You work hard during a return game to finally get that critical break point … but then you blow it on a bad choice of shots. What should you really do instead? Continue reading Break Point Puzzle
After our doubles victory at The Meadow’s tournament in February, I asked my partner Hank Irvine what was “the #1 thing I should work on” to further improve my tennis game. His answer was interesting. Continue reading 2019’s Tennis Goal
If you never miss a return of serve, is that a good thing? Never double fault, a good thing? Maybe NOT. Continue reading Accepting Errors
In today’s finals’ matches at The Meadows tournament, there was some predictable wins and some challenges. And a lesson about the importance of winning. Continue reading “It’s Not Prostate Cancer”
Most tennis fans do not get up at 3:30 in the morning to watch an event like the Australian Open. Instead, they record it to watch when they wake up in the morning; but TV (and friends) often conspire to thwart their enjoyment. Continue reading Spoiler Alert
Some players don’t care to know anything about their upcoming opponents (usually the top players); but others – like me (and Brad Gilbert) – want to know as much as possible in order to plot a strategy of “X’s and O’s.” Continue reading Working the X’s and O’s
I had the pleasure of teaming up for a practice doubles match with Larry Turville and, while I played “up” and we won, Mr. T and I had a strategy disagreement! Continue reading No Retreat?
What is the role of the player who is NOT returning serve in doubles? It is a very critical one that can help or hurt the team in winning the point. Here are some thoughts … Continue reading The Returner’s Partner
This last day of competition, with teams playing for the Championship, started cloudy and 59; and were treated to a clinic on “What to do with your other hand” by Mikael Pernfors and Mark Philippoussis. Continue reading What To Do With The Other Hand?
Monday morning started off at a cool 55 degrees for our morning of training, team positioning, and drills. A stated goal for the morning is “don’t work too hard” (save yourself for the afternoon start of the team matches and two-a-day matches that start on Tuesday). Continue reading How To Return Serve
While giving some tips to a couple of friends who were going off to play a National Grass Court tournament, another friend said, “Just play the game you know… we are too old to learn new stuff.” Continue reading Too Old To Learn?
There are players with “good” talent that really maximize what they have. Think of David Ferrer and Lleyton Hewitt. Then there are some very talented players who frustrate us fans who are cheering for them to do well. Continue reading The Keys for Madison
How much of a difference does it make playing a taller player? And what strategies should you use playing against them? Continue reading The Height Advantage
Where do you stand to return serve … same place every time? Well, if you watch the pros and your friends, you will see some big differences in positioning. Continue reading Return Positioning?
It is a critical point in the match; so you say to yourself, “If I can win this point, I can break his serve; and then…” WRONG. Continue reading Action Thinking