Rafael Nadal Fitness Regime: Tennis Exercise for Endurance

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

There is something to be said for the Rafael Nadal fitness regime: tennis exercise for endurance, and it’s evident that this level of physical conditioning has proven an advantage for Nadal and his ability to play explosive tennis for hours at a time. Of course, he hasn’t always won these lengthy games, but his opponents acknowledge that it is no small task to slow the Spaniard down.

There have been questions raised as to whether Nadal’s fitness regimen have put too much stress on his body to a point where injury has caught up with him on several occasions to a point that he has had to withdraw because of physical ailments.

Rafael Nadal Fitness Regime: Tennis Exercise for Endurance

The following article expands on various aspects of Nadal’s fitness level:

Rafael Nadal Fitness Regime: Tennis Exercise for Endurance

Rafael Nadal Fitness Regime: Tennis Exercise for Endurance Photo by J Servat

Rafael Nadal, or The Bull as he is commonly referred to, leaves it all on the court. Glory supersedes pain without fail. Every individual point is a new stricken battle, an opportunity to seize victory.

To Nadal, all points are created equal—the scoreboard means nothing. In his eyes, every point is a match point and to treat it otherwise would be to do an injustice to himself and the game of tennis. The amount of energy and passion injected into each shot is truly breathtaking.

Despite the fact that Nadal has been forced out of several notable matches and tournaments due to injury, most notably during the 2009 Wimbledon and the 2010 Australian Open, fitness has always been a forte of the vicious Spaniard.

Let’s do a little bit of case study. In the 2009 Australian Open, Nadal took out fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdsaco in a five-hour, five-set semifinal that became an instant classic.

His next task was to best longtime rival Roger Federer. A seemingly impossible task. How could Nadal come back on just a day’s rest and beat arguably the greatest player ever?

Well, as we all know now, just a short two days later, Nadal took out Federer in 4 hours and 22 minutes. Most players will never play a four hour match in their entire lives, so to win back-to-back matches in such a fashion is a true testament to the fitness of Nadal.

The fitness of Nadal was also exhibited in the 2012 Australian Open. Nadal had two extremely vigorous, drawn-out matches spanning nearly eight hours in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds against Federer and Tomas Berdych. He then came back two days later and dueled it out with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for just under six hours in the longest and most memorable Australian Open final to date.

At any level of tennis, having better fitness than your opponent is an invaluable. It allows a player to win through a balanced integration of offense and defense. The physical and mental implications of increased fitness are incredibly positive and worthwhile. Next time you are deep into a third set, think like The Bull, push your opponent to the absolute limit and give yourself the best chance to come out on top. (Original story here)

Rafael Nadal fitness regime: tennis exercise for endurance may be a subjective issue, and critics have pointed out that although Djokovic is more of the lean athlete, he too kept up a stellar performance during the 2012 Australian Open where 6 hours of grueling tennis that kept fans watching on the edge of their seats to witness Djokovic as the final victor. The Spaniard is definitely an amazing athlete with the ability to charge to meet any challenge—much like a bull to the red cape, and although he may not always win, he will give his rival a run for their money–literally.

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Tennis Balls Cheap Online Best Buys: Top 5 Brands Review

Written by Contributing Tennis Editor Beverly Philips

I took some time to research online to compile the tennis balls cheap online best buys: top 5 brands review and summary. Of course, there are different preferences and opinions, and there are obvious variances between what works best on a hard court, clay court and grass court. However, I’ve chosen this general review to help boil things down to a subjective look at the performance and prices for each of the top 5 brands.

A beginner tennis player may not ever care what sort of ball they are playing with, and at this level, price is often the main consideration—and that’s understandable. However, keep in mind that the performance of the ball will also have an effect on the performance of the tennis player, and if you are serious about your sport and want to improve and progress to higher levels of achievement in tennis, a good ball, along with lots of practice and training, will make a big difference. The bounce, the pressure within the ball, the response to the ball in your serve and return, these are all vital elements that should not be ignored.

