My Search-Fu is utterly failing me. Where did I read the line (paraphrased): "He was like a tennis player who mistakes his best game for his everyday game [or natural level or basic capability]". I want to say it was in a novel by a female author,: Lessing, Christie or Woolf maybe? I might be completely wrong. Fairly sure the narrator's voice was female. Can anyone help?
I am considering purchasing a river-front house that is on a few acres in Cottage Country, Ontario. One of those acres is taken up by a Tennis Court (okay, it is probably not a whole acre by itself but it is really, really big). The court has floodlights, is fenced about twenty feet high on three sides (surrounded by a mature forest on those sides so I assume it was to keep the balls in) and appears to be in good condition - still used by the current owner, actually. Buuuut, *I* will never play tennis and I know my yoga-loving but anti-sport school-age children would never use it either. However, I don't want to rip it up and then find out a few years from now I could have re-used the space/materials in a useful way. Some vague ideas we have thrown around: set up a trampoline (no need to mow under it), erect an above-ground pool, have local punk bands play on it to an audience on the hillside overlooking the court, build a yurt for yoga, put bunkies on it for visitors (the property is large, the house is small)...is there anything obvious I am missing?
Another question from the "things my 9-year-old asked me and Google can't find" file: what would happen if you tried to hit a major league fastball with a tennis racket? Would the ball rip through the strings? Or would you actually be able to hit the ball back with distance? Would you hurt yourself?
I recently tried to add the tennis channel onto my time warner starter TV package, but was told I had to pay for another package first full of channels I don't want. Would like to know if there are other ways to watch these games daily maybe online or something. [more inside]
For the first time ever, I will be attending a pro tennis tournament... and it's the U.S. Open! I am very excited and eager to make the best of my experience. [more inside]
I'm looking to play tennis casually and recreationally in the Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan area. But the costs and inconveniences are real deterrents. If I understand, I need to pay the annual membership, THEN a per-diem fee, and all of that AFTER finding a court that has availability. Is there a better way? (My friends in the suburbs drive to a local park, walk over to a free court and... play.)
I started playing tennis awhile back and have been having problems with skin tearing off the inside balls of both feet. I've tried a bunch of different things to stop this from happening without success....any ideas? [more inside]
I have 4 courtside tickets to the finals (Sunday) at BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, near Palm Springs. The tickets have not sold on Stubhub or its competitors despite competitive pricing. What are my options to sell, as we get closer to the event date? I will be on location. I've listed on Palm Springs Craigslist, but how else can I make sure I sell them at a fair price without a big hassle? [more inside]
For a High School youth Group i help moderate, we are creating an American Gladiator style event. One of the games we are going to do is the favorite/famed Assault. If anyone can help me brainstorm the following questions: What should I use for launching Tennis Balls, a Sling shot, or something else? It needs to be fairly quick. Any cheaper alternatives to Tennis balls, need to launch something in a gym (it has a stage to shoot from)? I think i can get some tennis balls on craigslist, but open to any alternative. [more inside]
Any places to get tennis instruction/clinics in either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur while visiting? [more inside]
I'm interested (so far in a casual "maybe?" manner) possibly taking up: tennis, archery, or kayaking. Help me decide? Long post inside. [more inside]
How come in the frencch open semis, djokavic is playing federer? [more inside]
I'm looking for a particular sort of resort/hotel for an August vacation. Please help! [more inside]
Is there a technical terminology that could describe different styles of popular singing, in the same way that linguists might describe accents? Try your hand at a couple of examples inside. [more inside]
What brand of clothing is Vania King wearing in this picture from the Australian Open earlier this week? [more inside]
Where to watch US Open in NYC? [more inside]
Tennis filter: Settle a bet - In your metapinion is it the older players you play with who call the score 3-4 instead of 30-40 and 5-4 instead of 15-40 or does this shortform scoring seem not to be related to the age of the player? [more inside]
Where to watch free live streaming tennis - Roland Garros! - for non-USians? Much thanks for all ideas!
