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…

Staggered Doubles

No doubles team can cover the entire court. This is an enduring fact of this format of tennis. There will always be gaps to hit to on the other side of the net and there will always be gaps on your side of the net. You need to exploit your opponent’s gaps, and cover your…

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…

Leading Edge Volleys

The ability to take the pace off the ball at net often separates good from great volleyers. This is equally as important in singles as it is in doubles. If you want to be a complete tennis player you need to be able to absorb the pace of a groundstroke and defend at the net…

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…

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…

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….

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…