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5 Types of Amazing Tennis Shots

08 Aug 17

A kind person once advised that one has to master the tennis shots to be a world best player. Each of these shots has variations that may be easy or tough depending on each player’s strengths and weaknesses.

Here are few important shots such as forehand, backhand, serve, volley, lob and drop shot. Each shot has a positive time. Also, the shots have to be played whether it is to win the point or simply to keep a rally going. 


Known as an easiest and probably the basic shot learned. This amazing form is made swinging the tennis racket across the body on the same side as the main hand which the racket is held.

Most tennis players use a single hand to hold the racquet for the forehand. However, some players use a two handed grip. Players like to use different styles of grips as per their style when executing the forehand. Some well-liked forehand grips contain the Western, the Eastern, and the Continental.


This form of the action is different, in fact opposite of the forehand. It is made by swinging the racket away from the body on the opposite side to the strong hand. Many players use a single hand to perform the backhand. However, there are many players that use a two-handed backhand.


As the name implies during this shot tennis players have no option to master, they have to be able to produce a service to commence a point. The serve is hit from behind the baseline and on one side of the court into the service box diagonally from the server. The tennis player usually throws the ball in the air and hits the ball at its maximum height in order to get the best angle possible.


The volley is an aggressive shot that is normally shaped to force the competitor back or to win a point. The shot is performed before the ball bounces and the idea is to return the ball before the opponent has time to adjust. The classic players’ master serve and volley, where a player will charge to the net and then volley the ball quickly back at their opponent. Half volley is another type of volley where the ball is hit on the rise after the ball bounces.

The Lob & Drop Shot

One of the difficult shot Lob is a tough technique to master as it is based on skills. It also includes quite a high degree of practice. The lob is a very high shot, it is usually played hit for two reasons such as to hit the tennis ball just out of reach of an opponent or to gain time to get back into position on the tennis court. On the other hands, Drop Shot is used when the opponent is at the rear of the court or out of position. The tennis ball is hit softly and just over the net to try and get it to bounce twice before the opponent can reach the ball.

These are the basic shots a player will commonly use in a game. There are many other trick shots that can be adapted into a player’s overall game.

By: Priyanka Negi

Content: Wikipedia

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A Not Out Cricket for Kids in Australia- An Initiative to Make Sports More Interesting

13 Dec 17

The Australian Cricket has given many relaxations to the rule book for young players in an initiative to use the fun of backyard cricket as the motivating factor of its junior program. Various steps have been taken in this regard. Giving a try to make the game little easier the junior teams are made smaller and pitches are made shorter.

Most of the cricket specialists think that backyard cricket rules are the better way to teach children the technique of game. The changes have been done under the guidance of Dr. Renshaw, father of Australian batsman Matthew Renshaw. He says that there should not be limitation of time or overs to play. The kids should play till they want to play in their natural way. The more they will play the better player they will become in future. Cricket Australia has taken the initiative to make the game more enjoyable so that kids do batting, bowling and fielding for longer periods. Under this new format of junior cricket, Games are made shorter, by cutting from 30 to 20 overs, in a 40-metre boundary of ground. Now it is made sure that everyone is given a fair chance to bat, bowl, field, and wicket-keeping every week. These all changes are commendable but the most interesting part is that, in this new format nobody will be declared out. Children will be made familiar with the rules and real techniques of cricket with their growing age.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.abc.net.au

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Digital Devices- A Bane to Children’s Sleep Quality and Quantity

13 Dec 17

Smartphones have become a part and parcel of our life. Even children can not be away of digital devices as they play various video games in that. A latest study has proved that kids who are prone to watch TV or play video games before going to bed got an average of 30 minutes less sleep than those who did not.  At the same time the children who used their phone or computer before sleeping were reported to get averaged an hour lesser of sleep than others. The new research has found that the digital devices if used before bed contribute to quality of sleep and nutrition problems in kids.

