A Game of Errors

“This is a game of errors.” Famous tennis writer and fellow Newk camper, Joel Drucker quoted Jose Higueras’ 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 don’t let him do it. That is one great way of forcing them to take a shot, an angle, a location they really don’t want to… 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 “an approach shot” 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 can’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

2 thoughts on “A Game of Errors

  1. yes, a game of errors.Tennis was not always meant to be a put away game.- power,power,power.move your opponent around with talent and finesse to open up the court and create the error was the way it was.That still can have a place even with power racquets and string.

  2. How many times have we said that against a hard hitting player, just keep returning the ball until he misses the shot. Defense is so important until you find the right opportunity for an offensive shot. I agree with Joel & Jose

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