Viewed from the court.
Things are really going haywire as far as the weather is concerned -
not only in the UK but in the whole of Europe and I believe, also in
parts of the States.
Here it is, nearly the end of March and it is like the middle of the winter, in fact the clocks change this
weekend and it is almost summer, where did the spring go?
We have now seen Nidal return to the tennis scene and Djokovic was bundled out of the Miami
tournament by old stager (in comparison) Tommy Haas, so if Murray wins this tournament he will
overtake Federer as world number two.
If Nadal maintains his form and no injuries I cannot see anyone beating him this year at the French
Open - not too long to wait for that event.
There’s lots to digest this month - try some of them out. Hope you all have a great Easter.
Tip of the month:
Mid court Sitter – put it away.
Many players – up to club level and even though they are reasonable players, fail to put the ball
away when faced with the ball that stands up nicely in mid court.
They often hit the ball into the top of the net or deep beyond the baseline.
Here are some tips to assist with this shot that should be as easy as they come.
1/. Play the ball – do not look at what your opponent is doing or even anticipate what they are
going to do.
2/. As you move towards the sitting ball prepare early – its a mistake players make to be ready
3/. Before you start the swing, make sure the arm and the racquet are away from the body, do not
get crunched up as you will not be able to swing freely.
4/. Do not throw your body at the ball, keep your shoulders level and your head still; apply
racquet head speed when making contact – hit through the ball to the chosen target area.
5/. Make certain that you point your non-dominant hand toward the ball and then catch the
racquet at the end of the swing. Go for a well placed shot and not all out for a winner.
Serious drill of the month.
SDGS1310 Crosscourt Movement.
Hitting crosscourt forehands or/and backhands whilst moving
to the ball.
Recovery after the shot to the proper position.
Placing player under match like performance.
The drill is simple but quite demanding
This drill can be done as a singles drill with a player each end of
the court, or with two players each end practicing.
It will help to start with 6 balls on court to ensure continuous
The play is only cross court either doing forehands or backhands
and then changing sides.
After every shot the player must recover as near to the centre
as possible, depending on the return shot (but not completely to the center).
The ball should be hit with depth. The ball must go past the service line.
Players should not hit winners, the point is to get repeat returns.
Variation: Play points first to 7 - 11 - 15 etc.
If the ball falls short & in the service area, the player can run round
and hit an inside out shot.
I still think this is one of the best ways to bring interest to your practice sessions, when you have
a good sized squad. IT is competitive and also builds team spirit.
The squad is divided into two groups - the pro should decide whether to have two captains to pick
the teams or to place players on either team on their standards and appoint team captains.
The rubbers can be either singles or doubles depending on numbers of players and courts
available. The captain decides on the pairing etc., before each rubber abd so that it is not pre-
arranged, the captain allocates a court to the pairings and on the pro’s ‘GO’ players move to their
Play is timed and at the end of the rubber, the scores are counted, 1 for a win (irrespective of how
many games) and half for a draw. Unfinished games do not count, Then new pairs etc are decided
(Must not be the same) and the next rubber is played.
Make it competitive with a bit of hype.
SDPP6703 Patterns of Play for doubles.
This is a basket fed drill.
Serving team against one up and one back
Isolating the player.
The serving team are both at the net.
The receiver is at the baseline and partner in the hot spot.
Pro feeds the ball from the receiver’s corner then exits the
court to allow receiver to play out the point.
The pro mixes up the feeds. - Easy down the line lobs (a)
down the middle drive (b) & slower shot (c).
Serving team chooses from following options:
Against the lob - quick recover & smash to receiver’s partner
Against the drive, doing a wall return back to receiver.
Against the slower ball, quick move to net and do an angle or drop volley
The pro should also give feedback on shot selection and to maintain positioning and movement.