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VIDEO: Mini-Court Tennis, Even for the Pros

As our players become more proficient in their strokes, and at the end of the year tournament, we have them play points, games and matches on youth-sized tennis courts. Generally this means, court sizes of 36' x 18' for kids under 8 and 60' x 21' for kids over 9.

Sometimes the older or more advanced youth athletes dislike playing on such a small court. They want to move up to the adult-size court so they can really whack the ball around. But there is much to gain from practicing on a small court -- so much that even the pros do it!

Check out this short video of Novak Djokovic rallying with Dusan Vemic in 2011 on a small court. They get in 68 hits before stopping!

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Pro Tennis: #1 in the World - Novak Djokovic

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Pro Tennis: #1 in the World - Novak Djokovic

We're starting a series here on the KCTL blog about professional tennis players, as a way to encourage our youth athletes not only to enjoy playing the game, but also to recognize that the love of the game is shared by many, many people - players and enthusiasts - across the globe.

This week, what better place to start then with the 2012 #1 World Ranked Tennis Players in Men Singles: Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

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Djokovic is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He has won six Grand Slam singles titles: the 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Australian Open; the 2011 Wimbledon Championships; and the 2011 US Open. He was the year-end World No. 1 for both 2011 and 2012 according to both the International Federation of Tennis (IFT) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Fun Facts:

  • Surname pronounced DJO-ko-vich.
  • Djokovic began playing tennis at the age of four.
  • Djokovic was known for his often humorous off-court impersonations of his fellow players, many of whom are his friends.
  • Andre Agassi considers that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic "may very well be the greatest three players to ever play tennis."
  • Djokovic is an all-court player with emphasis on aggressive baseline play.

For more information, check his Wikipedia page.

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