Tennis is a very strategic sport and while having a strategy is important, being able to change your original plan is just as important. Often, players can’t identify when to change their strategy during their matches. A common strategy for players is to assume their opponent’s backhand is weaker and continue to hit everything to that side. But what if your opponent’s backhand is not the weaker side… Then you must be willing to adapt and change your strategy in the heat of the moment.
If you notice when your opponent is heating up and excelling on one side of their game begin to go to the other side and mix shots up. Tennis is such a rhythm sport so if you can get your opponent out of rhythm you will be in a better position to win. For example, if your opponent is hitting hard and heavy forehands then start going more to their backhand side and open up the court to be aggressive. Even changing the pace and spin of your ball is going to throw your opponent off and allow you to take control and win more points.
It’s important that you go out there when you play a match and create a strategy based on the warm-up. Sometimes it will be tougher to create one so it may take the first few games to realize it, don’t worry that’s ok! The important thing is that you can create a strategy and are able to adapt it to how the player is reacting to your gameplan. Look for shots that throw your opponent off and seem to be effective. Strategy is a crucial part of tennis and can be practiced so go out and work on it!
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