Thursday, July 12, 2012


What happens to a tennis court when it's neglected? When nobody maintains it? That depends upon the surface.

Here's a hard court after five to ten years of neglect.
 Here's a clay court. Not sure how long this one's been neglected. Probably not more than a few years.
And here's the world famous Stonegate Academy after roughly thirty years of neglect.
Stonegate's still playable, among the best courts in the area.

Why do people install hard courts and clay courts again?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Shot

Keeping unforced errors to a minimum is a tried and true way to play effective tennis. You will still lose points and matches, but your opponent will have to beat you. You won't give away matches.

One way to monitor if you're playing effective tennis is to notice how often you think or even say to your opponent"great shot" after losing a point. Nobody wants to lose points, but if you're saying "great shot" after most of the points you lose, chances are you're playing a good match.

Frankly, at most levels of tennis, you're way more likely to win if you're saying "great shot" to your opponent than if your opponent is saying "great shot" to you. That's because most points and matches are lost and not won. Great shots win points. Great players hit great shots. Great players win matches.

Most of us aren't great players. And we don't face great opponents. So if you're forcing your opponent to come up with great shots to beat you, you're probably playing effective, winning tennis.