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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.
All-Time Tennis Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
Angelique Kerber Photos: Picture Gallery of...
Photos of tennis pro Angelique Kerber: a gallery of pictures of Angelique Kerber hitting backhands, forehands, and serves that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques, starting with her backswing for her two-handed backhand.
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.
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 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.
Open Era
Definition of the Open Era in tennis.
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.
Getting Your Racquet Grip Size Right
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
Grand Slams
Definition of Grand Slams in tennis.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Open - Past Men's Singles Champions
A list of all of the past men's singles tennis winners at the Australian Open. Trace Australian Open history through the records of great champions like Jack Crawford, Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, and Roy Emerson.
Tennis Strategies: Tips for Winning in Singles...
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
Grand Slam Tennis Geography Quiz
Test yourself on the geography of Grand Slam professional 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.
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.
Evolution of the Modern Racquet
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
Wild Card
A wild card is a special admission (or a player who gets one) into a tournament draw despite lacking the standard qualifications.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
Olympic Tennis Men's Singles Medalists
A list of all of the past men's singles tennis medalists at the Olympics Trace Olympic tennis history through its gold, silver, and bronze medalists.
WTA Tour Rankings - Women's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
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.
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.
Seeding
Definition of seeding in tennis.
Australian Open - Past Women's Singles Champions
A list of all of the past women's singles tennis winners at the Australian Open. Trace Australian Open history through the records of great champions like Margaret Smith, Steffi Graf, and Monica Seles.
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.
Past Olympic Tennis Medalists Lists
Lists of past Olympic tennis medalists in men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles.
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.
How to Hit the Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agnieszka Radwanska Photos: Picture Gallery of...
Photos of tennis pro Agnieszka Radwanska: a gallery of pictures of Agnieszka Radwanska hitting forehands, backhands, and serves that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques, starting with her slice forehand.
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
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.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Roger Federer's forehand grip.
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.
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.
What Are the Origins of Tennis?
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
How To Find Your Grip Size
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Round Robin Tournaments: Advantages and...
Round robin tennis tournaments have many advantages over elimination tournaments, but a few difficulties as well.
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhands illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
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.
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 Study of the Roger Federer Forehand
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
Australian Open - Past Men's Doubles Champions
A list of all of the past men's doubles tennis winners at the Australian Open. Trace Australian Open history through the records of great champions like Adrian Quist and John Bromwich, Rod Laver and Bob Mark, and John Newcombe and Tony Roche.
The 24(?) Types of Tennis Balls - Bounce and...
With four speeds, three types of upholstery, and two power sources, the tennis ball universe might need its own Blue Book.
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.
The Pros and Cons of Grass Tennis Courts
The advantages and disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
Which Forehand Grips Do the Top Female Pros Use?
Photos and descriptions of the forehand grips used by top female pros.
Backhands: One Hand or Two?
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
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.
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.
The Structure of Women's Professional Tennis...
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.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
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.
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 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?
Photo Tour of the Two-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
How much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
Forehand Grips: Continental, Eastern, Semi- and...
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Melanie Oudin Photos: Picture Gallery of Strokes
Gallery of photos of tennis pro Melanie Oudin: pictures of her hitting forehands, backhands, and a serve illustrate explanations of how she hits those strokes.
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.
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.
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.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
Tennis Control Drill Series
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
Playing Tennis in Cold Weather - Techniques and...
Techniques and strategies to make low temperatures work to your advantage in tennis.
Serena Williams Profile - Middle of Career
Profile of Serena Williams and her tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Playing Tennis Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
The 5 Best First Serves in Women's Tennis
Which current WTA players have the five best first serves?
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.
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.
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.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
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.
Winter Tennis Without a Court
How to keep playing tennis in winter with snow on the ground and no indoor courts nearby.
Five Person, One of the Best Tennis Practice...
