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Day 14 - Roger Federer wins the Australian Open tennis 2010

I have a slight headache. This always happens to me after a Slam is over. It’s part sleep deprivation and part the winding down from days of over-excitement. I will sleep like a baby tonight. And because both Serena and Roger won, tonight I will have sweet dreams of symmetry and balance...

Go… Continue

Added by tennischick on January 31, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Men's 2010 Aussie Final

Murray played phenomenally throughout the tournament, so it was no surprise that he got to the final. Whereas the former champion Nadal was definitely not at his best and it was disturbing to see him pull out with yet another injury and it does make one wonder about his future in the sport. Federer had an amazing run as usual, and I honestly thought the final was pretty routine until the third set when Murray seemed to come alive and really began taking it to Fed. It was too little too late… Continue

Added by Kathryn Thibault on January 31, 2010 at 7:44am — 2 Comments

The unofficial guide to USTA league ratings (1.0 to 7.0)

Some people may be confused with the USTA league ratings (1.0 to 7.0) so here is the unofficial guide.

1.0 - You stink. Your grabbing the wrong end of the racquet and you

think the green fuzz on the ball has something to do with velcro.

1.5 - You still stink, but you can tie your own tennis shoes and hit a

ball you have got in your hand towards one of the cardinal points

without hitting yourself in the leg.

2.0 - You have taken a… Continue

Added by Mr. Jessie L. on January 29, 2010 at 1:18pm — 5 Comments

Any Tennis Player Can Earn a Berth into the US Open!

The USTA announced the launch of the US Open National Playoffs, which will expand the footprint of the US Open and provide the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a wild card into the 2010 US Open Qualifying Tournament. The US Open National Playoffs begins with 16 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the country from April through June. The men’s and women’s champions from each of the sectional qualifying… Continue

Added by Mark / The Mayor on January 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Valiantgame is back!

Hey guys!

I am really sorry about the blog being down. See the guy who is in charge of the host where I uploaded the blog was away for a couple of weeks and during that time, the domain shut the whole thing down because he had not paid in time. Very annoying but what to do?

It is finally back up and I do not intend to let this happen again. So what has happened in my life and in tennis? Beginning with me, I have suffered from an injury that has lasted for almost two months now.… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on January 23, 2010 at 6:11am — No Comments

Use of the Unit Turn on the Backhand--One handed and Two handed

First, we look at the two hander

Now we look at the one-hander and it's importance to disguise the… Continue

Added by Gary Sakuma on January 19, 2010 at 7:57pm — No Comments

First USTA Flex League Match Tonight

So my brother and I have our first match of the season tonight at 5:30 in the 9.0 USTA Flex League. Wish us luck... we're playing a tough team. I'll report the score early tomorrow morning. Hopefully we come back with a WIN!!!!!


Added by Blake on January 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Did Nike pour $75 million down the drain?

2010 Australian Open - Day 1

So this is my way of saying that I don’t understand the corporate mind. In the same way that I do not understand how corporations could have miscalculated so badly on the Tiger Woods brand, I do not get why Nike thinks that today’s Sharapova is worth 75 million dollars. And if you watched her match against Kirilenko yesterday, you saw everything that is currently wrong with… Continue

Added by tennischick on January 18, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Murray’s bright new kit matches the vibrancy of his offensive game in the first round of the Australian open – the smiling continues!

Murray has made his name, often consistently camped three feet behind the baseline, counter punching his opponents with his wicked consistency and variety of shot over the past few years, helping him to rise to the giddy heights of number 3 in the world, yet the Grand Slams have remained stubbornly elusive. Since the beginning of 2010, it’s not just his image that’s had a radical revolution (he recently signed a lucrative deal with Adidas replacing his often mismatched Fred Perry wear), his… Continue

Added by Melina Harris on January 18, 2010 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

2010 Australian Open - Men's Preview

The recent success of players like Del Potro and Davydenko, coupled with the impressive rise of the challenger brigade has somehow changed the equations in men's tennis. As we take one final look at the promising Aussie Open draw, we find out the uncertainty and unpredictability that inevitably surfaces at the year's first Grand Slam.

