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January 2008 Articles (15)

My last game against BM 4-6, 5-7

What I did right :

Relaxed during

my serve

Played my opponent backhand, which was his weak side

Anticipated and moved to the net when i saw my opponant was in trouble

Returned down the line on the even side

Moving to the net: Move in

straight line (no zig zag)

"Split" when my opponent was about to hit the ball.

What I did not do right:

i tried to play it safe

first when i had a huge lead (5-2), than when i felt… Continue

Added by Manustella on January 29, 2008 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

The "Welcome Wagon" Code

[UPDATED Nov 2011]




Hi. Now that we are getting so many new members a day, I need some help. For those of you that like to make friends, this is fun. Just say hi and add the new members as a friend. This site has so many features that it is a bit overwhelming to some at first. So lets drop the following text in and add a little of…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on January 26, 2008 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

The Future of Tennisopolis

There's no limit.

tennisopolis future

As most of you know, my goal is to connect tennis players and tennis fans with one another. As the site gets bigger, the matchups get better. We have almost 30 people in our big metropolitan groups. I foresee a day when instead of an "Austin Tennis Group", we'll have a "North Austin 4.5 Tennis" group and that's a very good thing. I foresee pages for your tennis club too. I belong to a tennis club and setting up matches is a…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on January 25, 2008 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

Hawk-Eye Technology: Big Brother is Watching

“If anyone's been listening to my commentary the past year then they know I'm in favor of using replay. I think it will make tennis more interesting.” -John McEnroe

I'm intrigued by the Hawk-Eye technology so I decided to do some research. Looks like in regard to the question I had about the point being replayed in the Ivanovic - Hantuchova match, it seems that instead of the point being replayed, Hantuchova probably won that point and advanced to 30 from 15, otherwise the game would… Continue

Added by Mike on January 25, 2008 at 6:54pm — 5 Comments

Player Challenge an Unfair Advantage?

Tsonga may be the name on everyone's lips today after the 20-year-old

Frenchman pulled off a stunning upset over Nadal, but what I'm

concerned about from the latest round of the Australian Open is this

little thing called the Player Challenge.

I was watching the remarkable rally of Ivanovic vs. Hantuchova when in

the third set Ivanovic stopped play to request a player challenge

against a baseline hit by Hantuchova. The game was at 30-40, with

Ivanovic… Continue

Added by Mike on January 24, 2008 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

Atlanta Group

I cant wait for an Atlanta, GA tennis group to start up!

Let me know if you want to play.



Added by Jess on January 15, 2008 at 1:25pm — 3 Comments

My Racquet Journey

I started playing tennis in 1970 with a no name brand aluminum racquet. The metal racquet back then were very poor quality. You could bend then with your bare hands, I'm surprised you could hit tennis balls with them. I went through about 3 of these aluminum racquets until my Junior year in High School. It was then that I got my first real tennis racquet, a Spalding Smasher aluminum racquet. My Senior year I got another racquet, a Head Master with the blue… Continue

Added by hofertennis on January 13, 2008 at 12:47am — No Comments

Bracket Pick 'em Challenge - Australian Open

Hi Tennis Fans,

If you are into following the pros, come play this bracket challenge game with us. You pick the winners of all the Aussie Open matches to the final, before the first point is ever played. Each correct pick gets you points. The person with the most points wins. Wins what? *bragging rights*.

Here's an interesting twist: Everyone that plays the challenge here is on the Tennisopolis Team which is up against some other…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on January 12, 2008 at 3:47pm — 20 Comments

Philadelphia Tennis Clubs

For any people looking for Philadelphia Tennis Clubs to play tennis in during the cold, winter months or even year round should check out and - Philadelphia Tennis Clubs located on the Main Line and King of Prussia. Both are just minutes outside of the city. If you have any questions about rates or…


Added by Dave K. on January 8, 2008 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Hitting on the Rise

Andre Agassi popularized a new and aggressive way to play tennis. He would stand close to the baseline and hit most balls as they rose from the bounce. We now call this “hitting on the rise”. The traditional method to hit groundstrokes was to let the ball bounce, reach it’s peak then strike the ball as it descended towards the ground. But Agassi’s incredible timing allowed…


Added by hofertennis on January 3, 2008 at 10:40pm — 2 Comments

Drop Shots

To hit a good drop shot one needs a good slice or underspin shot. A drop shot is really nothing more than an underspin shot that lands short or close to the net.

The continental grip is the best for both the forehand and backhand drop shots because it naturally tilts the strings open to lift the ball up. This allows the player to put…


Added by hofertennis on January 3, 2008 at 10:40pm — 1 Comment


Many tennis players have a misconception of achieving topspin on groundstrokes. I will try to clear the air in simple terms.

Topspin or overspin is when the ball is spinning over itself in the direction moving forward. Topspin can be achieved…


Added by hofertennis on January 3, 2008 at 10:39pm — No Comments


The key to hitting great volleys is all in the hands. The hands hold the racquet in a position to make the volley work.

The best grip for volleys is the Continental grip. This grip allows for the forehand and backhand volleys and overheads to be hit with the same grip. Not having to change the grip is critical for quick…


Added by hofertennis on January 3, 2008 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Handling the High Bounce

Recently I received an email asking me how does one handle high balls. High bouncing balls are relative. It is not how high the ball is bouncing but where it bounces is more appropriate. Balls landing near the baseline create a situation where the player will have to do one of three things.…


Added by hofertennis on January 3, 2008 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Rest and Recovery

The amount of time a player is actually playing points in a tennis match is less than 35%. That leaves more than 65% of your time in a tennis match doing something else. It’s important for players to use this amount of time wisely.

Rest and recovery…


Added by hofertennis on January 3, 2008 at 10:37pm — No Comments

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