Return to the Middle or Crosscourt if the Serve Pulls you Wide

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

When a serve pulls you off the court and you return down the line, you are very vulnerable to a forcing crosscourt shot from the opponent. Returning crosscourt or to the middle will leave you in a much better position to cover the court.

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link

Return Down the Line or to the Middle when Returning and Attacking the Net

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

If you want to hit the return and attack to the net, hit to the opponent’s weak side if he/she has a very weak shot. If his/her forehand and backhand are about the same, hit down the line or to the middle. Hit cross court only once in a while to surprise.

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link

The Difference Between Returning on Hard-court or on Clay-court

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

On hard-courts players will take advantage of the speed of the opponent’s serve, stand close to the baseline and block the return. On clay-courts, a blocked return will not be as effective because it will usually be too slow. Therefore, players will back up and take a longer more aggressive swing.

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link

The Most Important Goal of the Returner is to Make the Opponent Play

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

The number one goal of the returner should be to make the opponent play. Everything else is secondary. Unless you are getting enough returns in the court, you will never get the opponent in trouble and will have a hard time breaking serve. Find a way to get the return in every time and you will see the difference right …

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link

Adjust your Return Position to Take advantage of the Circumstances

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

Make sure that you vary your return position to take advantage of the circumstances. Stand in a spot that favors your strengths or cover your weaknesses, but also adjust to be able to cover the opponent’s best serve.

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link

Vary your Return Position on Key Points

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

On keys points, a small adjustment in your return position can give you the needed advantage to win those important points. It may be enough to pressure the opponent into hitting a bad serve or it may give you the necessary head start to hit a more aggressive and balanced return.

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link

Do not Let the Opponent Surprise you with their Best Serve on Key Points

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

As you play a match you should study the opponent. Find out his/her favorite patterns and shots. Then use this information wisely. For example, on key points make sure to cover your opponent’s favorite serve. Play the odds. Make your opponent uncomfortable.

This post is only available to members. Please register or log in.

If you are already logged in and you have an existing PTR membership renew your access to the TennisGate resources by following this link