We go through the ritual every time we play tennis… the warmup. And while there are some official rules governing this five/ten-minute timeframe, most of the “rules” we follow are unwritten. Here are some to consider …
- Small Ball – Many players like
to start in the near court with their opponent up close to tap the ball back
and forth. What happens if you don’t
want to do that?
the net man
– When it is your turn at the net, it is time to warmup YOUR volleys … not
the baseliners hard ground strokes.
I think the baseliner should feed you shots you can easily volley; not
try to take your head off with their hardest groundstrokes.
– Similarly, when you are taking overheads, it is the baseliners
responsibility to give you good feeds.
This is done best when they hit the ball out of their hand and NOT
when they try to return your practice overhead.
practice serves –
Most players believe it is bad form to return practice serves; but I think
you should have the opportunity to warmup that critical shot, your return
of serve. When we play the Friendship
Cup vs. the Canadians, they always return practice serves.
- Hiding your game – Do you know players who only give you very soft shots during the warmup; but then drill the ball during the match? Or, who hit only forehands during the warmup; but really prefer their backhands? OK by me.
P.S. Did you know that for a doubles match, you CAN choose to warmup vs. your own partner and NOT vs. the opponents?
What are your additional rules of warmup?
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