Group Practices

Benefits of practicing with weaker players… (1) Work on offensive skills. You will be in control of most of the points and can work on: changing direction of the ball, taking the ball earlier, coming to the net, changing the spin of the ball. (2) Opportunity to...

Tennis Notebook

TENNIS NOTEBOOK • Player Development Plan – strengths, limitations, tournament & practice schedule, rankings & goals • Practice log (what you did/what you learned at practice) • Tournament log (who you played, score, analysis of the match, what you did well,...

Passing Shot & Approach Shot Rules

1.) Benefit of approaching cross court — it is a high percentage shot over the low part of the net to the deep part of the court. Negative about approaching cross court is that it is tough to cover the passing shot. You need to move very quickly to cover the...

How to Approach a BIG Event

1.) Prepare with the tournament in mind. – Manage your practice schedule months out. – Think about the event frequently for motivation. 2.) Set a realistic goal that is not revenge motivated. – Set a challenging but not discouraging goal. –...

How to Deal With a Bad Call

Stop. Breathe. Think. Relax. Then Speak. What not to do… Do not call the person a cheater. Everyone who has played tennis has likely made a bad call at some point. Also, there is a chance that you are mistaken as you are half a court away. Even if you are...

Scouting Opponent

1.) When gathering information about an upcoming opponent — make sure the information is reliable. For example, a friend might have played your opponent months ago. Your friend says: “Their backhand is terrible. Hit every shot there.” Even if months...

Tournaments & Rankings

How to analyze your tournament matches… 1.) Start with the facts. What actually happened. Who won. Score. Flow of the match…for example…was up 4-1, opponent brought it back to 4-4, and won 6-4. 2.) Recognize key moments. For example…long deuce...

Injuries, Rest, & Fall

INJURY GUIDE Injuries in tennis most often occur from 1.) overuse and 2.) technique. Playing too much, especially combined with technical issues, can lead to pain and eventually an injury. String and racquet choices can lead to injuries sometimes but usually poor...

How to Get the Most From Team Travel

1.) Go to the tournament prepared. Preparation involves 3 aspects: on court training, proper rest (not taking days off of tennis but proper sleep), and having your equipment ready. 2.) Go to the team warm up in the morning. 3.) Communicate with coaches prior to going...

Clay Court Tactics

1.) Use primarily spin serves wide and hit to the open court to move opponent 2.) Back up on returns further than normal and one step split backwards when returning 3.) Primary strategy: move opponent 4.) Hit approach shots behind opponent 5.) Volley short 6.) Use...