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
Maria Sharapova Profile
Profile of Maria Sharapova and her tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
How to Hit the Forehand Topspin Lob
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob in tennis.
French Open - Past Men's Singles Champions
A list of all of the past men's singles tennis winners at Roland Garros, the French Open. Trace French Open history through the records of great champions like Bjorn Borg.
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.
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.
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?
Seven Little Tennis Riddles and Brain Teasers -...
Solve seven tennis riddles ranging from trivial to technical.
How Does the ATP World Tour Finals Work?
The structure and rules of the ATP World Tour Finals.
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.
The 4 Best Two-Handed Backhands in Men's Tennis
Which current ATP players have the four best two-handed backhands?
Best Games: The Attacking Game
The Attacking Game provides outstanding practice on hitting approach shots and winners on short balls.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Murray: Game Profile
Overview of Andy Murray and his tennis, including playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
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.
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.
Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
What are hard courts made of?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
Watch Yourself Play Tennis
Learn how to film yourself playing tennis: shoot video of your match play and strokes to improve your game.
Top Five Doubles Tips for the Server
The top five tips for the server in doubles tennis, using kick, slice, placement, and serve-and-volley to make the receiver's job more difficult.
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.
How to Learn and Use the Drop Shot
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
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.
The Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Cortex Tennis...
A review of the Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Cortex tennis racquet, a racquet for strong intermediates and advanced players.
Tennis Racquet Care and Stringing
Tips on choosing the best type of tennis strings and the right string tension for arm comfort and your style of play. Page 2.
Olympic Tennis Women's Singles Medalists
A list of all of the past women's singles tennis medalists at the Olympics. Trace Olympic tennis history through its gold, silver, and bronze medalists.
Basic Two-Handed Backhand - Video and Analysis
Video clip of a basic two-handed backhand, with instructional comments on footwork, grip, stance, power production, and swing path.
Roger Federer Profile
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Serve Repair
How to correct hitting your tennis serve into the net. Page 2.
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.
Soft Tennis
An introduction to soft tennis, played with lightweight, inflatable balls on a regular tennis court, but with slightly different rules.
Best Defensive Tennis Tactics
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
How to Choose the Right Adult Tennis Racquet
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
How to Calculate Time and Choose a Scoring Unit...
Learn how to calculate how long a round robin tennis tournament will take based on the number of players and available courts and how to choose a scoring unit.
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.
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.
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.
Tennis Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
Tennis Backhand Repair - Hitting the Net
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
Racquet Review - Wilson Hyper Pro Staff Surge 5.1
A comfortable, maneuverable racquet offering a good balance between control and power for intermediate to advanced all-court players.
Photo Tour of Female Pro One-Handed Topspin...
Photos and descriptions of the one-handed topspin backhand grips used by some of the world's top female professional tennis players, starting with Justine Henin.
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.
Basic One-Handed Backhand: Photo Lesson
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
French Open - Past Women's Singles Champions
A list of all of the past women's singles tennis winners at Roland Garros, the French Open. Trace French Open history through the records of great champions like Chris Evert-Lloyd.
Mini Tennis
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
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?
Review of the Tennis Twist Ball Machine
Review of the Tennis Twist, the most portable and inexpensive of all tennis ball machines.
When should I use slice or backspin on my...
When should I use slice or backspin on my forehand?
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.
Playing Tennis in the Wind - Adapting to Windy...
How to use the windy conditions to your advantage in tennis.
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?
Wilson Triad 5 MidPlus Tennis Racquet
A review of the Wilson Triad 5 MidPlus tennis racquet, a light racquet for intermediates who play infrequently or mostly doubles.
The 4 Best One-Handed Topspin Backhands in...
Which current ATP players have the four best one-handed backhands?
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.
The 5 Best Forehands in Men's Tennis
Which current ATP players have the five best forehands?
New Standards for Tennis Balls
During 2000 and 2001, tennis is experimenting with three kinds of tennis ball.
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