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ALTHEA

"ALTHEA"...A new documentary about tennis legend Althea Gibson has been created. No player, not even the great Arthur Ashe (who came a decade after Althea), overcame more obstacles to become a champion than Althea Gibson; the first African-American to play at (and win) Wimbledon and the US…

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Added by Steven White on November 16, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Rafa Serve: An Illustrated Commentary

 

Rafael Nadal is a fierce competitor. Just before he serves, he often gives his opponent a look reminiscent of a snarl. But contrary to what some of us might be thinking, that doesn’t mean he’s about to try to serve that opponent off the court. More often than not, he’s just looking for an effective…

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Added by Steven White on November 8, 2013 at 6:57pm — 1 Comment

Tennis Art -- The Spanish Armada

 

 

Rafa in a piece titled "Bring The Action"

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Added by Steven White on May 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tennisopolis Member Joins Fine Art America

As a proud member of the Tennisopolis family, I'm pleased to announce that I've finally made my illustrations and drawings available to the general public as prints on pulled canvas or as framed art on the international art stage at Fine Art America ( …

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Added by Steven White on March 3, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Members Only: Finding the Right Tennis Club

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All-England Club, London, England, is a private members club. It’s best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, the only Grand Slam tennis event still held on grass. Initially an amateur event that occupied club…

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Added by Steven White on January 4, 2013 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Playing with arm,wrist or shoulder pain? Play Donnay

NEW YORK, December 21, 2012 — The results of an independently performed Racket Shock & Vibration Study are in and they dramatically show that multi-solid core frames produce less shock and vibration on initial contact and four…

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Added by Steven White on December 22, 2012 at 8:41am — 2 Comments

Can you actually hit "through the ball" ?

The notion that we should hit “through” the ball has been around for decades, but what does it really mean? Can we really hit through the ball? How long is contact? With lighter racquets and faster racquet head speeds, is this instruction still relevant? If you’re curious to see if this instruction should be sent to your recycle bin, read on.

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Added by Steven White on October 18, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Tennis forced to face moment of truth

DURING a flamboyant career, French star Yannick Noah raised eyebrows with his athleticism, dare and flair on court.



But it is his accusations in a French newspaper last year alleging widespread doping among Spanish tennis players that, while inflaming tempers across the border, have some…

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Added by Steven White on September 14, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Martina Navratilova Presented Official Hall of Fame Ring on Tennis Channel

A true legend of the sport, Navratilova was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2000. The one-of-a-kind rings are being presented to Hall of Famers at tennis events around the world, in honor of their great achievements in the sport and as an official commemoration of their Hall of Fame induction.…

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Added by Steven White on June 29, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Nalbandian’s Disqualification – and Five Others!

David Nalbandian’s disqualification from Sunday’s final of the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club in London is, without question, one of the most unusual conclusions to a tennis match – and tennis tournament – in the history of the sport. Leading Marin Cilic 7-6, 3-4, the Argentine kicks a wooden advertising base surrounding the service linesman, breaking it and causing part of the sign to jam into the linesman’s shin, causing a bloody one-inch gash in his leg. Chair umpire Fergus Murphy…

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Added by Steven White on June 17, 2012 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

Is "Racquet Back!" Still Relevant?

TennisOne's Joe Dinoffer says that the one-time joke on tennis pros used to be, “Racquet back, bend your knees, that’ll be twenty dollars please.” And I'm inclined to agree. At least in the old days, this was more or less the standard of teaching tennis. After all, it worked quite well for millions of players in the 1960s and '70s, didn't it?…

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Added by Steven White on June 11, 2012 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Toast to a Tennis Player on Titanic

Imagine one of the world’s best tennis players getting caught in one of history’s great disasters. Think it would be big news?

It wasn’t 100 years ago Sunday morning. That’s when Richard Williams clung to a lifeboat in the dark waters of the North Atlantic.

 
The Titanic departed Southampton on April 10, 1912, with Richard WIlliams and his father, Charles, on board. (F.G.O. Stuart)
 

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Added by Steven White on April 15, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Tennis Abides Review of Bring Your Racquet

Thanks to my new cyber friend Dan Martin (creator of TennisAbides.com) for so many kind words in his review -- Steven White, Author

24 Mar

Certified tennis professional Steven White’s book…

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Added by Steven White on March 25, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

JUST RELEASED! Bring Your Racquet 2

Bring Your Racquet 2: Tennis Essentials For Up & Coming Juniors

Serious young tennis players are constantly striving to improve their game. While there are many ways to learn the game and to improve, the basics of tennis are unchanging. This book concentrates on the fundamentals of the game for the young, the beginning, and the improving player. Readers learn the basics of the game from easy-to-follow instructions combined with anatomically correct…
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Added by Steven White on January 27, 2012 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Funny Tennis Faces

The following is from my friends @ justgotserved.wordpress.com

 

Purely for the reason that I am so bored that I am at my wit’s end AND that due to the lucky fact I don’t live in outer Mongolia and therefore Google Images are readily available, I have selected a few of the most amusing pictures of tennis players.

It’s at this point that you begin to say   ‘ But my friend, there is nothing amusing about tennis.  It is a fine game’.  And while the latter…

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Added by Steven White on December 18, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

8 Essential Steps to Improve Your Stagnating Game

Every up-and-coming tennis player, I’m sure, knows those frustrating periods when his or her game simply stagnates or falls flat. That seems to be because tennis is a sport with various plateaus of learning. After playing a year or two, your game appears to be stuck on pause. No matter how hard you try, the same players keep on beating you and you never seem to get beyond the early rounds of a tournament. That happens to professional players too.…
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Added by Steven White on December 10, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments

Playing the Big Points

As your level of play increases, simply keeping the ball in play may not be enough to win matches. The amount of control you have over the ball then becomes an important factor. Your shot placements can make all the difference. Maybe your opponent has good ground strokes and is able to effectively stay in every rally…

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Added by Steven White on November 23, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Un-groove your opponent

Some players like to camp out on the baseline and send back a steady stream of deep crosscourt shots. When you are facing such an opponent, never let him get in a groove – he’s just waiting for you to make the error that’s going to give him the point. Remember that most tennis matches are decided by who makes the least…

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Added by Steven White on November 10, 2011 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Selecting the right shot at the right time

Raw, young, talented players can often hit a variety of shots but have little sense when it comes to shot selection. This underestimated and under-practiced skill is so important that it alone can separate the levels in tennis.

Your mind will begin to operate much like a computer. For it to be able to work…

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Added by Steven White on November 5, 2011 at 2:09pm — No Comments

How to slide into a forehand

This takes some practice, and you want to start gently, because sliding the wrong way can easily turn an ankle. One important tip is to keep your front foot pointed somewhat into the direction of your slide. It's the one that's likely to catch in the clay and suffer a turned ankle. The back foot can afford to be sideways, because it will skip over any catches in the clay instead of getting jammed into them. Here’s a good illustration of how to slide into a forehand on clay. Note how the…

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Added by Steven White on October 28, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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