Tennis Balls Cheap Online Best Buys: Top 5 Brands Review

(Please note: In no particular order)

 

Dunlop Grand Prix Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Dunlop Grand Prix Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Dunlop Grand Prix Extra Duty

“If you want a firm feel when you make contact, and you want a ball that’s fairly durable, your search should begin and end with the Dunlop Grand Prix.

The Dunlop Grand Prix tested well in terms of life span — it didn’t fluff up or lose its nap — and could be a smart option if you’re looking to slow down play on a fast court.”

Gamma Pro Tour Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Gamma Pro Tour Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Gamma Pro Tour Extra Duty

“The Gamma Pro Tour tennis ball features Thintex technology, which combine a thinner wall and higher pressure (using nitrogen instead of air for higher durability) in the ball’s core.

If you’re looking to speed up play, Gamma Pro Tour tennis ball should do the trick. And you’ve got nothing to lose:

Gamma guarantees that it’s the “world’s best playing ball,” and offers a refund to any dissatisfied customer.”

All in all, it’s a fun ball to play with, particularly suited to higher level players.

Prince Tour Premium Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Prince Tour Premium Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Prince Tour Extra Duty

“The Prince Tour tennis ball turned out to be the discovery of our play-testing session, for a couple of reasons.

First, many of our testers were surprised that Prince actually made a tennis ball. And second, each tester found the ball to be enjoyable to play with. It had a more lively bounce than the Wilson or the ProPenn, but not so much that you couldn’t control your shots.

The one knock was that after two sets of play the ball felt a little mushy to some testers.

It gives you that little bit of extra topspin or slice, which comes in handy if you have good ball control.”

Pro Penn Professional Tennis Balls

Pro Penn Professional Tennis Balls

Pro Penn Professional

“An old faithful in the tennis ball game, Penn is the official ball of the USPTA, and the only ball manufactured in the USA.

It plays well, and has a pronounced yellow color due to its Smart Optik felt, which helps you see the ball if you play in dim lighting or on dirty courts.

The ProPenn is a high quality tennis ball. Unlike the Tennis Magazine testers, I haven’t had any issue with its durability. It’s quite a lively ball that’s easy to control.”

Wilson Us Open Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Wilson Us Open Extra Duty Tennis Balls

Wilson Us Open Extra Duty

“You expect a lot out of the official ball of a Grand Slam, and the Wilson US Open doesn’t disappoint.

It’s lively, but not overly bouncy, and it doesn’t play too fast. It’s firm and durable, but doesn’t feel hard.” (Full review here)

I hope this summary of tennis balls cheap online best buys: top 5 brands review will help you make your choices for what suits you best. Buying just any old ball that are either under inflated or poor quality all round can result in lackluster bounce, response to your practice hitting and a general flatness in your overall game. Choose a good ball that will actually help you play better. A quality ball will help you interpret its response to your game and help hone your judgment and accuracy.

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Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from the Dane for Umpire

Maria Sharapova defeats Wozniacki: no handshake from the Dane for umpire. With an aggressive start to the match, the Russian sweetheart forced her way to dominate the first set with her confidence and drive, but this dropped away and the former world No. 1, Wozniacki, fought back and temporarily looked like she was going to bounce back in rivalry against the world No. 2, but it was not to be so.

A decision from the umpire to overrule a linesman’s call did not suit Danish taste buds and Wozniacki soured at the ruling, albeit it was a correct judgment by the official, but nonetheless, it led to her walking passed the judge without a handshake. Sharapova clearly had the edge on the game, and delaying the agony any further would not have changed the outcome at all in my view. Besides, the call was correct and losing is part of tennis—in fact, any sport for that matter.

