By Joel Ross
For someone who is consistently losing, the "fine line" between winning and losing can feel like a "hump" instead. Keep your feet moving ... during, after and before each ball. Block everything else out. As long as the feet are moving, everything else will usually fall into place. Be prepared and...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
When I hear players advised to "try your hardest," I cringe because the idea of big effort is often a trigger for strength and force, and not relaxed efficiency. Great tennis mechanics are the result of timing, postural control and the sequencing of movements. "Your hardest" effort is not your best...Read more
By Joel Ross
Matches are not the time to practice what you have learned or what you are working on. Eventually some new things that you are working on will naturally incorporate into your game as they become automatic. It's important to get your best results in matches ... stick with what you know and do best.Read more
By Daniel Kresh
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...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
This is the calm before the storm, as rumors have circulated for months that the ATP Player Council, led by Roger Federer, is going to strike at this year's Australian Open over prize money inequities. The players are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore and now unlike the past efforts at...Read more
By Bill Longua
In doubles, points end fairly quickly due to the fast nature of the game itself-singles can be a very different story. Let’s go over a few ways to end some points more quickly and get you off the court sooner. If you have a weapon in either the forehand or backhand work the point to take advantage...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
I'd like to bring a small snack and a bottle of water when I go to watch the U.S. Open, but I don't because it's just not worth the hassle. The security screening line which ensures that no unauthorized PB and J sandwiches threaten the event is enormous. If convenience is high on your list of...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Andy Roddick announced his retirement at the 2012 U.S. Open on Thursday, his 30th birthday. Roddick was the best male, American player of the last decade, and in this regard, he was in the right place at the right time as Sampras and Agassi were calling it quits. Roddick won the U.S. Open in 2003...Read more
By Bill Longua
A player once asked, what are the important shots to practice to improve doubles play? Let’s go over them. The importance here is that I am talking shots, not strokes. There are five shots that dominate doubles play, they are (not in any order) the serve, return, volley, overhead and lob. If you...Read more
By Bill Longua
When playing doubles, there are many times we have to make the big decision—air or bounce. Do I hit it in the air or let it bounce? During the course of a point you can easily find yourself playing around the service line and this is generally when the decision comes up. You will let the ball...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
The All England Championships at Wimbledon is usually a staid event with muted tones and hushed crowds, but the Olympic Tennis event is a raucous party ... I love it! My first thought when I tuned to the coverage on Bravo is that the vivid colors reminded me of that great scene for "The Wizard of...Read more
By Bill Longua
Tennis is a sport that requires muscle memory, and more importantly, you need to be able to feel your strokes mentally. There is much discussion in tennis about feel or touch, knowing the amount of power (or lack of) when hitting a certain shot. The feel in brushing up the ball when hitting topspin...Read more