Tennis Drill Demonstration


  • Player serves from the deuce side.
  • Coach hits a deep return to the middle of the court.
  • Player stays close to the baseline and hits a half volley forehand to the open court.

Coaching points

  • In this drill the player works on the first shot after the serve.
  • A deep return is a big challenges so this aspect has to be practiced consistently to develop the technical and tactical skills to reduce the number of break points.
  • Players should make a split step right after the serve to react quickly, stay low while preparing for the half volley and make a compact backswing to increase the chance of a clean contact in front of the body.
  • For more advanced players the coach can set up zones to see how well they can control the shot while responding to a deep return.

Drill tags: be ready for deep return

Be Ready For Deep ReturnServe and ReturnTennis Drills Coaching