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,…

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,…

Volley like Pat Rafter

Pat Rafter was one of the greatest serve and volley athletes in history. A vicious kick serve and a crushing net game took him No.1 in the world and back to back US.Open Championships. So what can the average club player learn from Rafter? Providing you have solid technique and the right grip (continental), you…

Rituals & Scripts. How they can help you win!

Rituals Successful players across all sports use rituals and scripts to gain a competitive edge over their opponents and control themselves during the heat of battle. There are two main types of rituals, Pre-Game rituals and In-Game rituals. In game rituals are more easily identified at the pro level as behaviors that you can typically…

Developing Great Competitors

Tennis is an individual sport. This is one of the reasons this game is so great. You own your own game, you are responsible for your wins and losses and this is very rewarding for those who have made sacrifices for their game. It is also the reason that losses are so hard to take…

Don’t be idle after the serve!

  (Players like David Ferrer, who don’t posses huge serves know the importance of being ready after the serve) Chances are, if you are an average club player, you have an average serve. In fact, i would go so far as to say that if you are not consistently winning two points a game from…

What you need to know about your stance!

Currently there is much debate in professional tennis circles over common ground stroke stances, of which there are 4 variations. Open, closed, semi-open and neutral stance. The most common discrepancy between teaching methods is the open vs closed debate. In the modern game, you don’t need just open or closed, you need to use all…

Breathing in Tennis

Mastering your breathing on the court is vital in keeping your energy levels high and your concentration focused in the heat of battle. I’m not suggesting everyone is playing for ATP/WTA money but tennis is more fun when you’re winning and anything that can improve your performance naturally should be seriously considered. Breathing in tennis…