Were volleys considered unsportsmanlike in tennis?



Ace - An inbound serve hit that the returner fails to make contact with.

Ad Court

- The left hand side of the court.


- The player who wins the deuce point and is one point from winning the game has the Advantage. If a player loses Advantage, the game score returns to Deuce.


- A term umpires or players use when the competitors have the same number of points, games or sets. For example: 15-all (15-15), 4 games all (4-4), and 1 set all (1-1). The preferred term for 40-40 is deuce.

All-Court Player

- A player who is comfortable from all positions of the court: baseline, transition, and at net, and is also capable of playing offense and...

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The volley is the most demanding shot in tennis.

It is the most technically difficult, requires players to be exceptionally athletic and calls for lightning reactions.

By coming forwards in the court you are putting huge pressure on your opponent and also opening up all the angles - making winners much easier.

It can be a gamble though.

You have less time to cover the width of the court.

So if your opponent gets in a good shot only exceptional movement and reactions will get you out of trouble.


The ready position is crucial.

You do not have time to waste by bringing your racquet from the incorrect position.

Alter the ready position slightly from the way you would prepare for groundstrokes by bringing the racquet head slightly higher.

Move the elbows forward so they're just in front of the body.


As you see the ball coming move your head...

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Passing shot – groundstroke that passes a player at the net on either side.

Punch volley – marked by a very short ‘punching' movement of the racket.

Put away volley – hit beyond the opponent's reach.

Pace The speed at which the ball is hit. It's commonly used to mean a great deal of speed, but in fact a well-paced shot may be hit rather slowly. A common tactic against a hard-hitting opponent is to vary the pace from one shot to the next.

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19 Feb 2014/2 Comments

In tennis, there are a wide variety of tennis shots that can be used to keep the ball in play. Whether you want to play competitively or just for fun, gaining a full understanding of the different types of tennis shots can be helpful and informative.

It can also provide you a framework for understanding which strokes and tennis shots you might want to work on. This way when you step out on the court with a friend or tennis instructor you can get the most out of your time.


The first type of tennis shot, and perhaps most commonly associated with tennis, is the groundstroke. Groundstrokes are typically hit standing a few feet from the baseline, and are either hit as a forehand or a backhand.

Topspin Forehand and Backhands

The forehand and backhand are typically the very first strokes that a player will be taught. A forehand is hit with your dominant hand and arm (right if you’re right handed and left if you’re...

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One table tennis rule refers to volleying the ball. So is volleying the ball allowed?
No ... and Yes. Let me explain...

by courtesy of the ITTF

One of the table tennis rules which you'll need to be familiar with is the rule which deals with volleying the ball.

Volleying means intentionally or unintentionally hitting or touching the ball before it bounces on the table or goes out of play.

Previously, if a player volleyed the ball at any time he lost the point, but the rules were subtly changed in the 1990s, so now it depends on the circumstances.

Volleying the ball is covered by the "obstruction" rule, so we'll examine what the rule says and it's purpose.

So let's take a look at this rule and discover what is allowed and what's not allowed.

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So what does the current rule say?

The obstruction rule

Rule 2.05.08 states...

"A player obstructs the ball if he or she, or anything...

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Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian was disqualified from the Queen's Club final Sunday after he kicked an advertising board in anger and bloodied the leg of a line judge. London police are investigating the incident, during which Nalbandian lost his temper after missing a running forehand and kicked a board under the chair of line judge Andrew McDougall. The board shattered and a piece of it gave McDougall an inch-long gash on his left shin. "We are aware of an incident at the Aegon Championships," police said in a statement Monday.


The NFL's Raiders, in their nastiest days, couldn't have gotten away with what Wilmington Banning High players tried last Friday night in a disheartening display of unsportsmanlike conduct during a game against Newhall Hart. The Pilots were called for eight personal fouls, including four late hits on Hart quarterback Matt Moore. Three Banning players were ejected in the 34-0 defeat. Most disturbing of all,...

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As someone who plays both squash and tennis, I am often asked which one is the harder sport to play. Considering that I love both equally, I will attempt to do some basic comparisons of the two, and arrive at a conclusion. To avoid complexity, I will stick to the singles version of the two games. The views below pertain to club level players and not to professionals.


Tennis courts are larger and require players to cover more court than squash. However, with the modern-day baseline game, the players get a split second more to react between shots. As per studies conducted, the average ground stroke in tennis takes less than 2 sec.

Squash courts are much smaller than tennis courts and have walls on all four sides. Both the players play on the same court, alternating shots, using the lines and “tin” on the front wall to keep the serve in play. Unlike tennis, the back wall often keeps the ball in play, making the rallies longer. Squash...

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