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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.
What's the Right Size 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.
Get Your Racquet Grip Size Right: It Could Help...
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
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.
How to Determine Proper String Tension for...
Understanding how energy dynamics in the ball-string interaction govern the effect of different string tensions in tennis racquets.
How to Beat Four Major Types of Tennis Opponent
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
Photo Tour of Male Pro One-Handed Topspin...
Photo and description of Stanislas Wawrinka's one-handed topspin backhand grip. Page 5.
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.
Teaching Tennis to Young Beginners
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 photo of the Modified Eastern backhand grip for tennis, with comments on its strengths and weaknesses. Page 2.
Forehand Repair
How to fix problems with your forehand in tennis: adjusting your forehand grip, swing, stance, and timing to hit better forehands.
Photo Tour of the Forehand Grips for Tennis
Close-up photo of the Semi-Western forehand grip for tennis, with comments. Page 2.
Wild Card
Definition of wild card in tennis.
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.
Choosing Racquets and Strings to Prevent Tennis...
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing racquets and strings that transmit less shock and torsion to your arm.
An Evolutionary History of Tennis Racquets
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
How to Choose the Best Tennis Racquet for...
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.
Tennis Rules Quiz
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
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.
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 All-Time Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
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.
ATP Tour Rankings - Men's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
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 Lesson: The Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
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.
Photo Study of the Roger Federer Forehand
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
Photo Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Rafael Nadal's forehand grip. 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.
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.
Soft Tennis
An introduction to soft tennis, played with lightweight, inflatable balls on a regular tennis court, but with slightly different rules.
Backhand Repair
How to fix problems with your backhand in 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.
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 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 Racquets Quiz
A fun, challenging quiz on tennis racquet balance, weight, swingweight, stringing patterns, power, sweet spots, and construction.
Before You 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.
The Origins and Early History of Tennis
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
Backhands: One Hand or Two?
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
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.
Learning the Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
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.
Stan Wawrinka Photos: Picture Gallery of Strokes
Photo and explanation of tennis pro Stan Wawrinka's point of contact on a high forehand. Page 7.
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.
Clay Courts: the Good, the Bad, and the Debatable
The advantages of clay tennis court surfaces, including red clay and green clay or Har-Tru. Page 2.
Photo Lesson: The Basic One-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
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.
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 Illustrated: 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.
String Type and Tension
Tips on choosing the best type of tennis strings and the right string tension for arm comfort and your style of play. Page 2.
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.
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 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.
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.
Tennis on the Cheap
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.
Tennis Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
Serve Repair
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Are pressureless tennis balls as good as...
The advantages and disadvantages or pressureless tennis balls.
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.
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.
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.
Playing Tennis in the Wind - Adapting to Windy...
How to use the windy conditions to your advantage in tennis.
Wimbledon - Past Women's Singles Champions
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 Lesson: How to Hit the Topspin-Slice...
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.
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.
Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
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.
Win With Consistency - How to Play Consistent...
How to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
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 much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
Tennis Control Drill Series
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
The Pros and Cons of Grass Tennis Courts
The disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
Buying an Adult Tennis Racquet
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
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
Photos of Rafael Nadal hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a two-handed backhand.
Rafael Nadal Profile
Profile of Rafael Nadal and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Tennis Volleys Quiz
A fun quiz on the positioning, grips, spins, and placement used for volleys in tennis.
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.
Review of the Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power 16L...
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.
Photo Lesson: 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.
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.
Photo Lesson: How to Hit the Heavy Slice Serve
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?
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhand illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
Roger Federer Profile
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-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.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
Volley Repair
How to correct specific problems and hit better volleys in tennis.
Playing Tennis Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
What gauge of tennis string is best?
What gauge of tennis string is best?
Maria Sharapova Photos - Gallery of Pictures of...
Maria Sharapova Photo Gallery: pictures of Maria Sharapova hitting backhands, serves, forehands, and a volley illustrate explanations of how she hits those strokes.
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.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
Tackling the Temperamental 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.
How to Become a Tennis Teaching Pro: Part I
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
When should I hit my forehand flat?
When should I hit my forehand flat?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Advanced Doubles Tactics Illustrated
Illustrated explanation of the I formation in advanced doubles tennis. Page 4.
How to Improve Your Match-Playing Skills
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.
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 Find Your Grip Size
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
The Two Best Consistency Drills for Beginners
In the Rally Progression, two players try to reach a goal of a certain number of consecutive hits from increasing distances apart. Page 2.
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.
Photo Lesson: The One-Handed Backhand Sidespin...
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the one-handed backhand sidespin slice in tennis.
Animated Tour of Tennis Footwork Exercises
Animation illustrates the carioca, a tennis footwork exercise. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
Top 6 Instructional Tennis Books
The best tennis books covering strokes, strategies, doubles, drills, and conditioning.
Tennis French Open History Quiz
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.
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.
Tennis Footwork Warmup
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
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.
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?
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.
What's the best grip for first serves?
What's the best grip for first serves?
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 Topspin Serve: Photo Lesson
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.
Top Picks of Durable, Pressurized Tennis Balls
The three most durable pressurized tennis balls on the market.
Volley Grip Choices
The pros and cons of the main volley grip systems in tennis, including the Eastern grips and the Continental.
Super Tennis Shots: The Slice Backhand
Strategic uses and hitting techniques for the one-handed slice backhand in tennis.
Caroline Wozniacki Photos: Picture Gallery of...
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 is the best material for a tennis racquet?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
Paddle Mini
Paddle mini is a high-energy cross between pickleball and mini tennis.
How To Practice a Perfect Ball Toss
A simple how-to on practicing a perfect ball toss.
Best Defensive Tennis Tactics
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
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.
Photo Tour of Female Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Maria Sharapova's forehand grip. Page 3.
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
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.
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.
How to Hit the Forehand Topspin Lob
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob in tennis.
Tennis Court Surfaces Quiz
Test your knowledge of the three main types of outdoor tennis court surfaces.
The Two Best Levels Tennis Drills for Beginners
In Return of Serve Levels, the player tries to work her way from returning the flattest, easiest serves to returning serves with spin and power. The player practices forehand and backhand returns from both the deuce and the ad sides. Page 2.

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