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.

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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.

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Remind Yourself to Watch the Ball and to Remain Relaxed when Returning on Key Points

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

The most common sources of mistakes on key points are tension and lack of focus on the ball. Reminding yourself to watch the ball all the way from the bounce to the Racquet and to remain relaxed before key points will usually lead to much more consistent play.

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On Second Serves vary your Position when Returning to take Advantage of your Strengths

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

A second serve gives you a little more time to move and adjust. Therefore, it may allow you to run around and return with your best shot.

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Do not Miss the Chance to Attack a Weak Second Serve

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

A key tactical concept in tennis is to work the point until you get an easy shot to attack. Sometimes the opponent’s second serve is the first weak shot of the point.

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