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Tennis Magazine

July/August 2019

Coverage of the pro game, tips and instructions, plus the latest gear.

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6 Issues


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the kids are alright

The talent is there. For a while now, we’ve been waiting for a younger generation to bubble up and stake their claim on the top of the game. It has been an uphill battle thanks to four all-time greats—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams—refusing to give ground. And while we love the longevity and presence of these icons, there’s something exciting about the arrival of fresh faces. We’ve been teased before, yet this collection of 21-and-unders seems to be the deepest and most talented in a long time. There are no sure things in sports, but it feels like this bunch is full of Grand Slam champions. Naomi Osaka already has a couple of majors under her belt. Her power game, maturity and desire to top the rankings…

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resolving your rules & questions quarrels

Two for One Is there a rule against holding two tennis balls in your hand when serving? I’ve always done so, but in a league match, an opponent asked me to only hold one at a time. I did as he asked, but is this a rule? —Peachie Elsas, Jacksonville, FL Certainly not. Rule 16, on how the serve is delivered, says nothing about how many balls you can hold in your hand, as long as you’re only tossing one of them. Your opponent may have been confused by The Code, #36, which says, in part, “a deliberate hindrance occurs when the receiver asks the server to stop discarding the second ball after serving, and the server continues” to do so. So long as you keep a grip on that second ball, you’re…

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if anyone can relate to what tennis’ rising stars are experiencing, it’s this former teenage star

Who has caught your eye among today’s crop of young players? TRACY: I’ll start with Felix Auger-Aliassime. He can already hold his own physically, but what stands out to me is his mental strength. He’s said that pro-tour success doesn’t feel like it’s coming too fast for him, because he’s had success at every level. I really liked that remark. So often players try to skip a level, and they might have a hiccup that can set them back. He’s progressed by the book, and it’s paying off. He waited until he experienced success, and then moved up. How about on the women’s side? Amanda Anisimova. Like Auger-Aliassime, there’s a calm about her—she can think her way through a match. She’s a clean ball-striker. She hits the ball deep and to the sidelines,…

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ask the expert

Ivo Karlovic turned 40 this year but shows no signs of slowing down. What’s the key to the Croat’s longevity besides his amazing serve? His hands are really underrated. Karlovic gets tons of free points on his first and second serves, of course, but he is able to back them up with good hands at net. With his size, it’s difficult to go around or over him with passing shots and lobs, and his quick hands makes it difficult to go through him as well. Playing short points helps save his body. “I think I am the fittest now that I have ever been,” Karlovic told TENNIS.com in February. “In the last two years I have had almost no injuries, so I worked very hard. I don’t see any decline in my…

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coaching in the bigs

Sampras said one of the smartest things to me when he was in his early 20s: “It’s much easier to get somewhere than it is to stay there.” It took Pete a while to be comfortable at the top, but once he did, it became routine. That quote is the kind of mentally coaches need to instill in young players. But we’re not talking about them climbing to the top of the sport; rather, it’s reaching their potential—which is within every young players’ capability. It’s important that coaches help young players sustain belief and composure, because no matter how talented the up-and-comer is, he or she is going to go through losing spells. Look at Alexander Zverev, who has been consistently inside the Top 5 but has heard so much criticism because…

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the 21 & club under

How do you follow the Greatest Generation? It’s a question tennis has tried to answer for at least a decade. Serena, Roger, Novak, Rafa: all of them are over 30, and they’ve combined to win 75 Grand Slam singles titles—but none of them are going away quietly. When they do, who will fill their very large shoes? As you’ll see in this issue, the future of tennis is still coming, and coming soon. While it may not produce a 20-Slam winner, it’s clear that the game will be in good hands. Interesting hands, too: one thing we know for sure is that this new generation of players will infuse the tours with a wide and refreshing range of styles, personalities and backgrounds. When the Greatest Generation says goodbye, we can feel…