Wimbledon champions 2011: Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic

Petra Kvitova: New female Wimbledon champion 2011

The 21 year old Kvitova of Czech republic displayed highly impressive play in the Wimbledon Women’s Singles final where she defeated the famous female tennis player Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4. This was Kvitova’s first career Grand Slam. Kvitova with her absolutely stunning and powerful ground strokes was able to push Sharapova back. For Maria Sharapova, it was her second appearance in the Wimbledon final after claiming the 2044 Wimbledon title. However since then she had a major problem with her serve which haunted her again in the final of Wimbledon 2011 where she serves back-to-back double faults in the sixth game. Kvitova on the other hand dominated the first set with her powerful serve. The most impressive thing about Kvitova’s game was her returning, both backhand and forehand.

So we have a new female champion of Wimbledon who made her way through mighty names like Serena, Venus and Wozniacki.

Noval Djokovic, Wimbledon Champion 2011

No one thought of famous tennis player Novak Djokovic winning the Wimbledon 2011 by his outstanding and enthralling performance in the men’s Singles final. Although Djokovic was favorite for his brilliant performance in the recent past where he secured Australian Open 2011 and enjoyed his successful emerging rivalry with Rafael Nadal, but still the votes seemed more favorable for the greatest tennis player Roger Federer and Clay King, Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic however played his best tennis in the final of Wimbledon 2011 where he took the first two sets by completely manhandling Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1. Nadal made a come back in the 3rd set but was overtaken by Djokovic again in the 4th set hence losing it to Djokovic 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

This was Djokovic’s first Wimbledon title. Djokovic has won 48 of 49 matches this season. And he’s now won five straight over Nadal. It is almost impossible to see Djo slowing down this year as Wimbledon is his 8th tennis title of the year. He is now the ATP No. 1 ranked player surpassing Rafael Nadal. It seems like Djokovic is going to have a long successful career as he has won 3 Grand Slam titles of the year 2011 and won the Australian Open 2012 as well.

He surely is the best. No joke 😉

How to play tennis like Steffi Graf?

How to play tennis like Steffi Graf?

If you brush up on your tennis history, you would never be able to ignore the famous and greatest female tennis player Steffi Graf. She won 22 major events, which is second only to the 24 slam wins of one of the best female players Margaret Court. At the end of her career, Steffi’s match record stood at 902-115. She is the only person to win the Golden Slam and Olympic gold medal. After reading such a grand profile of Steffi, you would surely want to play like her. You might not be able to win the 22 Grand Slams with these tips, but you will surely get a drift of her game. Here is how Steffi Graf plays tennis:

1)      Famous female tennis player Steffi mostly used a slice backhand in most of her matches. Graf used to hit over the ball only in her attempt to pass the opponent at the net. The benefit of slice shot is that once it is hit correctly, it neutralizes the fast rally and stays low. The slice shot also skids off the ground which forces the opponent to hit the ball up. Steffi used this skill to her big forehand advantage. Use this slice skill to your advantage as mostly players have problems with low balls.

2)      Graf had a monstrous forehand that made her a threat for opponents. If you are a recreational player, there is a chance that you might have a better forehand. In you do have a good forehand, capitalize on it.

3)      You need to work consistently on the things you don’t do well in tennis. For example, Graf lacked the backhand drive and volley when she first came on to the court. Steffi Graf then worked on these skills in order to enhance them and won Wimbledon seven times.

How to play tennis like Maria Sharapova?

How to play tennis like Maria Sharapova?

Famous tennis player Maria Sharapova is the hottest young tennis player from Russia with an incredibly amazing game. Her grace, style, beauty and amazing athletic talent have won her the hearts of both female and male tennis fans. Maria Sharapova has shown aggressive playing style with lots of grunting. Her serve has been a bit rough lately but she has managed to make it to many semi-finals and finals of the grand slams. If you are a fan of Sharapova, you would love to imitate her playing style. Here is how you can play tennis like Maria Sharapova:

1)      One thing for you to follow is screaming out loud every time you hit the ball while playing tennis. This is the trademark of Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova as she yells out ‘yaah’ every time she serves or plays a drop short.

2)      Maria Sharapova’s serve is powerful and fast. She easily places aces on her opponents, so you need to make your serve killer and powerful.

3)      Try to imitate a few signature moves of Sharapova, which include returning the ball served directly down the line out-of-bounds and power forehands in cross-court.

