Tennis: using the serve advantage

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DESCRIPTION

The player serves wide from the ad side, with the aim of getting the ball to land between two cones in the serving box on the opposite side of the court.

The coach, standing in front of the player, then feeds him/her the ball to their backhand side.

The player then has to run around and hit forehand inside in, with the aim of getting the ball to land between two cones placed in the corner of the deuce side on the other side of the net.

COACHING POINTS

To challenge more advanced players, coaches can modify the exercise by tossing more difficult balls or by changing delivery methods (feeding from the basket or returning the ball).

Discussion

Modern tennis puts a lot of emphasis on forehand as a main weapon.

Looking at Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, we can observe that they look for forehand's stroke every time they hit decent serve. Dominating the opponent from the first ball is a necessity to achieve success on the tour.

That's why all players have to work on how to connect serve with forehand to get better results. Serving from the ad side will often be executed while serving for a gem or saving the break point so players have to feel confident with a given pattern.

Notes

Learning to serve wide to put an opponent outside of the court and finishing with forehand inside in is a priority for players who want to become great competitors.

 

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