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Is Tennis Hard to Learn?

So, you’ve finally decided to buy that racket that you’ve always wanted, put on your favorite pair of tennis shoes to help you navigate the court, and pulled together your most comfortable t-shirt and shorts. Now you’re ready to hit the court. You’re excited but can’t help but wonder how hard it will be to pick up tennis. Tennis is …

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101 Tennis Terms You Need to Know

If you’ve started to follow the game of tennis, you may have noticed that it has its own distinct terminology that differentiates it from other sports. Many of these terms, such as the score of “Love” for example, date back centuries to the mid-1500s. Below is a list of the 101 terms that you should familiarize yourself with to have …

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What is Pace in Tennis? How and When to Use It

Pace is a term that is used extensively in tennis. You hear of players hitting with a lot of pace (aggressive hitters), or of no pace hitters (pushers) hitting the ball with very little pace. But what exactly is pace and how is it used in tennis? Simply put, the term pace in tennis refers to how fast your shot …

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Should You Play Tennis With a Cold?

Let’s face it, playing any sport with a cold is not fun. Your game will likely suffer to an extent and your ability to play all out will be compromised. Sometimes, however, there’s not much of a choice. If you get sick just before a competitive tournament, you probably will be in a position where you have to play regardless. …

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Can you Play Tennis in the Rain?

If you’ve watched a few professional Grand Slam matches in your life, then you are used to the notion that when it rains the game of tennis stops. But outside of the professional circuit, is it possible to play tennis in the rain? To answer this, first, let’s take a look at why professional matches are stopped in the first …

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Can You Play Tennis in Cross Trainers?

If you are new to the game and already own a pair of cross trainers for other sports or exercise, you may be wondering if they will work for tennis as well. The thinking here is that they are made for multi-directional movement and provide good overall support. Cross trainers can work in tennis in terms of support for lateral …

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What Size Tennis Racket Should You Get?

Sizing a tennis racket correctly is one of the most important aspects in racket selection. It doesn’t matter how good or expensive a racket is, if the sizing of the racket is off, it will affect your game in a negative way. Arguably the most critical factor when sizing a racket is getting the grip size right. If the grip …

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How Old Should You Be to Start Playing Tennis?

Tennis is a game that can be enjoyed at just about any age. Whether you start playing tennis for the first time after age 50 or under 10 years of age, with enough practice and dedication you can learn to play the game and become skilled at it. If you start late in life, there are some limitations to how …

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How to Hold a Tennis Racket Properly

When beginners first grip a tennis racket, the natural tendency is to hold the handle in a tight grip with the thumb wrapped around the index finger. Another common mistake is to place the index finger behind the grip, pointed toward the head of the racket. This is not only ineffective in that it diminishes power on the stroke, but …

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Tennis Rules: Guide to Scoring & Tennis Basics

Tennis rules have changed little since the origin of lawn tennis in England in the late 1890s. Two exceptions are the elimination in 1962 of the service rule requiring at least one foot be planted at all times, and the tiebreaker, which wasn’t introduced until the 1970s. Modern tennis is a racket sport played on a 78 feet (23.77 m) …