4)      Fans love the Sharapova’s outfits, so you need to dress like her and look attractive along with having good play.

5)      Get the sponsorship of Nike as Maria never wears anything without the Nike logo.

6)      Keep your accessories neat while you play. Maria has shoulder-length hair, no bangs, and keeps her hair tight in a ponytail during the match.

Maria Sharapova grunts a lot. So we suggest a little less of grunting for you 😉

How to serve like Andy Roddick?

How to serve like Andy Roddick?

The hottest tennis player, Andy Roddick, is famous for his strong serve. Famous male tennis player Andy Roddick holds the record for serving the fastest serve with a speed of 149mph.Since then, no other tennis player has been able to break Andry Roddick’s fastest serve record. Anyone would love to serve like hot Andy Roddick. The tips to serve powerfully like tennis player Andy Roddick are the following:

1)      Andy Roddick’s serve comes from a strong base. You should begin with good practice tactics by putting your weight on the front foot by keeping it an angle of 45-degrees to the baseline.

2)      Toss is the most critical part of a good serve. The tennis experts advise the players to hold the balls by using all five fingers with their tips. The beauty of Roddick’s serve is that he shifts the majority of his weight into his back foot and releases the ball with his arm extended fully upwards. During this action he makes sure that he tosses the ball in front of him slightly. After this, he throws his racquet behind him, arches his back and bends his knees while transferring his weight to the front foot.

3)      Roddick’s physical strength allows him to create immense power in throwing actions. Roddick swings the ball from low to high and uses both of his feet for jumping forward along with ball. Roddick makes sure that he hits the ball at the peak of his toss to generate more power in his serve.

4)      The power in Roddick’s serve comes from the largest groups of muscles: the hips, legs and shoulders. Allow your body weight to throw forward when striking the ball and do not take your eyes off the ball.

How to play tennis like Roger Federer?

How to play tennis like Roger Federer?

The king of tennis and greatest male tennis player Roger Federer, is an inspiration for everyone. Every tennis lover aspires to be Roger. Fans and critics recognize the absolutely amazing potential of Roger Federer and his game play in tennis. They recognize him as the best thing that has ever happened to tennis world. Roger Federer’s vision and power make him an incredible player and attacker. With his speed and determination, he has turned out to be a tenacious defender. You cannot play exactly like Federer but there are some basic rules you can follow. These rules are:

1)      Buy a Wilson (K)Factor (K)Six-One Tour 90 tennis racket. Federer customizes this racket with his own hybrid strings and weights.

2)      One thing you need to develop in yourself is to keep yourself cool, clear-headed and controlled over your temper. These are the trademarks of Federer.

3)      You need to fix your grips. Federer uses a semi-western grip for his forehand, eastern-backhand grip for topspin backhand along with continental and slice backhands.

4)      Focus on serve accuracy instead of power. It’s the spin and placement of Roger’s serves that makes it hard for the opponents to break the serve.

5)      Roger’s real asset is his ability to innovate on the court; his creative skills make him play in angles that are never expected by the opponents.

In Roger’s game, one aspect is always dominant and that is his cool and calm temperament. If you excel at not panicking and keeping it calm through the game, the ability to innovate and play will show up automatically.

How to play tennis like Rafael Nadal?

How to play tennis like Rafael Nadal?

Famous male tennis player Rafael Nadal is known as the clay specialist. Not only has he displayed his game and mentality extravaganza on clay but he has been performing really well on grass and hard courts as well. His strong physical attributes and game knowledge have helped him to acquire the world no.1 tennis player rank. If you aspire to be the next Nadal, here is what you should follow:

1)      You need to have an extraordinary fitness level. Your body will be challenged in a cardiovascular capacity which requires you to increase your body’s resistance and power.

2)      You need to work on your racket grips. Being a clay court specialists, Nadal uses western forehands with which the racket is gripped with the palm facing up and the strings of the racket are perpendicular to the ground. This helps the heavy topspin. You have to be very strong in order to benefit from topspin. Nadal has a two-handed backhand but he runs around to play as many forehands as possible.

3)      Nadal likes to approach the net and finish the point, which is his common tactic to attack the opponent. His volley is all over the court and this talent makes him different than the other clay court players. You can afford to be defensive on clay court but on other courts you need to be offensive by coming on to the net.

