Tennis skills and techniques: First Service In

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Tennis skills and techniques: First Service In

Service is a shot through which a point can be started tennis. A service can be done overhead or underhand but most of the players prefer to serve with the overhead. It is necessary to toss the ball for the service. Service is done in such a way that when the shot is played, it should land in the diagonally opposite service box in the court of the other player to be a valid service. The first service is always done with a power and total skill that it can beat an opposition player or a player cannot reply with the return shot. If this service is a valid service or it lands in the official service box at the opposite court, it is called ‘first service in’.

First service in is a very tough art for the newcomer to tennis to master, but once it is learnt it can win many points for a player. But many players struggle to learn or master this art of the game of tennis and struggle to deliver the first service in. Because of the chance of a double fault (Two consecutive invalid services) the second service is not played with full power in order to place it at the exact location and in this case, there are good chances of getting a strong return shot from the opposition player.

Tennis skills and techniques: Forehand

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Noval Djokovic, Tennis skills and techniques: Forehand

Tennis is a game of sheer skill requiring power and mental toughness. One needs to master all the shots including forehand in order to become a champion player. If one of the shots is a weakness of any player, it will be exploited by the opposition. Let us master the art of playing forehand shots tennis. A forehand shot is such a shot played by swinging across the racquet against the body and in the direction where the player wants the ball to go. For the right-hand players, forehand shot starts at the right hand side of the body, swings across while making the contact with the ball and ends at the left hand side of the body. For the left-hand player, this is exactly opposite as it starts on the left hand side of the body, swings across and ends at the right side.

The forehand shot is known to be one of the very easy shots in tennis which is not hard to master. There are two types of forehand shots, single-handed and double-handed. Single-handed forehand shots are played with a single hand and it applies less power where as double-handed forehand shot applies the full power of the body while playing the shot.

Some of the players with great forehand include Sampras, Borg, Nadal. Federer, Djokovic, Becker, Courier and Lendl. One of the most astounding name in the forehand excellence is Robin Soderling who within a limited time has become a threat due to his excellent forehand skills.

Best Serving Players

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Best Serving Players, Goran Ivanesvic

Tennis is a game of different shots and mastering this art can make a player champion. The service is the most important aspect of tennis, without which a game of tennis cannot be played. It is observed that the art of service is very tough to learn and especially for the newbie it is a headache. But, if a player wants to be a champion, the task of mastering serving is a must. An ace is one of such master-class service where a valid service goes untouched by the opponent. Let us look at some of the master-class players who are known to be best serving players because of their expertise in service.

The first name in this list is none other than champion tennis player Boris Becker, who has played the first service with utmost power and placement with conceding maximum first service in. A world-record holder of Grand Slams (16) Roger Federer is also included in this list of serving masters. Former Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic was known to win his games on the aces and he holds the world record of serving the maximum number of aces in a season. American tennis player Andy Roddick is also one such Ace greats who has hit many aces during his career and holds the record of fastest service in the history of tennis. Ivo Karlovic has the world record of serving maximum number of aces in a match. These players not only excelled at their serves but played absolute tennis during their careers.

Tennis skills and techniques: Playing at Baseline

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Playing at the baseline

Tennis is a game of sheer skill, power, and physical and mental toughness. One needs to master every single shot and have to decide on different strategies in order to win the game. A player should also learn about playing the shots across the ground with fluency. Let us look at the strategy of how to play from the baseline. Baseline is a mark or a line where a tennis-court length ends and the art of playing tennis from the end of the court is known to as playing baseline tennis. A player who plays this tennis is known as a baseliner.

Typically, there are two types of baseline players, Aggressive or offensive baseline play (known as aggressive baseliner) or defensive baseline play (defensive baseliner). An aggressive baseliner plays shots from the baseline with a power (or aggression) such that an opposition player cannot return the ball, whereas defensive baseliners return every ball without much power and relies on mistakes made by the opposition. But that does not also mean that they never play an offensive baseline stroke. Offensive baseliners generally have at least one ground stroke, either forehand or backhand. The best offensive baseliner might have dominant service with the fast ground stroke.

Modern tennis usually played at the baseline. The professional tennis players today tend to stay at back, hitting hard and deep ground strokes rather than coming on to net and playing volleys just like Sampras. Playing at baseline leads to big winners and long rallies. Nadal in the present time after Federer has become an all court player and can play on to the net along with baseline. 

Tennis skills and techniques: Playing at Net

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playing at the tennis net

Tennis is a game of skill, sheer power, mental as well as physical toughness and some playing strategies are needed with which a player can become a champion. It is always necessary to master the art of playing tennis shots as well as covering the entire tennis court to play a very good game of tennis. The modern tennis players like to play the tennis from the baseline (or at the end of the court) but there are certain shots that should be played from the net in order to win the points. Here, we can look at the art of playing tennis from the net.

It is not possible to play tennis entirely at the net; there are certain players who prefer to play the ball from net after replying the service. Generally, these are the players that have a strong volley. Volleying is best while playing from the net. Apart from this, there are certain players who like to play the serve-and-volley game and such players play the game from the nets. In this case, a player serves the ball from the baseline and immediately comes to the net in order to return the volley on reply of the service from the opposition player. Playing the game from net can give an advantage of playing drop shots from the net. If the art of playing the tennis from net can be mastered, it can win many points for a player. Playing at net makes a game very interesting and thrilling as the drop shots change the entire game plan and usually take the opponent by surprise!

