This former World No. 1 has failed to live up to early expectations following her 2008 French Open title. Still, Ana Ivanovic's game is a pattern of solid strokes and aggressive strategies. An offensive baseline attacker, Ivanovic also possesses a big, if unsteady serve. Inspired by Monica Seles, Ivanovic makes her living on the baseline, slugging out flat forehands similar to Maria Sharapova and her… Continue
Added by Steven White on June 1, 2012 at 3:13pm —
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 —
How did Roland-Garros come to be? Why is it named after an aviator? In what year was the tournament first held? Who are the legends of the game to have inscribed their name on the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy? We take a fond look back at the long and glorious history of the world’s greatest clay-court championship.
Added by Steven White on April 30, 2012 at 5:00pm —
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)
Added by Steven White on April 15, 2012 at 5:04pm —
Added by Steven White on April 6, 2012 at 5:00pm —
Thanks to my new cyber friend Dan Martin (creator of TennisAbides.com) for so many kind words in his review -- Steven White, Author
Certified tennis professional Steven White’s book…
Added by Steven White on March 25, 2012 at 6:00pm —
This majestic creature lives near the Dutch Fork Tennis Center, Irmo, SC. And actually, he (or she) spends alot of it's time hunting in my backyard, where I took this picture. Obviously, The animal shows no fear when approached by humans, for it allowed me to get to within a few feet from it as I snapped the photo.… Continue
Added by Steven White on February 26, 2012 at 2:06pm —
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… Continue
Added by Steven White on January 27, 2012 at 4:39pm —
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… Continue
Added by Steven White on December 18, 2011 at 4:30pm —
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.… Continue
Added by Steven White on December 10, 2011 at 8:16am —
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… Continue
Added by Steven White on November 23, 2011 at 3:57pm —
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… Continue
Added by Steven White on November 10, 2011 at 6:23pm —
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… Continue
Added by Steven White on November 5, 2011 at 2:09pm —
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… Continue
Added by Steven White on October 28, 2011 at 2:30pm —
|NEWPORT, R.I., August 31, 2011- On the eve of the US Open women's final, tennis legends, industry leaders, and dedicated fans of the sport will gather at Cipriani Wall Street for an…
Added by Steven White on August 31, 2011 at 3:00pm —
The three Tennis Hall of Famers were honored in a special ceremony on Center Court at the
Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz… Continue
Added by Steven White on August 1, 2011 at 3:30pm —
Perhaps you’ve seen his work in Sports Illustrated. Or was it Newsweek? Well, now’s your chance to see his Grand Slam work up close and personal. A Game to Love: In Celebration of Tennis is the spectacular publishing debut of award winning photographer Mike Powell. Featuring literally hundreds of stunning photographs, Powell’s soon to be released book captures the excitement and passion for tennis that exists in tennis fans and players across the globe. Also featured in Mike’s work… Continue
Added by Steven White on April 3, 2011 at 8:30pm —
As a published author and member of the United States Tennis Writers Association, I recently had a chance to read and review Wimbledon: 101 Reasons to Love the Best Tournament in Tennis. Written by David Green and published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, this wonderfully illustrated book offers readers an opportunity to travel back in time. Encompassing over a century of history, the author uses photographs, facts and charming stories to take you on a visual tour of… Continue
Added by Steven White on March 29, 2011 at 6:50am —
GOOD READING: A new book for kids, "Bring Your Racquet: Tennis Basics for Kids" by Steven White offers some good advice for everyone's mental game.
"The first thing you should do if you ever find yourself choking is to slow down," White writes. "Slow down your breathing, slow down your walk, and, most of all, slow down your tendency to play fast. Attempt to clear your mind of all unwanted thoughts. Take a deep breath and recommit your thoughts to the challenge of the match. Long,… Continue
Added by Steven White on March 6, 2011 at 10:35am —
Most of the points in a tennis match are over after only three or four hits. At every level, the majority of points are lost and not won. This means that most of the points are won due to errors rather than winners.
The best way to understand errors is to learn the four mistakes in tennis. They are:
- hitting the ball into the net
- hitting the ball over the baseline
- hitting the ball wide to the left
- hitting the ball wide to the…
Added by Steven White on January 27, 2011 at 7:20am —