Rafael Nadal – King of New York


Everyone was amazed as the King of New York – Rafael Nadal overpowered Novak Djokovic to be the victor of the US Open for the second time with 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Even if he is playing with the top player in the world of tennis and that player is doing the whole thing right in the court, he will shock you with his power of hitting the tennis ball and return it effortlessly. Having thirteen glam slam titles, will you be of the same opinion that he is without a doubt the greatest male tennis player of all time?

He took seven months to rest because of his knee injury, and who would have thought that it was his way to success and that he will improved and play better than ever. Nadal also mentioned in an interview that he had to be almost perfect to win the game – “It means a lot for me have this trophy with me today. It’s just amazing. I’m very, very happy, and I just say thank you very much to everybody who helped me to make that possible. It’s a really special moment for me.”

Strategy wise, he really fiddles with his performance as well as his movements to strike the ace. Some call him Leonardo da Vinci of Tennis or Albert Einstein of tennis nevertheless Nadal is a great thinker and he really knows how to play his game.

Congrats Rafa!

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

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.

The US Open of Tweener Shots – Videos

I few days ago I was watching the latest Nike TV commercial, featuring Roger Federer explaining how to hit a shot between the legs, ending with a humorous word of advice from the Maestro: “Don’t try this at home. I am a professional”. Then almost right after that, I watched Federer hit that shot in live TV broadcast of his opening night match against Brian Dabu. Here’s a video of that tweener shot

John McEnroe thought that Federer’s between the legs shot against Djokovic last year was better, though the other commentator liked this years exhibit.

Today Francesca Schiavone hit another tweener shot and then went on to win that rally.

The 2010 US Open might go down in history as the tournament with the most tweener shot. At least the one with the most tweener shots that resulted in winning the rally, and then the whole match. Who knows, perhaps a shot between the legs spooks the other player ever more and forces a final surrender.

Watch the US Open Live online

This is high quality streaming video of live tennis matches from the 2010 US Open in New York: Link for US Open Live.

The tournament starts today, Aug 30, and the opening ceremony is tonight. Watch live tennis games right on your computer!