Rafael Nadal’s tennis techniques

Being stuck at a certain skill level is due to bad playing habits, mistakes and inefficient strategy. Determining the maximum hitting zone, serving technique and practicing the back scratch are just the basic serve techniques that can help you get started. The right techniques and consistent practice will eventually build a great serve.

Many players build great technique to become the greatest talents to grace the tennis sport. Their grace and skills are admired by many. Rafael Nadal, a 24 year old Spaniard, who won his ninth Grand Slam singles title at theUSopen, is the youngest tennis player to capture a career Grand slam. He’s also a five time champion of the French open. He ranked number 1 by the Associations of Tennis Professionals and his success on clay earned him the name “King of Clay”. He had a 32 match winning streak in 2008 starting at the 2008 Masters Series Hamburg, the French Open, the Queen’s club, his first ever title at Wimbledon, and Rogers Cup. He also won seven tournaments in a row at the ATP level.

But what are Nadal’s real secret techniques that made him climb to the top? He plays aggressively behind the base line with heavy top spin ground strokes. He is consistent, fast, and has great court coverage. His mental toughness and tactical approach are additional advantages to his strength. All of these abilities make him an outstanding tennis athlete.

With Rafael Nadal winning titles, it is quite tempting to try to emulate his technique, and strokes. Use the right equipment and keep your eyes on ball. Concentrate and you’re your confidence level high as you keep the right grip on your racket and utilizing proper foot work. “Wrong footwork, bad hand grip as well as incompetent strokes will affect the quality of the game and could hurt your back as well”, Rafael Nadal once advised.

Make sure you have control over your emotions and do not lose your temper on the court. Temper makes you lose focus. This is one of the best techniques applied by Rafael Nadal.

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Longest Tennis Match

Using advantage set rules in the final set, French player Nicolas Mahut and John Isner of US played a record-breaking long match in the history of professional tennis during tournament in the 2010 Wimbledon. Having been played over three days on June 22, 23 and 24 of 2010, the match suddenly became the talk of town among the Wimbledon crowd and tennis enthusiasts.

The tournament that lasted for eleven hours and five minutes came to an end when Mahut moved toward the net and Isner hit a passing shot.  With spectators and fans around, there were 980 overall points and 183 total games. Isner won the final set at with 70-68 games in the fifth set.

The match, which became historical, started on Tuesday night and stretched over three days. It was suspended due to fading light during the first and second day of play. It was described as the endless match for the flabbergasted crowd. Giving a standing ovation for the two players, the fans were all happy to be part of this strikingly awesome match.

Hardly believing the match had ended, Isner was overwhelmed, almost collapsing on the tennis lawn before rising up again. He hurriedly acknowledged Mahut’s effort when he came toward him and the players enfolded over the net. Almost teary-eyed Mahut praised Isner and expressed his gratitude to all spectators and organizers, who patiently waited for the match to come to an end. During one of the interview after the match, Isner said he didn’t think it was really possible to have a match that lasted for that long and even thought it was a dream.

With this record-smashing longest match, Federer defined it as an absolutely amazing match. Even Andy Murray got surprised by the fight and how the two players made it that way.

View highlights of the tennis match

Longest match in history – Video

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Popular Tennis Shoes

Having a good quality pair of shoes is very important for a professional tennis player. It is quite true that a reinforced toe can help you win any game. Since tennis is literally a game that requires you to keep sturdy and dynamic, you definitely need a comfortable pair of shoes for your workout or tournament.

Playing tennis with outstanding precision, strength and consistency is a great advantage for every player to defeat his opponent. Likewise, every player needs perfect shoes when playing to avoid pinched toes and muscle cramps. Some of the most renowned tennis shoes to consider with good quality are Adidas, Nike and Puma shoes. Most of the world’s top tennis players use these brands and even agree that they fit just right, giving them opportunity to move faster.

For instance, world’s famous player Rafael Nadal wears Nike Air Max Breathe Cage shoes when he plays. Being one of his sponsors, Nike shoes remain to be popular as an ideal and top choice for both amateur and professional tennis players. The foot support and stability that Nike shoes can provide is an advantage for Nadal to actually make points and hit the ball. With its speed-oriented support, improved upper durability and air max cushioning, Nike shoes give highest level of performance for the player’s footwork.  During 2009 Australian Open, he wears Nike Air CourtBallistec 2.3 tennis shoes of modified variations with his name “Rafa” on the right shoe and a bull logo on the left throughout the season. And for the record, Nadal shoe size is 43.

Some of the legendary tennis icons who previously and currently sponsored by Nike is Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.

