Serve and Return


The serve and the return are arguably the most important strokes in tennis but many times the least practiced.  Every single point starts with a serve and a return and in many occasions the point will also end with one of these two shots.  The better your serve and return, the better your chances of winning the point. 

 In this section you will find everything you need to understand, practice and improve these two shots, including technical and tactical advice, drills, methodology  and plenty of examples from the pro tour to allow you to form a very clear picture of  the ideal way to execute these key elements of the game. 

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Serving in Balance

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo This is a useful exercise to test the balance and finishing position on the serve. The player is asked to hold the finish. The player sh...

Return Collection – In the Air

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Although it is widely accepted that the return of serve is one of the most important shots in the game, practicing it enough is difficult since it requires someone to serve a high volume of balls. Here is an alternative, that although no...

Bounce Feeds Return

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo A return is nothing more than a groundstroke with a short backswing. In order to force the player to shorten the backswing it is importa...

In the Air Returns Collection

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Exercise 1 Against the Fence A good way to teach players to use short swings and meet the ball in front of the body is by having them st...

Disguising the Serve

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Ideally the player should learn to hit the serve in any direction off the same toss. The best way to practice this is for the coach to s...

Minimum Movement Return

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo A common problem on the return is moving too much and therefore loosing precision. In this drill the player works on staying totally sti...

Off the Bounce Returns

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo A good way to practice the shorter backswing on the return is by having the player stand very close to the service line and return from ...

Understanding Spin on the Serve

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo In this video you will understand how to hit the three different types of serve: flat, slice and kick. The video will use the analogy of...

The Backswing on the Serve

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo The video describes in detail the best way to take your racquet back to serve and emphasizes the importance of getting to a clean “pow...

Serve plus 1 Collection

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo Exercise 1 Self Feed Here is a good way to practice the serve plus the next shot without a partner or in a large group setting where eve...

The Correct Footwork on the Serve

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo The video will describe the two acceptable stances to serve: The platform stance and the pin point stance.This post is only available to...

The Toss

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By loading the video, you agree to Vimeo’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock Vimeo A consistent toss is one of the most important aspects of the serve. Here you will find several ideas to help you improve your toss.This...

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