Home

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!

Advertisements

sketch: tennis receive stance

November 20, 2015

tennis_male_receive_stance

My drawing today is of a male player in receiving stance. Even though the weather is getting colder, I can’t stop thinking about tennis. In fact, I continue to play indoors when possible. Besides, tennis players make awesome figural drawing subjects.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is happening now, from November 15 to 22. It is the last big tournament before all of the players take much needed rest (for a only month) until the season begins again in the new year. Jeez, tennis players are the hardest workers in sports. Their entire season lasts 11 continuous months. Once they finish a tour in one country, they are off to another country. On the plus side, it is an awesome way to see the world.

tennis receive stance

January 30, 2015

tennis_receive_stance_male_by_al_lau

The Australian Open was filled with early upsets with likes of Federer and my favorite, Nadal. Both top seeds have well-rounded games, but sometimes, the player with the faster and flatter serve will be the one to advance. It’s hard to imagine being on the receiving end of a 125+ MPH serve. Today, my drawing is a player who is about to receive one of those mega serves.

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.

Just a quick sketch of tennis player receiving the ball.

sketch: tennis ready stance

January 20, 2010

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

%d bloggers like this: