Tennis Guide to Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City is Utah’s capital and is located in the northern portion of the state. Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics and yearly Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, Salt Lake City is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies. Nestled between rugged mountain peaks and a nearly 1,700-square-mile lake, the city is home base […]

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Player to Watch: Grigor Dimitrov

Currently residing in Haskovo, the 23-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov began playing tennis at the age of five. The right-handed tennis player turned pro in 2008—the same year as winning titles at junior Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Dimitrov’s preferred shot is a backhand down the line while grass and hard court are his favorite surfaces. His […]

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Breaking Down Tennis Strings

The year 1874 marked the first use of lawn tennis racquets, and therefore strings. These original tennis strings were composed of sheep’s stretchy outer intestine skin called serosa. Approximately six sheep were required to make one set of strings. Pierre Babolat, founder of French string company Babolat (oldest company to specialize in racquet sports) began […]

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Tennis Guide to Nashville, Tennessee

When considering traveling in the U.S., Nashville, Tennessee most likely isn’t the first town that pops into people’s minds. But this small southern city (less than 700,000 residents) located in the northern portion of the state along the Cumberland River is teeming with talented musical acts and culinary delights that will enliven the senses. Travel […]

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Player to Watch: Na Li

Na Li seems almost larger than life both on and off the court. The 32-year-old Chinese player will be featured on the cover of the May 26th issue of Time magazine—the second time to grace the magazine’s cover in just over a year. Time also placed her on the publication’s 2013 Time 100, listing the […]

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Pros and Cons of Tennis Court Surfaces

If you follow pro tennis in the slightest, or if you’ve ever experimented with different tennis court surfaces, you know that the surface affects one’s game. This is why some tennis pros rake in tournament titles on a particular court surface but rarely make it to the finals when playing atop other materials. The surface […]

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Guide to Tennis in Austin, Texas

Let us count the reasons to love Austin, Texas: savory barbeque, boundless live music, and unforgettable natural surroundings like Hamilton Pool and Longhorn Caverns, to name a few. And don’t forget to view the more than one million bats that swoop out from beneath Congress Bridge at sunset each evening. South By Southwest (SXSW) is […]

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Types of Tennis Spin

So you have just purchased a racquet, joined a tennis club, or are waging war against a ball machine to practice forehands and backhands. Once feeling comfortable on the basic groundstrokes, you might consider stepping up your tennis game by learning how to add spin to the ball. Perhaps you’ve recorded pro tennis matches and […]

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Behind the Fuzz: History of the Tennis Ball

The fresh tube of tennis balls you just purchased has a legacy that can be traced back to 12th century European monks. In fact, some historians argue that the earliest accounts of tennis could date all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Before the iconic yellow fuzz-covered rubber ball zoomed across Wimbledon’s grass courts or […]

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Guide to Tennis in Las Vegas

Admittedly, very few individuals come to Las Vegas simply to play tennis. The lure of the famed Vegas Strip attracts most visitors with its giant, illuminated signs and promises of soon-to-be-made fortunes in extravagant casinos. World-renown entertainment acts like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group and Celine Dion have made a home between the blinding […]

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