Ping Pong Rally

Tennis Gator Warm up

The game is played within the two service boxes (not including the tramlines). One player brings the ball into play by hitting a shot that bounces on his or her own side first before crossing the net.

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Drop Shot Game

Tennis Gator Warm up

Players play a game hitting drop shots in the alley. The players have to try to hit the ball over the net as close as possible to the net, always landing in the alley. The players have to run and touch the middle service line after each hit. This drill can be used as a warm up, as a conditioning …

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Place and Pick up

Tennis Gator Warm up

Players play mini tennis in the service boxes. They have to hit the ball with slice and are not allowed to hit the ball hard. In addition, each player starts with a ball in the non-dominant hand. After each hit each player will either place the ball on the ground or pick it up. The drill will force the players …

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Methodological Tool to Improve Net Play – Alternating Volleys and Groundstrokes

Tennis Gator Warm up

Alternating a volley and a groundstroke in the service boxes sound easy – and it probably is, especially when playing with a coach. But it is much harder when your partner has to play the role of the coach. It is very important to work on being able to volley in motion as soon as possible and to use quite a few different approaches to achieve this.

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A Different Way to Force the Players to Practice the Return During the Warm up

Tennis Gator Warm up

Alternating volleys and overheads is quite a normal combination in the warm up. However, when you ask the players to try to hit a low topspin shot after the overhead, it becomes more of a “return” type of shot. And that is exactly what we want.

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Crosscourt Topspin Forehand

Tennis Gator Warm up

Players play a game crosscourt in the service boxes. Players can only use topspin forehands, and they can hit the ball as hard as they want to as long as the ball lands in the service box. This drill can be used as a warm up or to develop the technique and feel for the topspin backhand. Scoring Play to …

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Crosscourt Topspin Backhand

Tennis Gator Warm up

Players play a game crosscourt in the service boxes. Players can only use topspin backhands, and they can hit the ball as hard as they want to as long as it lands in the service box. This drill can be used as a warm up or to develop the technique and feel for the topspin backhand.

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Warming up at the Net: Up and Back

Tennis Gator Warm up

One player is at the baseline and one at the net. The baseline player moves the net player up and back by mixing lobs with short balls. The net player is not allowed to let the ball bounce. Both players try to keep the ball in play for as long as possible. This drill can be used as part of …

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Crosscourt Slice Backhand

Tennis Gator Warm up

Players play a game crosscourt in the service boxes. Players can only use backhand slice. This drill can be used as a warm up or to develop the technique and feel for the backhand slice. Scoring Play to 8 serving underhand (7-7 the next point wins).

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Warming up: Z Drill

Tennis Gator Warm up

Players play from the baseline trying to keep the ball in play. One player hits only down the line and the other player only crosscourt. Players should change roles after a few minutes. The objective of the drill is to practice technique and control while moving. This drill can be used as part of the warm up, as part of …

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