We all want to be winners, but a sore loser only creates bitterness. Women tennis players of this caliber are under a lot of pressure to win, and loss of confidence lessens the ability to draw from the inner game of tennis and the slightly deflated Dane felt that pressure in the loss and it took its toll on her composure and feeling a little hard done by she obviously felt the judge didn’t deserve a congratulatory pressing of the flesh.

Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from the Dane for Umpire

Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from Dane for Umpire

Sharapova Defeats Wozniacki: No Hand Shake from Dane for Umpire Photo by J Servat

Sharapova appeared well on her way to capturing the opening set Thursday by running out to a 4-1 lead, but her mighty forehand abandoned her for a stretch as Wozniacki surprisingly won five straight games to take the stanza.

The three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, however, fought back to take the second set handily, setting the stage for a tight third.

Sharapova tallied two breaks to the Danish Wozniacki’s one in the final set, which the Russian ultimately closed out by holding serve.

An angry Wozniacki exited the stadium without shaking the chair umpire’s hand.

On the final point of the match, a Sharapova serve was called long by a linesman, which would have given the point to the Dane via double fault, but the umpire overruled the call, which gave Sharapova another shot to successfully close out the game, and the match, at 40-30, which she did with an overhead winner.

A television replay showed the umpire was correct with his overrule. Source

Twenty four year old Maria Sharapova defeats Wozniacki: no handshake from the Dane for umpire, and as she saw her chances for the $712,000 prize money for a win on Saturday slip from her grip, it appears that her graces slipped away with it. Sharapova said, “I’m really pleased after losing that first set. I could easily have just gone down in that second set. I stepped it up. I didn’t stop…I kept that momentum until the end.” The Russian superstar now has an opportunity to take out the Sony Ericsson Open tournament in Florida with a win—which would be her first for the 2012 season.

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Women Tennis Players: Will Venus and Serena Williams Rise Again?

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

Women tennis players: will Venus and Serena Williams rise again? Can the former champion Williams sisters break back into the scene by dominating WTA rankings and outplaying the new blood such as Azarenka, Kvitova, and Sharapova’s burst of energy?

Not only are the Williams sisters playing well, but they are winning and looking sharp on the court. Whether this momentum will continue will be revealed in the near future, but we can be certain of is that these girls have a passion for winning, and a powerful presence and respect on the women’s tennis international scene .

Women Tennis Players: Will Venus and Serena Williams Rise Again?

Women Tennis Players: Will Venus and Serena Williams Rise Again?

Women Tennis Players: Will Venus and Serena Williams Rise Again?

Serena Williams, saying she felt nervous and rusty, made a triumphant WTA return from a left ankle injury, defeating China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Fellow former World No. 1 players Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the third round at the US$9.6 million tournament, which awarded byes in the first round to seeded players.

In her first tournament match since losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open, Williams fired six aces and connected on 64 percent of her first serves, while dropping only one service break to advance in 80 minutes.

“I was a little bit rusty and a little bit nervous too,” Williams said. “I haven’t played here for so long and I wanted to do well. So I was really nervous out there, but I think now I’ve gotten one under I’ll be better.”

The 13-time Grand Slam singles champion advanced to a third-round match against Italy’s Roberta Vinci, who ousted Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-1.

Venus Williams "Gives me hope and inspiration" says sister Serena Williams

Venus Williams "Gives me hope and inspiration" says sister Serena Williams

Tenth seed Williams, a five-time winner at Miami, has missed the event for the past two years because of illness and injury.

“I’m always a little nervous in the first round. I kind of chill out after that,” Williams said. “Last time I played I played horrible and I was thinking as long as I don’t hit a ball into the stands, I’ll be good.”

“I didn’t do that today, so it worked out well for me,” she said.

Williams won a day after her sister, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, beat Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-0, 6-3 in a first-round match.

It was the first WTA event for Venus since she pulled out of last year’s US Open with the auto-immune disorder Sjogren Syndrome, which saps energy and causes joint pain.

