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1 Optimize Your Environment for Learning Tennis Technique

Optimize Your Environment for Learning Tennis Technique

When 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 environment in which we practice a skill dictates […]

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David Ferrer - Playing Big Points

How to Handle the Pressure on Big Points

Most 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 is how most people think before playing […]

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2 John Isner Controlled Aggression Citi Open 2015

Controlled Aggression: Dictating Points

Controlled 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 error Go for winners  Controlled aggression What is Controlled Aggression? Controlled aggression means taking control of points by playing high-percentage tennis. This style of tennis differentiates itself from […]

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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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1 Tomas Berdych body serve

Win More Doubles Matches – The Body Serve

The 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 quickly move out of the way and […]

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The Key Statistic That Wins Tennis Matches

The 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 won 4 out of the last […]

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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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15 Mistakes Tennis Players Need to Correct

While 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 growth. Commit to these pieces of advice […]

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6 Tips to Improve Your Tennis Game Now

Have 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 backhand and inconsistent serve even though you […]

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Djokovic serve

5 Reasons to Practice Your Tennis Serve

The 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 perfect technique, of course).  It worked […]

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