Monday, July 2, 2012

Tips for the courts from Annabel Croft

Wimbledon is now well and truly underway and the sight of the lush green grass and the players’ white clothing makes Wimbledon the special tournament that it is. Therefore, this month’s Newsletter is ‘A Wimbledon Special’!! To learn more about the world’s most prestigious tournament and to find out how you can improve your game with us here at the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Aphrodite Hills - read on! Enjoy!
How to Play Tennis on a Grass Court:
A grass tennis court is the least common tennis surface because of its maintenance demands, yet the most recognizable tennis court - Center Court at Wimbledon - is of course, a grass court. Grass courts play faster than hard courts and are much faster than clay. There is distinct strategy you can use to improve your grass tennis court game.

Use the serve-and-volley technique. To serve-and-volley, make a powerful serve and then immediately go to the net to attack your opponents return. If you serve well and your opponent has to return defensively, you should be able to make a low-bouncing, fast-moving volley shot that should win you the point, or at least give you control over the point.

Hit flat shots, which cause the ball to move faster and help you have control of the point, as opposed to higher bouncing or loftier shots.

Make your strokes short and compact. This will put you in position to make offensive shots on the low-bouncing, fast-moving balls on a grass court, instead of having to play defensively.

Position your hits toward the open court and approach the net when possible. Getting your opponent moving back and forth on grass will give you a decided advantage and being close while your opponent is running, will make you nearly unstoppable.
Tips & Warnings:
Grass courts get worn down easily so the court will constantly be changing. The changing surface will affect your footing and how the ball bounces, so you always need to be alert about where you are and from where the ball is bouncing.

Game, Set & Stats:
Amazing Wimbledon Facts & Figures

Everything you ever wanted to know about Wimbledon (maybe!), but were afraid to ask...
1 – The number of shillings it cost to watch the first ever men’s singles final in 1877
2 –
The number of British singles winners in the Open era (since 1967) - Ann Jones (1969) & Virginia Wade (1977)
3 –
The number of times the ‘middle Sunday’, traditionally a rest day, has been used due to rain - 1991, 1997 & 2004
4 –
The number of semi-finals Tim Henman reached at the All-England Club
5 –
The number of years in a row Bjorn Borg won the men’s singles title - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980
6 –
The number of years after it was first invented, that the tie-break was introduced to Wimbledon. It was used for the first time at       the Tournament in 1971
7 –
The number of times the Tournament has been played without a rain interruption - 1922, 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995 &            2010
8 –
The number of hours the 2010 marathon fifth set between John Isner & Nicolas Mahut took to complete in their first round match. Isner eventually won 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 7–6, 70–68
9 –
The number of women’s singles titles won by Martina Navratilova - 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, & 1990
10 –
The numbers of women’s singles finals reached by Chris Evert. She won three & lost seven
113 –
The number of aces served by John Isner in 2010 - in that one match against Nicolas Mahut!
148 –
The number of miles per hour at which Taylor Dent hit a serve in 2011; a new Tournament record
150 –
The number of countries that received live TV coverage of last year’s Tournament
18,000 –
The number of tennis ball key rings that were sold in the Wimbledon shop last year
31,360 –
The number of kilos of strawberries eaten as last year’s Tournament
54,250 –
The number of tennis balls used in the 2010 event
511,043 –
The total number of spectators who watched the Tournament in 2009 - the highest in the Championship’s history
850,000 –
The number of Wimbledon iPhone Apps downloaded last year

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