Important Tennis Tournaments

ATP Tennis tour

In the game of Tennis tournament structure is always based on the gender (male/female) and total no of players. Usually tournament consist of Men (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), women (singles, doubles and mixed doubles). The groups of players are made according to the age limits like upper and lower age groups for youngsters, seniors respectively like Les Petits & many others.
Some tournaments disable people like Deaf and Wheel chair tennis.
ATP World Tour Finals (Top 8)
ATP World Tour Final is also called Barclays ATP World Tour Finals because of the sponsorship. In November of every year, this tournament is held London (Arena. It is played on hard courts of indoor. These finals are basically the ending of the championships of the ATP World Tour which consist of the top 8 players (Singles) and teams (Doubles). These players and teams are ranked by the ATP.
In the ATP World Tour Finals, the two groups are of the top eight players. These groups have to play 3 rounds against other to reach into the semi finals and then semi finals on the basis of their best record. The winners of the finals Champion and are ranked with 1500 points.
Grand Slam (GS) tournaments:
The GS Tournaments are most important all over the world which consists of US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and French Open. The ITF synchronizes and arranges these tournaments every year.
These tournaments require the finance at a large scale and also offer the large prize money to the winners at the end of the events. The number of the players in this tournaments are limited as 128.
Men GS tournaments play matches set of Best of Five and the women Best of three. In GS Tournaments the juniors and wheelchairs tennis tournaments are held combined with their own peculiarity e.g. At Wimbledon , it is necessary for players to wear white and a famous tennis player Agassi who didn’t play tennis at Wimbledon because of its white dress condition.
Australian Open:
The Australian Open is held in January at Melbourne, Australia. In 1905, Australian Open tournament was held. It is first tournament among the all 4 tournaments of GS events. It includes the Singles, Doubles and Mixed doubles (Men) and Singles, Doubles, Mixed doubles (Women) and championships of Juniors and exhibition and wheelchair and other events. Australian Open tournaments are played on indoor hard courts because of wet weather or heats.
French Open:
The French Open tennis tournament held in Paris. It starts on end of May and start of June. This tennis tournament is clay court tournament all over the world. It is ranked at no 2 in the GS tournaments. French Open tournament is a largest tournament of clay court that ends in the clay court of spring season. French tournament is most required tournament all over the world because of the 5 set of Singles (Men) and no tiebreak.
Wimbledon:
Wimbledon or British Open tennis tournament is a very old, most important and biggest tournament. This tournament is held in London. It was first started in 1877. Wimbledon tournament is played on the grass, that’s why it is called lawn tennis. This tournament starts in end of the June and start of the July every year. It is consists of Men and woman’s singles matches.
Wimbledon‘s dress code is white and it is necessary to wear the white. Wimbledon’s Court‘s roof is retractable to save the time of the players in term of rain.
US Open Tennis Championships:
The US Open is a modern form of old tennis tournament which was started in 1881. It is ranked as 4th in the GS Tournaments list. This game is hard court tennis game and includes tiebreak except the last set of the game. US Open starts in the end of August and start of September with the period of two weeks every year. These weeks comes earlier and past than Labor Day. The US Open tournament includes 5 different championships of men (Singles) & women ((Singles), men (doubles) and women (doubles), and men (mixed doubles) women (mixed doubles), wheelchair tournament, senior tournament, junior tournament,.
USTA a non-profit organization that own this US Tennis Championship and manage these tournaments ‘events every year. Their ticked are very costly which help USTA to promote the US Open.
ATP 1000 series:
In 1990 the ATP 1000 started as the tour of ATP with carrying the Grand Prix series of 1790 to 1989. From 1993 to 1999, the events of the ATP Championship were held for one week for 3 years of the beginning. This series was named as Tennis Masters Series. In 2004, the name of the series was replaced as ATP Masters Series.
The ATP1000 series is held in North America, Europe, and Asia. It gives the players more ranking points than other tournament of all over the world but not more than GS tournaments. ATP 1000 series consists of 9 tournaments in all. Winning each of these adds 1000 points to the winners tally hence the name. The tournaments included in this series are Indian Wells, Paris, Cincinnati, Shanghai, Madrid, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Canada Masters Open.
ATP World Tour 500 series:
Grand Prix Super Series’ new name is ATP World Tour 500 series. It was also called as Championship Series. This tennis tournament comes after the ATP 1000 series and the all 4 GS tournaments. This tournament for men is ranked as 3rd highest tier.
The ATP World Tour 500 series consists of 11 tournaments, 500 points of ranking for wining the singles champion events. Tournaments draws for singles are 56, 48 & 32 and 16 and draws for doubles are 24. It has the condition for the players who leads, must enter in as a minimum of 4 events of 500 series if they don’t fill the condition, they get 0 scores against their shorts. Tournamnts included in this tier are: Basel, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Memphis, Dubai, Washington, Acapulco, Beijing, Barcelona, Valencia and Hamburg open.
ATP World Tour 250 series:
The ATP World Tour 250 series started in 2009 by ATP. It is the continued series of the ATP World Tour and ranked as the lowest tier of ATP tour. It consists of total number of 40 tournaments 250 points of ranking for winning the single tournament. It tournaments draws for singles are 32 & 28 and for double are 16. AEGON championship draws for singles are 56 and for doubles are 24. Important tournaments of this series include: Nice, Chennai, Sydney, San Jose, Halle, Queens, New Port and Stuttgart open.
2nd Tier Tennis:
Before 2009, ATP Challenger Tour was called ATP Challenger Series. Men’s tennis of top tier is called the ATP World Tour. The 2nd tier of men’s tennis is Challenger Tour, the 3rd tier of men’s tennis tournaments is the ITF Men’s Circuit and final tier of men’s tournaments is international competition. The ATP manages the ATP Challenger and the successful players with enough points for ranking in ATP Challenger and become qualified for the entry of ATP World Tour tournaments.
Ranking points and prize money award:
ATP Challenger Tour awards the players with grand prize money. Maximum prize money is $35,000 and minimum is $150,000 plus accommodation & food
Hospitality is provided according to the players ranking points like 75 points to 125 points for $35 and $150 respectively.
ATP level tournaments give the winners maximum $400K prize money and 250 points to 2000 points.
The point of the players are totaled on the previous rankings of the 52 weeks and given week. If a player got 400 points in previous 52 weeks, his rank would be approximately at 100th position. 200 points for 200th position, 100 points for 350th position and 50 points for 500th.
3rd Tier Tennis:
The ITF Men’s Circuit is tennis tournament series which is owned and managed by the ITF. It signifies the lowest step of the men’s tennis ranking. ITF tournaments include the ranking of the ATP which helps in the progress of the younger players’ for the ATP Challenger Tour fully. Therefore, every tennis player has to spend the time in the Men’s Circuit. This ITF Men’s Circuit is a satellite based and provides the flexibility to the players and held for more than four weeks. In the end of 1990, the ITF brought the new feature for over time tournaments and its ratio greater than before till 2007. After the elimination of satellites, players won the titles of careers and improved their ranks through the feature tournaments. Futures tournaments include singles and doubles and held for one week. In 2008, the prize money for tournaments was USD 10, 000 or USD 15, 000. And for some tournament accommodation facility is also provide to the players.

