Features — July 22, 2014
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The Topspin Forehand: A Federer, Dimitrov Comparison
Grigor Dimitrov is one of the brightest young stars on the ATP tour, and his semi-final run at this year's Wimbledon has landed him squarely inside the top 10. Dimitrov has been nick named "Baby Fed" because of how his playing style seems to mimic that of the great Roger Federer. So, how closely does Dimitrov's game resemble Roger's? Christophe Delavaut breaks down their topspin forehands and super-imposes them in slow-motion video in this fascinating study.
Tennis Court Geometry Made Simple
If you were like me in school, you sat through geometry and other subjects, wondering why you had to learn certain things and, specifically, how they would be relevant in your life. If my geometry teacher had just related shapes and calculations to tennis offense, defense, targeting, positioning, and recovery, I probably would have paid much closer attention! Some ball sports reward you for hitting further, but in tennis, while hitting deeper in the court is good, the length boundaries are clear and unforgiving. — Joe Dinoffer
The Speed/Feel Method — A TennisOne Classic
As competitive tennis players, we are always trying to copy the best players in the world. We want to move like them, play like them, and most of all, hit like them. Hitting like a professional tennis player takes more than just hours on the court hitting thousands of tennis balls. There are some definite commonalities between top 100 players on the tour, and in this article, I will be talking about how to develop two of them, feel and racquet head speed. — Brandon Fallon
ProStrokes 3.0 — Serena Williams, Groundstroke Sequences
Serena Williams' dominating serve, powerful groundstrokes, great court coverage, and competitive desire has has kept her atop the WTA rock pile for the last dozen years. During that time she's had some worthy competitors, Caprioti, Davenport, her sister Venus, Henin, Clijsters and Sharapova, but most of them have long since left center stage. Now, nearing 33 years of age, she's beginning to show some signs of vulnerability — age is the one thing no one can out run. One thing is certain, however,, this great champion will not relinquish her crown without a fight. Check out these high-speed videos of her game, exclusively on TennisOne.
From Last Issue
The Slice Serve
The slice serve can be one of the most effective weapons in any tennis arsenal, because it can push your opponent well into the doubles alley to return it and it opens up the entire court to start the point, and that is a huge advantage right from the start. This is especially true for left-handers serving in the ad court (think John McEnroe). In this video, Coach Peter Freeman takes you threw the basics of hitting an effective, court opening slice serve.
Tactics and Counter-Tactics at Wimbledon 2014
Few sports test character as much as tennis. The Wimbledon classic between valiant competitors Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer proved that once again. Yet even the most resilient character, splendid strokes, dazzling athleticism, and endless endurance are not always enough to win the most coveted prizes. Tennis is a sport where victories sometimes hinge on mere inches and split seconds; and elite players are constantly seeking that edge, which they hope will make a difference between victory and defeat in close matches. — Paul Fein
ProStrokes 3.0 — Eugénie Bouchard, Serve & Net Game
Along with her compatriot, Milos Raonic, this dynamic 20 year-old carries the hopes of the Canadian tennis world on her young shoulders. With her win over Angelique Kerber at the All England Club, her third successive Grand Slam semi-final, Eugénie Bouchard continues her breakout year. Bouchard is one of the better movers on the WTA tour and plays fearless, extremely aggressive tennis. Her strokes are very difficult to read because she takes the ball so early and hits very hard off both wings. Check out the strokes of this talented Canadian in ProStrokes high-speed 3.0. New this issue, Bouchard's serve and net game.
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