Think of your match in a more long term way like a 5k run. If you start off running as fast as you can, and maintain that pace, you will probably run out of gas before the finish line. If you play too aggressive in your match too early, you are taking all the risk and you may make too many errors, or your opponent may adapt before you finish the match. Instead play percentage tennis:
- When serving concentrate on getting your first serve in (50% or more) instead of hitting aces.
- Serve to the backhand or into the body early and serve out wide when you have the game point.
- Work to keep the ball in play, hitting crosscourt when behind the baseline and down the line when approaching the net.
- When returning serve concentrate on getting the ball back deep to the center to take away angles. Never miss second serve returns.
- Look for and be aware of the opportunity “point” or “game” (thirty - love or 3 – 1), be aggressive when you are ahead, be consistent when behind.
- Use the drop shot and lob early in your match to control your opponent.
These are the tactics top pro’s use. They don’t need to win 6-0, 6-0. They just want to win… consistently!
Watch the ball, bend your knees…$20 please!
That’s an old tennis pro adage from years ago that still applies today.
Suffering from miss hits, hitting the ball in the net or out too often in your match? Try the following:
- Focusing and watching the ball instead of your opponent will help you concentrate and avoid “miss hits” or “shanks” that may occur. Keeping your head “still” as you swing is also essential for success.
- Bending your knees gives you good balance and helps you hit better shots by transferring weight into the shot when you step forward to give you a better shot trajectory to avoid hitting the net or hitting it out.
Try these things first when problems occur. And this tip was free!