WTA Tournaments:
WTA stands for Women’s Tennis Association which was established in 1973. The founder of WTA was Billie Jean King. It is world wide women’s tennis player tour and also the part of the ATP.
Categories of tournaments:
In 2009, the current WTA tournament formation was introduced. Leading Tournaments were formed from the combination of earlier events 1st tier 1 & 2nd tier and International Tournaments were formed with the combination of 3rd tier and 4th tier.
Total no of 4 GS tournaments
End year championships which is the champion of WTA Tour
Premier Mandatory is formed with combination of 4 tournaments of male tennis players and held in Miami, Beijing, Indian Wells and Madrid.
International tournaments include 31 tournaments and its prize money for each tournament is USD 220,000. These tournaments held in Bali. Now, it is held in Sofia and its prize money is USD 600,000.
Premier tournament includes the 10 events and its prize money is maximum USD 600,000 and minimum USD 1 million. Prize money
Challenger tournaments started in 2011, with 3 tournaments and prize money of USD 125,000.
WTA Championship
This is a tennis tournament which is held yearly for women tennis player at the end of the year. This championship is held for the highest ranking players. Many things about WTA championship have been changed since 1972 like city, total number of players and month of the tournament. In 2003 the rules about the player is that two groups are made of 8 players and 4 for doubles.
The WTA Tournament is the most important tournament and placed on 5th position of GS tournaments It prize money is very large and points for ranking are after the GS tournaments.
Martina Navratilova is the famous and top player of WTA Championship with 8 titles of singles and 12 titles of doubles.
Fed Cup:
Fed Cup is most important competition among women tennis players. It was introduced in 1963 as a celebration of the ITF’s 50th Anniversary. It was named as Federation Cup. Seeding decision for four nations in world cup is made according to Fed Cup rules.
In the Zonal Group, teams are divided in pools , then they will play in one round against each other. There are always 2 teams which are encouraged and promoted from Africa Group I and Europe Group of the world cup of that year and form America group 1 one team is gone to the world cup.
Davis Cup:
The Davis Cup is the most important and famous men’s international tennis event. ITF manages the Davis Cup Championship. It is held yearly in which teams are playing for their countries to make a big success against their competitors. The Davis Cup championship was started in 1900. At that time it a great challenge between American team and British team.
From 2007 total no of 137 countries participated in this championship tournament. USA has been most successful in the Davis Cup Championship history who has won total 32 tournaments with 29 times runners up. Australia is on 2nd number by winning 28 tournaments at 4 events against New Zealand with 19 time runners up. The current title holder of Davis Cup is the Czech Republic won the title against Spain. Every year 16 best teams from all over the world are selected to participate and play for the Davis Cup. Countries that lose the 1st round have to play against the continental zones. Teams who win World Group enter the quarter finals. Countries win more 3 ties to claim of Davis Cup Champions.

