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Features — August 1, 2015

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Zen in the Art of Tennis—Mastery

TennisOne publisher, Kim Shanley, continues his provocative series on "Zen in the Art of Tennis" exploring the path to flow, which we call “the zone” in sports. In Eastern culture, this path is called “the way.” Once craftsmen, experts, or athletes have progressed far enough along the way, they begin to access this ideal state of peak performance where they can “let go” and play “out of their minds — in the zone.

The One-Handed Versus the Two-Handed Backhand

Have you ever wondered if you would be a better tennis player if you used a different type of backhand ground stroke? Most knowledgeable coaches speak in terms of general pros and cons with regard to the one-handed versus the two-handed strokes, but rarely does anyone make clear what the specific core differences are. Daryl Fisher outlines the fundamental differences between the two strokes. Perhaps it will help you make a decision regarding which backhand ground stroke is better for you.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Martin Kližan Forehand

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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Thought-Provoking Ideas and Opinions about Wimbledon 2015

“Attack. Kill. Smile.” This is what Serena Williams wrote in her match notebook early in her career. At Wimbledon Serena did all that, especially the first two, as only she can. Sweeping aside a brutal draw, she kept alive her riveting campaign to achieve a rare Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic shrugged off the heartbreak of losing the French Open final and went on to win Wimbledon, his second major title of 2015 and ninth overall. Both superstars have clinched the No. 1 ranking this season but are hungry for much more. Here’s how Paul Fein saw the Wimbledon that was and what it portends.

Return — Types of Swings

The return of serve is the second most important shot in tennis. Other than the serve, it is the only shot we hit every point, yet few players practice it on a regular basis. The return is different from a groundstroke, in fact there are three different swing types you need to master to become a consistent and effective returner. And, the type of swing used is dependent on the speed and location of the incoming ball. Jorge Capestany explains.

Adding Topspin to Your Forehand

In this video, WTA and ATP touring Coach Heath Waters, using Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as his models, offers up a quick tip on how to generate more topspin on your forehand side. And it all has to do with the preparation and the position of the palm and the racquet face as you drop into the slot. This is an easy fix and few people can strip things down to the basics like coach Waters can.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Taylor Dent Serve and Net Game

Taylor Dent (now retired) is the son of former ATP player and 1974 Australian Open finalist Phil Dent. Taylor reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 21, winning 4 singles titles before a severe back injury derailed his promising career. Dent had back surgery on March 19, 2007 and returned to the tour in May of 2008. He had some success upon his return but never reached the heights of his pre-injury career. Dent played with a one-handed backhand, but what separated him from most of his contemporary tennis players is that he favored a pure serve-and-volley style of play something rarely seen on the ATP tour these days.

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