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We are now well in to the tennis season, although this obviously varies in different locations, depending on where you live in the world.

 

I am delighted with the spread of the newsletter to locations as far a field as the U.S.A. and Singapore, our subscribers now number well over 1000.

 

Have you all managed to get to a Grand Slam this year ? I visited Wimbledon yesterday and saw some of the men’s quarter finals, plus watching some great junior matches. The match between Federer and Gonzales was exciting and quite close, although Federer had the edge for most of the match.

 

When you see some of the up and coming juniors, you realise that if, as a coach, you want your juniors to make the grade, then you have to work on a number of issues, such as the way they strike the ball and full bio mechanical body use, the power which comes from correct technical ability and above all, the physical fitness required to achieve the ultimate in any given sport.

 

As is pointed out in my advanced tennis section on the website, for any individual to get to the peak of their career, they will need above everything else ‘DESIRE & DEDICATION’

 

I must apologise to subscribers, that for some reason the monthly newsletter did not feature correctly and could not be accessed from the archives.  This has now been corrected.

 

There is also an index of articles that have appeared in the newsletters.

 

I am also featuring on the website a new book that is excellent value and is suitable for players of all standard. It is:

 

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I can highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to improve their tennis.

 

Coach.
 
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Item 1/.       Tip of the month

Item 2/.       Drill of the month

Item 3/.       Fun Game of the month

Item 4/.       Play Better Doubles
 

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Tip of the Month

 

 

JULY TIP OF THE MONTH.

 

DEALING WITH THE

HIGH SHORT BALL IN DOUBLES.

 

The usual (but incorrect) scenario we see so often in club and often league tennis, is one player at the net and their partner at the baseline.

 

There are many instances when this is unavoidable because your opponents manage to keep you in this position, due to their good deep shots. Even so, it is important, in order to win more doubles matches, to get out of this position, by approaching the net, as quickly as possible. The incorrect situation I am talking about, is when the pairs do not want to change the situation they are in, for a variety of reasons – they do not like going to the net – they believe this is how doubles should be played – they do not know when to approach the net etc. etc.

 

When you find that your opponents are in this formation and you receive a high short ball. What should you do, where should you hit it?

 

Lets start by looking at where you should NOT hit the ball!  Definitely not back to the player at the baseline, and yet you will see this option taken over and over again.  You are giving your opponents an open invitation to put you under pressure because they now have the advantage and all the time in the world to decide their next shot. This could be a good lob over your head and if it is a good top spin lob, you have lost the initiative.

 

So – Where should the high short ball be hit !

 

You have at least three good possibilities to hit shots that will put you in the driving seat.  Hit the ball down to the net player’s feet, down the middle between your two opponents, or at an angle for a winner.

 

The two preferable shots are ‘down at the net player’s feet’ or ‘ down the middle’ providing there is a clearly open space.  The angle shot should only be taken, if you are going to win the point, there is little room for error.

 

The high short ball is one of the shots you usually know where you would like to hit it, but on the spur of the moment, make a completely different shot.  You should practice doing the correct shots over and over again in your practice matches so that when the opportunity occurs, you do not have to think about it, you do the correct shot automatically. This build what we call muscle memory and you will then apply the correct techinique and tactics in those important matches.

 

Only by repetitive application will you learn to do something automatically!

 

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Drill of the month.

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(Extracted from my drillbook - (Over 250 games & Drills)

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Serious Drill –.  MINOR POINTS  -  Focus & Concentration.

 

An excellent game for evening up standards.

 

2 or 4 players play for points, either with a serve or drop feed. 

 

A ‘Minor’ point is won for each point, 

 

A ‘Major’ point is won when a player / pair  win 3 points in a row.

 

Games are to 5 – 10 Major points. 

 

If there are differing skills, then better players have to win more minor points in a row or poorer players less.

 

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FUN GAME OF THE MONTH.

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Fun Game   -   WAVES.

 

3 players in a team at each end on the baseline.

 

Coach feeds a ball (feeds to a different player at either end, each time) and the point is played out.

Players can run forward for a short ball but must then recover back.

No lob is allowed on first return.

 

Whichever 3 win, they move up to the service line, See A above. And if they win again they move to the net where they can win a real point.

 

Everyone then returns to the base line.

 

But if A won the first point and move up to the service line, then B won the next point, B would move to service line and A back to the base line.

 

When one team moves forward the other team moves back.

 

Playing Successful Doubles.

 

Part Five of this monthly feature.

 

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MOVEMENT IN DOUBLES – PART 2

 

In this article we are going to look at movement backwards and forwards and also laterally.

