Tennis Tips | Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

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Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Try to shorten your take back on the return of a first serve – this will help you with timing the ball and getting the contact point out in front when receiving a faster ball

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Wrong: The racket is too far back

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Correct: Shorter take back

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Tennis Tip | Tip 19: Approaching The Net

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Tip 19: Approaching the Net.

When moving into the net try to take the approach shot early so you can be more aggressive and give the opponent less time. The video shows a forehand approach down the line and the volley into the space to finish the point.

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Correct: The racket is higher so you can take the ball early.

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Tennis Tips | Tip 18 : Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court

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Tip 18: Hitting An Angle To Move Your Opponent Off Court

Try hitting an angle shot from an open stance. Hit around the outside of the ball to hit a wider shot to force your opponent out wide and off court.

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Correct: Open Stance – right foot further across.

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Tennis Tips | Tip 17 : Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

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Tip 17: Returning a Higher and Deeper Ball

Move behind the baseline to allow the ball to drop so you can hit up the back of it with good height – this will help you to keep the ball deeper.

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Wrong: Didn’t move back enough so the contact point is too high

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Correct: Moved back behind the baseline to hit the ball at waist height

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Tennis Tips | Tip 16: Using The Slice Backhand Approach Shot

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Tip 16: Using The Slice Backhand Approach Shot

With Wimbledon approaching you will see players looking to move into the net on a faster court surface. A good shot to use is the backhand slice approach as the ball will stay low making it difficult for your opponent to pass, setting you up for a finishing volley.

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Wrong – Racket is too low so you will not get underneath the ball and it will go to high giving your opponent more time.

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Correct – The racket is higher to come down on the ball to keep it lower over the net

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Tennis Tips | Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

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Tip 15: Using the Drop Shot

Some of you would have seen the drop shot used at the French Open. The drop shot is very effective on a slower surface when you have a shorter ball and the opponent is far back behind the baseline. To hit an effective drop shot try to get your racket face to come under the ball to create backspin so the ball will slow down, you want to get the ball to land shorter on the court and not to go too high over the net.

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Wrong – 
Racket face is too open and the ball will go too high, giving the opponent more time to get there.

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Correct – Racket angle is in a good position to create the backspin on the ball.

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May In Pictures

IMG_2229Three Totally Tennis girls, Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow were part of the Hampshire & IOW 14 & under Girls County Cup who won the regional playoffs

4B546DB0-E5A5-426D-9017-8461A8984259The 2018 Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) at the indoor centre

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The St. Mary’s A team won the annual Primary Schools Tournament

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Lots of fun was had at the May Half Term Tennis Camps

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Coach Jamie Jordan pictured with the 10 & under Team Tennis squad who were unlucky to lose their first away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy

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The Hampshire Girls were unlucky at the National Finals in Nottingham

May’s Tennis Tips