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.
An accurate measurement of your hand to find the proper grip size for your tennis racquet.
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.
Basic facts about the US Open tennis tournament and which types of players tend to do best on its hard courts.
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
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 to use age, size, strength, and experience to choose the right length tennis racquet for a junior player. Page 2.
How to choose the right tennis racquet for a beginner, based on price, power, materials, and specs such as weight, length, and balance.
Understanding how energy dynamics in the ball-string interaction govern the effect of different string tensions in tennis racquets.
Close-up photo of the Modified Eastern backhand grip for tennis, with comments on its strengths and weaknesses.
Close-up photo of the Semi-Western forehand grip for tennis, with comments.
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.
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
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.
How to find a winning strategy against dinkers, moon-ballers, power baseliners, and serve-and-volleyers.
How to fix problems with your forehand in tennis: adjusting your forehand grip, swing, stance, and timing to hit better forehands.
A fun quiz on U.S. Open tennis trivia that grades itself and shows you the correct answer when you miss a question.
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.
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.
Photo and description of Roger Federer's one-handed topspin backhand grip.
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing racquets and strings that transmit less shock and torsion to your arm.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
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.
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.
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 and description of Rafael Nadal's forehand grip.
How to win more tennis matches with better strategies and tactics at the beginner through early intermediate levels.
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
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.
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
Why the service toss can be tricky and how to make it reliable: one of the easiest ways to improve your serve in tennis.
Which current WTA players have the five best first 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.
Which strokes to learn first as you use free, photo-based lessons to teach yourself how to play tennis.
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.
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
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.
A wild card is a special admission (or a player who gets one) into a tournament draw despite lacking the standard qualifications.
How to keep your tennis racquet performing at its best: tips on racquet stringing and taking care of your racquet frame.
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
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.
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of one-handed and two-handed backhands, starting with the two-hander.
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
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 one-handed backhand.
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
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.
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
Background advice on choosing a racquet for an advanced or intermediate player, with links to top picks for all-court players and baseliners.
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
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.
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.
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
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.
Jail (or Jailbreak) and Around the World are two great tennis games for large groups of kids.
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.
How to correct hitting your tennis serve into the net. Page 2.
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.
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.
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist serve in tennis.
A fun, challenging quiz on tennis racquet balance, weight, swingweight, stringing patterns, power, sweet spots, and construction.
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.
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.
Definition of seeding in tennis.
Learn how to hit the twist kick serve in tennis.: photo lesson step explanation backhand fence full length
Learn more about the tennis serve by testing your knowledge of service tosses and flat, topspin, twist, and slice serves.
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.
Learn how to help prevent tennis elbow by choosing the right grip size, applying an overgrip, and using arm-friendly tennis balls.
What's the best grip for first serves?
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.
How topspin affects a tennis ball's flight in the air and the height, steepness, and speed of its bounce.
Photo of Tracy Austin at Age 17 at Wimbledon. Page 10.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on consistency of forehand and backhand volleys and groundstrokes.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills that work on aiming volleys and forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
Learn how to prevent tennis elbow by choosing elbow-safe equipment, improving your strokes, and changing off-court activities that may cause tennis elbow.
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
Definition of the Open Era in tennis.
The advantages and disadvantages of pressureless tennis balls.
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
How much do lessons cost? 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 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.
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.
With four speeds, three types of upholstery, and two power sources, the tennis ball universe might need its own Blue Book.
The advantages and disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic two-handed backhand.
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.
One of the best tennis strings for durability, sustained liveliness, and retention of string alignment.
Full explanations of how to run the two best beginner tennis drills in which the player works through increasingly difficult levels as she progresses.
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
Full explanations of how to run the three best intermediate tennis drills for net play, including volley and overhead skills.
Definition of Grand Slams in tennis.
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.
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which type of tennis lesson will my kid enjoy most? In which will he/she learn fastest? Are private lessons better than group lessons?
The disadvantages of fast hard courts, the second fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
Photos of Rafael Nadal hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a two-handed backhand.
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhands illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
Test your knowledge of tennis forehands and backhands: Eastern, Western, Continental, two-handed, one-handed, topspin, flat, and backspin.
What's the difference between extra-duty and regular-duty felt on a tennis ball? Which are best for hard courts or clay courts?
Photos of Richard Gasquet hitting backhands illustrate mini tennis lessons on how to hit a one-handed backhand.
Stop-action photos illustrate this free tennis lesson on how to hit the inside-out forehand.
How to find the right strategy and tactics against the heavy topspins, backspins, and sidespins of the spin meister tennis player.
The advantages of clay tennis court surfaces, including red clay and green clay or Har-Tru.
How to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
What's the best string tension for more power?
A fun quiz on the positioning, grips, spins, and placement used for volleys in tennis.
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
Profile of Maria Sharapova and her tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
The top five tips for the receiver in doubles tennis, using placement, positioning, topspin, slice, and lobs to return serve more effectively.
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.
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
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.
Photos of Andy Roddick hitting serves illustrate important tips on how to hit powerful first and second serves.
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.
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
Which current ATP players have the five best forehands?
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
Photos of professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
A list of all of the past women's singles tennis winners at the US Open, including Helen Wills Moody, Althea Gibson, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams.
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.
Photo and description of Maria Sharapova's forehand grip.
Photos of tennis pro Sara Errani: a gallery of pictures of Sara Errani hitting serves, forehands, and backhands that illustrate explanations of her stroke techniques, starting with her twist kick serve.
Test your knowledge of the three main types of outdoor tennis court surfaces.
The core shots of tennis, ranked from most to least essential; the most important shots in tennis might have somewhat different rankings.
Samantha Stosur answers questions about her training, specific preparation for the US Open, racquets, and thoughts about succeeding in tennis.
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.
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 Ana Ivanovic hitting forehands illustrate explanations of how she hits her favorite forehand and a few interesting variations.
What gauge of tennis string is best?
Some commonly neglected points of tennis etiquette that will help you have more fun and get better exercise.
How to run the Reaction Drill for intermediate and advanced tennis players and make drop tubes to improve the feeds.
How to improve your net play through volley drills and games you can do with a friend.
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
A comfortable, maneuverable racquet offering a good balance between control and power for intermediate to advanced all-court players.
Stop-action photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand drop shot in tennis.
Why tennis backboards need to be taller and wider and how much it costs to build a bigger, much better backboard.
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
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.
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.
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the semi-open, semi-western forehand in tennis.
How to improve your skill at playing and winning tennis matches by taking on stronger, weaker, and equal opponents with specific tactical and strategic goals in mind.
When should I hit my forehand flat?