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Features — September 15, 2014

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3 Drills to Improve Perception

There are two parts to hitting a tennis ball, receiving and sending, yet most people work on sending and neglect the receiving part — the most important part. Knowing where your body is in relationship to the ball is crucial for the improvement of all strokes. Coach Mark Gellard brings you three drills you can do with your coach, your hitting partner or even a ball machine, These are the same drills used so effectively by the Spanish Federation for all their top players.

16 Reasons Kei Nishikori has Emerged as an Elite Player

Before the US Open, ESPN analyst Patrick McEnroe predicted: “It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Djokovic or Federer winning the US Open.” Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic, 50-1 and 80-1 longshots according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s SuperBook, weren’t likely to appear on anyone’s short list of contenders, though they should have been. Paul Fein offers 16 reasons why he believes Nishikori might someday become the first Japanese player to capture a Grand Slam singles title.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Simona Halep Backhand

2013 was a break out year for this 22 year-old from Romania. Halep won the first 6 WTA titles she entered and this year, she's continued her stellar form, reaching a career high number two in the world. Halep plays an intelligent yet aggressive baseline game that reminds me of Agnieszka Radwanska, but with a bit more power. She's extremely fit, very fast around the court. and tends to make very few errors. Halep anticipates well, has excellent defensive skills and can quickly turn defense into offense. New this issue, Simona Halep's backhand.

TennisOne Newsletter: Survival of the Fittest?

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Connecting the Core on the Forehand Side

The players on the pro tour generate a lot of racquet head speed on their groundstrokes and that is because they involve the larger muscles of the body, particularly the core. Peter Freeman has come up with a no-fail exercise that will connect the core and add way more power to your stroke on the forehand side, and all you need is some grip tape to get the job done.

Improve Your Anticipation and Reaction Time

Experienced players can seem to regularly anticipate where the opponent will hit, so much so that it can appear magical. The question is, can recreational players who started playing later in life learn the anticipation skills of the experienced players who have hit balls since they were young children? The answer is yes, with some intelligent and focused practice. Here are a few concepts to keep in mind.Joe Dinoffer

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