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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 down 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. - Revenge motivated goal is...

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 playing...

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 ago your...

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 games, momentum...

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...

Game Plan

What is a game plan? A game plan is your specific approach to a tennis match. It involves: 1.) Where are you going to try to hit the majority of serves and returns for the match 2.) What is your primary strategy for the match? 3.) What are your primary tactics for the...

Momentum Guidelines

1.) It takes two points to have momentum. If you simply win one point and then lose the next point, you have no momentum. Focus on winning two points in a row. The game of tennis is designed around 2 point swings. Win the first two points of the game, up 30-0, now you...

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