Top 10 tennis shots you must have

Having these shots in your tennis toolbox will allow you to use many different strategies to use against your opponents in both singles and doubles.

Improve your ball placement

Good tennis players use depth, angles and spins to take their opponents out of their comfort zones. All of which require a certain level of accuracy. Every club player loves to crush a short forehand or overhead, but the reality is that most shots at this level require greater control than power to end the…

Tennis tips from the big 4

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic has the epitome of perfect set up and finish technique on both his forehand and two handed backhand. Its textbook. His preparation is early and he uses his shoulders to complete his unit turn, his contact is in front of his body and he finishes his strokes with complete rotation of…

Seeing Doubles

Vision and anticipation in doubles Theres probably nothing we take for granted more as athletes than our vision. Good players have good vision and anticipation but great players have great vision and anticipation. The average player should work on how they anticipate each shot coming and really improve overall the way they construct and finish points….

Courage on the court

It takes courage to become a great tennis player. In fact it takes courage to become even a decent player. Whether you are a stone cold beginner or a top 10 pro, every player knows what it feels like to be afraid to fail. To be afraid to lose a match, afraid to lose your…

Fail to plan and plan to fail.

In my last article I wrote about the top ten things a tennis player should have in their tennis bag. Preparing your equipment is only part of a great players preparation however. I have found in my experience that the best players also prepare themselves mentally and strategically for their matches. They visualize their opponents,…

Top 10 Things every player should have in their tennis bag

Andre Agassi likened his racket bag to an “Assassin’s kit”. He and only he prepared it with exactly what he needed for battle. The average tournament player may not take their equipment preparation as seriously as Andre but making sure you are prepared for whatever comes your way during a match or tournament is mentally…

Your Serve & Attitude: The only things you can control on the tennis court

There is no substitute for pre-match preparation. Practice, fitness, diet, equipment and scouting are all crucial to a competitive tennis players success, and although management of these pre match factors are common, players often neglect two of the most vital components of match success. Obviously, if you don’t put the work in before the match,…

Federer or Nadal? Who is the Greatest of All Time?

  Recently here at the coronado tennis centre myself and one of the other pros, have been having a discussion on who we think deserves the title as the greatest mens tennis player of all time. While it is always an interesting but sometimes futile process, we enjoy the occasional tennis banter so we do…

How elite players build points

  Both elite players and club players understand the importance of planning for their matches. Scheduling practices, fitness sessions, coaching sessions, equipment and pre match warm-ups are the obvious parts of tournament/match preparation. But what often separates club players from reaching the next level is the way they play their points. Watch the top players…

How to stop double faulting

There are few things in tennis as belittling as not being able to start a point because you cannot serve the ball into that giant service box on the other side of the net. From top touring pros to beginners starting matchplay, the dreaded double fault is always in the back of a players mind,…

A Pro Tip to add Serving Power!

(Pete Sampras: Fastest Serve 216 km/h 135 mph) What would you say is the most key element in serve power? The forward toss? Strong wrist snap? Leg drive? As a junior player I had the great fortune to be able to train at many leading tennis academies and receive coaching from some true legends of…