Meaning of shortcuts like “128S/96Q/64D/32X” for tennis tournaments

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http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/09/02/130902fa_fact_collins

1, does this mean he quickly goes back to the corners from the center to hit those attacks that land so close to the baseline?

2, dig up a drop shot ...does this mean he returns the shot? dig up is a tennis word?

3, starfishing for a high forehand...what does he mean by this?

He bounces the ball a million times before he serves. His play is plasmatic. He seems to flow toward the corners of the court. He is an origami man, folding at the waist to dig up a drop shot, starfishing for a high forehand return, cocking his leg behind his head in an arabesque as he blasts a backhand down the...

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Tom,

First I'd like to clear up some misconceptions you might have about the NTRP rating scale and where players (and teaching pros) fall on that scale.

The skill level of your local tennis pro or instructor can vary greatly. Some tennis pros are former professional players while some, who understand the game and the mechanics of all the strokes, are nowhere near the 6.0 level of playing ability. Of all the teaching pros I've ever known (about a few dozen) I'd say most average somewhere between the 4.0 to 5.0 level of playing ability. It mostly depends on how often they are still playing competitive tennis vs. just hitting balls out of a basket for other people to practice. Some might be coaching college level teams/players while others are just running cardio tennis on weeknights or teaching quick-start 10 & under to kids.

As for the actress you read about (Elisabeth Shue by chance?) - I would find it very hard to believe that anyone (whether the have natural...

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Open means that the tournament is open to everyone. There are a set number of seeded positions that are automatically filled by the top ranked men (by the ITF) and women (by the WTA). In addition, there are a set number of wildcard positions that anyone can fill, though how the positions are filled vary. For example, the United States and Australia have a reciprocal agreement to fill a men's and women's wildcard position for each other's respective Open. The last two years, Racquet Club of the South, in Georgia, has been the site the Australian Open Wildcard tournament. Additionally, the USTA runs at least one tournament that I know of to fill an U.S. Open wildcard...

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Hundreds of tennis tournaments are held all over the world each year, but there are four major tournaments in tennis, collectively known as the Grand Slam. The Grand Slam tournaments attract the most talented tennis players from around the world, and they feature fast-paced, often thrilling competition. Being able to participate in a Grand Slam tournament is a huge honor, and winning one can be a major career boost. An athlete who manages to take all four Grand Slam titles is said to have a “Grand Slam.”

The term “Grand Slam” in reference to these four major tournaments has been used since 1933, when sports columnist John Kieran first referred to a “grand slam” on the tennis courts. The four Grand Slam tournaments are: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. The tournaments are spread out across the year, allowing plenty of time to recover and train for the events.

The Australian Open was first held in 1905, in Melbourne, Australia. It is...

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Follow all necessary procedures. At the match, sign in, get the balls, and head to the court you were assigned for the warm-up.

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In the warm-up, feel your opponent out.

Try to see what shots he or she is good and bad at, which shot he or she favors the most, etc. Most players tend to go for the forehand and don't have as good a backhand, so try to hit to the backhand as much as possible.

Test all of the opponent's strokes (forehand, backhand, volleys). Hit some balls up the middle and see which stroke they choose to hit. This can tell you what their favorite shot is, so keep in mind that it is probably their strength.

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If you win the toss, choose to serve first, it is easier to hold your serve than it is to break it. Unless you believe theirs is very bad, you can let them serve to gain confidence and get the early lead. On the other hand, if you choose to receive first, this will give you a chance to play some points without the...

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Pete Sampras returns a forehand against Russia's Marat Safin during an exhibition tennis match at the L.A. Tennis Open tournament in 2009. The tournament, which has been around for decades, is now relocating to Colombia as America's dominance in the sport declines and global appeal surges. Danny Moloshok/AP hide caption

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Pete Sampras returns a forehand against Russia's Marat Safin during an exhibition tennis match at the L.A. Tennis Open tournament in 2009. The tournament, which has been around for decades, is now relocating to Colombia as America's dominance in the sport declines and global appeal surges.

Danny Moloshok/AP

Throughout most of its 86 years, Los Angeles' premier tennis tournament attracted the biggest names in the game. But over the years, stars stopped coming, and so did fans.

Now the Farmers...

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Another Roger vs. Rafa final is still in the mix at an Australian Open with an almost retro vibe.

They're on opposite sides of the draw, and each is a semifinal win away from a classic showdown at Melbourne Park, where Roger Federer is bidding for an 18th major title, and where Rafael Nadal is targeting his 15th.

Nadal saved six set points in the second set against one of the best servers in the business on Wednesday, beating third-ranked Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

With that, he earned a spot in the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since winning the French Open in 2014. He'll next play 25-year-old Grigor Dimitrov, the only player in the last quartet who has yet to turn 30.

Federer and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka will contest an all-Swiss semifinal the night before Nadal returns to Rod Laver Arena to play Dimitrov. Having three 30-somethings in the semifinals equals the Open era-mark set in 1968 at Roland Garros....

