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Having good people around

Posted on September 15, 2014 in Tennis Life

Today, more and more players – and not only the top ones like Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray – surround themselves with a big team, people who are all experts in different fields. Besides having a bigger entourage, some of them even appointed former champions:

Becker, Ivanisevic, Mauresmo and Edberg

Becker, Ivanisevic, Mauresmo and Edberg

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How to get ready prior to a practice session or before competition starts

Posted on August 26, 2014 in Strategy and Tips

Tennis has become so physical that going out there and just being able to hit the ball nicely is no longer enough. You have to be able to cover the whole court and change direction within a couple of milliseconds. Your hand-eye coordination has to be very good otherwise you won’t be able to handle the speed of the serve or the groundstrokes of your opponent. Therefore, it is important to be ready when you step onto the court.

Whenever I am at home playing or teaching in a club I notice that most of the players don’t take themselves seriously enough. Tennis is an individual sport and you are responsible for yourself. There is no substitute for your position as there is in team sports. There is no tie. There are a winner and a loser.

Having said that, doing some extra things will allow you to get the maximum out of your game. Warm-ups and cool-downs are very important. They help you create routines and send out signals to your body; hopefully, the right signals. Taking an extra 15 minutes before and after a practice session will help you to be more successful on the long term. No matter which level of tennis you are playing, it will have an impact on your game.

Djokovic, Hantuchova and Murray stretching before hitting the court. Photo courtesy of Ray Giubilo

Djokovic, Hantuchova and Murray stretching before hitting the court. Photo courtesy of Ray Giubilo

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5 Best Modern Player’s Tennis Rackets – TW Picks

Posted on March 25, 2014 in Rackets

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Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.

Roger Federer‘s new prototype racket is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.

Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive.  At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.

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