Second Serve Location: Body Jam

2nd serve Win % is one of the major indicators of success in a tennis match. In recent times we have been seeing second serve average speeds from players like Nick Kyrgios and Dani Medvedev that are close to matching their first serve averages. Using this as a mix-up strategy to keep their opponents off…

The Gameplan: Doubles

There are many different strategies and tactics that teams can use to win doubles matches. In this article, I am going to break your doubles gameplay down into 4 parts, suggest some strategies you can use to mix it up and influence your opponents and give you some match play and mental tips that will…

The Tennis Gamesmanship Guide

Players at all levels of the game bend the rules to gain an advantage or rattle their opponents with the aim of throwing them off their game. Sometimes they do it with sinister intent and sometimes not, but knowing these tricks in advance will prepare you to deal with gamesmanship and keep you focused on…

Match Winning Mentality

In this article, I’m hoping to help players who are struggling with their mental game. This was something that I struggled with as an early junior player where I would regularly lose to players I thought I should have beaten, or where my playing level would be far below the level that I practised at….

G.O.A.T 2 handed Backhands: 3 elite set up commonalities

There are many ways to hit a 2 handed backhand, and there have been many great 2 handers both currently on tour and in years past. While their grip, stances, contact and follow through may differ slightly, (and that’s what makes them different and unique) there are certain fundamental commonalities between them that you can…

4 Reasons you are getting beaten down the alley in doubles.

4 Reasons you are getting beat down the alley in doubles. Your partners shot isn’t good enough. You are misreading your opponent. You are leaning/moving toward the middle too early.  Your opponents shot is TOO GOOD. A common scenario: Standard formation to the deuce side. You are the net player. Your partner hit the ball…

Mid court mentality and strategy

If you use your serve, return or ground strokes effectively, you are going to receive short balls from your opponent. Being able to capitalize and prey on these weak balls is often the difference in taking control of the match or losing your confidence and backing off the attack. Punishing your opponent for dropping the…

Scoreboard Pressure

Points in tennis are NOT created equal. Within each game there are multiple score variations that require the careful navigation of risk and reward. This is where primary and secondary patterns of play become very important in creating and capitalizing on scoreboard pressure. Primary Patterns (Lower risk/High reward) of play are your tried and true sequences that…

Depth before Direction

Depth before direction. There are many different singles strategies that can help win you matches depending on your opponent. However, simplifying singles tennis strategy to depth before direction can radically help your club and junior players win more matches. Too often mistakes are made by players looking to pull the trigger early in the point…

SLICE TO CONTROL THE PACE

The slice is much more than a defensive stroke. It can be used to control the pace of your opponents groundstrokes and turn the tide of a rally in your favor. Two of the most notable players that come to mind when thinking about the slice is Roger Federer (17 Grand Slam Singles titles) and…

Doubles Formations

There are many different formations you can use to win doubles points and good players change their formations depending on what’s happening tactically in the match and what the score is. Most club players are very familiar with the standard one up, one back formation and may occasionally use the two back on return formation,…