Tennis has become so physical that going out there and just being able to hit the ball nicely is no longer enough. You have to be able to cover the whole court and change direction within a couple of milliseconds. Your hand-eye coordination has to be very good otherwise you won’t be able to handle the speed of the serve or the groundstrokes of your opponent. Therefore, it is important to be ready when you step onto the court.
Whenever I am at home playing or teaching in a club I notice that most of the players don’t take themselves seriously enough. Tennis is an individual sport and you are responsible for yourself. There is no substitute for your position as there is in team sports. There is no tie. There are a winner and a loser.
Having said that, doing some extra things will allow you to get the maximum out of your game. Warm-ups and cool-downs are very important. They help you create routines and send out signals to your body; hopefully, the right signals. Taking an extra 15 minutes before and after a practice session will help you to be more successful on the long term. No matter which level of tennis you are playing, it will have an impact on your game.
Strategy and tactics are such crucial elements of tennis. You could have better strokes, better fitness and better equipment than your opponent, but choosing the right shot to hit at the right time is more important if you want to win matches.
“Stoplight” Tennis is a simple and easy concept to help your on-court strategy and shot selection. Your court positioning should dictate what shot to hit, so keep this basic strategy in mind for your next match and you’ll surprise yourself with how many more points you win.
Summer usually means good weather and more tennis tournaments! I’ve been competing my fair share lately, and as I get ready for my next tournament, I want to share with you a few of the most important things to focus on when getting ready for a competition. If you do these things, you’ll give yourself the best chance to perform at your highest level and have the most fun when you hit the courts…
The first and seemingly most obvious aspect of preparing for a tournament is practicing beforehand. Make sure to get plenty of high-quality hitting sessions with many different styles of players, because you never know what type of player you’ll face in the tournament. You could face all kinds of opponents that may be awkward to play (lefties, pushers, serve and volleyers, etc.), and you want to know how to handle each and every one of them.
If you vary up your practice partners, you’ll naturally learn to adapt to different styles of play.
No matter your level, there’s a good chance you are always looking to improve. With that being said, I wanted to start a weekly challenge for anyone out there ready to add a weekly challenge to help improve your game.
So let’s start with something easy.
The Serve. Something so simple to work on, but always neglected. The one thing you can practice without anyone else. Go out there (I’m thinking before or after your normal tennis sesh), grab an open court and get to it.