Winning Tennis for Girls


More than 1 million girls between the ages of 12 and 17 in the United States play tennis, and thousands go on to play competitively at colleges and universities. Elite women tennis players are some of the most visible athletes in the world, from Venus and Serena Williams to comeback queen Jennifer Capriati and many others. Winning Tennis for Girls is the complete guide to the game for players and coaches alike, teaching essential techniques, skills, and strategies for winning. Each chapter covers a different ...
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More than 1 million girls between the ages of 12 and 17 in the United States play tennis, and thousands go on to play competitively at colleges and universities. Elite women tennis players are some of the most visible athletes in the world, from Venus and Serena Williams to comeback queen Jennifer Capriati and many others. Winning Tennis for Girls is the complete guide to the game for players and coaches alike, teaching essential techniques, skills, and strategies for winning. Each chapter covers a different element of the game, explaining the hows and whys of skills such as serving, receiving, volleying, basic strokes, specialty shots, and much more. Drills and games specially geared toward each skill illustrate ways to improve technique, complete with more than 100 action photos and easy-to-follow diagrams. Other features include a foreword by Julie Greenwood, coach to the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Division III champion women's tennis team at Williams College, a glossary of tennis terms, and lists of tennis organizations and sources for further reading. Winning Tennis for Girls is an exciting introduction to tennis for young players and a thorough guide for their coaches.
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Editorial Reviews

These titles join other "Winning Sports for Girls" series books on lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, softball, volleyball, and weight training. Nicely filling a gap in young adult nonfiction, these books focus on specific games from a girl's perspective. Each title gives a history of the sport, and then breaks it down into its essential elements. In Winning Track and Field for Girls, Housewright thoroughly covers all of the sport's events, such as sprints and hurdles, and includes technique tips, drills and exercises, and sample workouts. Chapters dedicated to mental preparation and nutrition, stretches, and weight lifting round out the book. Similarly Winning Tennis for Girls breaks the sport down into its basic components such as footwork, types of grips, forehand and backhand strokes, serving, and volleying. Strategies for playing singles and doubles are included, as are tips for injury prevention, conditioning, and nutrition. Both titles contain several black-and-white photographs, giving readers a clearer understanding of the proper positions and techniques described in the narrative. In addition, both books focus on the psychology of competition and emphasize the importance of mental preparation and good sportsmanship. For example, Porter discusses the challenges one faces when playing with a partner during a doubles tennis match and reminds readers that, "Doubles is a team sport . . . the scoreboard does not reflect which of you is the stronger player, only how many points and games you have won together." Finally both titles contain a list of associations and Web sites to help young athletes learn more. This series contains quality guides forany young woman interested in either getting started or improving at her chosen sport. The content is well balanced, presenting the technical aspects of each sport along with advice promoting healthy attitudes, nutrition, and self-esteem. Although necessarily technical at times, the books are written in such a reader-friendly manner that novices will not be turned off and more experienced athletes will still find useful information to help them improve. Girls who choose these recommended guides should benefit from the helpful advice and encouragement contained in them. (Winning Sports for Girls).. VOYA Codes 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Facts on File, 159p.; Index. Photos. Further Reading. Ages 11 to 18.
—Valerie Ott
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Both titles start with a short history of the game before describing the rules and the equipment needed. Tennis outlines techniques for playing singles and doubles while Field Hockey offers strategies for each position on the field. Each title also goes into some detail about conditioning and exercise and includes information on nutrition. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs and clear diagrams demonstrate various positions and plays. Players and coaches should find these titles helpful.-Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816048151
