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When the serve is neutralized by the return, the quality of the baseline game decides the outcome of the point.

The relatively slow surface of the courts in modern tennis makes it  easier for the player to neutralize the serve. The combination of serve, return, and baseline game  makes up  high-level tennis.

 

Main goal

To become consistent at hitting deep, effortless forehands and backhands from the baseline.

Comment

Hitting forehands and backhands from the baseline with a relaxed attitude is the most common drill at all levels. Use various rotations: drive, slice, and topspin. Hit deep, high, low, and flat. Enjoy just hitting the ball. Try to hit 30 to 50 shots in a row as close to the baseline as you can. This is the fundamental activity for the development of the more complex baseline-game.

 

Main goal

To become consistent during deep-ball rallies.

Comment

Hitting forehands and backhands deep and close to the baseline creates pressure on the opponent by moving him away from the court and forcing him to hit short. Controlling the depth of the shots is a definite sign of high-level tennis.

 

Practice game

Before the point starts, each player is positioned   at the middle of the baseline . Players alternate in starting the point with an underhand feed to the middle of the baseline. Players move each other left and right along the baseline. The point is lost if the ball is hit out, in the net, or short (in the service box). Net-game is not allowed in this drill.

 

 

Variation

To make the drill more demanding, stretch the elastic band 20 cm over the net.

 

Scoring format

First to 10 points by a margin of 2.

 

*To make the game more interesting and demanding, two points are deducted for any shots in the net.

 

Main goal

To become consistent at hitting on the move and moving the opponent from corner to corner.

Comment

This is a very common drill, which develops tactical discipline, playing on the move, changing directions, using different rotations, and covering the court.

It is expected that the cross-court player creates pressure by hitting angles with topspin and slice shots. The down-the line player reacts to the pressure by hitting deep slices and topspin shots and waiting for the opportunity to hit a drive forehand or backhand winner.

Net-game is not allowed in this drill.

 

Practice game

One player practices only cross-court shots and the other down-the line shots. Change roles after each game.

Start the point with an underhand cross-court feed.

 

Scoring format

First to 10 points by a margin of 2

 

Main goal

To practice creating pressure with cross-court angles and  finishing  points by hitting down-the line shots.

 

Comment

This is one of the most effective drills to practice creating openings with cross-court forehands, backhands, and inside-out forehands.

 

Practice game

Players start the point either from the deuce or ad side diagonally positioned from each other. They alternate   underhand ball feeding. They keep playing cross-court until one pulls the trigger down-the line. After that the point is played out. If someone makes an error with a cross-court shot, the point starts again.

 

*Practice separately from the deuce and ad side. On ad side practice backhands, inside-out, and inside-in forehands.

 

Scoring format

First to 10 points by a margin of 2.

 

Main goal

To use key tactical patterns and decisions, to practice creating pressure, and reacting to pressure from the baseline.

 

Comment

After practicing baseline game tactical patterns separately, the next progression is to use them in an open game.

On each shot be aware of whether you are creating pressure or you are under pressure. Play intelligent tennis.

Winning points on the opponent’s error or forcing him to hit a short ball is still the main goal of practice. Approaching the net is allowed, but it should be the result of a high-level baseline game.

 

Practice game

Players alternate to start the point with an underhand feed from the middle of the baseline.The point is played out.

 

Scoring format

First to 10 points by a margin of 2.

 

Main goal

Practicing high-level baseline game with serves and returns of serve.

 

Comment

When the baseline game is mastered by using all previous drills, it is time to practice open game situations with the serve and return of serve.

 

Scoring format

Play sets and matches if you have enough time or first to 10 points by a margin of 2 if your time is limited.