We all know them… the players who always have a “reason” why they played poorly and lost. The sun. The wind. Loose/tight strings. Bad back. The list goes on and on; but it is the smarter player who just accepts their loss and learns from it.
Are there some players you actually prefer to play with/against and others with whom you would rather avoid sharing court time? Usually, it has less to do with their actual tennis skill and more how they ACT on the court.
Even the club player is comfortable poaching (cutting across the middle) after their partner serves and the returner hits their cross court shot. But it is the special player who is comfortable (and effective) making that same move DURING the point. When and how should you do it?
If you have watched any of the just-started Australian Open, you may have noticed something different …. There are ZERO lines people on the court! Every court is equipped with a HawkEye type system (maybe the actual brand) and it makes every line call. Is that better or worse than the “traditional” system?
Everyone who plays doubles has heard the saying, “Down the middle solves the riddle.” That usually is thought about while hitting groundstrokes at two players at the net; but according to one tennis pro, it starts with serve placement.
Here are a couple of updates and a much-needed request for support. First, the last …
Boots on the Court
Tennis legend Dick Stockton, through his charitable foundation, hosts tennis teaching events on military bases. With the Covid crisis, all have been put on hold; but with a light at the end of the Pandemic Tunnel, Dick is looking for support for later in this year…
If you see the ball bounce twice on your opponent’s side of the court, whose call is it? There are two different situations, with two different answers. They are here, along with a brief medical update.