Can you catch the ball with your racket after throwing the ball up to serve during a foul toss? - Cindy Jenista
If the server decides not to hit the ball, they are allowed to catch the ball with their hand or racquet, or let the ball bounce. - Cristina Brace (Manager, Community Pathway, USTA Officiating & White Badge Chair Umpire)
During a 10-point tiebreak, Player A is serving. As Player A hits the serve, the receiver yells, “Wait, wait, your partner is the server." All four players agreed that it was the server’s partner's turn to serve. How should we correct this situation? Does it make a difference that the server hit the serve?
Since the receiver yelled “wait” as Player A was serving, play should stop and the point should be replayed. The serving order error should be corrected immediately since it is still his partner’s turn to serve in the tiebreak, and that point should have been replayed with the correct partner serving. Additionally, if a fault was served by the partner of the team that served out of turn, the fault stands. Further information about correcting errors can be found in the Friend at Court - ITF Rules of Tennis #27. - Cristina Brace (Manager, Community Pathway, USTA Officiating & White Badge Chair Umpire)
Due to a shoulder injury, I can no longer play right-handed. I am now trying to learn to play left-handed. I would love to get any tips\advice you might have on learning left-handed as well as strengthening grip, arm and shoulder.
Sometimes an injury to your non-dominant side can help you discover a new love for the game in learning to play with your non-dominant side. Your "tennis IQ" may be high but your ability to execute needs a little work. I have two suggestions for you: green balls and Cardio Tennis.
Find a friend who likes to drill, or better yet, a friend who is newer to the game. Pick up some "green" balls (they often have a green dot on them) from your local tennis equipment store. These balls are roughly 75% the compression of the "yellow" balls you are used to playing with. Using the lower-compression green ball will slow the ball down, reduce the intensity of the bounce and increase your margin for error on your non-dominant side. This will increase your learning curve while affording you easy access to time on the court with friends! You will quickly find yourself having fun exchanging balls and will be better able to make small adjustments to find success. Cardio Tennis is a great format to get hundreds of reps, an amazing workout, meet great people and listen to some great music all while you work out the kinks on your non-dominant side. Most Cardio Tennis programs use lower compression balls to equalize levels and promote longer rallies so you'll fit right in no matter your skill level! - J. Benjamin Zaiser (Head Tennis Professional, USTA National Campus)
Does the back leg on the forehand and backhand groundstroke swing across to the front in line with the front leg at or after the swing, or kick up behind the player? I see videos online and find some players being trained where the back leg swings across and others where they don't. Some players are also trained where the back leg kicks up behind them. What does the current sports science say about how players are to be trained to hit more with their body transfer into the stroke?
The main goal of the back leg is to maintain dynamic balance throughout the stroke. This can happen in both scenarios, where the back leg pivots as the knee drops while maintaining contact with the ground and where the back leg kicks and propels the body forward. Both enable good weight transfer through the kinetic chain and are dependent on the preference of the player and the contact height of the ball. In regards to where that leg goes after the shot, it depends primarily on momentum. Sometimes, the weight transfer is manageable on the front leg and so the back leg stays back. Other times, the weight transfer drives the body more forward through the ball and then the back leg carries through in front of the body and the player pushes back. - Sean Bleau (Associate Pro, USTA National Campus)
I’m 61 years old, have been playing tennis on and off since a child and I’m an old school flat swing pusher and slicer at approximately a 3.5 NTRP level. I’ve changed my grip and swing to hit topspin forehand and backhand one-handed. What’s the best way to make the change, is it worth it and how do I not completely screw up my current game?
I think you are asking the right question here: is this change worth it for me? This is a question only you and maybe your personal coach can help you answer. When we decide to make technical changes in our yennis game, it does take time, and we need to start with a patient mindset as there is no quick fix to really making those changes in a couple of lessons. But the joy of tennis is that it is an open skill sport that allows the player to experiment with different grips, stances and swing paths which bring different results. I believe anyone can make changes to their game, but I do think it takes a different amount of time for each player. I think you should take time away from open play for some weeks, as you get out there with a coach or ball machine to really get some repetitions under your belt. The challenge with grip changes and major stroke changes with the weekend warriors is that they do not allow enough "closed" practice, just feeling the change they are working on. They tend to start competing too quickly after an adjustment has been made and they will automatically just go back to their original form.
From a USTA perspective, we talk about how we should go about doing this with players from all stages and ages, and it is simply to remember the "3 Ps" which are patience, progressions and practice. Patience with yourself as you make this change to your game, allowing yourself to give up some reliability as you make this change part of how you play. Progressions meaning start with simple skills, maybe close to the net, maybe hitting with some green dot balls, to keep feeling that change in a controlled environment. Practice more than competing, get a with a coach that you can plan to work on this specific change, have a friend feed some balls or use a backboard or ball machine. - Dave Colby (Associate Head Pro, USTA National Campus)