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May 2012 Articles (27)

The Best Tournament In The World (Not A Grand Slam)

Last Tuesday, The NCAA team championship wrapped up with USC winning the men’s title for the 4th straighttime beating Virginia in a match that ended at nearly 1 am. 

The match could have gone either way.  In fact, the clinching match was decided by a…


Added by Jeff Salzenstein on May 28, 2012 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Players and Coaches: There are two games going on out there...

One is - what 99% of the people that hold a racket play. That one is to try and hit the ball over the net. The other is what most pros and some college players are capable of, and that is utilizing the entire body and playing an effortless, precise, powerful and "natural" looking game. It's time for all of us to elevate our teaching and playing and get more players in that second category. Everyone can play the game utilizing their entire body to stroke the ball - on all strokes! Help…


Added by Jack W. Broudy on May 27, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

Racquet Sale

Racquet sale from Sports Authority

Added by Bill Longua on May 27, 2012 at 6:45am — No Comments

Tennis-Think of Your "Butt"

This article will not be too wordy but will have a lot of pictures.

When discussing the proper way to hit strokes many things are covered, however not too often where the correct alignment of the butt of the racquet should be. In many cases if the butt is correct the rest may follow suit. So, let’s begin with the backside- the butt.

When hitting the traditional, closed stance forehand in either the eastern or continental grip, the butt should be facing your back…


Added by Bill Longua on May 26, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Beginer Encino

Looking for a beginner tennis partner around the Encino area just to rally and hit some balls with.
Im trying to get back into it, am ok in returning and hitting balls.
Have a flexible schedule. Play at free courts. 

Added by ANNA (Encino,CA) on May 22, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments


Male here looking for a better than 4.5 female player.  I am about a 3.0 and would like to trade playing time with offering a massage.  Let me know

Added by Jeff on May 21, 2012 at 9:24am — No Comments

Tennis Parents Beware

Tennis-Parents Beware

When I was teaching in a club atmosphere I controlled the development of my students on a weekly basis, now teaching at a resort I don’t have that luxury, but the weather is great. Most of our patrons are here for long periods of time or back two to three times a year, so I do have input.

My concern is primarily with the juniors. I can’t tell you how many kids I work with have a solid baseline game but no clue how to hit a formidable serve, not to mention…


Added by Bill Longua on May 18, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The REAL reasons the service toss goes all over the place. Or the most detailed explanation you may read in awhile. lol

Well, I am going to explain the forces which may cause for an errant toss. 1) shoulder rotation 2) balance and 3) alignment. Here I am going to call #1 the "merry go round" and #2 the "seesaw". And #3, the 2 to 7 LINE.

Here goes #1: This is what I call the "merry go round effect". You're supposed to be nice and…


Added by Tim Prapong on May 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Tennis Serve Record: Sam Groth Hits A Serve 163 MPH!

Sam Groth made history by hitting the fastest tennis serve ever recorded.  This guy is an absolute beast and I look for great things from him in the future on the tennis court.

Anybody with a serve that big can play with even the best players in the world.

In the video above, you get the inside scoop on Sam Groth’s record setting tennis serve…


Added by Jeff Salzenstein on May 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tennis-Outside the Box


If you are a fellow USPTA member, you already know this, but if you are an instructor, a parent keeping an eye on your child’s improvement or a player with a consistent stroke problem, it may be time to think outside the box. Tennis can be enjoyed being played in different ways, there is more than one way to correctly play tennis. Here are two examples of what I mean; the first is a tactical issue and the second mechanical.

When I was in New England I taught a junior player…


Added by Bill Longua on May 15, 2012 at 10:22am — 2 Comments

Come join me at Tennis Camp in Santa Barbara!

Tennis Fans,

Want to elevate your tennis to the next level in one week? Join me and a group of your fellow

Laney tennis friends at the Brady Tennis Camp in sunny Santa Barbara from 7/30 - 8/3.

It will be week of drills and instruction that will help every aspect of your game from groundies,

serves, net game, offensive/defensive tactics, and even trick shots (i know you want learn…


Added by Stanford on May 13, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mothers,this is exactly how we remember it ....Thank you.

Added by TennisWithD on May 13, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

How to become a great server

This is a follow up, to my post on how to become a great returner. Most recreational players are enamored with the speed of fast serves. And I'll agree, it's fun to swing away on the first serve. But in terms of importance, it's consistency, placement and then power. Keep it in this order. Because you can't have a good serve without consistency.

I equate consistency with topspin. When you hit with topspin you are adding safety to your shot. With this in mind, it makes sense…


Added by Alex Daniels on May 13, 2012 at 3:04am — 4 Comments

Coaches, why we lose business: tips, suggestions, criticism, additions, subtractions, and disagreements...

Tennis literally raised me. From fan to competitor, competitor to coach, coach to theorists, theorists to the entrepreneurial side of the sport and right back around to fan! Through the metamorphosis, one thing…


Added by TennisWithD on May 10, 2012 at 10:00am — 15 Comments

Just wanna play

If there's anyone that wanna play plz let me know I'm in So. Austin and willing to travel a bit

Added by Andrid Turner on May 9, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Top 10 players I'd like to have a match with

It's time for the next installment in my series. For those who don't know. This is where I pick an active player, who's playing style I find interesting and create a dream match scenario. Complete with court surface, strategy, and my reason behind why I'd want to have a match with them.

#9 Nicolas Almagro

Coming in ninth on my list is Nicolas Almagro.…


Added by Alex Daniels on May 8, 2012 at 2:46am — 5 Comments

Roddick vs Nadal the transformation

I found something interesting at  A thread on the Roddick vs Nadal 2004 US Open match. I was delighted to find a link to the highlights, because I've never seen the match before.

This was the first meeting between them. At the time Roddick was playing some of his best tennis and Nadal was years away from his prime, especially on the faster courts. Roddick destroys Nadal, then goes on to reach the quarter-finals where he lost an epic 5 set match to Joachim…


Added by Alex Daniels on May 8, 2012 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

Chela’s Top-10 Ways You Know You’re a WTA Tour Player

Seems some tennis players were pretty bored today.

And so the rather clever Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina decided to break up the tedium with a series of Tweets that are sort of his version of a Letterman Top-10 list.


Added by Steven White on May 6, 2012 at 8:26am — 4 Comments

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