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2021 Tournament Schedule

Tennis Tips:

January 29-303rd Annual Frostbite Invitational
February 26-27Playing for the Crown
March 5Shelby County Tournament
April 29-May 255 & Over USTA State Championships
May 16-23Legacy Pro Classic
June 3-6USTA Southern Senior Cup
June 26-28Alabama Summer Closed L5
July 17-20Southern Boys & Girls 16s L4 Open
August 21-22Fast4 National Qualifier
September 4-7Southern Boys & Girls 14s L4 Open
October 14-17Alabama State Closed Age & NTRP
October 28-3113th Annual Rick & Bubba Summer Slam

Think of your match in a more long term way, like a 5k run. If you start off running as fast as you can and maintain that pace, you will run out of gas before the finish line. If you play too aggressive in your match too early, you are taking all the risk and you may make too many errors or your opponent may adapt before you finish the match. Instead play percentage tennis:

  1. When serving concentrate on getting your first serve in (50% or more) instead of hitting aces.
  2. Serve to the backhand or into the body early and serve out wide when you have game point.
  3. Work to keep the ball in play, hitting crosscourt when behind the baseline and down the line when approaching the net.
  4. When returning serves concentration getting the ball back deep into the center to take away angles. Never miss second serve returns.
  5. Look for and be aware of the opportunity “point” or “game” (30-love or 3-1), be aggressive when you are ahead, be consistent when behind.
  6. Use the drop shot and lob early in your match to control your opponent.

These are the tactics top pro’s use. They don’t need to win 6-0, 6-0. They want to win consistently!

Watch the ball and bend your knees! This old tennis pro adage from years ago is still true today. Suffering from miss hits, hitting the ball into the net or out too often in your match? Try the following:

  1. Focusing and watching the ball instead of you opponent will help you concentrate and avoid “miss hits” or “shanks”. Keeping your head “still” as you swing is also essential for success.
  2. Bending your knees gives you good balance and helps you hit better shots by transferring weight into the shot when you step forward. This allows for a better shot trajectory to avoid hitting the net or hitting it out.

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