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Winning Sports for Girls Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments and Credits xiii
Introduction xv
1 History and Origins 1
2 Rules 4
The Court 4
The Racket 4
Play 5
Scoring 6
Serving 7
The Ball in Play 8
Coaching 9
Jennifer Capriati 9
3 Equipment 10
Choosing A Racket 10
Composition 11
Grip Size 11
Length 11
Racket Width 11
Head Size 12
Strings 12
String Tension 12
4 Grips 13
Types of Grips 13
Continental Grip 13
Eastern Grip 14
Semi-Western Grip 14
Western Grip 15
5 Footwork 16
Basic Stance 16
The Ready Position 16
The Split Step 17
Drill 18
Monica Seles 20
6 Groundstrokes 21
Setting Up/Preparation 21
Positioning 22
Turn, Turn, Turn 23
Getting the Racket Back 23
The Follow-Through 23
7 The Forehand 25
The Basics 25
Getting Ready 25
The Coil 25
Making Contact 27
Topspin Forehand 27
Grip 28
Forehand Slice 29
Grip 30
Reverse Forehand 31
8 The Backhand 33
The Basics 33
Getting Ready 33
The Coil 34
Making Contact 34
Hitting From an Open Stance 35
Backhand Slice 37
Topspin Backhand--Two-Hander 38
One-Handed Backhand 40
9 The Serve 43
The Basics 43
Types of Serves 43
Grip 43
Stance/Preparation 44
Ball Toss 44
Swing Motion 45
Making Contact 45
Follow-Through/Recovery 46
Tips 46
Second, then First 46
The Wider, the Better 46
Fall Forward 47
Drills 47
Martina Hingis 48
10 Volleying 50
Mental Approach 50
The Basics 51
Grip 51
Net Approach and Positioning 51
Ready Position for Volleying 53
Split Step 53
Drill 54
Footwork 54
Getting Down and Dirty 54
Reach for It 55
Drill 55
Types of Volleys 55
Forehand 55
One-Handed Backhand 56
Two-Handed Backhand 57
Half Volley 58
Drop Volley 58
Swinging Volley 59
Volleying Tips 59
Take a Picture 59
Grip It and Rip It 59
Bottom First 59
"Catch" the Ball 59
11 Specialty Shots 60
Drop Shot 60
When to Hit It 60
How to Hit It 60
Where to Hit It 61
Overhead 61
When to Hit It 61
How to Hit It 61
Where to Hit It 62
Drill 63
Lob 63
When to Hit It 63
How to Hit It 63
Where to Hit It 65
Drill 65
Venus and Serena Williams 65
12 Strategies for Playing Winning Singles 67
The Basics 67
Keep Between the Lines 68
Keep It Deep 68
Have a Plan, But Don't Be Afraid to Make Adjustments 69
Control the Net 69
First Serve In 70
Seize the Moment 70
Drill 70
From the Baseline: When In Doubt, Go Crosscourt 71
Drill 1 72
Drill 2 72
At the Net: First, Go Down the Line 72
Exploit Her Weaknesses; Maximize Your Strengths, and Vice Versa 73
Drill 74
Take Some Chances 74
Adjust to Your Opponent 74
Baseliner 75
Serve-Volleyer 75
Power Player 75
The Pusher 75
Know Your Surface 75
Clay 76
Grass, Indoor Carpet, Outdoor Hardcourt 76
Adjust to the Conditions 76
13 Strategies for Playing Winning Doubles 77
Positioning 78
Both-Up Formation 78
Both-Back Formation 78
One-Up, One-Back Formation 79
One-Up, One-Back: Offensive and Defensive Positioning 80
Switching 80
Tips on Playing Winning Doubles 81
Remember--It's "Doubles" 81
Poaching: If At First You Don't Succeed ... 82
The Serve 83
Returning Serve 83
Controlling the Net 84
Drill 1 85
Drill 2 85
"Yours" or "Mine"? 85
Defending Against Lobs 86
Anticipation 86
More Tips 88
Doubles Rules 88
The Court 88
Serving and Receiving 88
The Ball in Play 89
14 Tennis Psychology--The Inner Game 90
Visualization 91
How Do I Do It? 92
Staying Motivated 92
Defining Success and Setting Goals 93
Short-term 94
Midterm 95
Long-Term (Outcome Goals) 95
Keeping Focused 95
Breaking a Slump 97
Causes 97
Solutions 98
Match Preparation 99
Drill 100
Jana Novotna 100
15 Injury Prevention 102
Warmup 102
Stretching 103
Cooling Down 103
Avoiding Heat Illness 104
How to Protect Yourself 104
Treating Heat Illness 105
Tennis Elbow 105
Preventing Tennis Elbow 106
Conditioning 107
Stretching 107
Strengthening 109
16 Conditioning 111
Overtraining or Overplaying 112
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises 113
Stretching: Head and Neck 113
Stretching: Arms, Shoulders, and Wrists 115
Stretching: Back and Chest 117
Stretching: Legs 117
Stretching: Knee, Ankle, and Foot 118
Strengthening 119
Strengthening: Back and Abdominal 120
Strengthening: Arms, Elbows, Wrists, and Hands 120
Strengthening: Leg and Knee 122
Strengthening: Hip and Groin 124
Strengthening: Ankle and Foot 124
Lindsay Davenport 126
17 Nutrition 128
The Basics 128
Nutrition for Athletes 129
Calories 129
Fats and Protein 129
Fluids 130
Putting It Into Practice 130
Carbohydrate Intake, Before and After Playing or Practicing 131
Sports Drinks 132
Developing a Prematch or Prepractice Routine 132
What to Eat 132
When to Eat 133
A Last-Second Boost 133
Postmatch Meal 133
18 Games 134
Twenty-one 134
Top of the Hill 134
Top of the Hill--Doubles 135
Short Court 135
One on You 135
Alley Rally 136
Horse 136
Vic-O-Rama 136
Handball Tennis 137
Goalie 137
15-30-40-Game 137
Tennis Hockey 138
Tennis Volleyball 138
Rotation Tennis 139
Target 139
Canadian Doubles 139
Glossary 141
Tennis Organizations 148
Further Reading 154
Index 155
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