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Tennis: Most Popular Articles

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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
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
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.
What Are the Origins of Tennis?
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennis Strategies: Tips for Winning in Singles...
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
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.
Evolution of the Modern Racquet
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
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 Rules Quiz
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
All-Time Tennis Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
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.
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.
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.
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 Study of the Roger Federer Forehand
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
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.
WTA Tour Rankings - Women's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
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.
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.
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 Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
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.
Forehand and Backhand Half Volleys - Video and...
Video clips of forehand and backhand half volleys, with instructional comments on footwork, backswing, timing, swing, point of contact, and follow-through.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Rafael Nadal's forehand grip.
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.
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.
Serena Williams: Gallery of Strokes
Photo and explanation of Serena Willimas flattening a ball on a two-handed backhand.
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.
ATP Tour Rankings - Men's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
Great Moments in U.S. Open Tennis History
Steffi Graf completes a calendar-year Grand Slam at the US Open in 1988.
How to Hit the Basic Eastern Forehand
Photo of turning sideways and bringing the racquet to the high point of the backswing on a basic Eastern forehand in tennis.
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.
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
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.
Who was the best retriever of the Open Era, who...
One of the great female players of the Open Era was the ultimate retriever; another was among the smartest and most versatile players of all time.
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.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
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.
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.
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.
Basic One-Handed Backhand: Photo Lesson
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
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.
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.
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.
French Open History Quiz
French Open History Quiz
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.
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 Hit Low Volleys Video
How to Hit Low Volleys Video
How to Apply an Overgrip
Photo of beginning to wrap the overgrip onto your tennis racquet's handle.
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
Choosing Racquets and Strings to Prevent Tennis...
Choosing Racquets and Strings to Prevent Tennis Elbow
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 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.
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
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.
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
Clay Courts: the Good, the Bad, and the Debatable
Clay Courts: the Good, the Bad, and the Debatable
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
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.
Serve Repair
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
Tennis Racquets Quiz
A fun, challenging quiz on tennis racquet balance, weight, swingweight, stringing patterns, power, sweet spots, and construction.
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.
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.
Backhand Repair
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
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.
Points of Contact for Five Spin Serves
The ideal point of contact and grip for the topspin serve in tennis.
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.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Photo of the middle of the backswing on a basic two-handed backhand in tennis. Page 2.
Learning the Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
Win With Consistency - How to Play Consistent...
How to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
Round Robin Tournaments: Advantages and...
Round robin tennis tournaments have many advantages over elimination tournaments, but a few difficulties as well.
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
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.
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?
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.
Backhands: One Hand or Two?
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
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.
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.
Playing Tennis in Cold Weather - Techniques and...
Techniques and strategies to make low temperatures work to your advantage in tennis.
Serena Williams Profile
Profile of Serena Williams and her tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Paddle Mini
Paddle mini is a high-energy cross between pickleball and mini 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.
Advanced Doubles Tactics Illustrated
Illustrated explanation of the I formation in advanced doubles tennis.
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 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.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
Wild Card
A wild card is a special admission (or a player who gets one) into a tournament draw despite lacking the standard qualifications.
How to Hit the Forehand Topspin Lob
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob 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 Learn and Use the Drop Shot
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Slice Backhand Grips
Photo and description of Roger Federer's slice backhand grip. Page 6.
Tennis Volleys Quiz
A fun quiz on the positioning, grips, spins, and placement used for volleys in tennis.
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photo and explanation of the backswing for Novak Djokovic's two-handed backhand.
Playing Tennis in the Wind - Adapting to Windy...
How to use the windy conditions to your advantage in tennis.
Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
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.
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.
2014 WTA Tour Schedule - Women's Professional...
2014 WTA Tour schedule: a calendar of women's professional tennis tournaments in 2014.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Best Defensive Tennis Tactics
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
Photo Study of Andy Roddick's Serve
Photo and explanation of Andy Roddick's knee bend and body arch as he winds up for a serve with considerable topspin, possibly a twist serve. Page 3.
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.
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.
Tennis Racquet main strings Glossary Definition
Definition of tennis racquet main strings.: string tensions string tension glossary definition page nbsp energy dynamics
What are hard courts made of?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
How To Find Your Grip Size
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
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.
Forehand Loop, Non-Loop, and Paused-Loop...
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?
How much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? 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.
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.
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.
Roger Federer Profile
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
The 3 Most Extreme Serves of the Open Era
Which players in the Open Era of tennis had the three most extreme serves?
Volley Repair
How to correct specific problems and hit better volleys in tennis.
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.
What's the best grip for first serves?
What's the best grip for first serves?
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 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.
Playing Tennis Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
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.
Five Person, One of the Best Tennis Practice...
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
Weighing Online Racquet Reviews
How useful and reliable are the racquet reviews at Tennis Magazine, Tennis Warehouse, and Racquet Research?
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