“It was amazing. I was so happy for her,” Serena Williams said of Venus. “She has been through so much, and to know you can go through that and continue to play and never give up gave me hope and inspiration.”

“I felt like at some points I would give up and she never did. Venus just really inspires me. And not just in tennis, but in life in general,” she said. Click here to visit the original source of this post

Women tennis players: will Venus and Serena Williams rise again? This is a question that will be answered by their performance during the 2012 season. With the current WTA rankings not seeing the Williams sisters in the top 10 may be short lived, especially if Serena (currently No. 11) does well in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. This is a story of epic proportion in the field of women tennis players, and I wish both Serena and Venus well. They are legendary and recognized as two of the world’s best women’s tennis players of the 21st century and whether or not a fresh insurgence of the William’s name appears in the tops 10 is neither here nor there—in my view. Of course, the Williams sisters are in it to win, and their passion for excellence may very well drive them back to the top of the rankings. That said, I wish them well.

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8 Top Tips to Help Prevent Tennis Anger in Your Game

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

Tennis is a mental game, and although skills, talent, training, and natural ability are important, without considering these 8 top tips to help prevent tennis anger in your game, chances are that you will lose it mentally. Frustrations can kill your thought processes, and without that stable control of the inner game of tennis, it’s quite probable that the game is already lost for you—in your head.

What plays out in your head, is played out on the court.

Keeping it cool will always be the best way to maintain a calm balance even in the midst of losing a game or playing poorly. The pros are no exceptions to this, and even Roger Federer, one of the greatest tennis players of all time used to have anger issues until he realized it was time to channel that anger and control his thoughts—and look where his career has taken him.

Learn to master mind tennis, and your abilities and aspirations to become a great player will grow.

8 Top Tips to Help Prevent Tennis Anger in Your Game

Goals are created through thinking. After goals are created, emotions give people the fuel to propel them to reach these goals.

In a sense this is similar to driving a car. When we enter a car, we have a goal: “I want to go to Atlanta.” We have learned the behaviors needed to drive the car. Now all we need is enough gas to propel us to Atlanta.

In human goal-seeking that “gas” comes from the emotions we create.

One Purpose of Anger

In most instances, the purpose of anger is to help people fight. If they are losing a fight, they will create more anger (gas) hoping to turn the tide

Many athletes on the brink of losing use anger as an extra surge of energy with the goal of playing at a higher level

For some anger helps and for others increased emotion destroys their focus.

John McEnroe was the king of creating anger when he was losing tennis matches. His goal was winning. When this goal was not being reached, McEnroe stepped on the gas. Sometimes this anger took him to a higher level, and sometimes too much gas led to a meltdown. (Full story here)

8 Top Tips to Help Prevent Tennis Anger in Your Game

Ron Waite advises:

1. Recognize that tennis is a game. There are many things in this world that are worse than losing a tennis match…even if tennis is the most important thing in your life.

2. Anger is a slippery slope. Once anger creeps into your life, it grows and grows. To eliminate anger in your game, you need to examine anger in your life. When anger is identified, addressed and controlled in your everyday life, it will be a much easier to do the same on the tennis court.

3. You can’t think about two things at the same time. When anger starts creeping into your conscious mind, get in the habit of thinking about something positive, pleasant or beautiful. If you can stamp out the angry thought for a few seconds, you can stamp it out for a minute. If you can stamp out the anger for a minute, you can stamp out the anger for a game, etc.

4. Learn to focus on your breathing and muscles when you find yourself getting angry. Breathe more slowly. Try to relax your major muscle groups. Slow down, take more time between points. Focus on your game rituals to regain your equilibrium and rhythm.

5. Never, I repeat never, say anything negative to yourself during a match. Statements like: “That was stupid.” “That was horrible” “Am I ever going to make that shot?” “I cannot believe that I missed that shot.” etc., only reinforce the negative feelings inside of you. Sooner or later, your negativity will give way to anger and frustration. When these creep into your mind, you have a lot more to worry about than just the person on the other side of the net. Your biggest opponent has become yourself. Try to comfort yourself with your “self-talk.” Statements like “That’s okay; I will make the next one.” “Hang in there, you own the stroke and it will find its way back.” “No problem, just forget it.” etc., are much better alternatives.

