Tennis Serving tips

by on October 28, 2009
in General Information

Tennis Serving tips, Sampras serving

In order to win a game of tennis, you have to know how to serve technically. The serve is a vital part of the game that allows the player to gain points easily if done correctly. Some advice on serving follows.

Your serve has to be accurate and to the point in order to test your opponent by serving in the three main areas, namely, the forehand, backhand and body. The server needs to test the ability of the returner early and gain maximum advantage in his service games. You can determine which side is the opponents’ weaker return depending on the amount of mistakes they make and the quality of the return. You should obtain information on your opponent throughout the match by serving in each of the three areas, namely wide, middle (body serve) and down the middle.

You need to concentrate on your placement and make mental notes of the opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

Your opponent will also be making notes of your weak returns and will be trying to gain the upper hand in his service games. You should focus on your opponent’s weaknesses when you need a point to win the game. Federer’s playing style shows this all the time. It is generally very important to notice a weak shot from your opponent and make sure to exploit this in order to win a crucial point.

Mental Fitness in Tennis

by on October 28, 2009
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Mental Fitness in Tennis, Federer, Sampras, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Nadal

If you do not concentrate on your game in tennis, you will lose the game. It does not matter how fast or strong you are, whether you are a beginner or experienced, the same applies. In order to be successful at tennis you have to be physically and mentally fit. In order to be physically and mentally fit, you will have to strive for strength, flexibility, speed and quickness.

Strength is purely a physical concept although it will also help to be strong when you are put under emotional pressure.

Flexibility allows the player to be in the correct position to return a shot being sent their way. A player that has mental flexibility allows his mind to be stretched similarly to how the body is stretched in physical flexibility. This mental flexibility allows the player to anticipate the return from his opposition quicker thereby allowing him to position his body for his shot quicker.

Speed is another part of mental fitness that allows the player to react to each shot timorously. Mental speed allows the players mind to keep up with the speed of the game.

Quickness is a physical trait of mental fitness that refers to the player’s ability to change direction speedily without losing control.

In conclusion, the mental fitness of the player plays a key role in the game irrespective of how physically fit or physically expert the player is. In order to improve their game, players must “get their head in the game”.

Wimbledon Legends: Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg

by on June 17, 2009
in Record Holders

Wimbledon Legends: Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg

To start with, the best of the best-undisputed king of the tennis world, Pete Sampras, holds seven Wimbledon singles titles in his bag of trophies. He remained the King of Wimbledon in the 90s as he remained the titleholder from1993 to 1995. 1996 was the year when Richard Krajicek became the Wimbledon Champion by beating MaliVai Washington, whereas Sampras lost to him in the quarterfinal. Pete Sampras again carried on his victorious journey by winning four consecutive Wimbledon trophies from 1997-2000.

Next to follow is the tennis legend Bjorn Borg who won this esteemed trophy for five consecutive years. He remained champion from 1976 to 1980. He would have won Wimbledon in 1981, but lost to John McEnroe and remained runner up in the contest. Despite Pete Sampras being the King of the tennis world, Bjorn is the Emperor. It is due to the fact that not only he won the five consecutive Wimbledon titles but also won the French Open doubles event three times in a row along with three consecutive successes at Wimbledon which the tennis guru’s stated as “the most difficult double in tennis.” Sampras never won any French Open titles while Federer, with his latest victory at the French Open, has become the second after Borg to hold both the titles.

Best Female Players in French Open

by on May 26, 2009
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Best Female Players in French Open, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf

Perhaps the only female tennis player who encapsulated the mind’s eye of fans across the globe with her unprecedented aggressive style and intent to conquer all the trophies that come in her way is none other than Martina Navratilova. Her exceptional resilience led her to the indomitable heights not only on the grass courts of Wimbledon but also at the Roland Garros. Though playing on clay courts was never preferred by her, she made such, records especially in the doubles event, which are still unbreakable. In contrast, her arch rival Chris Evert was the Queen of Tennis clay courts, holding the best record at the French Open Tennis with seven singles trophies on her rack. Though Navratilova did beat Evert three times on clay, one of which was French Open, Evert remained the ace and still holds the record of most singles titles won by any female at Roland Garros.

The sweet chubby Steffi Graf, who won 22 Tennis Grand Slams in her career, holds six French Open women title trophies (second to Evert) under her belt. She is the player of Navratilova’s list of great players. She was a blend of skill and stamina and the only tennis player who did equally well on grass as well as clay courts. Her main weapon was her accurate serves. Though Tennis clay courts never help those with great serves, she easily adjusted herself to the surface of Roland Garros and won many titles where men like Pete Sampras and Federer never did.

Bjorn Borg-One of the most successful French Open player

by on May 25, 2009
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Bjorn Borg-One of the most successful French Open player

The cool and calm Swede, Bjorn Borg, is the only predominate clay court player who has performed equally well on the grassy courts of Wimbledon. He remained unbeaten in French Open during 1978-1981. However, new emperor of the clay courts, Rafael Nadal, now holds 6 French Open titles, leaving the French legacy of Borg far behind. 

Going back to history, former great tennis players such as Bjorn Borg, Henri Cochet, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander have registered huge success at the French Open. It was due to their style, which best fitted to a slower surface. When compared to the clay court it was easier for them to win Wimbledon, which are grass courts. Borg, Laver, Agassi and Nadal are those players who have won both Wimbledon and the French Open titles. The slow surface of the clay courts leads the ball to bounce a bit faster compared to the grass courts, making it remarkable in its own special way. This is the reason why the great players like Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, who are famous for their full force serve, have never won the French Open, as they face many difficulties in serving. The advantages of big serves which they possessed never materialised on clay courts.

Looking at the records of French Open, the most titles in all events at the French Open are bagged by Henri Cochet (1926-1932) who won four singles, three doubles and two mixed. Next to follow is Jean Borotra (1925-1936) who won one singles, five doubles and two mixed.

French Open Tennis at the Roland Garros

by on March 30, 2009
in Grandslams

French Open Tennis at the Roland Garros

The French Open is the second tennis Grand Slam played in a year after the Australian Open. It is also known as the Roland Garros tennis tournament because of its official name in French which is Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros. Roland Garros is also the name of the stadium where the French Open is played. It is held over a period of roughly two weeks during the second part of May/into the beginning of June. Roland Garros tennis is totally different from the rest of the Grand Slams because of the stark contrast in the nature of the tennis courts or the surface on which the game is played. Most players find the nature of the court to be slow and difficult as compared to the hard, grass courts in which the ball travels a lot faster. There are many tennis champions who have excelled at all the other Grand Slams but have failed to show the same finesse at the Roland Garros tennis tournament. Pete Sampras and Roger Federer would be the two names which spring up the fastest in recent times. The reigning champion over here for the past four years is the current no.1, Rafael Nadal.

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