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The official blog of Global Tennis Network

Tennis Ladder Challenge Updates

To help make arranging a tennis ladder match easier, you can now propose up to 3 different date and times when submitting a challenge. The challenged team/player, can then choose any one of the proposals while accepting the challenge. We have also added the ability for the challenger to update an unplayed challenge. Th...
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How does Hawk-Eye Electric Line Calling Work?

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Now used in over 80 tournaments around the world, Hawk-Eye's ITF approved Electronic Line Calling service takes the doubt out of close line calls by using the most sophisticated millimeter accurate ball tracking cameras to identify whether a ball has bounced in our out. In addition Hawk-Eye's SMART Replay technology can deliver instant vi...
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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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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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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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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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