"Pertinent Tennis Instruction for the Club-Level Player"
Be it singles or doubles, too often we get stuck in a service line to service line rally, wishing our opponents would just miss their shot and lacking the initiative to make things happen! To better understand positioning and shot selection, imagine each side of the court split into equal thirds. Zone 1 is closest to the net, Zone 3 nearest the baseline, and Zone 2 spanning the area between. From Zone 3 and behind our priority is simple...hit the ball deep and pin our opponents behind their own baseline. In Zone 1 we have more potential to attack and inflict damge. In Zone 2 we must alternate between offense and defense based on the relative difficulty of each ball. The way to make smart shots in tennis is to stay focused on our priorities from each of these zones, not over or underextending ourselves needlessly.