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sketch: forehand stance

July 15, 2017

nadal_forehand_stance_by_al_lau
The Wimbledon finals happens this weekend. Venus Williams will try to make history by winning the women’s finals at the age of 37. On the men’s side, Federer will also return to the finals as a 36-year-old. Both players are defying the odds by showing the sport that 30 is the new 20.

My drawing, today, is inspired by Nadal’s aggressive forehand stance.

forehand_topspin_by_al_lau

We are midway through the Wimbledon Championships and there is much more great Round 3 matches to come, including the big four – Nadal, Murray, Djokovic and Federer.

My drawing shows a player swinging a forehand motion with heavy topspin. Don’t underestimate smaller players in tennis. They can pack a big punch!

tennis_female_forehand_topspinz_by_al_lau

For the long holiday weekend, I’ve been glued to the telly, watching Wimbledon, and playing tennis and grilling. I gave myself sometime to do a sketch of a tennis player, swinging a forehand winner with extra of topspin.

How are you enjoying this holiday?

Happy Fourth of July, all!

tennis_female_forehand_swingback_by_al_lau

After watching the Australian Open, recently, I was inspired to draw a player being on the offensive. There are many female players on the tour who are so petite, yet can pack a lot of power in their volleys. In my illustration, she is charging the net and committing to an aggressive forehand swing to win the point on her own terms.

I’m having cabin fever. The weather in the Northeast is frigid. Temps are in the teens with windchill making it feel minis 20. Can’t wait to get outdoors again and play sports.

Happy Prez Day AND Happy Valentines Day All!

Today’s competitive game of tennis is not for the faint of heart. No longer is it about gently tapping the ball back and forth. Sorry Chris Evert. Both male and female players are as muscular as a Marvel comic superhero. The loud grunting of top players, Sharapova and Azerenka, is a testament to how hard every swing of the racquet is. Here is a quick rough sketch of Goerges, who through her fiery desire to win and powerful forehand was able to beat even the number one seed, Wozniaki, in a recent clay court tournament.

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