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Features — October 22, 2014

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"Dead Hands" 5th FreeTraining Video

"The All-Court Game"

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Adding Pace — Genie Bouchard's Jab Backhand

Genie Bouchard is one of the rising young stars on the WTA tour. In this video, Wayne Elderton examines Bouchard's jab backhand. Most of us take lessons and learn to groove our strokes under ideal conditions, however, tennis is an adaptive sport and, one size does not fit all. Receiving a fast, deep ball on the backhand side requires a more compact swing and a controlled racquet path. The jab backhand allows Bouchard to not only handle such a ball but to add pace to it.

Shrinking the Court

Watching the players on both the ATP and WTA tours these days, because they hit the ball so consistently and move so well, they have in effect seemingly shrunk the court. But one of the keys to winning matches is to expand the court for your opponent and the best way to do that is with an effective serve.Jim McLennan explains how a spin serve on the deuce side and a kick serve on the add court can give your opponent fits and help you win more matches.

TennisOne Classic — Using the Legs to Create Topspin

In this TennisOne classic from a few years ago, WTA coach Mark Gellard and touring player Melinda Czink demonstrate how to generate more topspin on the ball. At the club level we see players trying to generate topspin by focusing on the wrist or the racquet, but as Mark and Melinda demonstrate the real secret is getting the legs involved and getting under the ball.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Kim Clijsters Sequences

Kim Clijsters retired last year for perhaps the second and final time. Clijsters won 41 WTA titles, including three US Opens and one Australian Open, and 11 WTA doubles titles and is that rare player who reached the world No. 1 spot in both singles and doubles. Clijsters had no real weaknesses. She had great power off both sides, served and volleyed well and could turn defense into offense with one swing of the racquet. But what separated Clijsters form some of the other big hitters was her ability to cover the court. With her warm engaging smile and upbeat personality, Clijsters was one of the most beloved players both by fans and in the locker room. She will be missed.

TennisOne Newsletter: The Inch that Changed Tennis Forever

From Last Issue

Implications of the Contact Point and Follow-Through

We often feel good about hitting balls from the baseline with a nice "C" loop and a follow-through at shoulder height. But what purpose does it serve? Once the ball is struck, the rest of the stroke doesn’t matter. The follow through is merely the deceleration phase of the stroke. That is why many coaches focus on preparation, loading and the acceleration phase of the stroke. — Doug Eng

Return of Serve: Murray and Sharapova

In this pro analysis, USPTA and PTR International Master Professional,.Jorge Capestany takes a look at the return of serve and compares Andy Murray's return with that of Maria Sharapova. The footwork on the return is different and it is unique. All pros have there own idiosyncrasies and no two returners go about it the same way but they do incorporate the fundamentals and they include the "Y", pre-movement and the split-step.

Clearing the Mind

Do you ever find yourself playing a match and you make a mistake which leads to a slew of unforced errors? Perhaps it's because you are too busy worrying about past points to focus on what is really important, the upcoming ones. The fact is, even the top pros make errors, however, they know how to brush those aside and refocus on the present. So, how do you clear your mind and reset yourself between points? Peter Portner has some ideas.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Carla Suárez Navarro Serve and Net Game

Carla Suárez Navarro is a 26 year-old spanish player form Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Navarro turned pro in 2003, and has won 1 WTA, 6 ITF titles. She has earned $3,791,380 in prize money and reached a career high ranking of No. 14 in September 2013. Navarro is currently ranked No. 18 in the world. Navarro plays an all court game and moves well, but what separates her from the rest of the WTA is that she is that rare bird who still plays with a one-handed backhand, and it is an elegant free flowing stroke that gives her lots of versatility. New this issue, Carla Suárez Navarro's serve and net game.

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