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When Was Tennis First Invented?

The vast majority of you who are familiar with our website, will quickly associate us with fun, yet cutting edge tennis racket and string reviews! However, we’ve been delving into the history books a little lately as well! Today we’re going to be looking into who...

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The Art of the Slice Backhand

The slice backhand is an important weapon on the tennis court and it can be used offensively just as effectively as it can defensively.  We spoke to our super international coach, Dave Ireland to get some thoughts on the backhand slice, and have brought it all...

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Why is Tennis Scored the Way it is?

Why tennis is scored the way it is has fascinated tennis players and historians, alike. Those of you who are familiar with our website,, know we take a no-nonsense approach to both our equipment reviews and tennis instruction! Therefore,...

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The Best Tennis Strings

Want the honest truth about the best tennis strings? They doesn’t exist. Sorry to disappoint! Keep reading though, as you’re about to discover that there are actually many, many “best tennis strings”, depending on the individual. It’s all about finding the right setup...

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The Importance of the Second Serve

We recently did an article on why the first serve is crucial in tennis and it just wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t do a similar article for the second serve.  So, why is the second serve so important? At the end of the day, a lot of its importance relates to the fact...

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The Eastern Forehand Grip

You often hear people talking about different forehand grips and the general benefits and disadvantages of each one. With all the different names though, it can be difficult to know what’s what, so we thought we’d put some guides together to help you out.  For a...

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Tennis Singles Strategy

When you walk onto the match court, practice time is over. You can’t make last-minute adjustments to your technique to improve your chances of winning. Your forehand is your forehand, your serve is your serve and your backhand is your backhand - you’ve just got to...

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Tennis Doubles Strategy

If there’s one way you can make an instant difference to your game, it’s through your tactics. While it takes time for you to perfect your technique, you can make an instant impact on your results by working on strategy, and today we bring you some important tips for...

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The Semi Western Grip

One of the first challenges you’re faced with when you take up tennis is figuring out what grip to use. To help people out, we put together our “Guide to the ‘Best’ Forehand Grip” which details all the grips and how to find them.  Our conclusion was that there isn’t...

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Top Tennis Tips To Improve Your Game

Nobody can deny that tennis is a difficult sport. You’ve got to combine so many skills and that’s before we even get to the pesky scoring system which always messes with your mind.  So, we thought we’d put together a few top tennis tips to help you take your game to a...

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How Tall Are Tennis Players?

We’ll start this out with the simple answer - tennis players are pretty tall. The average man in the US measures in at around 5ft 9 inches (175cm) tall, making him two inches shorter than the shortest guy in the top ten, David Goffin at 5ft 11 (180cm).  On the women’s...

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5 Simple Tennis Games For Kids

One of the great things about tennis is that it encourages you to develop so many different skills. Whether it’s cardio, coordination, mental toughness, life skills, or just hitting a ball over the net, there are so many things to learn on a tennis court.  So, what...

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Tennis Slice Serve

The serve is one of the most important parts of tennis, and the more you can improve this shot, the more free points you’re going to win. One of the key weapons you can develop is the tennis slice serve, which is extremely effective at taking your opponent out of the...

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Tennis Footwork Drills

We rightly spend a lot of time perfecting our technique in tennis, but sometimes, we’re not as quick to practice our footwork. The thing is, in order to get our technique right, we’ve got to be in the right position to begin with. This means tennis footwork drills can...

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How To Practice Tennis Alone

We’ve all had to learn what it’s like to be away from the tennis court for an extended period of time in 2020. Our quest for never-ending improvement on the tennis court has been halted, but there are still ways you can practice tennis alone and improve your game...

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The Kick Serve

The kick serve is something you see the pros do with such ease that we tend to take it for granted a little bit. However, if you walk out onto court and try to replicate the pro’s kick serves, you’re going to find it’s not that easy! Once you master the kick serve...

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What’s With The Underarm Serve?

