You choose to serve wide or down the middle; but your opponent seems to always be in the right spot to hit their return. Ask yourself: Does where you toss tell the receiver where you will be serving?
Son Tells Father
My tennis playing Savannah son was down for a visit in June and we were hitting some tennis balls; and he observed that I was “telling” where I intended to serve in the deuce court by where I placed my toss … off to my right when I was going to slice wide and more over my head when I wanted to go down the middle.
Practice Drill to Correct
At Newk’s camp last year, American doubles specialist Rick Leach had us do a drill (that I believe Pete Sampras’ coach had him do). We weren’t allowed to predetermine where we were going to serve; but rather, Leach stood next to us, and at the top of our toss, he would yell “Middle!” or “Wide!” … and that is where we had to serve.
You can actually do this exercise yourself on the practice court: just toss the ball and you decide where it will go at the top of the toss.
The Tell-Tale Tongue
A great tennis story was told by Andre Agassi after he retired. He said when Boris Becker served, he would stick his tongue out in the direction of his intended serve! Andre said he never told him of this “tell” until after they both retired.
How about YOU, do you have a “serving tell” that you give or can read?
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