The 2009 tennis season was so eventful and unpredictable that the current season promises a natural extension of the fighting spirit, ferocity,… Continue

Added by TennisEarth on January 16, 2010 at 10:05am — No Comments

2010 Australian Open - Women's Preview

As tennis fans and enthusiasts get set to witness the ultimate slugfest down under, we take one final look to find out who, of the entire lot, is likely to shine brightest at the year's first Grand Slam, including the woman, everyone is trying to avoid, Justine Henin.

For the first time in years it is safe to say that the 2010 Australian Open Women's draw is at par with the men's draw in almost all aspects of the game, the competition, the drama, the ferocity and above everything the… Continue

Added by TennisEarth on January 16, 2010 at 1:12am — No Comments

Tennis it is!

Hi There

Am new to this system and I would prefer to keep it less formal the first time. Actually I have a tennis blog: and that blog is purely because I love tennis.

I came to know that Australian Open Tennis Champion draws have been finalized. Who do you think would be the champion this time around? Do you think Federer would be able to carry on his magnificent rule? Nadal will… Continue

Added by MairaS on January 15, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

Play Our 2010 Australian Open Bracket Challenge!

Are you ready for the first Grand Slam of the season? Who isn't! Make your picks in our third annual Aussie Open Bracket Challenge. Pick the most winners in the men's draw and show everyone your skills!

STATUS: Entries are now closed. Click here to see the current standings. (If you missed the deadline, don't worry, you can playin our French Open Challenge.…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on January 13, 2010 at 11:30pm — 19 Comments

Top 5 Controversies of 2009

Talk about modern tennis and do not mention the word DRAMA. Sounds inconceivable...Doesn't it? Well, after the end of the 2009 tennis season, highlighted by a series of controversies, we find it important for the world to re-visit those stirring moments that left a mark on the Sport.

CONTROVERSY....! A word that draws more attention than the best things in life one could ever possibly imagine. We wonder, sometimes, whether there is any walk of life where there is any dearth of it.… Continue

Added by TennisEarth on January 12, 2010 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

How to Hit the Kick Serve--the Best Videos from the Hawaii Tennis Pro (Hi10spro)

I call this the great kick serve demonstration but all people notice is one thing, even though this is a top 5 40's player

A Great kick serve demonstration 2 with a younger, college dude.…


Added by Gary Sakuma on January 11, 2010 at 7:13am — 2 Comments

2010 is shaping up nicely for women’s tennis

2010 Hopman Cup - Day 5

...Not to be outdone, 15-year-old Laura Robson did her part to try to bring the Hopman Cup home to England, defeating Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets. After her sweet interview, Robson looked on expectantly as Andy Murray took on Tommy Robredo. So confident was I that Murray would win that match that I stopped watching after he closed out the first set 6-1.… Continue

Added by tennischick on January 10, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Overlooked Tennis Stretch

Here’s a great stretch I found that’s often overlooked in tennis. It’s great for hip flexibility, and it actually feels good too. You can do this before and/or after a match. And it works really well the next day, too, if you’re sore… here’s how to do it.

1. Walk over to the fence and place both hands on the rail

2. Slightly bend both knees

3. Place your right ankle on your left knee

4. Slowly bend your left knee and Lower… Continue

Added by Todd Scott on January 6, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Top Tennis Elbow Racquets

Hey Everybody, if you're anything like me, you might get tennis elbow from time to time... here are some of the top racquets to use if you're sensitive to elbow… Continue

Added by Todd Scott on January 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Roger, when it matters..

Robin Soderling keeps saying that he is getting closer and closer for each time he is facing Roger, he has lost 13 of their meetings and was able to win 14th time lucky at the Abu Dhabi Capitala tournament. But can you really give him credit for the win? First of all the tournament isn't more than a warmup for the year comming up in my opinion and when it really matters, Robins chances are slim, I mean just look at these highlights:

Total… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on January 4, 2010 at 2:02am — 2 Comments

Mental Toughness: Playing from Behind

There is a thought process involved when playing from behind--sometimes it's harder than being… Continue

Added by Gary Sakuma on January 2, 2010 at 7:53pm — No Comments

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