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sketch: tennis forehand

June 10, 2017

tennis_forehand_stance_by_al_lau

The French Open comes to a close this weekend. For the women, I am rooting for Simona Halep because she’s been working so hard for so long. And this is the farthest she has reached in a major. On the men’s side, I hope Nadal wins the final. He is after all the king of clay.

My sketch shows a player preparing for a forehand swing.

sketch: backhand

July 7, 2016

tennis_male_backhand_by_al_lau

The second week of Wimbledon is happening now. I was excited that Americans, both on the men’s and women’s side, made it into the second week of the world’s best tennis event .

Serena Williams has been the most consistent American lady to appear deep into the tournament. But at the age of 35, who knows how much longer she will play? Thanks to a whole group of up-and-coming talented American ladies, there is much to look forward to, in players such as Madison Keys and Christina McHale.

The last American man to make it to the finals was Andy Roddick, back in 2009. Unfortunately, he had a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in 5 sets. I wish Andy would come back from retirement and give it another go.

This is my sketch of a male player in a prepared stance for a backhand swing.

tennis two-handed backhand

January 23, 2015

tennis_backhand_female_by_al_lau
We are in the first week of the Australian Open, round of 16. Who do you hope to win? Personally, I hope American Isner can at least reach the finals, but of course, the big four would await him – Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal. On the ladies side, it would be cool to see Canadian Bouchard win it, but it will probably be Sharapova or Serena Williams.

My sketch depicts a two-handed backhand that is set just before the ball bounces directly in front of the player. When the ball is hit deep to the baseline of your opponent’s side, he or she has a split second to decide whether to hit it or let it go in hopes that the ball will go out of bounds. When you watch a game, you will see this as a tactic the pros use. Hitting deep also keeps your adversary from approaching the net and taking control of the point.

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.

Just a quick sketch of tennis player receiving the ball.

sketch: before the toss

January 22, 2010

Drawing of a side-view stance during the Australian Open, day 3.

sketch: tennis ready stance

January 20, 2010

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

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