Tennis: Anticipation and tactical awareness

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DESCRIPTION

The court is marked out with cones into areas (e.g. red, amber and green). Players try to anticipate which area the ball is going to land in so that they can respond with the most appropriate tactical return.

A buddie coach stands behind the player and tells them which shot they should play (ie. approach the net, lob etc.) depending on the area that they are hitting from i.e. where they are standing/ running on court as they hit the ball.

Players will need to watch the body shape of the coach and the ball contact carefully to anticipate what type of shot is being hit and therefore where it is likely to land.

COACHING POINTS

This drill develops players tactical awareness of the court.

The players work together with each other (as buddy coaches) to develop understanding of appropriate shot selection depending on which area (red, amber, green) they are hitting from.

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