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Created on 20 January 2017

Introduction:

The final goal of teaching tennis for the player and the teacher is pleasure that is experienced in competition with other players.

Be it firendly match, club, city, national or international competition.

Only in competition can it be verified what the player learned and how he experiences facing other players.

Competing with other players opens for the player new field of attention and that is observing  one's reactions in a match-play.

When it is experienced there is not an end to try to be better.

 

COMPETITION SKILLS

Introduction:

By developing competition skills one becomes a tennis player.

Although there is also enjoyment in just hitting the ball, the real thing is playing against other people.

Playing against different people, the player finds out that character, mental strenghts and intellect are more important then the strokes and condition.

Gradually, the player will find out that one thing does not win, but a combination of fighting, being smart and using own's strenghts.

Finally, the player builds up his unique personal style.

 

Creating short and long term plan

Weekly program key points-3 things to know about weekly program

 

PRACTICING MENTAL SKILLS FOR COMPETITION

Practice before tournament

 

(morning practice)

Practicing general technical and tactical patterns

Practice players individual winning patterns

(afternoon practice)

Specific preparation for the match play

 

Learning from tournaments

Introduction:

Teacher makes a short speech to players:"You go to tournaments to practice skills under different conditions than practice.

In tournament tennis you can expect to be under stress.

You have expectations, coach has expectations, you make expectations on yourself, your family as well.

You feel all this.

You can not run away from that.

There is only one way to deal with these situations: you learn from them and, after all, you go to tournaments just for that.

Only that way you can get experience.

There will be "good" and "bad" things that happen.

You will respond to them in different ways.

Remember, there are not good and bad things-all things are good for learning!

All that happens is new experience!

 

MENTAL PRACTICE FOR COMPETITION

Introduction:

Mental practice is always important.

For competition it is vital.

Everything can be done well in practice and everything can be lost in a moment because of some mental weakness.

The prime goal of mental practice is to become tough competitor.

 

1.Practice:"GIVING 100% EFFORT"

Introduction:

Teacher tell players that before they go to tournaments one thing should be clear.

"After the match I will not ask you if you win or lose, or what was the score. I will just ask you

DID YOU GIVE YOUR 100% EFFORT?"

Then ask players what it means for them to give 100% effort in a match?

After player's answer, the teacher continues:

"When you play a match, remember that you will not always play your best tennis, but you can always give your 100% effort.

In other words, you should fight for each point.

Never give up.

Never show opponent that you are weak.

You go to tournaments not only for points and trophes but to practice ''giving 100% effort".

 

Practice game:

After playing "best of three" tie-break match, ask players to evaluate their "100% effort".

Not enough.

Enough

Very good

Excellent

 

2.Practice "BEING SMART PLAYER"

Introduction talk:

Ask players what it means for them to play smart tennis?

After players answer, the teacher continues:

"Playing smart tennis means that you find out the weakest side of your opponent's game or more importantly,  his mental weakness.

Everyone has some weakness. When you find it, exploit that weakness, let your opponent know that you know what is his weakness.

That will make greater pressure on him.

That way you can beat better players than you."

 

Practice game:

After playing "best of three" tie-break match, ask players to tell you what weakness: technical,tactical,physical or mental, they found out in opponent's game.

 

Practice "percentage tennis"

Introduction:

Practice "being cool player"

Practice "controling negative emotions"

Practice "being tough player"

Practice "overcoming difficulties"

Practice "being patient"

Practice "using 20 seconds breaks between points"

Practice "different scores"

 

PRACTICING PERCEPTION AND DECISION SKILLS FOR TOURNAMENT

 

Introduction:

Going to the tournaments is wonderful opportunity to learn perception and decision skills in real situations.

 

Next type of drills demand from player to recognise clues that influence early preparation and early decision making.

In the beginning player says aloud what he is seeing and coach observes his reaction to what he is recognizing:

 

Drill 5.

RECOGNIZE IF THE BALL TRAJECTORY IS HIGH OR LOW.

When player recognizes that the ball hit by opponent is high or low-he should say aloud "HIGH" or  "LOW" and respond accordingly./TACTICAL DECISION/.

What would be tacticaly correct respond to high or low ball flight?

 

Drill 6.

RECOGNIZE IF THE OPPONENT HITS SLICE-FLAT-OR TOP-SPIN ROTATION.

When player A recognizes that the ball hit by player B has flat or slice or top-spin rotation,

he should say it aloud and respond accordingly.

What is expected respond to slice, flat or top-spin rotation?

 

Drill 7.

RECOGNIZE IF THE OPPONENT HITS DEEP OR SHORT BALL?

When player A recognizes that the ball hit by player B is short or deep, he should say aloud DEEP or SHORT and respond accordingly.

What is expected respond to deep or short ball?

 

Drill 8.

"DEEP OR SHORT CROSS-COURT ANGLE"?

When player A recognizes that the ball hit by player B  is cross-court, he should at the same time recognize if it will be short or deep cross-court angle.

Again start with saying aloud DEEP or SHORT and respond accordingly.

What is expected respond to deep or short cross-court shot?

 

Drill 9.

"RECOGNIZE DIRECTION"

When player A recognizes that the ball hit by player B  is cross-court, middle or down the line, he should say aloud A, B or C. and respond accordingly.

What is expected respond to cross-court, middle of the court or down the line shot?

 

Drill 10.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT CHANGES THE SPEED OF THE BALL.

Slower to fast or fast to slower.

Recognise  in warm up or first few games what is opponent's speed of the forehand, backhand and serve.

Adjust your preparation to the speed of his shots.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT DECIDES TO HIT WINNER.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT DECIDES TO BRING YOU TO THE NET.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT PUSHES YOU TO PLAY LOW PERCENTAGE SHOT /down the line after long cross court rally/.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT DECIDES TO PLAY RISKY SHOT /return down the line/.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT IS IN TROUBLE /out of balance, body serve, far behind the baseline, late start to drop-shot/.

 

RECOGNIZE HOW THE OPPONENT IMPOSES HIS STRENGHT ON YOU.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT SHOWS THE SIGNS OF PHYSICAL OR MENTAL PROBLEMS.

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN THE OPPONENT HITS LOB.

 

PRACTICING CONCENTRATION SKILLS FOR THE TOURNAMENT

 

PRACTICING "20 SECONDS BREAKS BETWEEN POINTS"

 

-Traveling with players

During the tournament

-Practice during the tournament

 

-Life on the tournament

Teacher should give players a short presentation: "Going to tournaments is final price for your efforts. It has many other valuse than only tennis. You travel to other cities, countries, you meet new people, find new friends, live in hotel

After the tournament

-Analyses of tournament achievements

-Planing next cycle

 

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