â€œThis is a game of errors.â€ Famous tennis writer and fellow Newk camper, Joel Drucker quoted Jose Higuerasâ€™ tennis philosophy in one of his ESPN tennis columns.
“This is a game of errors,” says Higueras. “That’s as true for the pros as it is for weekend players. So what you’ve got to do is understand how to minimize yours and force the opponent to miss. I think in America, there’s too much emphasis on pure offense over the ability to play intelligent defense.”
This basic concept is right in line with what our Newk Camp coaches told us: figure out what shot your opponent really wants to hit, and donâ€™t let him do it. That is one great way of forcing them to take a shot, an angle, a location they really donâ€™t want toâ€¦ and make an error.
On your side of the net, the secret is not to be too anxious to end the point. One thing I keep trying to remember is that â€œan approach shotâ€ is just that; it is not a put away shot. The objective is to keep hitting increasingly forcing shots, until your opponent gives you the shot you just canâ€™t help but put away. Then, do it.
Thanks to Joel and Jose for the important reminder. For Joel’s full story, go to http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3361454