List of Venues for Tennis in Olympics

Croquet Club  & England Tennis Lawn

Olympics Stadium and Venues:

As multiple competitions are held in Olympics Summer tournaments. In the urban area of host city and outside area of the host city are selected to situate its venues for several games. Because some games like foot ball game needs the largest stadium to play the game.

Among of the all venues, one venue will be the biggest one which will be situated at the largest area of Olympic Stadium. And, the attraction and focus are always set on that area of the stadium.

All types of Olympic Games events, ceremonies and Athletic games are held In the Olympic Stadium.

Total no of fifteen venues are going to be used which are mentioned under here. The Wimbledon School is using the Worple Road for venue. In 1908, this venue road was being used for Summer Olympics. In 1922,Church Road had been selected and opened to use for Olympics in summer in, 2012

Venue

Year

Capacity

Additional sports in Venue

City /Country

Olympic Tennis Center

2016

18,250

Rio de Janeiro(Brazil)
 

Croquet Club  & England Tennis Lawn

 

2012

30,000

London(UK)
EnglandTennis Lawn & Croquet Club

1908

Not mentioned.

London(UK)
Puteaux

1900

Not mentioned

Paris (France)
Stade de Colombes

1924

22737

Rugbyunion, Final Football, Equestrian, Cycling , Athletics , Gymnastics, Modern pentathlon, Final Fencing ,

Paris (France)
Beerschot Tennis Club

1920

Nomentioned.

Antwerp(Belgium)
de la Vall d’Hebron(TennisCenter)

1992

8000

Barcelona(Spain)
Östermalm Athletic Grounds

1912

Not mentioned.