Another shoe brand which is much coveted today is Adidas. It is actually considered as one among the best women’s tennis shoes that is efficient in providing comfort, style and support. Adidas has exceptional quality in preventing injury that makes the brand more in-demand not only for professional players but also for tennis enthusiasts and sporty people. Ana Ivanovic, WTA star, wears Adidas Barricades shoes with green stripes. Being the world’s biggest selling tennis shoes, Ivanovic has something to do with the success of Barricade line. As a matter of fact, Ivanovic has signed a lifetime contract with Adidas to promote the brand during her tennis career. To name a few professional tennis players who wear Adidas, we can say famous stars like Andrea Petkovic, Flavia Pennetta, Fernando Verdasco and Andy Murray.

When looking for a perfect pair of shoes to wear during tennis workout or match, there are three factors which greatly involved making the right option. There are actually effective ways on how to find the best brand and with wide range of online sport stores today, it is much easier for you to decide on the fit, quality and price of a perfect pair of tennis shoes.

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Strange Places to Play Tennis

Even renowned tennis professional players have ridiculous experiences. You may even chuckle to find out that Roger Federer of Switzerland has an eccentric enthrallment playing tennis in odd places.

Just imagine how Roger Federer and Andre Agassi of USA played tennis 692 feet above the ground.

That was exactly what happened one afternoon during their stay in Buri Al Arab Hotel in Dubai on February 22, 2005 when they were in preparation for the first Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open. The 321 meters high luxury hotel that stands on a man-made island became historical when the two players enjoyed their unique experience playing tennis on the Helipad.

The 4,467 square-foot Helipad turned into a grass tennis court for the two players when they made their “unusual warm up”. According to Federer, it was an absolutely spectacular treat to play on top of the luxury hotel overlooking Dubai.

Federer also played on the water front of The Elbe River in Central Europe with Tommy Haas in a floating court.

Playing tennis on a court that was definitely moving, Federer said that a game with Tommy was a lot of fun. With the waves and cool breeze, they had to be quicker to get good rallies against the stirring surface. In front of 15,000 people watching the game from the harbor, the two players played a match during a Hamburg Harbour anniversary.

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Longest Tennis Rally

There has been much information pertaining to the longest rally, but the most accurate so far was the 643 times over the net between players Vicki Nelson and Jean Hepner on September 24, 1984. More than twenty six years ago, this 643-shot rally lasted for 29 minutes and remains to be the longest point ever played in a professional tennis match. It happened during the first round of the much-coveted $50,000 Virginia Slims-sponsored Ginny tournament at the Raintree Swim and Racquet Club in Richmond, VA.

Nelson got the point after waiting for half an hour. She also won the match after 6 hours and 31 minutes of play. The match consisted of only two sets which led to a final score of 6-4, 7-6 (11).  Since she lobbed a lot, her coach told her to become steadier and more patient.

When Nelson was interviewed by popular host Robert Siegel, she said that she wasn’t thinking anything during the match, but just trying to get the ball back to Hepner. She just didn’t want to give up hoping her opponent won’t be able to keep on hitting the ball back to her.

According to The New York Times, John Packett, a local sportswriter in Virginia has started counting the shots for some reason. After the rally, Nelson bowed in leg cramps and the chair umpire strangely called a time-violation warning but she composed herself and got back to the baseline to continue the match.

It seemed ridiculous for Nelson that the game lasted for so long just to win a tennis match. She didn’t actually realize that the match ended after six and a half hours. People who were watching then basically left and didn’t wait for the final set. Nelson even said that it was the worst day of her life.

Nelson is now married to Keith Dubnar, a former professional tennis coach. They currently reside in Ohio and she remains involved in the sport. Hepner on the other hand, retired from the sport soon after that longest match and seldom had the chance to play again.

Curiously, if Hepner hadn’t won the legendary tennis rally, she might have had to play a third set and nobody knows how long the match would have lasted then.

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Tennis Round on the iPad 2

I just tried Tennis Round on the new iPad 2. It’s super fast and responsive (both the site and the device). The list of courts refreshes almost instantaneously when you drag the map. Tooltips pop up at the touch of a finger tip (imagine that!).  Works much like an app, though it’s a website.

Tennis Courts in NYC on the iPad 2 - Tennis Round

Tennis Courts in NYC

Looking for tennis players and sorting by skill level works fine, too. Though it comes with a funny behavior (it’s not an app after all) from clicking on the Invite Player link – you have to click twice before you can compose a tennis invite.

Tennis Round on iPad 2 - Tennis Players

Tennis Players in San Francisco on iPad 2

If you’re just finding out about Tennis Round – register for free to find tennis players in your city.

Tennis Tooltips

They say little things can make a big difference. One little thing that was missing from the tennis courts map was the tooltip, with details about each tennis court facility. People would often ask “What are these red dots on the map? The green bubbles must be the tennis courts in the list, but what are these red dots?”

