It is reported that Sam Querry uses the warm up to see how he is playing (making volleys, serving well, etc.) to THEN decide how he will play the match. If he feels confident in his volleys he says, he would then serve/volley more during the match.
He commented that he “didn’t want to leave his best stuff on the warm up court” and would intentionally miss shots! Very strange.
Assessing Your Opponent
Many people watch their first-time opponent during the warm up to try to assess their strengths and/or weaknesses. One tactic used is to hit a ball straight at them to see if they opt to hit a forehand or backhand.
But does this focus take away from your own warm up?
Naples teaching pro Spike Gonzales advises to focus on your own game and try to get every ball back in play. He says to use the “bounce-hit” mantra to fine tune your warm up focus.
What do you try to accomplish?
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