6. Try counting from 10 to 1 in between points. Say each number aloud, and do not allow yourself to begin the next point until you have finished the count. This simple action works well for many of the players on my team. It takes their mind off whatever mistake they may have made, slows them down and creates a ritual. Rituals are the way tennis players gain comfort when all is seemingly crumbling around them.

7. When you are really frustrated, try singing to yourself. Crazy as this may seem, I know several players on the pro circuits who have “confessed” to me that this is their way of dealing with both nerves and anger during matches. Guarantees of confidentiality prevent me from revealing their names, but you would be quite surprised.

8. Don’t be afraid to stretch your muscles in between points. This action will put your mind on your body and will actually help you identify your stress points. Anytime you play with more relaxed muscles, anger is less likely to creep into your mind or game. (Full story here)

8 top tips to help prevent tennis anger in your game may begin by some soul searching on your part to be sure that you ask yourself that if anything outside of your tennis playing is causing this emotion to compromise your composure on the court? If so, this must be addressed and overcome by practical steps. Be sure to talk to someone. Talk to your coach about it and implement a step-by-step and achievable plan to eradicate that from your life. Tennis requires an even thought process, a fluid and controlled effort to maintain an effective and level emotional balance. There may be activities that you can try such as yoga, meditation and prayer, breathing techniques, to name a few, but whatever works for you is worth applying if tennis anger is an issue for you.

 

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Roger Federer News Articles Full of Swiss Precision Tennis Accolades

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

I’ve always felt that there’s more silverware to be won by the world No. 3 and Roger Federer news articles full of Swiss precision tennis accolades are flooding sports headlines with praises for the 30 year old athlete. With his cool and calm disposition displaying greatness under the hot Indian Wells sun, the BNP Paribas Open was a convincing win for Federer.

Anyone who had been doubting his abilities can be assured that the master is still in the house, and capable of taking out the man who defeated him the last Davis Cup, John Isner. Taking home a nice $1m prize, Federer forges ahead into the 2012 season.

Roger Federer News Articles Full of Swiss Precision Tennis Accolades

Howard Bryant expounds on the win:

Roger Federer News Articles Full of Swiss Precision Tennis Accolades

Roger Federer News Articles Full of Swiss Precision Tennis Accolades Photo by J Servat

“This year I decided I wanted to play a bit more,” Federer said. “If things went great, I knew I could be on a great run coming into Indian Wells and Miami. That’s exactly what happened. I’m a bit surprised it’s all gone that well.”

Federer, ranked third, avenged both those defeats in consecutive days at Indian Wells, putting away Nadal in the rain-delayed semifinals Saturday and then then Isner in a final delayed 12 minutes in the first set by rain drops. He battled a cold most of the two-week tournament, and felt especially sick during the first three days.

“I was able to come through and so convincingly at the end is amazing,” he said. “I’ve really played amazing these last three matches in particular. I couldn’t be more happy. They were really great wins.”

Federer’s victory tied him with Nadal for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career titles at 19, cheered on by friends that included musicians Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale, and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Federer won three straight titles here from 2004-06 and his fourth snapped a tie with Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang.

“What surprises me is that I’ve actually won this again after all this time,” Federer said, “and particularly this year where I was struggling and hurting a lot at the beginning of the year.”

Isner had a breakthrough two weeks in the desert, beating top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals to reach his first Masters 1000 final. That assured him of entering the top 10 for the first time at No. 10 when the latest rankings come out Monday.

“I’m going to remember this one for a long time, so getting into the top 10 is nice,” Isner said. “The hard thing now is staying inside of the top 10. That’s what I’ve got to work on.”

