A proper positioning and movement on the court allow you to reach your opponent’s shots in the shortest time.
Knowing where to position for the next ball can help you get to it earlier, with less effort and be in better balance to execute your stroke properly.
Retreating to the middle of the baseline after you hit a shot does not mean good court coverage; you must position yourself in the middle of the possible angles which your opponent could return the ball to.
It is very important that you pay attention to this chapter because you’ll learn how to use less energy during matches, get to your opponent’s shots in the shortest time and how to make your opponent more tired by hitting the balls to certain areas of the court.
Knowing good court coverage tactics will make the difference between being tired at the end of the first set and being fresh and in control for the entire match.
COURT COVERAGE for Singles Play
- Playing at the Baseline versus your Opponent at the Baseline
Let’s say that you just delivered a ball cross-court and your opponent is just about to hit it from the baseline, close to his right singles side line. You are on the baseline also… Click here to read more!
- Playing at the Baseline versus your Opponent at the Net
Analyzing how to play and cover the court when your opponent moves up to the net, we’ll consider the following situations… Click here to read more!
- Playing at the Net versus your Opponent at the Baseline
Your “survival” at the net depends a lot on how you got there. Transitioning to the net has a tremendous importance… Click here to read more!
- Playing at the Net versus your Opponent at the Net NEW
Having both players at the net makes for the shortest rally in tennis due to the quick reaction and less time players have to respond to the opponent’s actions… Click here to read more!
COURT COVERAGE for Doubles Play
- Playing at the Baseline
If you decide to play from the baseline, in doubles, there are a few things to consider in order to be successful… Click here to read more!
- Playing at the Net
Ideally when playing at the net, in doubles (and singles), the closer you stand to it, the better. But considering that you will have to defend the court behind you too (susceptible to lobs), standing very close to the net has to be evaluated… Click here to read more!
- Playing the wide ball in doubles – against the One-Up-One-Back formation
One of the frequent situations I see in doubles is the confusion of how the players should position when a ball is sent wide into the court forcing the closest player… Click here to read more!