Modern pentathlon, Equestrian, Fencing,

Stockholm(Sweden)
OlympicTennisCenter

1988

15000

Seoul(South Korea)
Stone Mountain(TennisCenter)

1996

27500

Atlanta(USA)
Francis Field

1904

19,000.

Roque, Athletics, Lacross , Archery, Football, Gymnastics,

Wrestling and Weightlifting

St. Louis(USA)
NSW(Tennis Centre)

2000

10000

Sydney(Australia)
AthensLawn of Tennis Club

1896

Not mentioned.

Athens(Greece)
AthensOlympic (Tennis Centre)

2004

15000

Athens(Greece)
Olympic Green (TennisCenter)

2008

17400

Beijing(China)

How to serve in tennis?

by on January 20, 2011
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How to serve in tennis?

The top tennis players are judged from their tennis serves. A strong and controlled serve could win a match for tennis players. As serve in tennis is the starting point of game, so excelling in serving a tennis ball is like building a base for a long-lasting and successful career. Serving a ball in tennis takes a few lessons, time, and months upon months of practice. For excelling in advanced serves, you need to have a grip on crucial basic serve. The basic tennis serve is played by following few steps:

1)      Stand behind the baseline of the court and hold racket in your dominant hand with a basic or continental serve grip. Position yourself to the right or left side of the central mark on the court baseline and turn slightly sideways to net.

2)      Now take the ball in your non-dominant hand and toss it in the air. The ball should be tossed high enough in the air so that when you use your racket to make contact with the ball, you arm is fully stretched in the air. Keep this momentum and hit your racket through the ball. Let your arm follow naturally into the downward movement.

3)      In case your first attempt fails and hits into the net or goes into the incorrect service box, try another serve till you correctly locate it. You must keep in mind that your foot should not touch or step over the baseline prior to ball contact.

And keep practising. Without practice, you wouldn’t be able to have a winning serve.

How to play a tennis forehand volley?

by on January 20, 2011
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How to play a tennis forehand volley? Roger Federer

A volley is a shot which is played in tennis before the ball actually bounces on the ground. The volley is mostly played when the player is closer to net but there are instances when the volley is executed from a distance as well. The volley is sometimes executed near the baseline or even in the middle of tennis court. The main purpose of a volley in tennis is to go offensive on the player and cut the reaction time of the opponent. The opponent will have much less time to respond and chase the ball in volley. Playing volley is not that difficult. All you need is control and practice. Here are the instructions to play volley in tennis:

1)      To play a volley, position yourself from the net about three feet. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.

2)      Hold your racket with a continental grip. Keep your head pointing up and racket in front of you. You must make sure that the bottom of the handle is even with your belly button. Use your non-dominant hand’s fingers to lightly hold the top portion of the racket. Bend your knees slightly to put some strain on your thighs.

3)      Now move your left foot (or right in case you are left-handed) towards the ball as the ball probably would be hitting towards you above the waist level. Now turn your shoulder slightly to the right (left) till you bring your racket back even with your right (left) shoulder. Keep this motion smooth.

4)      Use your racket in a forward motion to meet the ball by using a quick punch. Keep your head vertical and make the racket contact the ball with your right/left shoulder. Now move your racket hand slightly so that the ball faces your palm upon the contact.

5)      Follow through with your swing. You should know that the follow through for a volley is shorter compared to the regular ground stroke. Your racket should be in control and not pass the front of your body.

Top ten female tennis players-All time

by on December 10, 2010
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Top ten female tennis players-All time, Steffi Graf

Famous female players in tennis enjoy an equal footing with their male counterparts. Right from the beginning, female tennis players in tennis were doing quite well and had achieved great feats in the tennis world. Women have been actively engaged in the tennis game for a long time now and have held great power positions like the male players. Female tennis players enjoy great popularity and status. There are some  greatest female players in tennis who have attained great heights through their unbeatable style and impeccable control over the game. Some of the most prominent and best female tennis players in the field of tennis are given in the list below. Some of the top women players are from the US and Russia. The list comprises of some of the top ten women players who have contributed to the growth of tennis to a great deal. These famous female tennis players are considered as the all time champions in the tennis arena and are looked upon as wonder women with great talent.

