Dear tennis friends,
I hope you have gotten yourself the Strength and Mobility For Tennis created by Jeff Salzenstein. Good stuff inside the system waiting for you.
In today's newsletter, I am going to share with you some tips by Cosmin Miholca on when and how to approach the net.
There were many times that tennis players are not taking advantage of situations that required attacking (moving up to the net) their opponent.
Therefore, below, I am listing some of the situations that you, as a player should be allowed to move up to the net and the kind of shots you should use to put yourself in advantage for what will follow:
1. When you have a powerful serve and you know the returner will have troubles with it.
In this case you should serve-and-volley. Hit your first volley to the open court or his/her weak wing and get your opponent stretching to hit the ball. In other words, execute serve and volley strategy!
Don't be passive against a weak return!
2. When you hit a good drop shot and see your opponent will barely get to the ball.
You must move forward (at least step inside the baseline) to close the angles and defend against an eventual drop shot return.
3. When your angled ground-stroke makes the other player over-stretch to get it back (you get him/her off the court) - most of the time the ball will sail high and slow back to you.
A swinging or high put-away volley will make the job of finishing the point easy for you - that if you get as close to the net as you can.
4. When you receive a mid court sitter and you posses an aggressive attacking forehand - do not retrieve back to the baseline!
Rarely your opponent will be able to reply with an aggressive shot back when you attack from the mid court. So move up to the net behind your aggressive approach.
Technically, you should consider the following:
If your approach shot is a slice/under-spin (low) it will give you better chances for a high first volley. The problem with the topspin approach shots is that they can sit a little higher for your opponent to hit down over the net and at your waist (or even feet).
There is a good reason why slice approach is the choice for most of the experienced players: the low bounce and back-spin forces the opponent to hit up on the ball and makes the passing shots difficult.
If you do decide to approach the net behind a topspin ground-stroke, make sure your opponent struggles to reply it: by either forcing him/her to hit the ball on the run (send it to the open court) or aim right at your opponent (in this case he/she hits the ball off balance and does not have too many angles to pass you).
To your tennis success!
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