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May 25, 2012

Vintage Rios Behind Back Service Return

Completely fooled and out of position? 

No problem. Just turn your back on server and hit a blind, backwards return of serve. 

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May 20, 2012

Hit Forehands on Both Sides?

Since tennis columnist Peter Bodo recently asked why no one tries to hit with a forehand on both sides, and I watched Maria Shrapova hit some left-handed forehands on the run in winning the rain-drenched Italian Open in Rome this morning, I thought I'd dredge this one out. 

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May 17, 2012

Rafa and the damn salt. Or What Really Happened with Madrid's Blue Clay

From a machine translation of a Spanish interview with Carlos Moya in el Pais:

1337192663_765218_1337193904_noticia_normalMoya and numerous other Spanish players tried the new, blue clay courts before the Madrid Masters touranment and found no problems.

However, shortly before the tournament, the same team that prepares the Roland Garros courts for the French Open applied the same salt treatment it uses there. 

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May 15, 2012

ITF Bans Kutrovsky For Two Years

Belgian tennis player Dimitar Kutrovsky has been banned from the sport for two years for testing positive for methylhexaneamine when he played at the SAP Open, San Jose in February (shown here from that tournament). 

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May 13, 2012

Roger Federer Wins on Madrid's Blue Clay

Returns to number 2 in the world

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May 12, 2012

ATP Challenger Hits 163.4 mph Serve

Although it apparently won't count as an ATP record, Australian Samuel Groth hit an ace measured at 163.4 mph (263 kph) by radar Wednesday during an ATP Challenger event in Busan, South Korea.

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