Is it possible to beat Lucia on Wii Resort Table Tennis? If so, how?? [more inside]
How do I find people to play tennis with in Berlin, Germany? Do novices join tennis clubs to find playing partners? [more inside]
Where do I park to play tennis at Golden Gate Park? I'm getting some conflicting information .. some folks say it's easy, some say it's impossible. I'm playing a match there and I'll be looking for parking around 11:45 or 12p today (Saturday).
Can I bring a backpack into the US Open (tennis) in New York? [more inside]
Tennis Filter: I've recently returned to playing tennis after a multi-decade break. I played high-school and college tennis in my day but stopped for any number of reasons. I have a good rally partner and I've surprisingly been able to get back to a reasonable level after only five weeks. The only niggling issue is some pain in my service shoulder that feels like a rotor cuff problem. It goes away after 10-15 minutes of softer serves. I've found that throwing a ball overhand generates the same twinge but also loosens things up so that the serving motion is more comfortable. [more inside]
What is the tactile function of bouncing the tennis ball on the service line? [more inside]
Do you know where online I can watch the French Open with English commentary? I've been watching it (or rather listening to it) on ESPN3, but there is absolutely no commentary. As I'm watching it in snatches at work, it's kind of nice to have the commenters natter on a bit, so I can catch up on what I've missed. I do not just want recap sports shows, but rather the actual matches (preferably as live as ESPN3, but recorded for the next day would be interesting as well). Thanks.
What can I use for a "smart" tennis target? [more inside]
I'm interested in the way that athletic performance changes with age, and how this varies amongst different sports. Can anyone point me to some data sources on age-specific performance for any sports? What about age at retirement for pro/semi-pro athletes in different sports? [more inside]
Spring right around the corner and winter has opened some new cracks on the local tennis courts. What caulk, cement , other filler have you used successfully in repairing hard courts. These are private neighborhood hard courts which we members maintain. Looking for a compound that will neither shrink nor expand under the heat of summer ( at least minimally).
Will golf balls damage clothes if I put them in the dryer? [more inside]
Any good web pages/videos describing tennis doubles strategy in depth? [more inside]
Best shoes for a P.E. teacher with a bad knee. [more inside]
Am I expecting too much from a pair of Puma sneakers? [more inside]
I missed the women's semi-finals of the U.S. Open tonight, and would like to watch it on my computer, if possible. Does anyone know how I can do this? I looked on the usopen.org site, but I didn't see anything. Thanks, BB
What do tennis players look for when they check the balls before serving? [more inside]
Boston/Cambridge US Open Filter. Dear neighbors, I'm getting into watching the US Open and would love to watch the upcoming final matches on a big screen at a pleasant local saloon. Any suggestions for a bar that shows -- or is likely to show -- the matches? I'm in Inman, so prefer Cambridge, but am also feeling open-minded. [more inside]
Where can I get a tennis racquet restrung in nyc? [more inside]
I want to go to the US Open to watch Federer and Nadal play in the first rounds, but I don't know when they will play, and the web site doesn't help much. Help me! [more inside]
What's new in tennis racquet technology? [more inside]
What is the best eye protection for tennis players? [more inside]
What are good websites for tennis statistics? [more inside]
How to I stop tennis balls on a walker from wearing out so darn quickly? [more inside]
Suggestions for an athletic club in the South Bay, preferably San Jose?---must offer tennis, swimming, and most importantly, a hot tub/jacuzzi that's great and at least 102 degrees Fahrenheit. All anecdotes, horror stories, etc. about any South Bay facility are most welcome. Thanks.
If all goes well, will Federer play in the first or second Australian open semi? [more inside]
I'm looking for information about early twentieth century tennis player Edward Fischer, who suffered a mental breakdown and ended up in Bellevue Hospital. [more inside]
Help~ I need to buy Wilson Factor K Three (3) Tennis Racket by Monday night. I am in Central Los Angeles Area. [more inside]
What's everyone's experience with tennis training aids? Have any actually worked for you and helped improve your game? [more inside]
Serving an ace aside, what are the advantages of serving in tennis? Why is it so hard to break a serve? [more inside]
Orthotics and tennis shoes? [more inside]
Is there a sports summary website? Where I can get quickly and simply up to date on any team? [more inside]
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