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Rafael Nadal, who defeated Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals, is targeting his 15th major. (AP)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Another Roger vs. Rafa final is still in the mix at an Australian Open with an almost retro vibe.

They're on opposite sides of the draw, and each is a semifinal win away from a classic showdown at Melbourne Park, where Roger Federer is bidding for an 18th major title, and where Rafael Nadal is targeting his 15th.

Nadal saved six set points in the second set against one of the best servers in the business on Wednesday, beating third-ranked Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

With that, he earned a spot in the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time since winning the French Open in 2014. He'll next play 25-year-old Grigor Dimitrov, the only player in the last quartet who has yet to turn 30.

Federer and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka will contest an all-Swiss semifinal the night before Nadal returns to Rod Laver Arena to play Dimitrov....

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"To see Good Tennis! What divine joy
Can fill our leisure, or our minds employ?
Let other people play at other things;
The King of Games is still the Game of Kings"
- from Parker's Piece by J.K. Stephen

Ancient Origins

If you turn back the pages of the history of tennis, you will discover that ball games have been played since ancient times and the first depictions can be seen in Egyptian temple carvings that date from 1500 BC. It is said that ball games actually formed a part of the religious ceremonies of the ancient Egyptians. This tradition was taken to Europe by the Moors in the 8th century. In fact, it was this meeting of cultures, between the Moors' religious rites and Christian monks, which in due course gave birth to tennis.

It was the Christian monks, influenced by the Moors' religious customs, who would be the very first Europeans to play the crude form of tennis. In the earliest version of this game, which was known as 'La Soule',...

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These codes refer to the draw size of various aspects of the tournaments.

For each category of the tournament, the number of participants in the main draw (the main tournament) is listed.

S: Singles tournament D: Doubles tournament X: Mixed doubles tournament

For example, at the Rotterdam tournament (32S/16Q/16D/4Q), there were 32 participants in the singles main draw and 16 teams in the doubles tournament.

There are different ways to get into the main draw. Some of the participants are direct acceptances, which means that their ATP or WTA rankings are high enough to get into the main draw directly. Others are wild cards; the tournament organizers have a few spots that they can award to anyone they want. Finally, some spots in the main draws are for qualifiers; these are players who finished at the top of a qualifying tournament that happens before the main tournament. If there is a qualifying tournament for a category, the draw size of the qualifying...

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The Australian Open is the first of the four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments – the other three are the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon. The tournament is held in the middle of the Australian summer, in the last fortnight of the month of January; thus an extreme-heat policy is put into play when temperatures reach dangerous levels. The tournament was held for the first time in 1905 and was last contested on grass in 1987. Since 1988, the tournament has been held on hard courts at Melbourne Park. Mats Wilander is the only player to win the tournament on both grass and hard courts.

The two main courts used in the tournament are Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena and feature retractable roofs, which are shut during rain or extreme heat. The Australian Open and Wimbledon are the only Grand Slam tournaments with indoor play. In 2008, the Rebound Ace surface, which had been in place for the past 20 years at Melbourne Park, was replaced by a cushioned, medium-paced, acrylic...

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The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely considered the most prestigious.[2][3][4][5][6] It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts.

Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Since the Australian Open shifted to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass.

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday of July respectively. Five major, junior, and invitational events are held each year. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage. The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledon's...

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Tennis is one of the world's most widely-played sports, enjoyed by players of all ages. It is also a popular spectator sport, with star players in glamorous tournaments watched on TV by millions of fans all over the world. Women's matches attract as much interest as the men's, and tennis is one of the few professional sports in which women can earn as much prize money as men. Singles matches are played between two players and doubles matches are between two teams of two players. Each player uses a racket (also spelled racquet) to hit a felt-covered ball over a net into their opponent's side of a court. A player wins a point when his or her opponent cannot return a shot, or the opponent's shot doesn't land in the court.

History

The modern form of tennis first appeared in the 19th century, but earlier forms of the game had been played in Europe for centuries. The most well-known was real tennis (or royal tennis), which had been popular with royal families and the rich...

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All 2017 Junior Tournaments are shown below. To register or find out more about a tournament, click on the ID number to find the tournament's page on TennisLink. If you would like a PDF version of the schedule, CLICK HERE.

If you're looking for a quick search tool, click Ctrl + F on your keyboard. This shortcut allows you to search for a specific date, word or number on the schedule below.

Level 1 Tournaments

The highest level tournaments in North Carolina with the highest point totals for standings. These three tournaments “closed” events for only residents in North Carolina. These tournaments are intended for top level players who compete on a state, sectional, and national level. They are considered Green Level 1 events in the 10U Youth Tennis Progression system.

Level 2 Tournaments

These tournaments are high level tournaments with draws limited to 32 players in each age division using the “waterfall” split draw format. These tournaments...

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