The big-serving American actually had three fewer aces than Federer’s seven, with his fastest serve clocked at 135 mph, slower than the 135-143 mph he was hitting against Djokovic.

“Thank God at times maybe he didn’t hit the big one at 140 something down the T,” Federer said.

Federer broke him on Isner’s netted backhand volley to go up 4-3 in the second. He closed out the match on Isner’s forehand that landed in the net. (Full story here)

Roger Federer news articles full of Swiss precision tennis accolades, and confidence levels for both Federer and his fans has just taken a boost from this victory in the desert. With serves enough to knock the fuzz off the ball Isner fought hard, but it wasn’t enough to rattle the cage of the cool and collected master. Federer’s recent victories included the game against his friend and rival on the court, Rafael Nadal in an easy 6-3, 6-4 win in the semi finals.

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McIlroy Dating Wozniacki: Are Tennis & Golf Stars Uniting?

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

McIlroy dating Wozniacki: are tennis & golf stars uniting? Do golfers like tennis? Or, is it tennis players who like golf? There are obvious similarities, and because of the social circles mixing together, there’s bound to be some dating and marriages happening across the court, or course. Is it looking like the current world No.1 golfer Rory McIlroy and current world No.4 in women’s singles tennis Caroline Wozniacki are about to declare game, set, and “match”—or is it just me?

With McIlroy having fun with Sharapova vs Wozniacki at the recent BNP Paribas Open in New York where he took to the court to have a few hits against the world No.2 Sharapova, and now he shows up at the Indian Wells tournament. It’s starting to look like we might see a veil on Wozniacki’s head, McIlroy negotiating the aisle, and the sound of wedding bells may fill the air before too long—don’t you think?

McIlroy Dating Wozniacki: Are Tennis & Golf Stars Uniting?

Tennis & Golf, McIlroy & Wozniacki: Top Sports Stars Uniting?

Tennis & Golf, McIlroy & Wozniacki: Top Sports Stars Uniting? Photo by J Servat

The McIlroy-Wozniacki pairing is hardly the first time golf and tennis have crossed paths, or the first time players from the two sports have dated. In fact, in this year’s BNP Paribas field is Ana Ivanovic, who has been dating Australian golfer Adam Scott for some time.

And of course there is the most famous of pairings in recent years between two of the legends of their respective sports. Greg Norman and Chris Evert began dating and eventually married. The marriage, unfortunately, didn’t last, but for a while Norman and Evert were among the all-time sports power couples. Whether McIlroy and Wozniacki ever will reach the level of the Norman-Evert marriage is anyone’s guess.

But dating and marriage is just part of the crossover appeal of golf and tennis. It’s well known that Jack Nicklaus, perhaps the greatest golfer of all time, has always been a tennis enthusiast.

But it is tennis players who seem to enjoy getting away to the golf course more than the other way around. That may not be any truer than it is at the BNP Paribas Open.

Before the Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened, the tournament was held at a very good tennis facility surrounded by the Indian Wells Golf Resort. It certainly was no secret that some players such as Boris Becker spent more time on the two golf courses at the resort than he did on the practice courts.

The comparisons between the two games are obvious. For a left-handed tennis player, the right-handed golf swing almost perfectly mimics the left-handed backhand stroke. Both games require a high degree of hand-eye coordination. Both games are very difficult to master, even for the top professionals.

So golf, tennis and the desert go hand-in-hand this week just like the desert and warm temperatures and blue skies. Or maybe like Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Click here to visit the original source of this post

McIlroy dating Wozniacki: are tennis & golf stars uniting? Ok, so it’s a little bit of “goss” and I digress from scores, performance, tennis strategies and techniques, but it looks to me like this couple are in serious courtship, and the merger of sports heroes is sometimes like a royal union, and their subjects look on in adoration and expectation. Time will soon tell as to whether my inclinations are correct in assuming that they will wed, and it’s probably a no-brainer that we were all expecting. Right?

