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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.
Buying 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.
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.
Buying a Tennis Racquet for a Beginner
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.
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.
A Closer Look at String Tension
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.
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.
Wild Card
Definition of wild card in tennis.
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 photos of the Eastern, Semi-Western, Western, Continental, and Hawaiian forehand grips for tennis, with comments on their strengths and weaknesses.
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.
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.
An Evolutionary History of Tennis Racquets
How tennis racquets evolved from the earliest pre-racquets through the long wooden era.
Tennis Rules Quiz
Test your knowledge of the rules of tennis.: quiz rules tennis rules
How to Choose the Best Tennis Racquet for...
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.
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.
WTA Tour Rankings - Women's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly WTA Tour rankings for the top 100 women's professional tennis players.
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.
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.
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 Origins and Early History of Tennis
Did tennis originate in ancient Egypt or in the courtyards of 11th century French monasteries?
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 Grips FAQ
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 Tour of Male Pro Forehand Grips
Photo and description of Novak Djokovic's forehand grip. Page 6.
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.
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 Tour of Male Pro One-Handed Topspin...
Photo and description of Stanislas Wawrinka's one-handed topspin backhand grip. Page 5.
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.
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.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Eastern Forehand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic Eastern forehand.
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 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.
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.
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.
ATP Tour Rankings - Men's Professional Tennis...
Current weekly ATP Tour rankings for the top 100 men's professional tennis players.
Tennis All-Time Records
The major records in tennis, including career totals and Grand Slams.
Backhand Repair
How to fix problems with your backhand in tennis.
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Which forehand grip is best for topspin?
Playing Tennis in the Wind - Adapting to Windy...
How to use the windy conditions to your advantage in tennis.
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.
Serve Repair
How to correct specific problems with your tennis serve: tips for flat, slice, twist, and topspin serves.
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.
Learning the Twist Kick Serve for Tennis
The advantages of kick serves and how to hit the twist 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.
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 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.
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.
Photo Study of the Roger Federer Forehand
Photos of Roger Federer hitting forehands illustrate small tennis lessons on how to hit a great forehand.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Caroline Wozniacki Photos: Picture Gallery of...
Photo and explanation of tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki preparing to hit a semi-open forehand. Page 5.
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.
Photo Study of Roger Federer's Backhand
Photo and explanation of Roger Federer's backhand grip and top of backswing.
Tennis Stroke Repair Central
Repair the most common problems with the major tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, overheads, serves, and volleys.
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.
Comparison of Backhand Grips
Understanding the Continental, Eastern, Western, and two-handed backhand grips for tennis.
Photo Tour of the Two-Handed Backhand Grips
Close-up photos of the most common two-handed backhand grips for tennis, with comments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buying an Adult Tennis Racquet
How to choose and buy the right adult tennis racquet.
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.
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.
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.
Win With Consistency - How to Play Consistent...
How to play consistent tennis and win more matches.
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 Become a Tennis Teaching Pro: Part I
How to prepare for and get your first job as a tennis instructor. Page 2.
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 Without a Court: Off-Court...
Tennis games and fun drills for when you can't get a court.
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.
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.
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
What is the ideal weight for a tennis racquet?
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.
Five Great Shot Combinations
How to set yourself up for an easy winner using positioning and specific combinations of shot placement and spin.
How much do lessons cost?
How much do lessons cost? Tennis.
Simple Guide to Forehand Grips
An easy way to compare the Continental, Eastern, Western, and Semi-Western forehand grips for tennis.
Best Practice Games: Five Person
The most popular game for groups of three to five intermediate to advanced tennis players.
How To Apply an Overgrip
A simple how-to on apply an overgrip.
Photo Study of Novak Djokovic's Strokes
Photos of Novak Djokovic hitting forehands, serves, and backhand illustrate explanations of how he hits those strokes.
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.
Tennis Control Drill Series
Level 1 in the tennis control drills series practices control of forehand groundstrokes.
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.
Photo Lesson: The Basic Two-Handed Backhand
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 best grip for first 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?
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.
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.
Photo Lesson: The Basic One-Handed Backhand
Stop-action photos illustrate this tennis lesson on how to hit the basic one-handed backhand.
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.
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.
Roger Federer Profile
Profile of Roger Federer and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
How to Learn and Use the Drop Shot
A learning progression, drills, and strategic advice to help you develop an effective drop shot.
Animated Tour of Tennis Footwork Exercises
Animation illustrates the carioca, a tennis footwork exercise. Page 4.
Win More Matches in Boys' High School Tennis
How to beat the two main types of player you'll encounter in boys' high school 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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Become a Tennis Teaching Pro: Part II -...
The process of getting certified as a tennis instructor and the benefits of certification. Page 2.
Tennis Twist Ball Machine
Review of the Tennis Twist, the most portable and inexpensive of all tennis ball machines.
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.
The Pros and Cons of Grass Tennis Courts
The disadvantages of grass courts, the fastest of major tennis court surfaces.
When should I hit my forehand flat?
When should I hit my forehand flat?
What are hard courts made of?
What are hard courts made of? Tennis.
Which one-handed backhand grip is best for...
Which one-handed backhand grip is best for topspin?
Best Defensive Tennis Tactics
Proven tactics to toughen up your defensive tennis.
Tennis Footwork Warmup
A sequence of footwork drills for use as a warmup and to improve court coverage in tennis.
Are pressureless tennis balls as good as...
The advantages and disadvantages or pressureless tennis balls.
Volley Drills and Games
How to improve your net play through volley drills and games you can do with a friend.
The Code of Tennis Quiz
Test your knowledge of the sometimes subtle Code of Tennis with this fun, self-grading quiz.
Playing Tennis in Cold Weather - Techniques and...
Techniques and strategies to make low temperatures work to your advantage in tennis.
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.
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.
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.
How To Find Your Grip Size
A simple how-to on finding your tennis grip size.
Tennis Racquet main strings Glossary Definition
Definition of tennis racquet main strings.: string tensions string tension glossary definition page nbsp energy dynamics
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 Andy Roddick's Serve
Photos of Andy Roddick hitting serves illustrate important tips on how to hit powerful first and second serves.
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.
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.
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 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
How to Hit the Forehand Topspin Lob
Photos illustrate this step-by-step lesson on how to hit the forehand topspin lob in tennis.
Mini Tennis
A tennis game that cultivates finesse and runs you ragged.
Volley Repair
How to correct specific problems and hit better volleys in tennis.
What gauge of tennis string is best?
What gauge of tennis string is best?
Which forehand grip is most versatile?
Which forehand grip is most versatile?
When should I use slice or backspin on my...
When should I use slice or backspin on my forehand?
Tennis Balls Quiz
A fun quiz on tennis ball types, bounce and weight standards, history, and current use.
Serena Williams Photos: Picture Gallery of...
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 Court Surfaces Quiz
Test your knowledge of the three main types of outdoor tennis court surfaces.
Photo Tour of Female Pro One-Handed Topspin...
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?
What is the best material for a tennis racquet?
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.
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.
Tour of Ana Ivanovic Photo Gallery
Photos of professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic.
The Two Best Aiming Drills for Beginners
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.
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.
Rafael Nadal Profile
Profile of Rafael Nadal and his tennis, including biography, basic facts, playing style, greatest strengths, and areas needing improvement.
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 are "practice balls"?
The four types of practice tennis balls, including pressureless.
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.

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