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Features — September 1, 2015


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Sight, Sound, and Rhythm Training for Tennis

Sights and sounds are all around us. We grow and learn from them starting the day we are born. What does this have to do with tennis? Take away hearing or good eyesight from a tennis player and things change drastically. The exercises in this article will guide you to explore your senses of sight and hearing, both fundamental human functions. You will learn that using different sights and sounds on a tennis court can trigger improvement. — Joe Dinoffer

The Serve and the Hip Flexor Snap

There is a lot that goes into the building of a 140 mph serve like the kind Andy Roddick used to routinely deliver. Pat Dougherty, the Serve Doctor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL presents a fairly simple drill, using a towel to help develop the hip flexor snap. Kind of like a pole vaulter uses a pole to snap himself up and over the bar, it's an unusual technique in the beginning but once mastered it can add mph to your serve.

Windows of Acceptance, part 2 — TennisOne Classic

Dr. Howard Brody, who died last week. was a member of the International Tennis Federation Technical Commission, the USTA Sports Science Committee, and one of the earliest contributors to TennisOne. He was among the first to apply science to the study of tennis and, perhaps more than anyone else, he was responsible for how we understand the physics of the game. Dr. Brody was a true visionary and he will be missed. As a tribute, we will publish this classic TennisOne lesson, Windows of Acceptance — part 2.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Thomaz Bellucci's Forehand

Thomaz Bellucci, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, turned pro in 2005. He has won four ATP World Tour titles and has earned nearly 4 million dollars in prize money. Bellucci reached a career high ranking on the ATP tour 21 in 2010 and is currently ranked 30 in the world. Thomaz plays with heavy topspin on the forehand side. His two-handed backhand is much more compact than his forehand, and is flatter, which allows him to take balls earlier on his backhand wing and drive the ball for winners. His serve lacks outright power but he has excellent spin and placement.

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Building the Frankenstein Forehand Return

Christophe Delavaut resumes his role as Dr Frankenstein in building the consummate forehand return. And his model for this is Andy Murray because Andy does just about everything right. Christophe compares Murray's forehand return with his forehand groundstroke. The two are very similar, but the tiny adjustments Murray makes on the return are what makes him the perfect role model.

Body Posture

Body posture is a phrase TV commentators use in just about every match. It has to do with the subliminal, yet very clear positive or negative messages players send their opponents between points. And these messages can often effect the outcome of a match because they can tip off an opponent as to whether you have any fight left of have given up. Jorge Capestany explains.

Windows of Acceptance — TennisOne Classic

Dr. Howard Brody died last week. Professor Brody was a member the International Tennis Federation Technical Commission, the USTA Sports Science Committee, and one of the earliest contributors to TennisOne. He was among the first to apply science to the study of tennis and, perhaps more than anyone else, he was responsible for how we understand the physics of the game. Dr. Brody was a true visionary and he will be missed. As a tribute, we will publish this classic TennisOne lesson.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Martin Kližan's Game

Martin Kližan turned pro in 2007 and has a career-high singles ranking of world no. 24, achieved in April 2015. He has won three ATP tournaments and amassed over 2 million dollars in prize money. He is currently ranked 38 in the world. 2012 was a breakout year for Kližan, when he advanced to the fourth round of of the US Open, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga along the way. Later that year he won his first ATP tournament, St. Petersburg Open, beating Fabio Fognini in the final. Kližan is a baseliner who plays left-handed with a two-handed backhand.

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