05 May Tennis Strategies
Tennis Strategies in Less than Three Minutes
The great thing about tennis is that you can play your entire life. If you love to move, you can play singles. If you don’t want to chase down balls all day (or night), then you can play doubles. Either way, you can always improve your game.
For instance, maybe you have a great first serve but a weak second serve. If you have a weak second serve and you’re playing against a skilled opponent, they’re going to tear you apart on their return. In fact, it will be fun for them. They can either hit a strong forehand down the line or go cross-court. They can also mix in drop-shots to keep you guessing. This will get to a point where you’re frustrated and don’t know what to do, but that can be avoided simply by hiring a tennis coach. Learn more about our Junior Tennis programs in the Noarlunga region.
Serving is an integral part of the game that many people overlook. A strong serve puts you in the driver’s seat, but this doesn’t mean other aspects of the game should be overlooked. For instance, maybe your groundstrokes are good but your net game is weak. As any tennis coach will tell you, you only want to approach the net when your opponent is off-balance or in a defensive position, such as chasing down a ball where they will have to hit a backhand from behind the baseline. Their return shot is likely to be weak, which will give you many options. Sure, an overhead slam is cool, but if your opponent doesn’t get back into position, then a tap shot just across the net and in the opposite direction of where your opponent is located is even more effective. Coaching tennis is just as much about the mental game as it is about the physical game.
On that point, many tennis players have the skills but lack the mental makeup. You need to have a strong mind in the game of tennis because it’s arguably the most momentum-based sport in the world. You can be up 3-0 in the first set, but if your opponent wins the next two games and you know they might put together a three-game deficit comeback in the first set, you’re going to lose a ton of momentum. When you’re up 3-0 or more, you need to keep the pressure on, but that doesn’t necessarily mean aggression; it means frustrating your opponent with strategic shots so you seem impossible to beat.
Keeping the Ball in Play
Coaching tennis is also about getting your student to understand that nothing is more important than keeping the ball in play. The following is a quote from The New York Times in 2018: “Entering the singles semifinals at the French Open this year, 67 percent of the men’s points and 69 percent of the women’s points ended in errors.” This stresses the importance of keeping the ball in play. As Brad Gilbert well knows, if you can do that, you’ve got a chance.
If you want to improve your game and have fun while doing it, contact DTL Tennis to book a tennis lesson and you should be well on your way. We provide professional tennis coaching at Noarlunga Tennis Club in the suburb of Old Noarlunga, South Australia.