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Features — July 1, 2015

Check out "Zen in the Art of Tennis—The Way" TennisOne Newsletter.

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Learning to Play Under Pressure

Summer tennis leagues and tournaments are in full swing in communities all around the world. If you play competitive tennis, it really doesn’t matter whether you are on stage at a Grand Slam tournament or playing a weekend match with friends at a nearby public court, performance anxiety is a demon we all have to face. Joe Dinoffer shares some drills and other practical things you can do when you feel nervous or experience “performance anxiety.”

How to Win Matches When Not Playing Your Best

Tennis is a sport like no other and much of that has to do with the scoring system. Regardless of the score and your quality of play, you are never out of the match until the umpire calls game, set and match. But how do you win when not playing your best? Remember, if you are playing poorly, it does not mean you have to continue to play poorly the entire match. International tennis coach, Marcin Bieniek, offers up five things you can do to turn a match around.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Taylor Dent Forehand

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.

TennisOne Newsletter: Zen in the Art of Tennis—The Way

From Last Issue

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.

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