Tennis Surface Poll

As the ITF, WTA, and ATP shift from red clay to grass, I posted two polls on twitter.  If you have not already voted, click on the tweets below and vote.   Have you ever played on Red Clay/terre battue? (A surface quiz for https://t.co/dDS4yEeiWA Readers and tennis players) — Dan Martin (@DanMartinTennis) June 15,…

The Clay to Grass Transition

I’ve never played tennis on a grass court, but I hope to correct that in the nearish future. The shift for professionals from clay to grass may not be as severe as it was when the speeds of the surfaces were more radically different.  Still, the footing on each surface is different.  I’ve included some…

French Open 2016: Two Clay Court Lessons I Failed to Learn

Given today’s soggy weather, I will journey into my own modest past playing USTA junior events on har-tru/green clay.  I remember two losses that could have gone the other direction had I been less stubborn on court. Lesson from Match One – Vary Service Speeds and Placements In the early round of an event, I…

French Open 2016: Clay Court Tips – Sliding

I’ve only ever played on har-tru/green clay when it comes to softer surfaces.  Sliding has been a skill that has eluded me since I first started playing tennis in 1985.  It may be too late for me, but hopefully it is not too late for you.  I will give sliding another try this summer.  Hopefully,…

Nadal’s Reign: Unrelenting Supremacy

King Rafa 2005 – ? Can anyone stop a prepared Nadal on clay?  That is a question that has been hounding professional tennis since 2005.  There are a few scenarios for how Nadal might lose a match on clay, but these scenarios become even less likely when a match moves to a best of five…

Rafael Nadal’s Comeback is Still On Track But Just Not the Fast Track

Credit Zeballos Horacio Zeballos of Argentina won the biggest match of his life by defeating Rafael Nadal 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to win in Vina del Mar, Chile.  Zeballos also defeated a cast of solid clay court players to reach the final by dispatching Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos and Carlos Berlocq in succession.  Still, unless he…