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.

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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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