  1. Margaret Court
  2. Steffi Graf
  3. Chris Evert
  4. Martina Navrátilová
  5. Serena Williams
  6. Billie Jean King
  7. Monica Seles
  8. Justine Henin
  9. Evonne Goolagong Cawley
  10. Venus Williams

Even today, they are looked upon as a great source of inspiration by the female tennis aspirants. These are the top ten lists of greatest female tennis players who have achieved an impossibly greater triumph over many challenges and stood out best in their capacity. The top ten ranking is based on their popularity, commitment towards the game, unbeatable spirit and unbreakable focus in the game. The players have been doing a great job in all categories and have created a style of their own. The way these famous female tennis players have played and the great achievements made by them to attain the position is definitely an enormous inspiration to the future aspirants of tennis.

Top ten male tennis players-All time

by on December 10, 2010
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Roger Federer

Tennis is one game that has gleaned the attention of a large crowd throughout the world. The positions and titles keep changing with time, but there are few who stay in the tennis history forever. These few are those who are completely looked up to for their style of playing and the control they have over themselves when it comes to the game. Achieving a position in the top ten lists is not an easy affair at all. Some of the legends in tennis has strived hard, yes really hard to catch a place for them in the elite list of top most tennis players in the tennis category. Below is the list of the top ten best players in the world of tennis in the male category. The listing is made as per the ranking.The top ten male players in tennis who have played well throughout and are considered as the best players of all time are listed here.

  1. Roger Federer
  2. Pete Sampras
  3. Roy Emerson
  4. Rod Laver
  5. Björn Borg
  6. Rafael Nadal
  7. Ken Rosewall
  8. Jimmy Connors
  9. Ivan Lendl
  10. Andre Agassi

The players are all from different countries and backgrounds but they all are here because of a common feeling, ‘love for tennis’. They brought tennis up and in turn tennis brought them up here. These tennis players have performed at different surfaces and have shown immense potential. Roger Federer is still the dominating champion of the current era with his 16 grand slam titles. Currently, Nadal and Djokovic have been challenging the King Federer which the King has tried to conquer with his absolute performance. 

Roger Federer married Mirka

Roger Federer married Mirka

Roger Federer married Mirka (Miroslava) Vavrinec of Slovakian origin on April 11, 2009 after an eight year long relationship with her. A month earlier, both had announced that they were expecting their first child. Federer announced his wedding on his official website that evening, quoting it to be a beautiful spring day.

The wedding was a small ceremony held at his hometown in Basel, Switzerland. 39 guests attended the wedding. Mirka wore a white empire dress, while Federer wore a three piece black suit. Mirka’s wedding ring was made by her father who is a goldsmith. At the reception, Swiss dishes were served and the celebration went on until after midnight.

They sold 12 of their wedding photos to Schwiezzer Illustrierte, a Swiss magazine. The money was donated to Roger Federer Foundation, an organization that helps the children with good athletic abilities but are financially poor. It also does relief work in Africa. The editor in chief of the magazine says that he maintains good relation with Federer’s family for years. On July 23, 2009, Mirka gave birth to twin baby girls named Charlene Riva and Myla Rose.

Mirka is four years older than Federer, yet they share an inseparable bond. Mirka, like Roger, was a tennis player. She was among the top 100 women once. They both met in 2000 Olympics at Sydney. In the Olympics, they were both representing Switzerland. She retired due to a foot injury and since then, she has been working as Federer’s public relations manager. Their marriage has been successful just like Federer’s career and Mirka is always beside her husband in every match!

