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Christopher Eubanks Tall Lanky and Powerful

He lost to Radek Stepanek 62 62

This player is a beast.  Based on hours of watching footage I can say that Eubanks is a powerhouse!

It is amazing how you can watch the matches from the challenger tournaments and notice how good the players are.  How will they do on the main tour?

Noah Rubin has won main draw matches.  Rubin recently played Federer and held his own.

But there is big difference between winning points against pro players and winning entire matches!

And it is amazing to think that these players are 5 star or blue chip players who are the best in their state or college but on the pro tour they could be destroyed!

The margins in tennis are so slim.

Enjoy this match here and watch the shots at 8:35 and onward to see some NASTY forehands from Eubanks.

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Zero to Winning: Getting Started with Tennis

Tennis can be hard at first.  But with focus you can go from Zero to Winning in 4 months.

The 4 months number will fluctuate based on how frequently you play and how much intensity you play with.

The first thing to learn is forehand and backhand.   Repetition will be key.  Step one:  Focus on making contact right in the middle of the strings.       Step two:  Follow Through.  Be sure the racquet hits the ball and swings through over the shoulder for a full follow through.  This will help with the development of topspin!

Backhand.  Two hands on the racquet.  Lay the racquet back and drive out to the ball catching the ball in front and then following through.

You need to fell comfortable on both sides, hitting the ball in front of the body (Don’t want to make contact too late).   Once you feel like you are able to hit the ball with the forehand and backhand, then you must learn how to hit the ball on the move.   It really isn’t much different, it just requires better timing.     You want to build that skill gradually by throwing the ball and further and further away and hitting the ball and then recovering back to the middle of the court.

Then you need to learn how to serve.  A good toss will be crucial.  Be sure the ball is on the fingertips (not the palm) because you don’t want the ball to roll.  Place the ball up for serving and then swing and try to catch the ball at its highest point.   If you are right-handed then you want to swing through and let your racquet fall down to your left hip pocket.

Consistency is key.   You will need to be able to make 4 or 5 serves in a row so you have some muscle memory.     Also, you need to be able to make 2 or 3 shots in a row with forehand and backhand.

If you can serve the ball in play and you can hit your groundstrokes then you are basically ready to get started!

As you continue to play you can keep on building your skills, like your volley and your transition game.  BUT there are many people who are playing tennis that have not developed the consistency and the “SolidNess” to be strong during a match.     Learn to turn yourself into a “wall” early on and that will create more success for you.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, November 12 2016

Gasquet (The Talent)

As a fan of tennis, one must appreciate the ever so sexy Richard GASQUET one-handed backhand.

He starts up.  He coils.  His wrist and racket snap outwards.  And he lifts again.   He also can roll very hard over the backhand.  He can whip the ball amazingly.     His shot can be elegant and just ridiculously powerful.   When he strikes it hard he can it over 100 mile per hour.

It is all over YouTube.  I wish the French G could win more often.  He just does not have that killer spirit.  He also lacks a big Forehand.  But when his career ends, he will be known for being a talented shotmaker and getting to some Grand Slam Semifinals and being a top 10 player.