Scoring in Tennis

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Scoring in Tennis

A “score” is a familiar word in each and every sport and tennis is one such sport. Today, let us learn about scoring in tennis. The scoring method is very much the same in singles as well as in doubles. When the game does not go into a tie, it is played up to four points, numbered as 15, 30, 40 and game. The word zero is described as love (Might have come from French word l’oeuf, which means egg). If there is a tie at 40 points, it is known as deuce. It is compulsory that a game should be won by a margin of at least two points, the game continues until a player gets the two consecutive points from deuce.

The score of a server is always recorded first place in tennis. For an example, if the score is written as “40-15” means, it the server has scored three points (15, 30 and 40) and the opposition has only scored one point (15). In order to win a set, a player must need to win at least six games with a margin of two games. So, if a running set becomes 5-5 (five games each), one player needs to win two consecutive games to win by the margin of 7-5. If the set goes to 6-6, a tie breaker would be applied to the set. During the tie breaker, each point is considered as a single point and a player needs to score at least seven points with the margin of two. If a score happens to be 7-6 in a tie breaker, a player with the difference of two points can only win the game after that.

Tennis skills and techniques: Service in Tennis

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Tennis skills and techniques: Service in Tennis

Service, also known as serve, is a shot to start a point in tennis. The service is started by tossing up the ball and hitting it in the diagonal service box in the oppositions court without touching the net. Generally, services are played overhead but that can also be played underarm. The service is the only time when a player can have some time to set up instead of returning the ball against the shot from opposite court. The service is a kind of shot that can be very tough for a new player to the game but once this art is mastered it can win many points for a player. The service can be used as an offensive weapon for the professional players and they are expected to win many points through their services.

A professional player generally does master the art of a tennis service and try to learn more and more Ace services. An ace service is a shot that is played with such power and distance that in spite of being an official service, the opposition player cannot return the shot on the service. This kind of service is considered to be the best service. In order to deliver a legal service a player can have two chances. If a player does a wrong service twice, it is considered to be a double-fault and point is awarded to the opposition.

Players like Agassi, Federer, Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Edberg etc were known for their superb serves. These players have won series of grand slams due to their excellent serve. 

Tennis skills and techniques: Volley

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John McEnroe, Tennis skills and techniques: Volley

Tennis is a game of power, mental toughness and sheer skill where a player needs to learn each and every shot of the game in order to become a champion player. It is mandatory to learn all the shots of a tennis game in order to avoid the weaknesses that can explored by the opponent. Let us today learn about the art of volley, one of the easy winning shots of a game of tennis.

A volley is a shot that is played even before the ball bounces on the court. Generally, the volley is played from the net but there are many instances when the volley is played from the baseline or middle of the court. The general purpose of hitting a volley is to reduce the reaction time of the opposition player and there are less chances of getting a strong reply shot from the opponent. Another purpose is to avoid the bad bounce from the surface. There are several players that are known as serve and volleyers. They first serve the ball and play the return volley on the return of their serve. Tim Henman of Great Britain was one of best serve and volley players. If the shot is played on the rise of the ball (just after the bounce), it is known as a half-volley which is considered to be one of the very toughest shots in the game of tennis. John McEnroe was known to be the best half-volley player. In the present tennis players, Roger Federer excels at playing volley. 

Best Player at Grass Tennis Court

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Best Player at Grass Tennis Court, Ivan Lendl

With the highest competition at tennis level, each and every player tries to establish himself/herself as the best surface player. When it comes to clay court, nobody can beat the record of Rafael Nadal for his winning streak of eighty-one consecutive games. But, who is the best grass court player? This is a difficult question as nobody has dominated this court as well as Nadal has dominated the clay court. Probably, the only player who could be said to be best on a grass court is none other than Ivan Lendl who possesses a76% winning record with his 81-25 figures.

Even though, Lendl always criticized grass courts but nobody else has improved their performance on grass court as well as Ivan did. He also held the world record of being number one for 270 weeks which was broken by Pete Sampras later on who was another legend of grass court. The Ivan Lendl’s success came through 95% hard-work and talent and only 5% luck. Even after possessing such a good record on grass court, he never won Wimbledon, the biggest Grand Slam of the grass courts. This is due to the reason that he played in an era when some of the best grass court players like John McEnroe, Stephen Edberg and Boris Becker were also playing.

In the current regime, Roger Federer has clearly dominated the grass court by winning Wimbledon 6 times, consecutively 5 times from 2003-2007 and later winning in 2009. Nadal with this absolutely brilliant clay performance hasn’t been very successful on the grass court. For some Federer fans, Wimbledon is his thing!

Best player at Clay Court in the present era!

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Best player at Clay Court in the present era, Rafael Nadal

The clay court is considered to be one of the toughest surfaces in the world of tennis where major players find it tough to fight against the unseeded players. It requires sheer hard work and fitness to play the shots at clay court due to the resistance provided by the clay while playing shots. The French Open Grand Slam tournament which is played on clay court surface is known to be the tournament where major upsets can be expected. The reason for this to happen is that the players start playing tennis in the hard court from the start of their career and adjust to that surface and when it comes to playing at clay court struggles start.

Rafael Nadal, who is a professional tennis player from Spain, is known to be the best clay court player who has won eighty-one (81) matches at the clay court which is a world record. Rafael Nadal has won four consecutive French Open Grand Slam tournaments from 2005 to 2008 by beating different ranked players including world number one Roger Federer. Nadal’s nine wins out of thirteen over the world number one has come on a clay court surface which shows his dominance on the clay court. Due to his active fitness footwork and sheer power in the shots he has achieved great success on the clay court. Nadal has successfully equalled the record of Bjorn Borg of 6 French Open titles which clearly shows his dominance and grip on clay win. Out of ten grand slams for Nadal, 6 titles are won on the Clay surface (French Open) which explains why people call Nadal, The Clay King! 

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