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A Tennis Racket Can Make Or Break Your Game

Tennis RacketYou are in love with the game of tennis and can not get enough of it. Starting off in school learning to play on basic gym equipment was the beginning-then in college you made sure that you took tennis as your required physical education classes.

The time has now come for you to get your own personal equipment and you want to get a tennis racket of your very own. To make a personal statement to everyone that you have come of age, are serious about this sport, and want to compete with your friends evenings and weekends.

What type of tennis racket are you going to purchase? They vary in length, weight, and head size, and you will need to figure out which one is the best for you. Think back to your beginnings playing this sport-what did you like or dislike about the different tennis rackets you used. This can be a starting point to begin narrowing down your choices.

A very important component for the tennis racket is the head size as the power behind your swings is directly affected. A larger head will give you with more power than a small head and also provides you with a larger hitting area making it a little easier to hit the ball. Generally speaking, a smaller racket head appeals to more accomplished players seeking more control, while larger rackets appeal to beginning and intermediate players seeking more power and a larger head.

They range in length from 27-29 inches with most people selecting the 27 inch ones. However, a longer handle provides more reach on ground strokes, adds leverage on serves, and slightly more power, than one with a standard length.

The weight has also been reduced making them lighter and easier to hold.
If you have friends or co-workers that also play, ask them about the type they use and why. They will enjoy talking to you about the sport and in providing you with information and advise. And, there is nothing more flattering than to ask someone for their opinion on a topic that they really enjoy and believe that they are an expert in.

Some of these people might even loan you some of their equipment so that you can try it out and find out whether or not you like it. No matter what your preference for a tennis racket is, you have to find the best one that meets your needs. This may even mean renting them and testing them out for a few games. This is probably the best way to have an opportunity to use many different types, styles, models and different manufacturers without spending a lot of money on ones that will just end up collecting dust in the closet.

Get out and play every weekend. The exercise is good, you will meet new people, and be out in the fresh air. This is much better than spending your weekend sitting in front of the television or going to the office to catch up on work.

Enjoy yourself, life is too short.

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Federer ties Connors’ Run in No. 1 Spot at 160 weeks

Associated Press
Feb. 20, 2007 12:00 AM

LONDON - Roger Federer tied Jimmy Connors’ record of 160 consecutive weeks as the top-ranked player in men’s tennis Monday.

The 10-time Grand Slam champion has held the No. 1 ATP Tour ranking since Feb. 2, 2004. The Swiss star is assured of breaking the record next week.

"Breaking records and doing something that hasn’t been done for a long time, it’s really nice," Federer said recently. advertisement 
 
Connors was No. 1 from July 1974 to August 1977. He is now coaching one of Federer’s biggest rivals, Andy Roddick.

Federer, who has won six of the past seven Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played since beating Fernando Gonzalez in the Australian Open final on Jan. 28, extending his winning streak to 36 matches. Federer has 8,120 points in the year-based rankings. Rafael Nadal, the man who beat Federer at the French Open last year, is second with 4,705 points. Nadal also beat Federer in the Dubai Open final last year.

Federer, 25, has dominated tennis for the past three seasons, but is still trying to win a Grand Slam title on clay.

"That’s the only way I can make this season a better one than last year," Federer has said. "Otherwise it won’t be possible."

Last season, only Nadal and Andy Murray managed to beat Federer, who finished the season with 12 titles and 16 finals appearances in his 17 tournaments. He earned $8.34 million and also won the season-ending Masters Cup.

Federer couldn’t be reached for comment Monday, but his mother was happy to hear that her son reached yet another milestone.

Connors won eight Grand Slam titles in his career, which lasted more than 20 years. Although he also failed only to win the French Open, Connors did win the 1976 U.S. Open on clay.

The American is the only man to win the U.S. Open on all three surfaces - grass, clay and hardcourt.

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