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February 27, 2013

Great Tennis Servers Use the Same Toss Every Time... Except

A recent meme, driven largely by TV commentator Justin Gimelstob, is that as he puts it, "Great servers use the same, identical toss on every serve." GImbelstob seems to say this repeatedly during every match he announces. 

There are problems with this, other than the grammar. It is simply wrong.

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February 26, 2013

It's the Forearm, Stupid!

We're innundated with advice on how to best exercsie to play tennis. 

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February 22, 2013

John Isner and Milos Raonic's Serves Up Close

Milos Raonic and John Isner are both big and big servers but their techniques and tactics differ substantially. Lets take a close look at both through a variety of slow-motion video techniques and photographs taken at several tournaments over the last three years.

The serve is one shot where you really can't tell what players are doing without using slow motion; it's simply too fast and too much is going on for the eye to catch.

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Is the USTA Failing American Tennis?

The so-called "US Open Series" of tennis tournaments that culminates in the U.S. Open, a Grand Slam event, includes more men's tournaments in Canada than in all of the Western two-thirds of the United States that has a population of roughly 170 million. 

There reportedly used to be 22 professional tournaments in the Western United States, now there is one (1) event, at Indian Wells, a small resort city near Las Vegas. And that event was nearly killed by IMG, a former minority owner, which tried to sell the event and move it to Shanghai. 

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How Good is Milos Raonic?

Some people believe 22-year-old Milos Raonic is the best threat to the hegemony the "big four" have held on Grand Slam touranments for a decade. 

Milos certainly has weapons: Arguably the best serve in tennis today, averaging 133 mph and hitting 150 mph, a big contemporary slappy-forehand, and huge wingspan at the net. 

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Can John Isner Get Unstuck?

John Isner is the highest-ranked player in America and by all accounts one of the best, if not the best, server in tennis. He has an enormous forehand, and ranks second only to Roger Federer in the history of the ATP at winning tie-breakers.

Yet, it seems as if John is stuck in a rut. After missing the Australian Open with a knee injury, John lost a match in the Davis Cup, then was upset twice in a row at San Jose and then Memphis. 

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Old Dudz Rulz - Tommy Haas

How many players can you think of, in any sport, that have won the Comback Player of the Year award -- twice. 

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Sabine Lisicki Hits WTA's First 130+ MPH Serve (210 kph)

Germany's Sabine Lisicki recently had a 210 km/h serve at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali (Nov, 2009).

This is the fastest service ever recorded by a woman professional in a tour match.

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