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Djokovic Masterful Defense

Djokovic’s Masterful Defense Defeats Nishikori in Miami

Novak Djokovic’s defensive skills are breathtaking. Today the Serb defeated Japanese Ace and 6th-seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 to win the 2016 Miami Open. A majority of players who face the speed and firepower of a player like Nishikori eventually struggle to get the ball back in the court. But Djokovic is on another level. […]

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1 Optimize Your Environment for Learning Tennis Technique

Photo by: Windsor Tennis Club Belfast – CC BY 2.0When we change our technique, the goal is simple: to become proficient at it as quickly as possible.  Yet many of us sabotage our progress by practicing technique in an environment which prevents us from focusing on the technique alone. We must understand that the type of […]

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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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3 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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1 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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23 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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