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MAY 2013                                05/13
From the court.

It is important that we are always on the lookout for new opportunities,
especially in our ever changing world.

I had a stroke of luck the other day, to learn that there was a brand new
development just within a couple of miles of one of my current venues.
I was contact by someone I have kept in contact with and he happened to be responsible for this
development - we had a chat and he offered me first refusal for operating the adult coaching and I
jumped at this opening.

The site is in a local park and has 4 brand new tennis courts, plus 4 new junior courts, a 50 metre
swimming pool, basketball court, BMX racing circuit, and a cafe - what more could a coach want.
We held an open day last Saturday and there were around 50 - 60 juniors and 15 adults who came
along. It looks very promising - plus a very attractive pub across the road. Apparently, there is further
development planned and this is in difficult times.

So, Nadal is back on the scene, although I thought he did not look his former self, playing Djokovic
in the finals, lets hope he get back to his best by Paris.

Tip for May 2013.

Backhand Volley

Keep your racquet head up.

The picture shows a good volleying technique. The racquet
head is up - the wrist is up and firm and the player has got
down to the ball, is well balanced and is able to hit through
the ball. A useful tip is to squeeze the handle on contact.

Practicing your shots.

SDSV1418 Practice for better serves

Everyone wishes to improve their serve, however, are
players willing to put in the necessary time on the court.

The answer is is the difference that separates those
who get better and those who stay static.

It is not only your first serve that requires improving
it should also include your second serve.

It is a fault that many players create, by being too eager
to get the point started and therefore rush their service
motion. Rather, it is important to begin the motion more

Improving your serve takes time and it is really necessary
to practice twice a week. Take a basket of about 100 balls
and practice your serve to a specific area of the service

Set up cones as shown on the plan and practice to one spot at a time to help the muscle memory.
Include serving to the centre of service box i.e. a body serve; this is very useful as it takes away the
angles in both singles and doubles. It also helps avoiding being predictable.

It is a useful idea to practice on your own, this assists you focusing on the total movement that you
are doing in your serve. The serve is the only stroke where you are completely in control and you will
be surprised how taking a deliberate approach to your complete serve, and this will enhance your
delivery. The key is to practice regularly, twice a week minimum.


DPTT5126 - The Returner’s Partner Job in Tennis

Many players feel they are not experienced enough to strong at the net, but generally it is lack of
knowledge as to the strategy needed to play the position well. The first thing is to assess how good
is your partner’s return and with the correct strategy, you can turn a defensive situation into a winning

You should concentrate on the oppositions net player as they will give you a quick hint of what type of
return your partner hits, and the moment you hear your partner strike the ball, you look for the following

1/.  If the return is high to the opposing net player, they
will most probably try to end the point with a good firm
volley between you and your partner. Quickly move
sideways (not forward) towards the centre of the court
and try to cut off the volley.

2/. If the return is low to the net player’s feet, you can
generally expect a weak volley; move into attack mode,
move forward, toward the net and put the popped-up ball

3/. If the return is crosscourt and deep, move forward
and take a step toward the tramline to anticipate a
down-the-line passing shot. You could then possibly pick
off a weak crosscourt return from the server that is not
hit at a sharp angle.

4/.  If the return is deep and down the centre, move
forward and seek to poach. In this instance don’t worry
about the tramline. The opponent with need a really
good shot to hit in the small space available. Just
moving towards the net put your opponent under
pressure and a possible error.

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