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CRAIG CIGNARELLI MASTER TENNIS COACH AND SPEAKER SHARES HIS TENNIS DEFINITIONS thumbnail

CRAIG CIGNARELLI MASTER TENNIS COACH AND SPEAKER SHARES HIS TENNIS DEFINITIONS

Backhandsome (def) those beautiful one-handers. (See Justine Henin and Stan Wawrinka) Ballchemy (def) what top players perform Ball-buoy (def) the kid who just sits there spinning his head around instead of getting the damn ball
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TENNIS 10SBALLS SHARES SPEAKER AND MASTER COACH CRAIG CIGNARELLI’S POSTCARD FROM FLORIDA WTA EVENT

The WTA Ladies Tennis tour is in Colombia and Switzerland this week and I’ve decided to get a look at some challenger players in the Indian Harbour Beach Florida 60K event.
WTA LADIES TENNIS UPDATE FROM CHARLESTON VIA CIGNARELLI’S VOLVO CAR VANTAGE POINT thumbnail

WTA LADIES TENNIS UPDATE FROM CHARLESTON VIA CIGNARELLI’S VOLVO CAR VANTAGE POINT

Madison Keys is currently in the top ten of the world’s most exceptional tennis players. Coached by former world champion, Lindsay Davenport, Keys has a massive forehand, a big serve, decent movement, good hands, an acceptable backhand and a growing confidence in her game.
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10SBALLS • MANAGING “ENERGY” DURING A TENNIS EVENT BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI

Recently, I spoke with a coaching friend who claimed one of the most important aspects of working with top ten players is the ability to help the athlete manage their energy.
CHARLESTON WTA VOLVO TENNIS EVENT “THE CLAY BALLET” BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI thumbnail

CHARLESTON WTA VOLVO TENNIS EVENT “THE CLAY BALLET” BY CRAIG CIGNARELLI

When professional players compete in high level tournaments, one of the goals is to leave their mark on the event. At the Charleston 800K this week, as they seek to make their marks, many women are sliding, skidding and slipping on the green clay.
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CHARLESTON WTA LADIES NIGHT TENNIS • MADISON KEYS WINS IN THREE SETS

I headed over to the stadium tonite to catch the second set of Madison Keys against Lara Arruabarrena. The twenty-six year-old Spaniard has good ball control, an average serve and is coming off her best year on tour.
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WTA LADIES ARE PLAYING TENNIS IN CHARLESTON • VERY VOCAL FANS

The stadium court at the Charleston WTA event holds about six-thousand tennis enthusiasts. Most of them are slathered in sunscreen and wearing white hats which hide the icees and ice creams they purchased on the way inside.
WTA TENNIS FROM CHARLESTON • EATING YOUR WAY ACROSS THE VOLVO CAR OPEN thumbnail

WTA TENNIS FROM CHARLESTON • EATING YOUR WAY ACROSS THE VOLVO CAR OPEN

The strange thing about Charleston’s WTA event’s sponsor booth selection is the synergy of it all. The white tents and sanitized smells merge with various food trucks and pop-up booths to bring a circus-like atmosphere to the site.
WTA • CHARLESTON • VOLVO LADIES TENNIS OPEN • A REAL BATTLE IN THE QUALIES thumbnail

WTA • CHARLESTON • VOLVO LADIES TENNIS OPEN • A REAL BATTLE IN THE QUALIES

After thirty years of coaching, today I learned something new. I am...
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA • WTA LADIES TENNIS FROM THE VOLVO CAR OPEN… AND SO MUCH MORE thumbnail

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA • WTA LADIES TENNIS FROM THE VOLVO CAR OPEN… AND SO MUCH MORE

Charleston, SC. is an 800k event on the WTA calendar. Around the players lounge, towering figures like Kvitova and Pliskova make shade for Sara Errani and Lauren Davis.
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WTA • LADIES TENNIS • VISITS CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA • A CITY RICH IN HISTORY

The city of Charleston has history in every nook and cranny. Military forts, civil rights battles, plantation homes, and a proximity to Savannah which hosts ghost haunts.
MIAMI TENNIS • RISING ATP STAR PABLO CARRENO BUSTA BEATS KEVIN ANDERSON thumbnail

MIAMI TENNIS • RISING ATP STAR PABLO CARRENO BUSTA BEATS KEVIN ANDERSON

Went for a swim in the Atlantic today. There’s something to be said for depth in these situations. When you hit the point where your feet no longer touch, the things beneath you suddenly matter.
WTA • MIAMI OPEN TENNIS • SLOANE STEPHENS BEATS ANGIE KERBER EASILY thumbnail

WTA • MIAMI OPEN TENNIS • SLOANE STEPHENS BEATS ANGIE KERBER EASILY

There are billions of moves in chess. However, a couple of strategies tend to dominate high level competition. There is the positional game, playing with whatever pieces exist and trying to find the best move therein, and the tactical game, which is intended to set up attacks to place the opponent in jeopardy.
AUSSIE • ATP • TENNIS STAR NICK KYRGIOS BEATS FABIO FOGNINI 6-3, 6-3 IN MIAMI thumbnail

AUSSIE • ATP • TENNIS STAR NICK KYRGIOS BEATS FABIO FOGNINI 6-3, 6-3 IN MIAMI

Kyrgios-Fognini is like 8:45 P.M. on July 4th in America - as darkness descends, the fireworks are inevitable. I caught the second set of this match.
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DATES & TENNIS PLAYERS FROM BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2018 “COACHELLA VALLEY DATES”

The Phoenix dactylifera, commonly known as the date palm, is a flowering plant species cultivated for its fruit. About the size of a shot glass, (maybe thumb) a the date is a sweet, mushy oval with a slightly harder edible exterior and an inner seed.

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