Category Archives for "Tips"

How to Handle the Pressure on Big Points

Photo by: Edwin Martinez – CC BY 2.0Most of us dread playing under pressure.  It’s 5-all in the tiebreaker and doubts begin to creep into your mind.  Your hands start sweating, you think about how badly you need to win the point, and you picture yourself double faulting to a chorus of boos and face-palms.  This […]

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2 Controlled Aggression: Dictating Points

Photo by Mehrban IranshadControlled aggression is the most effective way to win a tennis match. There are three main ways that tennis players attempt to defeat their opponents.Wait for opponent’s errorGo for winnersControlled aggressionWhat is Controlled Aggression?Controlled aggression means taking control of points by playing high-percentage tennis. This style of tennis differentiates itself from waiting for an […]

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Kei Nishikori Practice Videos – 2015 Citi Open

While reporting on the 2015 Citi Open for Tennisfiles, I had the privilege of watching some of the best tennis players in the world practice before their matches. I took several videos of Kei Nishikori, 2015 Citi Open champion, practicing his backhand, forehand, and serve.  Check out the videos below and analyze Nishikori’s form, preparation, […]

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3 Win More Doubles Matches – The Body Serve

Photo by: Roman Boed – CC BY 2.0The most effective and underutilized serve in doubles is the serve to the body. Serving to the body is optimal because returners have more trouble directing this serve where they wants it to go (i.e. away from the net player). If a serve is hit to the body, the player must […]

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The Key Statistic That Wins Tennis Matches

The Key Statistic That Wins Tennis Matches – tennisfiles.comThe key statistic that wins tennis matches more than any other is second serve points won percentage. How do I know this? I’ve got the raw data to prove it. Take a look at the infographic I created below. The player who had the higher second serve points won percentage […]

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10 Things to Stop Doing Before a Tennis Match

Preparing yourself for battle is key, and if you don’t do it the right way, you could be putting all your tennis training to waste. After thinking about my own experiences, observing other players, and hearing feedback from my coaches and parents, I compiled a list of 10 things to stop doing before a tennis […]

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21 15 Mistakes Tennis Players Need to Correct

By: Windsor Tennis Club Belfast – CC BY 2.0While I have had a successful career playing tennis, there are many things about the game that I wish I had known earlier in my career.I am going to share 15 mistakes that tennis players need to correct with you so that you can accelerate your tennis […]

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10 6 Tips to Improve Your Tennis Game Now

Photo by: Nick Webb – CC BY 2.0Have you ever felt like your tennis game has stagnated?  You play matches and win the easy ones, but can’t seem to beat the same guy who you’ve lost to 6-4 6-4 for the 100th time in the past 3 years.  And you haven’t improved that same old weak […]

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1 5 Reasons to Practice Your Tennis Serve

Photo by: escribileamauro – CC BY 2.0The tennis serve is the most important shot in tennis.  If I could revisit the past, preferably through a time machine (sooner than you think?), I would find the best tennis coach for serve technique.  I would then serve buckets upon heaping buckets of tennis balls until exhaustion (with […]

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Hard Courts vs Clay Courts: An Infograph

I have gotten a lot of questions lately from people about the difference between hard courts and clay courts.  Both surfaces differ, from the materials and appearance, to the effect on your game. I decided it would be neat to create an infograph detailing the differences between hard courts vs clay courts, and how you can […]

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