They feel more fatigue in the morning time. Watching much TV, playing games on smartphones, or using computers all lead to higher body mass indexes (BMI). There are several ill effects of using different technologies and digital devices just before going to bed. After analyzing the results now it is recommended from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that there must be fixed screen time for children. It has been recommended by them that parents should be careful while checking technology use. They should follow some rules like: guiding the children to put away their all digital devices during meal times and keeping phones away of bedrooms during sleeping time. They must not be made addicted to technological equipment at any cost that have all the worse effects on eyes, heath and mind as well.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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The Glorious Journey of Nirupama Sanjeev

12 Dec 17

Nirupama Sanjeev is a well known Indian name in the history of tennis. Nirupama, who was born on 8 December 1976 in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore, is a retired Indian professional tennis player. She was the first woman tennis player from India. She began to play tennis at a tender of 5 and derived inspiration from her brother. Her father, K.S. Vaidyanathan, acted as her first coach at the start of her career.

At the age of 13, she won her first National title in under 14 age group. In 1991, at the age of 14, she won the National Women's title. Nirupama also won the National Women's title in 1992–1996. She stepped into professional tennis at the age of 18. Nirupama was then coached by David O Meara. In 1998, she became the first Indian woman in the modern era to feature and win a round at a main draw Grand Slam, in the Australian Open. At the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, she also backed a bronze medal in mixed doubles. She took retirement from the wonderful game of tennis in later 2000’s. In 2010, she made her comeback as a 33 year old and played for India in the Commonwealth Games 2010 and in Asian games in Guangzhou. Post retirement, she has been a part of the expert commentary team for ESPN-STAR sports. In the Bay Area, California, she also runs a tennis coaching camp.

By: Anuja Arora

Content: en.wikipedia.org

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Damien Hirst’s Famous Spot Painting “Mickey”

12 Dec 17

Damien Hirst, who was born on 7 June 1965 is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is a member of the group known as the Young British Artists. This group influenced the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. In 1986, Hirst started working on spot paintings. Presently, he has painted over 1,000 artworks in the series. He owns international repute and is United Kingdom's richest living artist. His wealth valued at £215M in 2010. His best known works include “Pharmaceutical” paintings. These paintings consist of a series of randomly coloured circles on a canvas. In January, 2014, Damien Hirst revealed his new spot painting. It was painted in household gloss on canvas and was based on the Disney character Mickey Mouse. Hirst derived the inspiration of painting Mickey from his childhood. Mickey reminded him of happiness and the joy of being a kid. He believed that Mickey is a universal and powerful icon. It is immediately recognisable and people love it. Hirst auctioned Mickey at Christie’s to collect money for children’s charity Kids Company. Francis Outred, who is the head of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s Europe, narrated Hirst’s painting of Mickey as a bringing together of two icons. While painting “Mickey”, Hirst drew inspiration from all the painters who painted Mickey Mouse during their careers such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg.

By: Anuja Arora

Content: en.wikipedia.org



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Finding a Way to Smart Parking With The Help of Google Cloud IoT Core Platform

11 Dec 17

Parking has been a trouble that is growing each and every day with the rise in the number of vehicles. In a way to find out the solution to this problem the concept of Smart Parking has come. Smart Parking is the process to find out a parking area using Google's new Cloud IoT Core platform.  Smart parking uses sensors and advanced data analytics to make the parking experience more exciting. The Google's new Cloud IoT Core platform uses vehicle detection sensors that monitor the occupancy of parking spaces.

It is considered a very safe and secure platform. Initially Google Cloud IoT Core was developed to help businesses in the areas like utilities, transport and logistics, oil and gas and manufacturing to manage their expanding volume of smart devices and the IoT data they produce, from a central location of a particular area. Smart Parking was launched to the public in September 2017. At present it takes three to four days to configure it and for operational acceptance testing of the process. It guides the driver finding a parking space automatically and conveniently. AWS and Azure are the two different platforms that offer the same service; however, Google became the best choice due to its reputation in the market worldwide and for continuous innovation in technology. It is being hoped that Google Cloud IoT Core will help eliminating a lot of issues that we previously had to develop and manage for our infrastructure and smooth life.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.computerworld.in

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