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How to Correct Common Problems During a Tennis Match
You can't get on court coaching during a tennis match, so you have to be ready before you get on the court. Here are some tips to help you deal with common problems you may face on the court.
Problem #1: My serve is off. I just hit my second double fault and my opponent is chewing up my second serve. What do I do?
Solution: There are several things you could do. First of all, you could try taking some pace off of your first serve. Make sure you get it in the box. Stop going for the lines and make sure you that deliver a simple serve that gets in play.
If that isn't working, check your toss. Is it wobbling too much after you toss it? It may be as simple as adjusting your feet or throwing the ball a little more out in front.
At the end of the day, just make sure the first serve gets in the box. Make your opponent earn the point. Don't give it to them.
Problem #2: I can't seem to make a dent in my opponent's service games.
Solution: Give your opponent different looks. If they are serving bombs, stand further back. Are you giving up territory? Yes. But in this day and age, most people aren't going to follow that huge serve to the net. Passing shot won't be your concern like it was in the old days. Your main goal is to get that heat seeker back into play. You'd be surprised at who tame people with big serves can be when the ball actually comes back to them. Getting the ball back in play may also frustrate them enough to start going for unreasonable shots.
Problem #3: I keep making unforced errors! How can I reverse the tide?
Solution: You may be suffering from make-believer. When tennis players play make-believer, they pretend that they are the pros they see on television. Then, they try to make every shot they hit a winner, when even the pros don't do that.
Try to hit your shots a foot inside the lines and hit crosscourt. This is percentage tennis. It is much less likely for you to miss if you play this way, even if you hit the ball with pace. Remember, most tennis matches are lost, not won. And a streaming winner is only worth one point!
Play like this to establish a rhythm again. If you get an open shot, though, take it!
Problem #4: My game plan isn't working against my opponent! I don't know what else to do!
Solution: It could be a number of things. Don't be so quick to abandon your game plan. It could just take a while for it to kick in, especially if the game plan is to attack a weakness. Weaknesses usually become more pronounced toward the end of sets and matches. It could also be that your opponent is just playing too well. It's one of those special days where they can beat anyone in the world. All you can say to that is "too good" and try again next time. Still, even if they are in "the zone" keep the pressure on. Your steadiness could very well bring them back to