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…

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…

Flexible Returning

Being flexible in your return position is a huge key to helping you visually change your opponents landscape, influence the server and help you to time your return better. Here are some options if you are struggling with your return game.

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…

Big elbow BIG FOREHAND

There are many factors that contribute to having a big forehand. Court positioning (footwork), stance, grip, racket head speed, topspin levels, leg drive and rotation. All of which can vary greatly between professional players. There is however one very important technical commonality between all big forehands and it comes down to a slight tweak in your…

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…

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…

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…