Most players have Tennis Tendencies — “predictable patterns of behavior” – that if you become aware of, you can use to your advantage in critical situations.
Playing singles with Bruce Cassella (#4 in New England 70’s) the other day, I served at 40-love in the ad court to his backhand and came in behind my first serve. He was sitting on the shot and easily passed me down the line.
Afterwards he volunteered, “George, you usually come in behind your 40-love serve; so I was waiting for the shot.”
What tendencies do your opponents have that will allow you to “guess right” and make the critical shot?
– When you hit an approach shot deep to their forehand, do they go down the line or cross court?
– What do they do on the backhand side?
– Given a choice, where do they usually hit their overheads?
– Playing doubles, when does the net man usually poach, only when they have a lead in the game? On big points?
During the early stages of a match, think about what your opponent(s) are doing; store it away; and then be ready to take advantage of their Tennis Tendencies at the end of the match.