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Why touch is important in doubles

2010 Medibank International - Day 6

Today’s New York Times online has a lovely article about the importance of touch as a form of non-verbal communication that may enhance sports performance. In the accompanying picture appears a shot of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic giving each other a chest bump during the fund-raising event organized by Roger Federer as a prelude to the Australian Open.… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 23, 2010 at 6:56pm — 2 Comments

18 Sexy Pictures of Shakira and Nadal

You probably know the rumors are flying about a possible Rafa/ Shakira romance brewing even though the duo has denied it on more than one occassion. Just now, 18 steamy photos were released of Nadal in a new Shakira video.

The stills:…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on February 23, 2010 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Safin back?

I had to laugh when I read that Marat Safin has already decided to return to tennis, except on the Champions Tour. The Champions Tour? Can you say "sandbagging"?

Added by mikeindo on February 20, 2010 at 1:04am — No Comments

Over and Out for Shahar Peer

Over and out!

Hello my dear friends from a sunny and warm Dubai.

Our run here in the Kingdom came to an end today against a very much in form…


Added by itUSA Tennis Academy on February 19, 2010 at 10:21am — No Comments

Serena Williams: Nail Technician??

Australian Open 2008 - Day 9

Lord have mercy. That was my first reaction when into my inbox appeared a link to with a picture of Serena doing somebody’s feet. Apparently Serena has decided to purchase a nail salon and, like any good business woman, has perhaps elected to educate herself from the ground up. So there she was with an orange stick and somebody’s not-so-attractive feet, as… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 18, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Venus Williams Advances To Semifinals Of Dubai Tennis Championships!

Hey Guys,

As some of you know im a huge venus williams and i thought i would inform you guys that she has won her quarterfinals match and she played well. She will now face shahar peer in the semifinals to defend her title. How do you guys feel about her match up with peer?

Added by Jae on February 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Shahar Peer Advances to the Semifinals in Dubai

Up against the Great Wall of China

Once again good morning from the kingdom of Dubai!

Here we are on day 5 of the Barclays Dubai Tennis…


Added by itUSA Tennis Academy on February 18, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

Shahar Peer Ousts Top Seeded Caroline Wozniacki

As the sun rises!

Hello to all my cyber friends!

I begin writing the blog today from the secluded locker room Shahar has to stay



Added by itUSA Tennis Academy on February 17, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

Picking Up Momentum!

February 16, 2010

Hello everyone once again!

Day three of the tournament went well for us once again. Shahar played her second round against last years finalist Virginie Razzano and defeated her 6-2

and 6-2.

The day began with the customary warm up and this time I hit with Shahar and made sure she did everything she wanted and felt she needed to do. Afterwards

she was taken to her…


Added by itUSA Tennis Academy on February 16, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

My, How Times Have Changed

The year was 2002, and playing in the finals of the indoor tournament in Memphis was James Blake--making his ATP final debut--and Andy Roddick, already a perennial top tenner at that point. Roddick won in three tight sets, but it was like a breath of fresh air for U.S. men's tennis.

Now, eight years later, these two are playing in the first round of the same event, where Roddick is the top seed and Blake enters outside the top 50. The years since that final-round matchup have…


Added by Van Sias on February 15, 2010 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

Will a more balanced approach ensure success for youngster Melanie Oudin?

As I sat on the British table at the Professional Tennis Registry’s award ceremony last night at the Crowne Plaza, Hilton Head Island, we were informed that Brian de Villiers, coach of America’s new sweetheart, 18 year old Melanie Oudin could not accept his award for PTR Touring Coach of the Year due to his…


Added by Melina Harris on February 15, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Another Day in Dubai for Shahar

I hope everyone is doing well today and your weekend has been a relaxing one so far, and before I forget Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers out there!
I woke up this morning to a beautiful view from my room though there is some considerable amount of smog here especially over the main city centre. I didn’t sleep very well as there are 3 hours…

Added by itUSA Tennis Academy on February 14, 2010 at 10:57pm — No Comments

28 down: Rival of McEnroe & Connors


...I attempted to do the crossword puzzle in the airline magazine. I was doing swimmingly until I ran across 28 down. The clue read “rival of McEnroe and Connors”. And for the life of me I could not remember the answer. I started thinking of the contemporaries of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Both of these men took up a lot of the oxygen in the 1970’s, their unique rivalry… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 14, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Melina Harris analyses the link between sex appeal and success on court and asks whether the WTA's appeal relies more on sex appeal than talent?

Hey guys, we’re suffering from yet another bitingly cold snap in London and I thought to myself…


Added by Melina Harris on February 10, 2010 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Historical Tennis Tournament Enlists Revolutionary Logo Tournament

This year, one of the oldest tennis tournaments in America is holding their 119th annual event, The Pacific Northwest Tennis Championships. But this year, the long-running tournamet, played at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club, is enlisting a new graphic design format to develop its logo: the logo contest. Logo contest sites are popping up en masse on the internet trying to mimic the incredible success of…


Added by Mark / The Mayor on February 9, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Technique is important - but so is feel

Without using the right technique, it is not possible to become

anything special in tennis or even evolve as a tennis player. We all

have to learn the correct techniques, we have to learn how to hit the

ball and when to hit it. When to hit cross court and when it is okay to

go for a clean down the line shot. When to approach the net.... you

know the deal. I think the problem comes, when you try to hit the ball

like for example federer. You are so eager to make it… Continue

Added by Reibin Amin on February 8, 2010 at 6:02am — No Comments

Murray and Robson will need to rise above the negative British Press...

I write these words on an unusually sunny morning in a coffee bar overlooking a serene and sparkling Ramsgate harbour in the garden of England, Kent, the location and inspiration for such literary greats as Charles Dickens, T.S Eliot and the master painter Turner. On the last day in January the British public held their breath and the world watched eagerly as two great artists walked onto the tennis world stage in the first Grand Slam final of the year in Melbourne,… Continue

Added by Melina Harris on February 6, 2010 at 9:43am — No Comments

How To Hit the Backhand--Everything you Ever Wanted to Know

backhand lesson one: Slice backhand

Swing plane on the backhand…


Added by Gary Sakuma on February 4, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

El Gordo y El Flaco diss Federer

Madrid Tennis Open - Day Nine

Everything ran late this morning because of an ice-storm over the weekend. My first two patients had already called in late so there was no rush. I started getting ready for work at a leisurely pace. So I’m flicking the remote control between the various ESPN alternatives, hoping of course for some more celebration of Roger’s win yesterday. Instead I ran across Mike and Mike,… Continue

Added by tennischick on February 1, 2010 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

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