This page contains the impact sounds three different groups of tennis players, who all play at different levels. The novice group contains players from the Duke Men's faculty club, the intermediate group consists of players from the Duke Men's Undergraduate Club Tennis team, and the advanced are two seasoned, former-USTA players. The footwork patterns are different for every level of player.
This group of tennis players is composed of Duke male faculty members who get together and learn and practice the fundamentals of tennis. These individuals are not engaging in any practice match play, but rather are being fed tennis balls by an instructor to practice their groundstrokes
His shoes seem to slide across the indoor court as the player moves toward the ball. The player is fed the ball and moves a few steps to the left or right depending on where the tennis ball lands.
The Duke Men's tennis team is consists of undergraduate men who come together weekly to practice with one another and compete against other university club teams on weekends. Between every strike of the ball, the foosteps appear to get louder. This is because the steps themselves are gettings shorter as the player approaches the ball to strike it. When a player must reach or stretch for a ball, it is typical for his shoes to slide or stomp, depending on how far out of the reach the tennis ball is. Both of these impact sounds can be heard at different points in the recording.
A rally between two players on a tennis court at night in Durham. These two former United States Tennis Association memmbers are rallying back and forth, and their footwork patters seem almost identical. The two players are hitting the ball consistently up the middle of the court, so they do not have to move very much to strike the ball. The squeaks of their shoes is characteristic of fast-moving tennis players. Their steps are short and quick so that their bodies are already in position to strike the tennis ball when they reach it.