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sketch: tennis bounce ball

January 26, 2020

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G’day Mate! The Australian Open is happening down under now. All of the best tennis players, such as Osaka, Barty, Nadal and Federer, gather from around the world to compete on the biggest court stage. It is probably my favorite tennis tournament. Not just because it is a beautiful location but it is known as the “Happy Slam”. This is my drawing of a player bouncing the ball before a serve.

Who do you want to win?

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tennis_doubles_by_al_lau

There is a different kind of tennis doubles stance where a player crouches on the middle line of the court, just behind the net, while the server has a plan of attack. It is called the “i” formation. The doubles players have a strategy that will confuse their opponents. The problem is, this positioning is only effective if the first serve goes in.

My drawing shows the player ducking low enough so that she won’t be hit by the server’s tennis ball.

One of my fave tennis tournaments is coming up next week, the Australian Open. But before that, the Hopman Cup is happening in Perth. This is my way of fantasizing warmth during this record-breaking cold we are having in the Northeast.

Stay warm y’all!

sketch: tennis backhand

January 31, 2013

tennis-backhand-male-by-al-lau

This is a figure drawing I did during the Australian Open, studying the body position of the one-handed backhand.

Tennis pros like Richard Gasquet (French) and Stanislas Warwrinka (Swiss) both have amazing and powerful one-handed backhands. It requires more muscle strength and may not be as accurate, but it allows extra reach and ‘snap’ as opposed to the two-handed.

sketch: tennis backhand

January 26, 2012

While many sports fans seem to be obsessed with football and the super bowl, for now, especially New Yorkers and Bostonians, my eyes are set squarely on Australian Open tennis, on the other side of the world. For the second week of the tournament, I do a loose figural drawing of a tennis player in a backhand swing pose.

illustration: tennis server

January 20, 2012

Australian Open tennis is on this week. It runs from January 16 to 29. Looks like I’ll be watching a lot of tv late into the night. Thank goodness for DVRs.

sketch: tennis ready stance

January 20, 2010

Drawing of a player in preparation to receive a ball in the game of tennis.

sketch: tennis serve

January 19, 2010

The Australian Open is on now which means hours of watching Tennis Channel and ESPN2.  The Open will run two weeks.  This is a sketch of the Croation, Cilic, serving.  I always wanted to capture the motion of a serve.  Cilic is a very tall slender player at 6 foot 6 inches.  He is so tall that it looks like I’m exaggerating his extension.

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