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Features — August 22, 2014

"Serve Foundation"

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Wrist Analysis and the Raonic Serve

There is a lot of controversy and even confusion regarding the use of the wrist on the serve. The fact is, at the club level, the wrist action you most often see on the courts is a slapping motion and that is exactly what you don't want to do. In this video, Doug King examines the the motion of one of the biggest and best servers on the ATP tour, Milos Raonic. Studying this great serve provides a clue to understanding the proper use of the wrist on the serve.

The Damage of Control

Tennis is a game of mistakes. Even among the best players in the world, matches are usually decided by the player who makes the fewest mistakes and even the winner almost always has more errors than winners. However, it is important that while practicing or playing a match, to keep an eye on your intentions. We don’t play this game to avoid mistakes, however influential mistakes are in the final outcome. We play this game to create opportunities, to find that inspiring knife-edge between too much and too little which is, just enough. — Jerôme Inen

TennisOne Classic: Punch the Volley?

Recently I wrote an article called, "Words Matter," about how about how various commands by teaching pros like "racquet back" and "out in front" are often vague and can be misinterpreted by students. In this TennisOne classic from last year, Daryl Fisher covers the same issue, this time regarding the volley and the command, "punch it. But is that really how the volley is struck?

ProStrokes 3.0 — Varvara Lepchenko, Serve & Net Game

Varvara Lepchenko was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan but emigrated to the United States in 2001. Lepchenko became a United States citizen in 2007 and has represented the US at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lepchenko is 28 years old, is coached by her father, Peter, and has won 11 ITF tournaments. She plays left-handed with a two-handed backhand and has won 11 ITF tournaments. Lepchenko reached a career high of world number 19 in 2012. Check our her strokes in TennisOne high-speed video. New this issue, Lepchenko's serve and net game.

From Last Issue

From the Western & Southern Open

  • Janowicz Can't Stop Slide at Western and Southern Open
    If you’ve been wondering “what the name was of that big serving Polish player who reached the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finals and what’s happened to him?”  The answers are: Jerzy Janowicz and his game and confidence have gone south as he went down meekly in the second round to Julien Benneteau of France. — Kim Shanley
  • What's Wrong with American Tennis?
    What’s wrong with American Tennis? Wherever I travel, I seem to come up against this question. And it’s often posed as more of a lament than a complaint — a pining for the glory days. In America, with its can do attitude, there has to be something we can fix to make the world right again. But is there? — Jay Margolies
  • Cilic Takes Down Lopez
    Croatian Marin Cilic continued his strong play on the ATP tour with a straight set win over Feliciano Lopez. Although Cilic has dropped to a world ranking of 19 from his high of #9 in 2010, he has made significant improvements to his game, especially his serve. — Kim Shanley

Novak Djokovic: Number One and Having Fun

Novak Djokovic recently won his second Wimbledon singles title defeating Roger Federer in five grueling sets. However, against the worlds best, he had a losing record until 2010. So how did he turn things around? Djokovic's gluten free diet has been well documented, but to complete his impressive turn-around he had to make some changes to his game, most notably, to his serve. Tom Downs looks at the changes that made Djokovic the best player in the world.

Forehand Footwork Exercises

Many of us have been taught to hit our forehands using a squared or closed stance, however, tennis is a game of continuous movement, and in many situations the closed stance may not be the best way to hit the ball. The closed stance promotes a more linear swing, one that doesn't allow a more efficient use of the larger muscles of the body. Doug Eng shows you some footwork exercises that can help take your forehand to the next level.

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