Well, guess what – the red dots are tennis courts, too. And now you can click on them to see a tooltip with the court’s info – private or public (paid or free), lights for night play or not lighted, if it’s indoor or outdoor, number of courts, name and address.

If you need more info, like phone number or would like to email the link to this court to someone, the court’s name hyperlink will take you to it’s profile page. Where available, you can also see the court’s “street view” and get an idea of the location’s parking and driving situation. “Street view” is one of my favorite features, especially if I’m going somewhere for the first time.

1) Click on red dot on map

2) Click on court name link to go to it’s profile page

tooltip for red dot on tennis map

red dots and tooltips

Of course, clicking on the green bubbles does the same thing, it shows a tooltip.

1) Click on the green bubble on map

2) Click on court name link, if you need more info

tooltips on tennis map

tooltips on tennis map

We use the green bubbles to reference the courts in the list on the left. And because there’s only room for 10 listings, we select only the ones in the center of the map. If you’d drag the map, the courts in the center would change, and the list on the left would refresh. Just drag the map to search for courts. And if you clicked on the court name link in the tooltip (2), you’d land on the court’s profile page, in this case it’s the South Austin Tennis Center.

South Austin Tennis Center Profile Page

South Austin Tennis Center Profile Page

Top 10 Cities on Tennis Round in 2010

Before we launched Tennis Round we wondered if we should roll it out in one particular city or state, before we introduced it to other cities.

Naturally, we did a bunch of research about which state and which city are the most active tennis places. The strongest candidates were Florida, Texas, California, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Atlanta and New York and the biggest cities in those states. In the end we decided to throw it out nationwide and see what happens.

Four months into it, we have some basic stats to share. Turns out, there’s more to tennis than overall tennis participation per capita, namely – technology. That is – where the most techy tennis players live.

You will notice that the top 4 cities are also the cities that happen to be some of the most wired places in the country, where people look at a screen for most of the day.

I’m surprised Boston didn’t make the cut, maybe they’re not looking for a tennis partner when they’re snowed under. I expected more from Miami, as I’d love to hit when I go on vacation, or if I move there (again). But after all, if they were looking at a computer as much as people do in Seattle or San Francisco, they’d have a website for the tennis ladder at the Flamingo Park Tennis Center in South Beach instead of a whiteboard with badges, and I would’ve never thought of building Tennis Round in the first place. They’re probably just too busy having a good time.

Here are the top 10 cities with the most Tennis Round members. They represent 174 players (29% of the 602 total).

City, State Members
San Francisco, CA 51
Seattle, WA 28
Austin, TX 17
New York, NY 15
Houston, TX 13
Los Angeles, CA 12
Oakland, CA 11
New Orleans, LA 10
Tucson, AZ 9
Chicago, IL 8
Total members in top 10
174 29%

P.S. This data is probably skewed by a thousand different things – seasonality, local presence and buzz, media coverage, etc. But thought it might worth sharing anyway.

map of tennis round registered  users

Geo distribution of Tennis Round's registered users Aug 22 - Dec 24, 2010

How to Use Tennis Round to Find a Tennis Partner

In this brief video clip you will see how to use Tennis Round to find a local tennis partner at your skill level.

The movie also shows how to drag the map to find tennis courts in your area, how to save favorite courts by clicking the star icon, how to invite tennis players, and send or receive messages when scheduling a match. You can filter local players by skill level, gender or proximity.

Click here to watch this cool movie.

Find a Tennis Partner on Tennis Round – Video

This brief tennis partner video tutorial demonstrates how you can find suitable tennis players in your area and invite them to play. If there’s no one in your area yet (which is likely, since it’s a brand new, 3 weeks old site), you can create your free account anyway, so the next person can find you. Tennis Round is an online match making portal for connecting similarly skilled tennis players and finding tennis courts.

When you sign up for your free profile, we will assign you the closest tennis court. This will help us display the closest tennis players for you, and ideally others who use the same court. You can keep that tennis court as your favorite, or change it to a different one, since the closest tennis court might not be the most convenient or in best condition. If you have more than one favorite court, you can add a few by clicking the star icon. To remove a favorite court, just click the star icon again.

The registration process is quick and easy. It gathers only the most relevant information that’s important for any tennis player – name, skill level, tennis court, gender, age. While age is not a huge factor in finding a compatible opponent, we need to make sure the site is not used by minors.

Visit our Tennis Round You Tube channel for more videos. They’re all High Definition and best viewed at 720p HD – you can adjust that setting in the bottom right corner of the You Tube display window from 360p to 720p.

To become findable in Tennis Round and be able to send tennis invitations to other players, sign up today at this registration link.