Do not Forget the Body-serve

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

Normally trying to stretch the opponent when serving is very effective. However, sometimes the best option is to hit the serve right at the returner, preventing him/her to take a good swing at the ball.

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The Right Mentality on the First Serve

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

You have two serves in tennis so you have to make sure you take advantage of this. When you hit a first serve you have to approach the line with an aggressive mentality. You want to use the first serve to put the opponent on the defensive and start controlling the point right away. Do not hold back go for a big serve.

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Look for a Short Return after a First Serve

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

A first serve is meant to get the opponent in trouble – to gain control of the point, so make sure that after hitting you are not surprised by a short return. Be looking for a short return, move immediately forward and continue your attack.

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Make at Least 50% of your First Serves

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

A first serve needs to be aggressive and fast but will not be very effective if it is not going in. To be really effective you need to make at least 50% of your first serves. Be aware of this and adjust accordingly while you play during a match.

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Use Variety to Improve your First Serve

Tennis Gator Singles Tactical Principles

Having a hard first serve will give you an advantage but varying the first serve will give you an even greater advantage. Even a slight variation every 3 or 4 serves will be effective. Use different targets and spins to keep the opponent guessing.

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