THE RETURN IS IMPORTANT

Every point begins with the serve and evolves with the return. As with every aspect of the game, you can also improve your return with practice. There are several things you need to be aware of when returning serve: Your opponent’s strengths Does he or she have a strong first serve? Is their second serve…

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THE FOREHAND: PART II

This is written by a right-handed player; therefore, where indicated, please change to the other side if you are left-handed.   Tennis is a sport that relies heavily on muscle memory; therefore, it requires a lot of repetition through practice if you want to improve. Every practice session should have at least one goal that you…

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THE FOREHAND: PART I

There are four grips that can be used to produce the forehand: Continental: this is the grip that I learned to use for my forehand when I started playing tennis, eons ago. It is also good for serves, volleys, overheads, slices and defensive shots.  Disadvantages of using this grip are the inability to put topspin…

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Doubt

The toughest opponent on the court is not the temperature or the conditions, and it is not the player across the net. The toughest opponent is self-doubt, the convincing negativity that makes you believe you cannot win. You have to believe you can win, no matter how improbable it may be. Self-doubt can be useful…

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THE SERVE – PART II

STEP IV: STICK WITH YOUR CHOSEN SERVE. Once you have decided on your serve, do not change your mind mid-toss. Changing your mind can result in a fault or possibly a double-fault, losing you the point and potentially the match. STEP V: GET PHYSICALLY FITTER AND STRONGER. Do exercises that strengthen your arms, legs, and focus…

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THE SERVE- PART I

The serve is the one stroke that a player controls. The sun, the wind, and your opponent’s shots are variables that you cannot control; thus, your serve can be a weapon if you learn how to perfect it.  STEP  I: PRACTICE YOUR SERVE  Most players don’t spend enough time practicing their serve and then they wonder why…

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