Tennis: Most Popular Articles
A simple introduction to the basic scoring and procedures for playing a tennis match: the system of points, games, tie-breaks, sets, and matches explained for beginners.
How to use age, size, strength, and experience to choose the right length tennis racquet for a junior player. Page 2.
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
How to choose the right tennis racquet for a beginner, based on price, power, materials, and specs such as weight, length, and balance.
This fun quiz covers the basics of tennis, such as positioning, scoring, serves, forehands, and backhands. It will grade itself and show you the correct answers where needed.
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.
Understanding how energy dynamics in the ball-string interaction govern the effect of different string tensions in tennis racquets.
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
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.
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.
Definition of wild card in tennis.
How to fix problems with your forehand in tennis: adjusting your forehand grip, swing, stance, and timing to hit better forehands.
Close-up photos of the Eastern, Semi-Western, Western, Continental, and Hawaiian forehand grips for tennis, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses.
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing racquets and strings that transmit less shock and torsion to your arm.
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.
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
Specific recommendations for weight, balance, and stiffness in a tennis racquet to get the best blend of control and power for players with short swings and those with longer, faster swings. Page 5.
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.
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
How to win more tennis matches with better strategies and tactics at the beginner through early intermediate levels.
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.
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.
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
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.
Answers to your questions about Eastern, Western, Semi-Western, Continental, one-handed, and two-handed grips for forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads, whether hit flat, slice, or with topspin.
Photo and description of Novak Djokovic's forehand grip. Page 6.
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.
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 and description of Stanislas Wawrinka's one-handed topspin backhand grip. Page 5.
How to keep your tennis racquet performing at its best: tips on racquet stringing and taking care of your racquet frame.
A photo study of Rafael Nadal's forehand, beginning with a photo and explanation of Rafa's forehand grip, backswing, and stance.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
How to find the right strategy and tactics against the heavy topspins, backspins, and sidespins of the spin meister tennis player.
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.
Tips on choosing the best type of tennis strings and the right string tension for arm comfort and your style of play. Page 2.
Test your knowledge of tennis forehands and backhands: Eastern, Western, Continental, two-handed, one-handed, topspin, flat, and backspin.
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
How to use the windy conditions to your advantage in tennis.
Background advice on choosing a racquet for an advanced or intermediate player, with links to top picks for all-court players and baseliners.
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
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.
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
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.
Learn more about the tennis serve by testing your knowledge of service tosses and flat, topspin, twist, and slice serves.
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.
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
Which strokes to learn first as you use free, photo-based lessons to teach yourself how to play tennis.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on aiming volleys and forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills in which the player works through increasingly difficult levels as she progresses.
Jail (or Jailbreak) and Around the World are two great tennis games for large groups of kids.
With four speeds, three types of upholstery, and two power sources, the tennis ball universe might need its own Blue Book.
Photo and explanation of tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki preparing to hit a semi-open forehand. Page 5.
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 and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
The top five tips for the receiver in doubles tennis, using placement, positioning, topspin, slice, and lobs to return serve more effectively.
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on consistency of forehand and backhand volleys and groundstrokes.
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.
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.
A review of the Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L (125) tennis string, one of the best tennis strings for durability, sustained liveliness, and retention of string alignment.
How topspin affects a tennis ball's flight in the air and the height, steepness, and speed of its bounce.
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
Full explanations of how to run the three best intermediate tennis drills for net play, including volley and overhead skills.
The structure of men's professional tennis, beginning at the ITF's Futures level, followed by ATP Challengers, ATP Tour and Masters, and ITF Grand Slam tournaments, with increasing prize money and ranking points at each level.
A 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 play consistent tennis and win more matches.
How to produce a high, deep topspin that will draw errors or short balls from your opponent in tennis.
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
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 games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
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.
The advantages of clay tennis court surfaces, including red clay and green clay or Har-Tru. Page 2.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing the right grip size, applying an overgrip, and using arm-friendly tennis balls.
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhand illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
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.
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
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.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
What's the best grip for first serves?
What's the difference between extra-duty and regular-duty felt on a tennis ball? Which are best for hard courts or clay courts?
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.
Photos of Rafael Nadal hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a two-handed backhand.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
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.
Photos of Richard Gasquet hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a one-handed backhand.
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
Animation illustrates the carioca, a tennis footwork exercise. Page 4.
How to beat the two main types of player you'll encounter in boys' high school tennis.
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.
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.
Photos illustrate this step-by-step, free 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.
In the Rally Progression, two players try to reach a goal of a certain number of consecutive hits from increasing distances apart. Page 2.
The process of getting certified as a tennis instructor and the benefits of certification. Page 2.
Review of the Tennis Twist, the most portable and inexpensive of all tennis ball machines.
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.
The disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
When should I hit my forehand flat?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
Which one-handed backhand grip is best for topspin?
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
The advantages and disadvantages or pressureless tennis balls.
How to improve your net play through volley drills and games you can do with a friend.
Test your knowledge of the sometimes subtle Code of Tennis with this fun, self-grading quiz.
Techniques and strategies to make low temperatures work to your advantage in tennis.
Some commonly neglected points of tennis etiquette that will help you have more fun and get better exercise.
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand drop shot in tennis.
How to improve your skill at playing and winning tennis matches by taking on both stronger, weaker, and equal opponents with specific tactical and strategic goals in mind.
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
Definition of tennis racquet main strings.: string tensions string tension glossary definition page nbsp energy dynamics
Which type of tennis lesson will my kid enjoy most? In which will he/she learn fastest? Are private lessons better than group lessons?
Photos of Andy Roddick hitting serves illustrate important tips on how to hit powerful first and second serves.
Maria Sharapova Photo Gallery: pictures of Maria Sharapova hitting backhands, serves, forehands, and a volley illustrate explanations of how she hits those strokes.
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 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?
Learn how to hit the twist kick serve in tennis.: photo lesson step explanation backhand fence full length
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob in tennis.
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
How to correct specific problems and hit better volleys in tennis.
What gauge of tennis string is best?
Which forehand grip is most versatile?
When should I use slice or backspin on my forehand?
A fun quiz on tennis ball types, bounce and weight standards, history, and current use.
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.
Test your knowledge of the three main types of outdoor tennis court surfaces.
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.
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
See how much you know about the history of the French Open tennis tournament, a.k.a. Roland Garros. This quiz will grade itself and show you the correct answers where needed.
The structure of women's professional tennis, beginning at the ITF Women's Circuit level, followed by WTA International and Premier tournaments and ITF Grand Slam tournaments, with increasing prize money and ranking points at each level.
Photos of professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
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.
Video clip of a basic two-handed backhand, with instructional comments on footwork, grip, stance, power production, and swing path.
Profile of Rafael Nadal and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
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.
The four types of practice tennis balls, including pressureless.
Slow-motion videos of the tennis topspin serve, with instructional comments on grip, stance, swing, toss, point of contact, and follow-through. Page 2.