The 6 game situations in TennisWritten by Mark Luyk
Hi, As promised I will talk a bit about six different situations you can be in on a tennis court. Last week I told you it was important first and foremost to develop consistency in each one of them. The six game situations are: 1.Serving................................. This is perhaps most important game situation at least as far as playing matches is concerned. Why? Because every point starts with a serve. Unfortunately, more often than not it is stroke least practiced. 2.Returning serve................. For obvious reasons this is a very important stroke as well. If you can't do anything else, make sure you keep ball in play with your return. In that way you will give opponent a chance to make a mistake... 3.Baseline rallying...................... When beginners first are capable of hitting 5, 6, 7 times over net with me, I tell them: 'You see, it's not that hard! You're playing tennis now!' Usually this happens during first lesson and their faces always lighten up when I tell them. I think this is because basic idea of tennis (to hit ball over net in opponent's court) is expressed so clearly in this situation. 4.Approaching + playing volleys........... When you get to net at right moment (you get a shorter ball and your opponent is [slightly] out of position) and you can play a decent volley it makes game of tennis much more fun. Play can get more exciting and unexpected when one or both players show up at net from time to time.
The most fundamental strategy in tennis is: ConsistencyWritten by Mark Luyk
Hi, This is second in a series of tennis tips. I don't assume to tell you something new every time, however sometimes you need to hear something you already know one more time! As promised, this time I will give you some tactical advice. It's called: CONSISTENCY! In tennis basic idea is to hit ball over net into field of opponent and preferably one time more often than him/her. If you succeed you win point. That's basic idea. Now I know there's more to it, however since it is so basic, so essential, it's worth paying attention to. On almost all levels you win more points of your opponent's mistakes than you do of your own winners. Every now and then on a professional level you will see a player hit more winners than his/her opponent made unforced errors, but often it is other way around even on that level. This balance between taking risk and not making to many unforced errors is very delicate and very important if you want to enjoy some success in tennis. A good example of this is match Dutchman Verkerk played against Federer in Paris in 2004. Verkerk hit an enormous amount of winners, but unfortunately made almost as many unnecessary mistakes as well. His unforced errors evened out his winners. Although he had initiative during most of match, in end he lost.