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How is a Tennis Ball Made?

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Have you ever wondered how a tennis ball is made? Watch this very well done video by Linn Tall to find out. There are approximately 70,000 tennis balls used each year at the U.S. Open. The reason so many balls are used at top tournaments is to ensure the fuzz quotient remains constant, because worn balls tend to travel and ...
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Why Are Tennis Balls Yellow?

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Prior to 1972, tennis balls were white believe it or not, and audiences watching from home tuned into the sport on black and white television sets. This meant that a white tennis ball stood out in greater contrast to the eye against the darker backdrop of a green grass court, a red clay or blue hard court surface. But, as a growing number of color ...
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The Awe-Inspiring Jimmy Connors

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As the 2017 U.S. Open draws closer to championship weekend, the time feels ripe to dig up a story from the archives of one of tennis's legendary performances.  The year is 1991 and Boris Becker is the #1 ranked player in the world. He is joined by Stefan Edberg, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the top 1...
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I argue that Jimmy Connors showed us the greatest fist pump tennis has ever seen. If you disagree tell us who you think has a bett... Read More
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The Calculated Playing Levels of GTN

​Every match you play and record on GTN, whether it be a practice, ladder, tournament or league match, gets used to calculate your singles or doubles playing level. This helps you accurately assess your playing levels, and also find opponents with a similar playing level. Playing Level Badges On every profile page, you can see a player's ...
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Hi , Calculated playing levels are calculated each night at midnight (PST), until when the submitted match points will be included... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2018 07:53
Wes Hawrysh
Rankings are so strange..Hmm..Know Players who this not working for..
Saturday, 13 October 2018 21:38
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The Most Popular Tennis Racquet Brands in 2017

At GTN, players have the ability to display their tennis racquet brand on their profile page. Being a global website, this data gives us a pretty accurate depiction of the most popular tennis racquet brands in the world.  The pie chart below shows the distribution of racquet brands across everyone who has provided this data.  A ...
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What is Indian Wells?

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Indian Wells is a magical desert oasis vacation destination located just outside of Palm Springs, California. Home to 350 days of sunshine, world-class, luxurious accommodations, full-service spa facilities, elegant dining, award wining golf course, and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. It is a fun and revitalizing getaway. These are all ...
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The Most Popular Days of the Week to Play Tennis

​Have you ever wondered what the most popular days of the week are to play tennis? We decided to take a look at all the ladder matches played in 2017. The results were surprising. ​The most surprising discovery, is that Saturday is the least popular day of the week to play a match, while Sunday is by far the most popular. How could t...
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Life ought to never get too busy for tennis!
Friday, 01 September 2017 12:44
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Top 5 Most Popular Tennis Racquet Strings in 2017

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​Tennis Industry Association released the top 5 best selling tennis racquet strings for the first quarter of 2017. Having been a racquet stringer myself many years ago, the results are surprising. What surprised me the most, is how much more expensive strings have gotten over the years, and how popular polyester strings have become. ​​​1). Babolat ...
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Tennibot - The World's First Robotic Tennis Ball Collector

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The winner of this year's Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge was the Tennibot. The Tennibot is robotic tennis ball collector that utilizes sophisticated sensors to collect tennis balls effortlessly. 

Tennibot detects tennis balls on the court, and picks them up on its own. It can run up to 5 hours on a single charge. Pretty cool right?

It even has an app to let you decide where you want it to pick up balls. It can be both sides of the court, single side or even at the net only.

This would be the perfect tool for practicing your serve. 

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How to Determine Your Tennis Playing Level

Many people who play tennis, are unaware of the level they play at. Learn the differences in the playing levels with this simple chart.

1.0
This player is Just starting to play tennis.
1.5
Has limited experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball into play.
2.0
Needs on-court experience. Has obvious stroke weaknesses but is familiar with basic positions for singles and doubles play. 2.5 Learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. Can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
3.0
Fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks execution when trying for directional control, depth or power. Most common doubles formation is one-up and one-back.
3.5
Has achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but still lacks depth and variety. Starting to exhibit more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles.
4.0
Has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. Occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
4.5
Starting to master the use of power and spins and beginning to handle pace, has sound footwork, can control depth of shots and is beginning to vary game plan according to opponents. Can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. Tends to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
5.0
Has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency around which a game may be structured. Can regularly hit winners or force errors off of short balls and can put away volleys, can successfully execute lobs, drop shots, half volleys and overhead smashes and has good depth and spin on most second serves.
5.5
Has developed power and/or consistency as a major weapon. can vary strategies and styles of play in a competitive situation and hit dependable shots in a stress situation.
6.0 to 7.0
Generally do not need NTRP ratings. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player has obtained a sectional and /or national ranking. The 6.5 player has extensive satellite tournament experience. The 7.0 player makes his living from tournament prize money.
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