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Top 10 Funny Tennis Videos on the Internet

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

Let’s face it, when it comes to sports one of the main reasons, whether you are a participant or a spectator is to have fun. I’ve compiled the top 10 funny tennis videos on the internet for that very reason. Part of being a good sportsperson is to have the ability to laugh and enjoy and to have a good sense of humor. In the course of researching the thousands of videos available on YouTube, whittling it down to the top 10 was a challenge and a hilarious task.

The side-splitting attempt of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal trying to recite their rehearsed lines for a TV promo had to be at the top of the list. There’s something about horsing around that makes this such a funny video, and being that these two athletes are so controlled on the tennis court, but could not control their laughter on set is what makes this one of the classic funny tennis videos of all time.

The rest of these funny clips feature Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick (and his witty interview with the press), Ana Ivanovic and an array of compilations including many tennis greats in different tournaments from around the world–I hope this puts a smile on your face.

Top 10 Funny Tennis Videos on the Internet

We couldn’t put together the top 10 funny tennis videos on the internet without including the amazing antics of Mansour Bahrami, who is probably one of the greatest tennis entertainers ever. Not only is he a total comic as a court jester, but his brilliance as a tennis player can only be described as epic. I didn’t want to make an attempt at any tennis jokes, but I’ll close with one of the funniest stand up comedy routines on tennis by Joe Matarese. As Charlie Chaplin put it: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

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Is Novak Djokovic the New King of Men’s Singles Tennis?

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

Is Novak Djokovic the new king of men’s singles tennis? Being ranked No. 1 in ATP ranking and taking the 2011 season by storm, with promises that 2012 we also be devoured by the Serb, does not seem to be enough for tennis fans. With the brilliance and talent he displays in his dominating tennis style, the 24 year old is a force to be reckoned with. Despite his recent loss to Andy Murray at the Dubai Championships, Djokovic has designs on continuing his conquest in men’s tennis.

That said, it’s a curious thing as to why he is yet to reach the popularity heights of the likes of Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. Is it because he is new, and we are all used to seeing the regular rivals slugging it out with each other over the past 5 years, or is it a personality thing? I’m not going to pass judgment on the quirks of Djokovic, but I do wonder if that is the sole reason for his current fan count?

Is Novak Djokovic the New King of Men’s Singles Tennis?

Is Novak Djokovic the New King of Men’s Singles Tennis?

Is Novak Djokovic the New King of Men’s Singles Tennis? Photo by J Servat

No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic is the king of tennis, but not everyone is happy about it. His unique brand of personality and style is a revolution that invites both admiration and antipathy.

Djokovic’s polarizing appeal runs deeper than commonly cited annoyances.

After his 2012 Australian Open victory over Rafael Nadal, Djokovic reacted like Bruce Banner, tearing off his shirt and becoming the Incredible Hulk.

But sports fans have always rallied around controversial champions, and Djokovic is a spectacular winner in the midst of an historic run. So why does a sizable legion of tennis fans refuse to embrace this rising superstar?

It’s not that Djokovic lacks personality. To many tennis fans, his mannerisms are too emotional, slightly awkward and overly brash.

Djokovic has arrived to take over tennis. He proved his fierce desire to be a champion with last month’s Aussie win over Nadal. This was especially disconcerting to Nadal fans, who have touted Nadal as the greatest fighter in tennis history.

After the match, Djokovic said, “I think it was just the matter of maybe luck in some moments and matter of wanting this more than maybe other player in the certain point.”

While the remark is merely a proud statement of self-adulation, it could also imply (to Nadal fans) that Nadal didn’t want it as bad. Djokovic could have been more diplomatic if his second comment were added as “we both wanted it so very much.”

Great success also produces character changes. Djokovic seems to be maturing with his tennis. He is less likely to abuse his racket and more likely to channel setbacks into greater concentration.