What’s With the Underarm Serve?   It was something of a theme last year on the ATP Tour to talk about the underarm serve and particularly, the question of whether or not it is unsporting. Of course, the main perpetrator was Nick Kyrgios, who routinely threw it in. As...

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Tennis Drills For Beginners

One of the difficulties with tennis drills can be combining the intensity of match play whilst giving people the opportunity to improve their strokes. An effective answer to this can be hand drills which work well for all players, from beginners all the way up to the...

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Attacking The Second Serve Tennis Strategy

One of the amazing things about tennis strategy is that you don’t have to win the point for a certain tactic to pay off. This obviously sounds counter-intuitive, but with tactics like attacking the second serve, it’s true. The big thing about attacking the second...

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The Serve Plus One Tactic

The Serve Plus One   If you’ve ever watched Rafael Nadal on the TV then it’s likely you’ve heard the serve plus one mentioned. That’s because Nadal is simply unbelievable at it. The serve plus one is a tennis tactic where you view the serve and the first shot after...

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Dominic Thiem Racket and Strings

Which racket and string setup does Dominic Thiem use? We hear you ask! Before we tell you though, ask yourself why you want to know… Even amongst professional players, there is an enormous variety in choices of racket and string tension alike. I would even go as far...

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How To Approach Pressure Points in Tennis

Pressure. It can proceed some of our greatest moments and it can also leave us ruined. Sometimes it makes us feel like the world is about to collapse on us, sometimes it makes us feel as if we can fly. Some of us deal with it better than others. But I can assure you,...

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Best Tennis Rackets Under 300g

We’ve been trying out a lot of the sub 300g rackets lately, so we thought, why not put our findings into a convenient list? Sub 300g rackets represent a great option for beginners, intermediates, juniors, and even advanced players who need a little extra...

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Improve Your Return of Serve in 3 Easy Steps

No matter how good we get, we’re always looking out for ways to improve our game. Like in all sports, there’s no such thing as perfection and there’s always something you can do to take that next step forward. Rafael Nadal is 32-years-old, has won 17 Grand Slams and...

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How To Play The I Formation In Doubles

Do you often find yourself struggling to win service games in doubles? For some reason, your opponents just seem to get on to your serve, the game drags out, and you have to fight tooth and nail just to hold onto serve. I often get this feeling. I don’t lose my serve...

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Tennis Warm Up Games

It might be a vital part of any sport, but getting kids to do good warm-ups can be a near-impossible challenge sometimes. I’ve seen kids of all ages and standards doing some pretty horrendous warm-ups in my time, and it’s not difficult to see why this would be the...

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How To Beat Pushers In Tennis

“My opponent was rubbish, but I still lost!” “They brought me down to their level.” “That was the worst I’ve ever played!” These are all common complaints we hear from tennis players all over the world when they play “pushers”. Often these remarks have been preceded...

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The Best Tennis String Tension Guide

Choosing your tennis racket tension can be a slightly daunting process to begin with. A quick search online will reveal a staggering amount of possible string tensions and types; often leaving tennis players no closer to understanding tension choice and more confused...

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Profit From Being Left Handed in Tennis

You didn’t ask for it, and many people will try and convince you it’s a negative thing, but you’ve been given a gift! Now you’ve just got to figure out how best to use it. You’re left-handed of course, and in tennis terms, there are few bigger advantages you can have...

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What To Look For In A Tennis Racket

When play testing any tennis racquet, I have three categories:   Category 1: I never want to touch this racquet again.   Category 2: I need some more time with this racquet.   Category 3: I’m taking the Wimbledon title this year   Obviously, category 1 racquets have...

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The “Best” Forehand Grip

Western, Semi-Western, Eastern, Continental. What do they all Mean?       Have you ever to spoke to someone about forehand grips and felt consumed by weird names that sounded like they belong more on a compass than a tennis court?   Even some of the most advanced...

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