Court Coverage in Tennis

court coverage tennis lessonsTennis court coverage means… positioning and movement on the court which allows 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 early, with less effort, and be in balance to execute your shot properly.
In this section, 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 on the court.
Knowing good court coverage tactics will make the difference between being tired at the end of the first set or 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… 
  • 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… 
  • 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 tremendous importance… 
  • Playing at the Net versus your Opponent at the Net  
    Having both players at the net makes for the shortest rally in tennis due to the quick reaction and less time that players have to respond to the opponent’s actions…                             


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… 
  • 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… 
  • 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… 


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