Djokovic wins with a demoralizing style of tennis. He is one of the toughest defensive players ever, forcing his opponents to play more impatiently, hit harder and take more risks to control a point. His aggressive precision has foiled Nadal’s slower, loopier forehand.

In the Aussie final, Nadal realized late in his desperate fourth set that he had no choice but to unleash harder, flatter forehands for some key winners.

Furthermore, Djokovic handles bullet serves and spits back forehand winners. Most of all, he seems to relish his counterattacks, turning them into a barrage of offensive bombs.

Djokovic is an awesome player. He is winning Grand Slam tournaments, and is the hottest player on tour. For many fans, their dislike for Djokovic is not really a dislike of Djokovic the person, but is really their dislike of his success.

Every moment in a player’s career is an ever-shifting legacy. The day-to-day pronouncements can be maddening, and it creates more vitriol from fans towards players.

For all the historic successes of Federer and Nadal, their legacy portraits are now being altered by Djokovic. Every Grand Slam tournament trophy by Djokovic is one less for Federer or Nadal. It’s also one more player to share historic accolades. (Original story here)

Is Novak Djokovic the new king of men’s singles tennis? Not all kings are popular, and although the Djoker tries to please the crowd with antics, you would think it would be enough for him to be No. 1 in the rankings and defeating every rival he encounters, but it simply is not enough to change the affections that tennis fans have with Federer and Nadal.

 

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Facebook Fans 10 Million Strong for Tennis Stars Federer & Nadal

Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr

With their continued popularity on the court and the ever-rising power of Social Media, Facebook fans 10 million strong for tennis stars Federer & Nadal. In keeping with the one-take format of Facebook, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal post updates on their games, personal comments, bad hair day photos, and travel plans. Federer says he likes to keep it natural and fun rather than posting too much information.

This support from fans builds a relationship that otherwise would not be made available, and with the boon of Social Media sites like Facebook, it gives fans an opportunity to communicate directly with their sports idols. Imagine the confidence boost gained from 10 million fans encouraging you and sending personal notes prior to a major tournament. The mental game of tennis plays a huge role in performance, and the power of mind tennis and Social Media now enters a whole new realm of sports psychology psyching the athlete to perform at peak levels.

Facebook Fans 10 Million Strong for Tennis Stars Federer & Nadal

Facebook Fans 10 Million Strong for Tennis Stars Federer & Nadal

Facebook Fans 10 Million Strong for Tennis Stars Federer & Nadal

World No. 3 Roger Federer won his fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week, but that’s not the only success the Swiss achieved. During the tournament, Federer surpassed 10 million fans on his Facebook page. “I don’t know if the 10 million are on live score or watching my match, but I definitely feel the great support by my followers and social network, [and] how they’re into it,” Federer said in Dubai.

“My website has been up and running since a long time. The fans have been really so supportive of me and [are] always present in the stadium and showing their colors and support.”

Rafael Nadal 9.9 million Facebook fans and is the most popular tennis stars on Twitter

Rafael Nadal 9.9 million Facebook fans and is the most popular tennis star on Twitter

Federer revealed his strategy with his account, selectively choosing when he publishes a status update, photo or video. “I try to be as good as I can with information, but I don’t like to post too much sometimes,” said Federer. “I like to do it when I think it’s the right time. So far, there’s not too [many] complaints. I guess you can always give more, but then it eventually maybe gets a bit silly if you post too much stuff.”

Added the 30 year old, “I try to do what I feel is natural, and so far it’s been fun. It’s got to be fun for me and not a must otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.” (Original story here)

Facebook fans 10 million strong for tennis stars Federer & Nadal and being that striving for focus and confidence play a major part in pre-game preparation, the “likes” and “shares” from millions of people is a powerful mental game tool. Social Media platforms such as Facebook create a solid follower base and with fans totaling in the millions, there’s psychological and positive mental attributes there for the taking.

 

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