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Features — July 22, 2015

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Thought-Provoking Ideas and Opinions about Wimbledon 2015

“Attack. Kill. Smile.” This is what Serena Williams wrote in her match notebook early in her career. At Wimbledon Serena did all that, especially the first two, as only she can. Sweeping aside a brutal draw, she kept alive her riveting campaign to achieve a rare Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic shrugged off the heartbreak of losing the French Open final and went on to win Wimbledon, his second major title of 2015 and ninth overall. Both superstars have clinched the No. 1 ranking this season but are hungry for much more. Here’s how Paul Fein saw the Wimbledon that was and what it portends.

Return — Types of Swings

The return of serve is the second most important shot in tennis. Other than the serve, it is the only shot we hit every point, yet few players practice it on a regular basis. The return is different from a groundstroke, in fact there are three different swing types you need to master to become a consistent and effective returner. And, the type of swing used is dependent on the speed and location of the incoming ball. Jorge Capestany explains.

Adding Topspin to Your Forehand

In this video, WTA and ATP touring Coach Heath Waters, using Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as his models, offers up a quick tip on how to generate more topspin on your forehand side. And it all has to do with the preparation and the position of the palm and the racquet face as you drop into the slot. This is an easy fix and few people can strip things down to the basics like coach Waters can.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Taylor Dent Serve and Net Game

Taylor Dent (now retired) is the son of former ATP player and 1974 Australian Open finalist Phil Dent. Taylor reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 21, winning 4 singles titles before a severe back injury derailed his promising career. Dent had back surgery on March 19, 2007 and returned to the tour in May of 2008. He had some success upon his return but never reached the heights of his pre-injury career. Dent played with a one-handed backhand, but what separated him from most of his contemporary tennis players is that he favored a pure serve-and-volley style of play something rarely seen on the ATP tour these days.

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3 Drills to Improve Your Game

If you watched Roger Federer play at Wimbledon these last two weeks you'd have seen there are thee things he does extremely well — he uses his hand and wrist to adjust and shape the ball, he keeps his head focused and still on every shot, and he disguises his serve extremely well. WTA and ATP coach, Mark Gellard, offers up three simple drills you can do with your teaching pro or practice partner to improve these very things.

What is a Heavy ball?

One of the more interesting things I hear from the mouths of coaches and students involves something to do with the heavy ball. But what exactly is a heavy ball and what does it mean? For most of us, when we think of a heavy ball, we instantly think of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer forehands which are hit with large amounts of offensive topspin and pace. And we would not be wrong to consider those shots heavy balls. But a heavy ball is more than just that. Coach Tom Downs explains.

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