Body language

Many players that appear fast around court not only have fast feet, but they also read their opponent’s body language and can predict the type of shot being played at them

  • When receiving a serve for example, observe the server’s position on the base line and the throw-up, to help predict the target area and spin on the ball
  • With ground-strokes observe your opponents stance as he is about to hit the ball. This will help predict the type of shot he’s about play
  • Observe the face of your opponent’s racket at impact with the ball to determine whether you will be dealing with topspin or a sliced ball
  • If your opponent is approaching the net and his shot preparation shows a very short back-swing he’s obviously not intending to return the ball to your base line. Therefore move into the net before your opponent hits the ball to give yourself time to reach the short ball
  • Remember, in tennis all the hard work is done when the ball is in your opponents half of the court. During this time your brain is inputting the flight path, the pace and spin on the ball and computing where on court you should move to, in order for you to play that well drilled structured shot