4)      Nadal’s serve is not a major strength, but his ability to position the serve and create pace and spin enables him to counter his opponents easily.

5)      Last but not the least, Nadal sort of dictates his opponent. Nadal, with his magical placement, makes the opponent move in exactly the manner he wishes. You will have this talent only if you use your creative skills.

How to play tennis like Pete Sampras?

How to play tennis like Pete Sampras?

The greatest tennis player and legend Pete Sampras, with 14 Grand Slams under his belt, is one of the best male tennis players in tennis history to pick up a racket. Pete was known as the royalty of tennis. With his exceptional play and all-rounder performance, playing like Sampras is pretty close to impossible, but you can still use some of his talents to improve your tennis skills. Use the below tips and play tennis like Sampras:

1)      Sampras, due to his extraordinary serve, was known as Pistol Pete. Sampras was not only able to bring heat in his first serve but he had an amazing talent of using his second serve as a weapon. His second serve used to be around 100mph mark routinely. So if you want to play tennis like Sampras, you must have control and accuracy in your serve. If you have a brilliant serve, you won’t even require the aces to claim the game. You have to understand that serve is not about power but it is about placement. Practice serving and try to place every area in the court in order to achieve Sampras skills.

2)      Identify your strengths in tennis. Sampras had a huge and strong forehand which failed the opponents completely in tennis. Sampras used to dodge his opponents over his backhand side which he used to lead the opponents to play his forehand, so you need to identify your talent and capitalize on it.

3)      Use your mental tactics. When you are playing tennis, assess the opponent. You should notice if your opponent is having problems with your forehand or if he is running down his best shots along with drooping shoulders. If you see any of these signs, take advantage.

How to play a tennis forehand volley?

by on January 20, 2011
in General Information

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.

Famous male tennis players: Tommy Haas

Famous male tennis players: Tommy Haas

Famous male tennis player Thomas “Tommy” Haas is a German professional tennis player who has currently lost his ranking in ATP rankings due to continuous injuries. He started to play his version of tennis at the small age of two and at the age of five he won his first youth tournament. He was such a good talent that well-known tennis guru, Nick Bollettieri offered him a place at his tennis academy for free and Haas moved to Florida at the age of thirteen. His best record at a Grand Slam event is the semi-final of Wimbledon in 2009. He has won a Silver Medal in 2000 Olympics playing for his home country, Germany. Year 2010 went bad for Tommy Haas as he suffered through many injuries which hampered his performance considerably, limiting his winning streak.

German tennis player, Tommy Haas is an all-round all-court player with a versatile style of play. He has the ability to play powerful ground strokes from both wings and plays powerful volleys with the ability to transit to the nets. Tommy Haas has no particular style of playing but he adjusts his game according to the game of his opponent. The biggest strength of Tommy Haas is his powerful one-handed backhands that are amongst the best in world tennis. He also plays good forehand shots. But, his inability to perform consistently and mental stability costs him games rather than technical difficulties. Tommy Haas is considered to be the hottest tennis player due to his stern body and hot looks.

Famous male tennis players: Nikolay Davydenko

Famous male tennis players: Nikolay Davydenko

Famous male tennis player Nikolay Davydenko is a Russian tennis professional who is ranked 30th in the current tennis world. This real talent has unfortunately never won a singles Grand Slam title. The best result achieved by Nikolay Davydenko was to reach the semi finals of a Grand Slam four times in his career. But, he has won the ATP World Tour in 2009 and he was runner up in a Tennis Masters cup in 2008. Tennis fans have given him the nickname of “Kolya” which stands for Russian version of Nikolay and others have given him the name of “Iron Man” because he is plays more tournaments in a year than any other player. In year 2010, the Russian tennis player, Nikolay Davydenko ended below the ranking of ten for the first time since 2004. He claimed his 20th career title this year in Doha. Nikolay defeated the famous male tennis player Roger Federer in semi-final and Nadal, the Clay King in final. In year 2010, Nikolay lost many matches due to his injuries which affected his ranking.

Nikolay Davydenko has an offensive game from the baseline with hard and penetrating ground strokes. He has technically sound forehand and backhand shots. He hits the ball extremely fast that generates lots of power in the shot which resembles the former numero uno player, the famous USA tennis player Andre Agassi. Davydenko has his backhand as his favorite shot which he can play from anywhere in the court. But, due to his weakness in volleys, services and lack of closing matches, he is not able to climb up the rankings.

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