Areas Of One’s Game That Are Critical In Tennis

As tennis continues to grow its fans and players will always be arguing on what determines a good player and which skills are the most important to have.

There are arguments that can be made for a handful of different elements of the sport, and while it may all boil down to a matter of opinion, it’s still fun to look at the possibilities.

Here are the most important factors. Let’s see which one you think matters most.

What about volleying?

A game that it going too smoothly can become a disadvantage for opponents as points may easily be lost. Just take a look back at players of the past such as John McEnroe.

What about baseline play, is that important?

Many experts would say that it is the more modern approach as opposed to playing at the net. Take Rafael Nadal for example, he spends a lot of time hanging at the back of the court rather that up at the net. And other players such as Andy Roddick have changed tactics in favour of the baseline play.

Any player with a powerful serve can easily take control of the court if their opponent is unable to break them and this will give them an overall advantage.

Take Roddick as a good example of a big serve.

How about speed though?

Guys like Nadal can get to just about every ball, making it extremely difficult for their opponents to win points. The harder your opposition has to work for a point, the more unforced errors you’ll ultimately cause.

I think that the x-factor wins over all others.nadal

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have a mental attitude that goes with winning. The type of ‘no lose’ attitude which, I think gives them an edge over their opponents.

You will hardly ever see either of these two stars become flustered or overexcited. They have the mental focus to remain composed throughout the game.

 

The Tennis Serve

In terms of the rules of tennis, the serve is a shot which has one function – to start a point by putting the ball in play. It is simply intended to commence a rally, all things being equal, but in recent times it has become a whole lot more important than that. These days, a particularly good serve can win you matches almost on its own – although players who can serve and do little else are still unlikely to win many titles.

 

Because of the way it is played – the ball is almost always struck overarm, from a ball thrown into the air by the player whose turn it is to serve – it tends to be the fastest shot played in any rally. A player with a particularly fast serve, or one who has pinpoint accuracy, can win points without their opponent even getting a racket to the ball. When a serve wins a point without being touched by the opponent, it is referred to as an “ace”.

 

Some of the greatest exponents of the serve have been the Croatian Goran Ivanisevic, Britain’s Greg Rusedski and the man with the three fastest serves recorded in men’s tennis, Andy Roddick, who holds the world record with a service of 155mph. The fastest women’s serve ever recorded came from Brenda Schulz McCarthy, who hit one of 130mph in 2006. there are many people who view the growing speed of tennis serves as detrimental to the game, as it prevents long rallies – but others who view it as an awesome display of raw power.

 

How can I take my tennis to the next level………..?

I’m only intermediate at the moment but want to get seriously hot at tennis. Im pretty inconsistent but I want to really improve so I have been using the ball machine a fair amount. The problem is my club is pretty dead most of the time so there arent a lot of people to play with. What do you think the best way to get awesome is? I cant really afford many tennis lessons at the moment.
Im 23 so quite old but do you think I should try and get into some adult tournaments or something? thanks

Fitness+tennis question below?

I might be playing varsity tennis all through high school and I might continue tennis for a long time. I love the sport!

However, I don’t know what it’ll do for my body, along with I might play soccer for 2-3 years. I’m a girl, and I don’t want a big manly body! I just want to be toned and slim.

I have a small-medium frame/natural size.
I’m 15.

What and how should I eat, to reach and maintain this goal, so I’ll be nicely toned, instead of looking big and muscular?

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