TENNIS TIPS | TIP 28: Using the right movement to recover from out wide

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Tip 28: Using the right movement to recover from out wide

If your opponent hits a ball which moves you out of court make sure you recover using crossover steps rather than sidesteps. This will help you recover quicker and get back into court before your opponent hits the next ball.

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Wrong: Sidesteps

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Correct: Crossover steps
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Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2018

Totally Tennis are once again hosting a tennis and coffee morning on Friday 28th September in support of Macmillan Cancer Support ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ campaign. The club will host its ladies morning tennis session from 10am followed by coffee and cakes at 11.30am at the indoor centre, inviting players to join together to contribute to the charity’s target. The annual event, which the club has always supported has become part of the club’s charity event calendar, encouraging players to get fit and healthy whilst raising money for a good cause.

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Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Around 2.7 million people are living with cancer in the UK today, by 2040, this will rise to 5.3 million*.

All donations received go towards Macmillan services and in 2016 alone, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning events raised a whooping £29.5 million. Since 2010, main sponsor Marks & Spencer has raised more than £13 million that helps funds professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists and dietitians who provide essential medical, emotional and practical support for those whose lives are affected by cancer.

Totally Tennis’ adult morning sessions are 90 minutes and include fitness drills and match play available every week on Mondays and Fridays (10am – 11.30am) at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park. For more information and to book your place telephone 01256 358816

If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help. For information, support or just someone to talk to you can call 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.org.uk

* Information sourced from macmillan.org.uk

Tennis Tips | Tip 27: Using the slice backhand when under pressure

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Tip 27: Using the slice backhand when under pressure

When you are under pressure try using the slice backhand to slow the ball down to give yourself time to recover. Open your racket face to create more height over the net and keep the ball deep. This will give you a chance to get back into the point and keep the opponent behind the baseline.

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Wrong: The racket head is flat

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Correct: Has an open racket face

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August in Pictures

D9C58204-85DC-46A6-9D18-39D951A1EFA4Mini performance player Hayden Cummings won the 10 and under Mixed Singles title at the Southampton Junior Open held at Totton & Eling Tennis Centre in Southampton

Summer tennis and multi-sport camps

Performance player Kirsty Da Silva competed in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals

Fellow performance player Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the regional Road to Wimbledon finals

IMG_5389Performance player Liam Hignett (centre) ran the LTA South West Summer County Tour  at Totally Tennis – TT’s Harry Feast (second left) was runner-up and club mates Ollie Brown (second right) and Josh Furneaux (right) were 3rd and 4th respectively

IMG_5502Performance players Liam Hignett and Dean Cooper Kirby (pictured with coach Jordan Frederick) competed at the Grade 1 Junior National Tennis Championships 2018 held at Nottingham Tennis Centre

7ec4db00-e48d-4097-8ec7-5c24bb81bdf4Hayden Cummings won the Hampshire & IOW County Championships 9U Mixed Doubles title with Ollie Brown (both pictured above) and was runner-up in the 9U Boys Singles after losing to Brown in the final

IMG_3476Performance players Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett were crowned Hampshire & IOW County Championships 14 and under Girls Doubles champions

IMG_5446Cummings and Dylan Cooper Kirby were runners-up in the Hampshire & IOW County Championships 10U Mixed Doubles

August Tennis Tips

Tennis Tips | Tip 26: Hitting To Your Opponents Feet When They Are Moving Into The Net

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Tip 26: Hitting To Your Opponents Feet When They Are Moving Into The Net

Try hitting the ball down to the opponents feet when they are moving into the net, take the ball early and hit with good topspin so the ball is dipping as it crosses the net. This is especially effective in doubles when the opponent approaches cross court. Hitting to your opponents feet will force them to hit a more difficult volley as they will have to hit up rather than having a high volley which they have more of a chance to hit a winning return.

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Wrong: Leaning back will force the ball to go upwards, giving the opponent an easy high volley

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Correct: Weight on the front foot and taking the ball early to keep the ball low

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Tennis Tips | Tip 25: Using Your Legs On Your Serve

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Tip 25: Using Your Legs On Your Serve

Bend your knees after your ball placement, this will help you generate more pace on the serve and help you push up to the ball getting a slightly higher contact point.

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Wrong: No knee bend

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Correct: Knees bent to generate more pace on your serve

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Tennis Tips | Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley

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Tip 24: How To Hit A Drop Volley

Set up for a normal volley, but as you make contact with the ball relax your wrist more and let the racket turn so the strings faces upward so you can create slice on the ball and also keep the ball very close to the net. Remember to keep your contact point out in front and bend your knees.

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Wrong: Racket not facing upwards and knees not bent enough

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Correct: Racket facing upwards and knees bent

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