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Strategy Part 3:

Court position is key to successful match play. Reading where the ball is returned to on your side of the court will help you dictate how the point will be played out. We can accurately say that around 80% of our well hit shots with good pace can be anticipated to where they will be coming back to us. The speed at which the ball is hit must be emphasized. For example a sharply hit cross court forehand will usually be returned back to you cross court. The novice players mistake would be to recover to the center of the court, where in hindsight they should hold their position to the right of center around the baseline, saving steps and balance required to anticipate the next shot. Changing the direction of a hard hit ball is one of the most difficult skills for any tennis player. With that in mind, anticipation is key. The same situation will arise for the backhand cross court or inside out forehand. The ball will likely come back to the add court side (right hand players).

Contrarily, a well hit down the line shot will almost always come back cross court. A good tactic when hitting down the line forehand is to quickly move to the add court side and start to dominate the point with the inside out forehand. Anticipate the short ball and follow up with the inside in for the winner. On this same note the well hit forehand inside in will be returned to the deuce court side. This is percentage tennis, so also use your intuitive sense when opponents start to develop hitting patterns. This may constitute for the other 20% of the contacts that are unreadable.

When you see your opponent running out wide and out of position you can usually expect the ball to land short. Don’t wait, sense where the ball will be landing and move in before the ball is hit. It’s best to react to your ball placement and not your opponents. Percentages, players hitting patterns, and your intuitive sense is what anticipation is all about. Building the point and developing shot selection via court position will work every time.

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