From the Author

From the Author

Insights from Paul on his new book, "Fein Points of Tennis, Techniques & Tactics to Unleash Your Talent" as well as news and analysis of topical tennis issues

Can female coaches and players learn from watching male players?

Justine Henin, the seven-time major champion often called “the female Federer,” once said she watched men’s matches — rather than women’s matches — to improve her game. That didn’t surprise me because she abounded in talent and left no stone unturned.

Some Thoughts About Athleticism in Tennis

In my view, tennis and basketball are the sports that have evolved the most in the past 60 years in terms of athleticism.

Jim Martz, a friend and tennis-writing colleague, passed away at age 80.

Like so many tennis players and fans, I was saddened when Florida Tennis magazine arrived, and on the front cover, I saw “In Loving Memory of Jim Martz." Jim, the founder and editor of this elite publication, died on December 30th at age 80.

Some new ideas to think about in 2024

John Stuart Mill, the 19th-century British philosopher, wrote, “Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is so far doing a public service. We should be grateful to him for attacking most unsparingly our most cherished opinions.”

With this advice in mind, let's evaluate some frank statements in the tennis world this year.

The Curious Case of Daniil Medvedev

When coaches and teaching pros project the ideal future playing style of a promising young prospect, they consider several factors: athletic ability, physique, character, and so forth. Of course, the player has to buy into the technique and tactics the coaches are trying to inculcate.

Variables for Hitting Drop Shots and Drop Volleys

Recently, I had a discussion after a practice session with a former college soccer and lacrosse player who started playing tennis in his 30s. Touch shots are my forte. He asked me how I hit the drop shots that confounded him. I discussed the variables in terms of their relative importance.

Backhand Debate, Depth in Men's Tennis, and Hurkacz's Game

Nobody asked me, but . . .

Daniil Medvedev may not have the most exciting game, but he relishes lively debates. When Tennis Channel’s topnotch interviewer Prakash Amritraj asked him about whether two-handed backhands will endure in pro tennis, Daniil replied, “I think we’ll still have amazing players with one-handed backhands.” He cited No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 18 Lorenzo Musetti as evidence.

Ideas and Opinions about the 2023 Wimbledon

Before the Wimbledon final, seven-time major winner Mats Wilander put Novak Djokovic’s chances of beating Carlos Alcaraz and winning the four Grand Slam events this year at 90 percent. “He’s got too many weapons. He knows everything there is to know about the sport. He’s got it all down to a science. The opponents aren’t ready for him,” Wilander told The New York Times.

Who will win Wimbledon?

The perils of prediction be damned. I say: full speed ahead. This year my crystal ball is quite clear. If it’s wrong, then I’ll just have to get a new crystal ball. Seriously, despite all the talk of the narrowing of the speeds of court surfaces — grass, hard, and clay — grass has several unique and important characteristics. And the best practitioners have the skills and tactics to best exploit these characteristics.

A Weighty Problem

Great champions often take our sport to a higher level. They do that simply by playing better than anyone ever has on a given surface, such as Rafael Nadal on clay, Roger Federer on grass, or Novak Djokovic on hard courts.

 Drop Shots and How Carlos Alcaraz Uses Them

Great champions often take our sport to a higher level. They do that simply by playing better than anyone ever has on a given surface, such as Rafael Nadal on clay, Roger Federer on grass, or Novak Djokovic on hard courts.