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Dropping Like Flies

The 2017 season was one of the most injury riddled seasons in recent memory for the ATP & WTA tours. Cracked Racquets takes a look at equipment technology, court surface changes, and general training regimines to see what might be causing this rise in injuries. Federer. Knee. Nadal. Wrist. Djokovic.

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Navigating the Off-Season

We’re approaching mid-December, and the peak of tennis off-season. As the weather grows colder, and the holidays grow nearer, tennis players may find themselves drifting from their typical training schedules. Alex Gornet shares a few ideas for of how to fill this time period based on his experiences. ‘Tis the

Coach De Villiers with Martin Redlicki
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Rikus De Villiers on Coaching at UCLA

This week, Parsa shares an interview he did with UCLA volunteer coach Rikus De Villiers. De Villiers, who is a native of South Africa, played college tennis at Fresno State University, reaching a ranking of 83 in ITA Singles and 18 in ITA Doubles playing with teammate Remi Boutllier. Parsa

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Cracked Racquets Costume Contest

In spirit of the season I would be remiss if I didn’t write something in honor of Halloween. Over the years, the big wigs of the tennis world have displayed a plethora of costumes, some very successful and some not so much.  Let’s take a look at some of the

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Interpreting the Way Someone Makes a Line Call

Believe it or not, there are just about a billion ways a tennis player can signify that a ball was indeed “out.” You can tell a lot about someone’s intentions by the way they make line calls. Let us guide you through the minefield and mind-games that come with the simple

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American vs European: A Look At Tennis Culture and Development

Sports are unquestionably a pillar of American culture synonymous with camaraderie, competition, and family. For many Americans, they play a focal role throughout childhood and even into adulthood. Many adults in the US can fondly recall memories of high school football, youth basketball camps, and baseball games in the summer.

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How To Know If Your Opponent is Hooking You

Hooking is practically a part of the fabric of junior, collegiate and recreational tennis. Here are some tell-tale signs for you to know if your opponent is actively hooking you or very likely to do so. We should clarify, though, that the images do not necessarily represent known tennis cheaters.