An Interview With John Yandell
Part 1

Paul Fein

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How do the pros hit wondrous shots and make it look easy? How do they run at breakneck speed while remaining agile and balanced? What are their most effective point patterns? What are the latest stroke technique trends, and which stars use them?

For more than 30 years, John Yandell, renowned San Francisco videographer, has studied these and other issues. Since 2005, his highly respected digital magazine,, has helped coaches and players unravel the sport's fascinating intricacies. The website boasts a comprehensive database of 65,000 high speed clips of 80 world class players along with enlightening articles.

In a wide-ranging interview, Yandell discusses what he's learned and how multi-faceted Tennisplayer,net can make you a better player. Here is Part 1, excerpted from Paul's new book, The Fein Points of Tennis. (Click Here to Order.)

Why do many tennis experts and players consider the leading tennis instruction website in the world?

The advantages Tennisplayer has are three-fold. First, we have the largest collection of high-level coaches and analysts. There are articles from multiple perspectives aimed at players at all levels. Second, we have the broadest and deepest stroke archives with the most players and the most clips—over 80 players and over 65,000 clips. Third, we have continued to expand our perspective by adding the Point Patterns Archives, and in the past few years, added more extensive high speed filming.

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Paul Fein has observed, served, and written about the tennis world from several vantage points during his eclectic career. As a journalist, Fein has covered the great events, such as the US Open, Wimbledon, and the Davis and Fed Cups, and also written about the leading players, issues, and trends. His articles have appeared in sports and tennis publications in 30 countries and received more than 40 writing awards. Fein has authored three previous tennis books—Tennis Confidential, Tennis Confidential II, and You Can Quote Me on That—which were all ranked No. 1 among tennis books on Amazon for more than six months. In 1991, he received Tennis Week magazine's "International Tennis Writer of the Year" award.

Fein is also a longtime member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, with an Elite rating. He's served as head pro at the Candlewood Racquet Club, an indoor-outdoor facility in Brookfield, Conn., coached the girls' tennis team at The MacDuffie School in Springfield, Massachusetts, and for the past 25 years, taught tennis to children and adults for the Chicopee, Massachusetts, public parks and recreation program. In 2003, he received the New England Professional Tennis Association (NEPTA) "Western Pro of the Year" award, and in 2014, its "Senior Player of the Year" award.

The Fein Points of Tennis was named a Silver Winner in the Adventure, Sports, and Recreation category in the Foreword Reviews 2021 INDIES Book of the Year competition.

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Tennisplayer subscribers living in the United States can order an autographed copy of "The Fein Points of Tennis" directly from me for $35 -- $30 plus $5 for shipping -- by sending a personal check or bank money order, payable to "Paul Fein."

My postal address is Paul Fein, 39 Beekman Drive, Agawam, MA 01001-2608. I will send them the book within 24 to 48 hours of receiving payment.

The Fein Points of Tennis

"The Fein Points of Tennis: Technique and Tactics to Unleash Your Talent is an awesome compendium because of its breadth, depth, and quality. Paul Fein is a highly knowledgeable USPTA teaching pro (Elite rating), but what makes this book exceptionally authoritative are his insightful interviews with renowned coaches Pat Cash, Gene Mayer, Patrick Mouratoglou, Nick Bollettieri, David Macpherson, Harold Solomon, Toni Nadal, and Rick Macci. This oversized, 510-page instruction book is unique because, in addition to excellent coverage of technique and tactics, it also includes comprehensive chapters on very important but seldom-covered topics such as balance, grip firmness, the geometry of tennis, analytics, running speed, defense, playing in the wind, sidespin, and the strike zone. All things considered, I strongly recommend The Fein Points of Tennis for coaches, teaching pros, and serious players."

— John Yandell, the Editor and Founder of, the world’s most visited website for tennis instruction and video analysis of world-class players.

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