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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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything to Know About the US Open
Basic facts about the US Open tennis tournament and which types of players tend to do best on its hard courts.
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.
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.
All-Time Tennis Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
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 Tips: Imprive Your Forehand and Backhand...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Origins of Tennis?
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
Evolution of the Modern Racquet
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
WTA Tour Rankings - Women's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
U.S. Open Tennis Trivia Quiz
A fun quiz on U.S. Open tennis trivia that grades itself and shows you the correct answer when you miss a question.
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.
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.
The 5 Best Forehands in Men's Tennis
Which current ATP players have the five best forehands?
Which One-Handed Topspin Backhand Grips do the...
Photo and description of Stanislas Wawrinka's one-handed topspin backhand grip. Page 5.
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 Hit the Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
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.
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 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.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Novak Djokovic's forehand grip.
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.
ATP Tour Rankings - Men's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis 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.
Tennis Rules Quiz
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
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.
Photo Tour of the Two-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
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.
Backhand Repair
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
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 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.
US Open - Past 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.
Tennis Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
Basic One-Handed Backhand: Photo Lesson
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
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.
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 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?
Backhands: One Hand or Two?
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
Learning the Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
Serve Repair
How to correct hitting your tennis serve into the net. Page 2.
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
Learn how to hit the twist kick serve in tennis.: photo lesson step explanation backhand fence full length
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.
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.
Buying an Adult Tennis Racquet
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
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.
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 Volleys Quiz
A fun quiz on the positioning, grips, spins, and placement used for volleys in tennis.
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 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.
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.
Tennis Racquets Quiz
A fun, challenging quiz on tennis racquet balance, weight, swingweight, stringing patterns, power, sweet spots, and construction.
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.
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.
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.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
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 much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
What's the best grip for first serves?
What's the best grip for first serves?
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.
Review of the Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L...
One of the best tennis strings for durability, sustained liveliness, and retention of string alignment.
Are pressureless tennis balls as good as...
The advantages and disadvantages of pressureless tennis balls.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
Wild Card
A wild card is a special admission (or a player who gets one) into a tournament draw despite lacking the standard qualifications.
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.
Seeding
Definition of seeding in tennis.
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.
Win With Consistency - How to Play Consistent...
How to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
Five Person, One of the Best Tennis Practice...
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
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.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
The Pros and Cons of Grass Tennis Courts
The advantages and disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
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.
Playing Tennis Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
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.
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.
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.
What are hard courts made of?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
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.
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.
Roger Federer Profile
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Tour of Ana Ivanovic Photo Gallery
Photos of professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
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.
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 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.
Tennis Serving Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of...
Learn more about the tennis serve by testing your knowledge of service tosses and flat, topspin, twist, and slice serves.
How to Become a Tennis Teaching Pro: Part I
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
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.
Photo Tour: Tennis Girl Phenoms and Rising Stars
Photo of Tracy Austin at Age 17 at Wimbledon. Page 10.
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?
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhands illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
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.
Eugenie Bouchard's Strokes in Photos
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.
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.
How To Find Your Grip Size
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
Twist Serve - Tennis Video and Analysis
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.
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?
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 Footwork Warmup
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage 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.
Tennis Control Drill Series
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
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.
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.
Top Five Doubles Tips for the Server's Partner
The top five tips for the server's partner in doubles tennis, including how to use positioning, poaching, fake poaching, and offensive and defensive volleys.
What's the best string tension for more power?
What's the best string tension for more power?
How to Learn and Use the Drop Shot
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
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.
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.
How to Hit the One-Handed Backhand Sidespin Slice
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the one-handed backhand sidespin slice in tennis.
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.
Which Grips Do the Top Female Pros Use?
Photo and description of Maria Sharapova's forehand grip.
When should I hit my forehand flat?
When should I hit my forehand flat?
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.
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
Grand Slams
Definition of Grand Slams in tennis.
Mini Tennis
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
The Code of Tennis Quiz
Test your knowledge of the sometimes subtle Code of Tennis with this fun, self-grading quiz.
What gauge of tennis string is best?
What gauge of tennis string is best?
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.
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.
Volley Drills and Games
How to improve your net play through volley drills and games you can do with a friend.
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 Study of Andy Roddick's Serve
Photos of Andy Roddick hitting serves illustrate important tips on how to hit powerful first and second serves.
Open Era
Definition of the Open Era in tennis.
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.
Analysis and Slow-Motion Video of the Topspin...
Slow-motion videos of the tennis topspin serve, with instructional comments on grip, stance, swing, toss, point of contact, and follow-through. Page 2.
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.
The Reaction Drill
How to run the Reaction Drill for intermediate and advanced tennis players and make drop tubes to improve the feeds.
Volley Repair
How to correct specific problems and hit better volleys in tennis.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Slice Backhand Grips
Photo and description of Roger Federer's slice backhand grip. Page 6.
Tennis Racquet FAQ
Answers to your questions about tennis racquet weight, balance, length, materials, cost, stringing, stability, and more.
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