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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…