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf – Sensational Tennis Couple

 

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf - Sensational Tennis Couple

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf have been big tennis sensations and this sensation got better when Graf and Agassi got married. Their relationship began in 1999 after their combined surprise-win at French Open. It was a surprise because neither one had won a Grand Slam since 1995. At that time, Graf had a breakup with her boyfriend, a German car racer, after a seven year relationship and Agassi divorced his wife Brook Shields after two years of marriage.

Graf is one year older than Agassi. The couple married on October 22, 2001 in Las Vegas. The ceremony was attended by the couple’s mothers only. Not even Graf’s father and sister attended the ceremony. The vows were exchanged in front of Agassi’s family friend, a district judge, Michael Cherry.

The wedding was a surprise even to the other family members. However, they did not show any bad feelings for not being invited to it. The reason behind such a private ceremony was Graf’s pregnancy and the couple wanted to be married before having the baby. Graf was nine months pregnant when they both married. They had their honeymoon after the arrival of their baby boy. After four days of marriage, Jaden Gil, their son, was born. After two years, Steffi gave birth to a baby girl. Those close to them can feel the couple’s extreme love for each other and for those around them.

Graf had already retired before her wedding after the 1999 Grand Slam award, but Agassi continued his career until 2006 after which he retired because of sciatica.

First Serve, Second Serve

First Serve, Second Serve, Schultz-McCarthy

A tennis player picks a ball, takes it into the air and hits it diagonally into the opposite service box to start a point. Yes! It is the tennis serve which starts the game for a player. A ball needs to cross the net and fall on the opposite service box. It’s all good as long as the ball crosses the net. Having a good serve is the biggest advantage for players as it helps them to get a hold of their game and not give it away easily. The fastest serve record has been made by Andy Roddick who served at 249.5 km/h (155 mph). In women’s tennis, Venus Williams and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy scored the fastest serve at a speed of 209 km/h (130 mph).

There are many different styles of serves which are played in tennis. The most common are the first and the second serves. Along with them, flat serve, slice serve, topspin serve, topspin slice serve, and American twist serve are typically played in tennis. Let’s have a look into the technicality of the first and the second serve.

The rules are no different for the first and the second serve, only the tactics differ. The first serve is all about the power, deception, and skill the player has in striking the ball, either by pushing the opponent in the disadvantageous zone or out-righting him/her. This creates a chance for winning the point. The second serve usually pops up after the double fault, which forces the player to hit with higher curve or less power. Typically, this is not the most favorite serve for the tennis players.

Simple difference, isn’t it? Players like Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, Roger Federer, and Pete Sampras are few of the players with powerful first serves.

Best Tennis Players – Male and Female

by on February 27, 2010
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Best Tennis Players – Male and Female, Roger Federer and Steffi Graf

In the long history of men’s and women’s tennis, there have been lots of great players who have contributed a lot to tennis and with that they have won many tournament and Grand Slams by putting the best game of tennis on display for the fans. With many legends in the game, it becomes hard to decide who are the men and women players in both categories. No one can overlook the legendary players like Sampras, Agassi, Stefan, Becker, Courier, Mats Wilander, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert etc but the list eventually narrows down to few names that  have made a never ending impact on tennis audiences. 

According to our analysis in the field of history here we have given description about best tennis players in the history of world tennis.

This place in the men’s category is undoubtedly taken by none other than current world number one Roger Federer who has won fifteen Grand Slam tournaments which is a record in itself. He has shown the sheer skills of tennis while he won Wimbledon as his fifteen Grand Slam tournament by defeating Andy Roddick of U.S. in five sets. He also holds the record winning all the four Grand Slams.

In the category of women, this place is won by Steffi Graf who has won twenty-two singles Grand Slam titles, which is second highest after Margaret Court. In 1988, she became the one and only player to win all the four Grand Slam titles as well as Olympic gold medal in a calendar year which established her as the best ever female tennis player.

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