Beyond the Baseline : Early Winter 2003

Beyond the Baseline : Early Winter 2003
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Feature Articles
:: No Partner? No Problem!
:: Practice With a Purpose
:: Be a Better Doubles Partner

Pro Tour News
:: Matthew Perry, tour championships, SNL, Fed Cup, comebacks and more.

Recommended Reading
:: Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia, by Bud Collins
:: Winning Ugly; Mental Warefare in Tennis, by Brad Gilbert
:: Tennis for Dummies, by Patrick McEnroe

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F E A T U R E . A R T I C L E S

No Partner? No Problem!
Even if you don´t have a tennis partner, you can still work on your strokes. Many local parks and schools have a wall or backboard to practice against. If you´re near a tennis facility, you may also be able to rent time on a ball machine. Going solo doesn´t mean you can´t work on your game.

Practice With a Purpose
When you go out to the court to practice tennis, that´s what you should do. Too many of us get into the habit of just "hitting" and not working on strategy and shot placement.

Be a Better Doubles Partner
Most recreational tennis players play doubles, which means they´re not alone out there on court. The key to your happiness and success as a doubles player is to be the best partner you can be.

Be sure to check out the complete article index to help you get all the tennis information you want with fast and easy access.

P R O . T O U R . N E W S

  • Mardy Fish wins first ATP tour singles title in Stockholm.

  • Russian starlet Anna Kournikova was back on the court for an exhibition in Thailand where she defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn. Kournikova hopes for a return to the tour by March 2004, and is preparing by hosting awards shows.

  • Tim Henman earned his second tour title of 2003 in Paris by upsetting Guga, FedEx and A-Rodd.

  • Already on the practice court after suffering a brain lesion last summer, Leander Paes will resume playing in 2004.

  • The Williams Sisters, Lindsay Davenport and Monica Seles plan to return to the tour in January 2004.

  • The USTA signs deal with CBS to carry the U.S. Open through 2008, providing 48 hours of coverage each year.

  • Justine Henin-Hardenne finishes the year as world No. 1, then loses to Ai Sugiyama and Amelie Mauresmo.

  • Kim Clijsters wins the WTA Tour Championship without losing a match, easily defending her title, but still without a GS title, finishes the year at No. 2.

  • We continue to see Friend Mathew Perry in the player/friend box of Jennifer Capriati. Perry is said to have been a top-ranked junior in Canada.

  • The FedEx Man, Rodger Federer, swept through the Tennis Masters Cup without dropping a match, and the Bryan's take the doubles to become the first brothers to finish as the No. 1 team.

  • Andy Roddick becomes second-youngest man to end season as world No. 1, then loses to Rainer Schuettler. Later he kicked it like a pro on Saturday Night Live.

  • U.S. defeats Belgium in Fed Cup tie with second-stringers, and Martina Navratilova improves record to 38-0 in Fed Cup play.


The ATP and WTA tour seasons are over for 2003, but tennis starts up again at the first of the new year, as players head Down Under in preparation for the first Grand Slam of 2004 at the Australian Open where Andre Agassi and Serena Williams will look to defend.

R E C O M M E N D E D . R E A D I N G

Total Tennis: The Ultimate Tennis Encyclopedia
This compilation from the colorful Bud Collins is a must-have for any tennis player or fan of the game. Makes a great gift!

Winning Ugly : Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master
Brad Gilbert has coached Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick to world No. 1 with his "ugly" approach. Find out what he did for their game, and how it can improve yours.

Tennis for Dummies
Veteran tour player and Davis Cup Coach Patrick McEnroe gives you an insiders guide to great tennis with the basics, everything from the types of racquets and balls to the scoring of tennis to the types of court surfaces, and more.

Tennis 2004 Wall Calendar
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T A L K . T O . U S

Questions, comments, ideas and suggestions are always welcomed and strongly encouraged. Please feel free to send an email if there's something you want to know, an opinion you want to share, or just to say "hi". We're here to help, and are happy to be of assistance.

You are also invited to "talk tennis" in the Bella Tennis forum at;f=105 We're a fun community of tennis fans and fanatics, so if you're interested in learning the game, improving to another level, or have a question about strategy, this is the place to be and be seen. Surf on over and join a discussion, or post a new message. We're here to help.

Thanks for reading, and have fun on the courts!

Until next time,
Sandra Eggers, BellaOnline's Tennis Host

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