4 Things Every Tennis Player should do (without a coach)

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4 Things Every Tennis Player Can Do Everyday, Without a Coach

While most of us would like to improve our game, it is easy to find an excuse why we can’t. Two common excuses are that coaching costs are prohibitive or that we can’t find a hitting partner, or even both.

Below are four cost, and personnel, effective methods of improving your tennis by yourself.

If you really want to improve then continue reading. If you’re just talking the talk, stop reading now.

Serve a Basket of Balls, Everyday

This is so simple. No practice partner, no coach, just a basket of balls (hopefully more than 30) and you serving.

Practice your kicker, slice, and flat serves; practice serving from the ‘deuce’ and the ‘ad’ side; practice your first and second serves.

You can even set up games where you put pressure on yourself, with little punishments for not achieving your goals, and rewards for doing so. Aim for cones or little pyramids of balls.

To improve speed, try to minimise the number of bounces an ‘in’ serve makes before hitting the back fence.


Remember, it’s the one shot that you will have total control over.

Go for a Run

You don’t need to understand sport science principles like ‘gradual progressive overload’ or ‘specific adaptations to imposed demands’ to do this. Just get on the road, or pavement or (ideally) a grass field and run.

A 10 to 20 minute run is a good place to start. Adding some intervals of high intensity running (aka sprinting) would be better. And throwing in some hill sprints would be the best.

Do Chin Ups and Push Ups

These two body weight exercise require very little equipment (a tree branch or metal bar and the floor) yet, together, they train pretty much every muscle in the upper body.

Aim to perform 2 push ups for every chin up you do.

If you can’t do a chin up, try a supine pull up. This is where you lie down on your back, grab a horizontal bar that is about 1m off the ground and, keeping your body in a straight line, pull your chest towards the bar.

If you choose to do the supine pull up aim for two supine pull ups for every push up.

Hit Against a Wall for 30min

Hitting against the wall is not only good for your hitting, it will increase your mental toughness, discipline and your concentration. It can also help with your movement and reaction times.

Where as a basket of balls are required for practicing the serve, in theory you only need one ball to hit against a wall.

Again, be competitive and make little games for yourself. Aim to hit ten forehands in a row, then 15, and so on. Or alternate between forehands and backhands.

To develop your movement make sure that there are no double bounces – sprint to every ball.

And think about this, those are 30 minutes that your opponents are not be hitting.

Now that you have read the article, you don’t have any excuses. Happy hitting!

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