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Serveitup Tennis Magazine #25

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Over Power the Opponent

Over Power the Opponent Power tennis is cool, because you can win matches more quickly and use less energy. Serena Williams plays this way, so does Tomas Berdych. That comes in handy when you have two matches in a day. Basically, you hit the ball as hard as you can while keeping it in the court, and hit so that the other player can’t handle your ball. Of course, mixing in some other shots like a drop shot here or there, and some other kinds of shots to set up your power game is helpful. Mostly you have to play without fear of missing a few shots, but you will be hitting the ball very hard most all the time. Pressure Time and Space Roger Federer more and more pressures his opponent’s time and space. The way he steps forward into the court to take the ball early, and puts pressure on his opponents by pinning them into corners of the court, means he gets more time, and his opponent’s get less. You can pressure time and space in your opponent by coming to the net, because you come closer and you pressure their time because they have to hit a good shot NOW! Drop shots also work, lobs, and hitting the ball directly at the opponent, so that they have 30 Serveitup March 2018 to get out of the way. Ask your coach, there are many ways to do this. My friend Styrling Strother calls a ball up the middle a ‘cage’ ball, because once you hit a ball right to someone or at them, they have a hard time moving for the next ball. Work on different spins, and the accuracy of your shots so you can do this. Pressure Movement This is a good thing to do if you are a faster player, since you will also need to run. Using this strategy means you will want to hit crosscourt to set up your points, and then go for some more aggressive angles. A skill you will need is great timing on your shots, because one of the best ways to pressure movement is when you change the direction of the ball, and wisely hit down the line at the right time. A drop shot / lob combination is a great way to pressure your opponent’s movement. Also, hitting a short angled topspin shot that lands near the service line, followed by a deep shot in the court to the opposite side, can make your opponent move along diagonals on the court. Some players never practice that, so you can really take advantage. Again, work with your coach in developing spins and placement. Disrupt Rhythm Do you enjoy messing er player up? Do you when they think they m because they played a shot, but really it was y made them miss? You play this way sometim short while until you g dence, or to reduce th dence, or play it all ma Don’t play any two sho same way. One ball is one lower, one faster, er, more spin, less spin spin, cross court, down down the middle, you point. This can take pla of their rhythm and th begin to make mistake don’t normally make. I seen some of the bigg sets in tennis when a l ranked player uses thi against a higher ranke er, and win the match. my players ranked #66 this in our Sectional C ships to beat a player #12 and no one gave er a chance of winning thought the opponent too good. Not after ha rhythm disrupted. Retriever and Consiste Run around and hit on ball back. This one reli speed. But play smartl hit the ball to the oppo offensive strength. Thi

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