However, the point is over when Chardy hits an overhead. 
Chardy ends up winning the point even after the opponent's shot tips the net.  A "net-roller" is not always bad luck!

Jeremy Chardy - Only Bad Luck

When the opponent hits the tape, it is easy to start bickering about one's bad luck. However, with a little foresight a ball that hits the tape does not always lead to a lost point. It can sometimes be to your advantage.
Thiem - Check-Mate - 04

Dominic Thiem - Check-Mate

Like in the game of chess, where a a series of moves can end a game, tennis players can also win points through well executed shot combinations. Here is an example by Dominic Thiem in a match against Stan Wawrinka.

Shot Selection - Not Always Optimal

For each shot, a player has to pick the best alternative from a whole bag of possible alternatives and then be able to execute the chosen option successfully . This is the constant dance between tactic an technique.


Girls Doubles

A Different Type of Doubles

Typical girls's doubles? Two girls are rallying crosscourt from the baseline while their partner's at the net are standing like statues watching the balls go by - happy not to get involved. We need to change that. A few methodological tricks and we bring doubles back to life.
Medicine ball exercise with Andrea Petkovic

Medicine ball exercise with Andrea Petkovic

This medicine ball exercise, which Petkovic demonstrates, is ideal to work on several different conditioning elements. The rotation as she lifts the ball loads the same muscles used to hit an effective overhead and at the same time mobilizes and strengthens her whole torso.

Laws of the Battle: The Goal of the Second Serve

The goal of the second serve should be to start the point and prevent the opponent from taking control of the point. If the opponent can attack all your second serves, you will most likely lose the match. Starting the point at least neutrally, will allow you to win most of your service games.

The Laws of the Battle – Use the Slice Serve as a Weapon

In order to hit the first serve hard, you need to learn to hit it flat. However, for some targets a slice serve will be more appropriate. As a right-handed player, learn to use the slice serve to hit wide on the deuce court, to the „T“ on the add court and into the body.

Laws of the Battle: The Right Mentality on the First Serve

You have two serves in tennis so you have to make sure you take advantage of this. When you hit a first serve you have to approach the line with an aggressive mentality. You want to use the first serve to put the opponent on the defensive and start controlling the point right away. Do not hold back go for a big serve.
Methodology to Learn to Hit Overheads

Methodology to Learn to Hit Overheads - Setting the Ball up to Hit Overheads in the Service Boxes

Girls of all ages tend to have a hard time hitting overheads - that is nothing new. But, in order to improve the overhead-just like our 15 to 17 year old recreational players in the video - it is important to design drills that not only allow for overhead practice but also develop the ability to hit good lobs in response to an overhead. Here is a drill to start developing a feel for the lob and the overhead right from the start of practice.
Methodology to Learn how to Lob Against and Overhead

Methodology to Learn how to Lob Against and Overhead - Setting the Ball up Before Lobbing with Slice

We believe - no, we know - that one of the main reasons girls have a difficult time learning to hit overheads is due to the fact that their training partners are usually not able to control their lobs well enough to allow them to practice the overhead. If they do not see many lobs that they can hit, they will have a hard time improving their overheads. Here is a drill that will help with this problem.

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