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Features — June 22, 2015

Check out "Zen in the Art of Tennis—Non-Doing" TennisOne Newsletter.

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Why do Some Players Continue to Improve?

If you hang around the tennis courts, I'm sure you've seen players who have been in the sport for decades yet never move past the 3.0 threshold, while others (even those who have taken up tennis later in life), who seemingly don’t possess any more significant degree of athletic prowess, move through the sport — and through opponents — without stagnating at low levels. So, Why do some players continue to improve? Dave Smith explains.

Who Will Win Wimbledon?

The Big Four are no more. Roger Federer hasn’t won a major title since 2012. Rafael Nadal, the long-reigning King of Clay, was rudely dethroned by Novak Djokovic at the French Open, and Nadal’s ranking plummeted to No. 10. Andy Murray hasn’t won a major since 2013 and rarely beats the rest of the Big 4. That leaves Djokovic, French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, a few other plausible contenders, and lots of intriguing questions. On the women's side — can anyone derail Serena? — Paul Fein

The Lost Art of the Neutral Ball

No matter what level you play at — whether you are a 3.0 adult playing in USTA leagues, or an aspiring professional looking to take your game to the next level — learning how to play smarter tennis will assist your progress exponentially. In this TennisOne Classic, Coach Dan McCain discusses the three types of shots in the game — offensive, defensive, and the lost art of the neutral ball. All of these shots are important, but the neutral shot is the central focus of a smart player.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Jerzy Janowicz's Game

Jerzy Janowicz is a 6' 8" inch heavy hitter and the Polish number one player on the ATP tour. Janowicz rose to fame on the pro circuit following his run to the final of the 2012 Paris Masters, during which he defeated five top-20 players, including US Open champion Andy Murray and World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic. The run pushed Janowicz into the top thirty and eventually to a career high of number 14 in the world. Janowicz is one of the biggest servers in game, reaching speeds between 130 and 140 mph and he also moves remarkably well considering how big he is.

TennisOne Newsletter: Zen in the Art of Tennis—Non-Doing

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10 Lessons You Can Learn from the French Open

Serena Williams made it halfway to a rare Grand Slam at the French Open, while Novak Djokovic’s quest failed. Two late-bloomers emerged as surprise finalists: Stan Wawrinka who foiled Djokovic’s bid, and Lucie Safarova who nearly derailed Serena’s. Paul Fein offers up several lessons tournament and recreational players can learn from these finalists, and about why they won or lost.

Keeping an Opponent From Grooving on Your Groundstrokes

The ball machine is a great learning tool. Set the dial to deliver a fairly hard ball in the strike zone and you'll get a consistent, even feed ball after ball. Spend a lot of time on it and you can really groove your strokes. But what happens when you're in match play and your opponent is zeroing in on your strokes? Your job then is to not be your opponent's ball machine, in fact, you need to become the anti-ball machine. Jorge Capestany explains.

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