tennis
An introduction to soft tennis, played with lightweight, inflatable balls on a regular tennis court, but with slightly different rules.
How to Become a Tennis Teaching Pro: Part I
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. 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.
Photo Study of Ana Ivanovic's Forehand
Photos of Ana Ivanovic hitting forehands illustrate explanations of how she hits her favorite forehand and a few interesting variations.
How to Hit the Forehand Topspin Lob
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob in tennis.
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.
The Three Best Contest Drills for Advanced...
Full explanations of how to run the three best contest drills for advanced tennis players, including a drop volley contest, side pocket contest, and drop shot contest.
How to Raise Your Point of Contact on the Serve
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.
Tennis Strings and Stringing Quiz
How tight is your knowledge of the effects of string type and stringing choices on racquet performance, arm safety, and stroke production?
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