I grew up playing tennis in the early 1970s where everyone played with wooden racquets and the majority of good players played with a Continental Grip. I was taught the Continental Grip for every stroke, including the forehand.
Rafael Nadal began his comeback Tuesday in Beijing at the China Open, notching a 6-4, 6-0 win over Richard Gasquet. Nadal, seeded second in Beijing, was playing in his first match in over three months after nursing a right wrist injury.
Petra Kvitova and Eugenie Bouchard met in the Wuhan Open on Saturday in a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final, and the result was the same as Kvitova captured the inaugural Wuhan Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Led by singles victories from CiCi Bellis, Tornado Alicia Black, Michael Mmoh and William Blumberg, the United States won both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals on Sunday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, sweeping the 16-and-under world team titles for the second time in the last seven years.
It all started with a Skype conversation between the Roger Federer and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn regarding a tweet Vonn directed at Federer last October about how she would gladly play tennis with Federer if he would take to the slopes with her.
The final of the inaugural Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open is all set and will feature a rematch of this summer’s Wimbledon final. Third-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova will take on sixth-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard for the Wuhan Open crown as well as a spot in the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
The FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Lebron, Melo ... forget about it! The biggest local sports news for Long Island tennis fans is Noah Rubin. He's the 2014 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, which is a truly remarkable achievement, but not his biggest accomplishment of the week.
The Group stages of this year's World Cup have drawn 62.3 million U.S. viewers to Univision Deportes, while Wimbledon ratings on ESPN are about 1/10 of that number. I love Wimbledon, it's a magical place and a great event, but let's face it, Wimbledon’s image is stuffy and the announcing is as hip as an old man with a pony tail and an earring.
It's about 3,600 miles from Roland Garros to Flushing Meadows and on June 1, 2014, these two places were a little closer because they shared the distinction as being the center of the tennis universe. That's a bold statement, but I'll stand by it.
A rain delay in Paris prompted Gael Monfils and Laurent Lokoli to entertain the crowd by getting down and dirty on the red dirt at Roland Garros. When Monfils' tennis days are over, I'm sure "Dancing With the Stars" will be calling.
Do you even know what "gluten" is? I'm not totally sure myself, but I think it's some kind of protein. I've heard that if I eat too much of it, I could spontaneously combust, and like Novak Djokovic and Marty Fish, cutting it out of my diet will help me play better tennis … or not. It's big business for sure.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
The stance you use when hitting the ball determines the concentration needed concerning your shoulder turn. If you hit in the more conservative closed stance, where there is a turn step and hit, the shoulders will naturally turn sideways because the left leg (if right handed) is pointed toward the net.
When playing doubles, we are positioned many times during the match at the service line, or we are attacking forward toward the net, in both cases, we are subject to low, oncoming shots that require us to pick the ball up off a short hop, that’s the half volley.
The NTC Women's College Invitational, featuring the 20 top NCAA Division I teams, will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.