Table of Contents
What is so interesting about tennis?
Things you need to know about the court
How to choose the right racquet
Familiarize yourself with the tennis rulebooks
Learning the basic strokes
The importance of the grips
Working on the perfect swing
Practice the right spin
Mastering forehand and backhand
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Chapter 2: Things you need to know about the court
There are a lot of different elements and facts to know about tennis courts. Although the new tennis fan may not be able to tell the difference between the courts, the more popularly played surfaces, would include the clay court, the normal looking court and the grass courts.
The following are some of the things one should know about the tennis courts:
• Court sizes, coating surfaces, court materials, fence material and building material usually follow the guidelines laid out by the American Sports Builders Association.
• Asphalt base courts – this type of surface has a compacted stone base, with proper drainage incorporated in an important element that will promote the longevity of the court’s surface. The amount of stone and asphalt used is variable and usually depends on the individual’s requirements at the site.
• Asphalt overlay – there is usually a measurement of two inches of asphalt placed over the existing court surface after a layer of paving fabric has been laid, as this will help to bridge the old and new surfaces.
• When in the process of building a tennis court, the weather conditions play an important role, thus the need to be sure the court is built during favorable weather conditions. Failing to observe this very important condition may create future problems, when the court’s surface becomes problematic.
• The painting and leveling processes also require a lot of attention, as this contributes directly to the playing aspect of the game. If the wrong quality of paint is used, the reflection and distorted impression of the surface that is perceived by the naked eye can be very disconcerting for the players using the court. Most players are very sensitive to any off balance in the surface of the court, which will also usually cost them when they are unable to get comfortable enough to play a good game.
Chapter 3: How to choose the right racquet
Buying a tennis racquet can be a rather confusing exercise, mainly due to the vast variety available in the market today. This is even more difficult, when there is no advice forthcoming in the form of a personal coach or a more experienced player. However all is not lost, as by following are few guidelines almost anyone will be able to make a more informed purchase.
The following are a few tips on how to purchase a suitable and usably comfortable tennis racquet to suit the individual’s needs:
• Seniors and females should ideally focus on purchasing a racquet that can provide the added power as these categories of people usually have slower and less powerful contact swings. Therefore getting a racquet that is light weight and perhaps has a slightly oversized head is better than using one that is longer and head heavy.
• The intermediate player who is a little more skilled at the game may require a little less power form the racquet, thus needing one has allow enhanced maneuverability. Here the ideal racquet should have a midplus head with a more extended length. As for the more advanced to high level players, the racquets should ideally have racquets that are heavier in weight and have smaller and more balanced heads, thinner beams and better control.
The general rule of thumb would be that the heavier the racquet, the more power and stability it will be able to generate. This will also help to lessen the transition of shock when in contact with the ball. As for the lighter version of the tennis racquet, it may be easier to swing and maneuver, however may not give the player the added power to create any forceful play action.
The grip of the racquet should also be one that allows the player to be both conformable and in control of the general direction the ball flight takes. If the grips are unsuitable, these can be changed at the request of the player.
Chapter 4: Familiarize yourself with the tennis rulebooks
As in any game played, tennis also has a set of rules that are usually universally followed whenever a game is played. Although, there may be some allowances and leeway given, in general the rules are in place to govern over and ensure a fair and enjoyable game scenario.
The following are some of the more basic rules that each tennis player should be aware of and observe diligently:
• Standing on opposite sides of the court and literally in a cross section format, the player who starts the ball delivery motion would be called the server, while the player who receives the ball will be called the receiver.
• The starting positions, receiving and serving options are decided at the toss of a coin, before the very onset of the game. The game should only commence when both players have signal their readiness to start play. The server should be standing behind the baseline on the deuce court but within the boundaries of the single court when playing a single match, and within the doubles sideline when playing a doubles game.
• The server can start the serving motion from anywhere, but the ball must bounce in the service box within the flight it takes. If the ball does not land in the service box, it is deemed a fault and a second serve is called for.
• The scoring is done in a clock wise fashion whereby the first call would be Love which means zero; the second point would be called at 30 and the third at 45. The game is won when the score goes back to Love. If the score is 40 – 40 which is called a deuce, then one side has the opportunity to sin by two points.
• Advantage In means the server has the advantage to win and the Advantage Out means the receiver has the advantage to win.Other Details
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