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post #10 of (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 2008, 06:50 PM
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Re: Describe your tennis game

I am male, right handed, slow, and a 4.5 player.

I toss the ball extremely high on my serves and I can hit my first serve maybe 90 mph in practice. In matches i can hit my 1st serve pretty hard but im not very good at placing it. Even on a good day my serving pct. is around 50% . My 2nd serves are just as hard as my first with a little spin. I double fault between 5-10 times a match. My real strength is my return though, I'm good at taking it on the rise and hitting winners. I find it easy to break.

I was messing around with different grips, and I tried using a grip like Lucie Safarova (semi-western forehand, crazy flat grip on backhand), and it actually worked really well. So now my forehand is really versatile and I can change pace with it well, or hit with extra spin if I want to. I hit most of my winners with this shot and I hit harder than most anyone I play. Besides lobbing, my backhand has one option which is hit hard crosscourt except on short balls. I only slice on my backhand and I like to drop shot on both sides. I hit as hard as I can from both sides but I'm actually relatively consistent considering that.

I'm known for often dropping 40-love leads in games, and I'm a slow starter. I rarely win comfortably, usually in 3 sets. I used to play junior tournaments a lot but i really only play adult ones now (I'm 16). My best result is I got to a final of a 4.5 tournament this year. I'm really bad at playing people I've never played before.

Lastly, I use a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick with Gamma Marathon strings at 63 pounds (I prefer regular synthetic gut but I broke the strings once a week with those).

All in all, I'm a decent local player but probably won't play for college unless I get in better shape (which I've been trying to do - lost 20 pounds recently).

Elena Dementieva
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Lucie Safarova
Petra Kvitova
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