Tennis skills and techniques: Forehand

by on February 27, 2010
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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.

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”.

Famous male tennis player: Pete Sampras

Famous male tennis player: Pete Sampras

The record for the most number of Men’s singles titles in the history of professional tennis (before Roger Federer) was held by one of the greatest tennis players of our times, Pete Sampras. Sampras was born in the capital of the United States of America, Washington D.C., in 1971. He had an amazing run over the period of his 15-year career when he won a record number of Grand Slam titles. He won 2 Australian Opens, 7 Wimbledon’s, and 5 U.S. Opens. He was at his fluent best on hard courts where the ball would be travelling around at a good pace. He was referred to as the “King of Swing” due to the amount of air-turn which his serves would exhibit. Sampras retired from professional tennis in 2002 when he played his last top-level game. He was crowned no. 1 at the year-end rankings for a record six years which was the greatest at that point in time and came a close third of all time. Sampras was named as the greatest tennis player to have played from 1965 to 2005 by Tennis Magazine. He got his due recognition when inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sampras was known for his cool temperament and was hardly thrashing his racquet around or showing any expression on his face. His cool and calm attitude made him one of the most favorite tennis players of all time. He is happily married to Bridgette Wilson.