 

We will look at lateral movement first, this is the movement from side to side and we need to think about the court having been divided into three equal sections, (see the drawing below).

 

From a side to side aspect, it is almost as though each player is joined together by a length of rope, when one player moves to the left or right, the partner goes with them. This is a most import concept to understand although you still have to take into consideration, within these boundaries, the return angle and being in the centre of these (as near as is possible).

 

In principle, when one player is in the outside section of the three divisions, the partner should be in the middle section next to them. If you basically move from side to side in this way, you will be covering the opponents returns with the best chance of success.

 

If your opponent is in section ‘A’ then you should also be in section ‘A’ and your partner should be in section ‘B’. 

 

When all players are at the net in the volley position, you should basically be parallel to one another, working as a team; there is an exception to this, when one of your opponents is at the back of the court, and I will refer to ‘The Wedge’ at a later stage.

 

I have already mentioned the best positioning in doubles in a previous article, but to re-cap:

 

            1/.            The overall best and strongest position is both

                            players at the net.

 

            2/.            The second best positioning is both players in

                            the back of the court

 

            3/.            The weakest position is one up and one back.

 

You should take the opportunity to practice side to side movement on court as this will enable you to put this into play, when involved in a match. A good idea is to have four of you on the court with your coach throwing the ball across the net to different places. As your opposite number moves to the ball, all three of you should all be moving together as already suggested.

 

The ball is obviously the focal point and the players should flow with the ball.

 

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We now need to consider movement backwards and forwards i.e. toward the net and if necessary away from the net.

 

It is a critical point in doubles that all players should be constantly moving and trying to improve their position on the court and when one player is taking their racket back to hit a ball, all the other three players should be doing a split step in order to move quickly to wherever is necessary.  As we have already, in previous paragraphs, looked at the positioning of the various players, we can now consider their initial movements.

 

One important factor, is to either talk with your partner or develop a routine of signals. The latter need to be used in some situations such as in the I formation, however the pros will generally have a quick natter as to where the ball is going to be served and this will determine the server partner’s movements.

 

I favour the servers partner standing about a foot inside the service line, and then on hearing the server strike the ball, to move forward and do a split step as the returned takes their racket back, and to be ready to cut off (and win) any loose ball.

 

A player at the net must want and expect to hit every ball they possibly can, there is no time at the net for indecision and the player needs to be aggressive.

Poaching affects your opponents’ effectiveness by making them think about what you are likely to do and this often makes them rush their shot.

 

If the net player watches their opponents, they will soon find their weaknesses in the return ball and this will assist them in knowing which balls to cut off. Do however remember that if you miss too many poaches, you are placing your partner in a very difficult position.

 

If you cross the middle line in your poaching, call out ‘switch’ so that your partner will know to take the other side. I have seen, all too often, the player who wants to hog the play at the net and their partner has no idea where to go. This is a very bad situation and passes the initiative to your opponents.

 

As the server hits the ball their partner should move forward (never look round at your partner as you will lose valuable seconds). At this stage the returners partner will be on the ‘Hot Spot’ which is the ideal position to take any of your volleys that you might aim their way, however, if the returner hits a good cross court shot back to the server, the servers’ partner will retreat back to their original position and the returners’ partner will move toward the net. In essence both the net players should be moving bacjwards and forwards in unison.

 

Both net players should watch each other, when the ball has gone back to their partner as the first clue they will  get as to where the ball is being hit comes from their opposite net player. If they move their racket you will know the ball is going to them and you can be ready, if they do not react, the ball is going to the baseliner.

 

As has already been said, it is the object of both players at the baseline to try to get to the net position at the earliest opportunity. Once at the net, you should not want to give up that position.

 

Should an opponent put up a good lob which drives you or your partner back to the base line, the partner will go back to retrieve the ball and you should only retreat to the service line, however, if both the opponents rush the net, then it may be advisable to also go back to your partner at the base line and then re-establish your strategy.

 

Bear in mind that you and your partner should now be moving both laterally and back and forwards, you should be working as a team.

 

The last point we will look at today, is the wedge as per the diagram above.

 

When both players have established themselves at the net, if an opponent is still on the baseline, there is a good possibility they will attempt a lob, therefore the player closest to the opposing net player, keeps their ideal net position and the partner will drop back slightly, this will give them the opportunity of getting back quickly for a lob over the net players head.

 

A point to remember, which is important in doubles and singles, if you are taken way out of court by an effective lob, put the return back high and deep; this will give you time to recover and get back into the game.

 

That’s all for the moment, next month we will consider some more advanced doubles tactics.

 

If you have any questions, please do email me.

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