Tennis Singles Strategy 

Tennis Singles Strategy 

Switching Strategy 

Taking a detour is rarely the most efficient way to get where you want to go. If you’re lucky, you’ll get there, but if you get lost, you’ll almost surely require assistance. Most tennis players appear to play in this manner, at random!  

Having a solid strategic plan on the court is similar to a GPS installed in your car. It ensures that you don’t get off the boat. So, if you want to win more and more singles matches, here is your singles match play GPS. The good news is that there are only a few viable strategic alternatives while playing singles. In another way, there are a limited number of ways to earn points. 

Some Strategies 

1. Remain Consistent 

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of continuing to play the ball right into your opponent’s court. When you do this, you push your opponent to attempt another shot, increasing the chances of a miscalculation. Others may think this is obvious, but far too many players rely on making killer shots and losing matches because of inconsistency. 

2. Know Your Opponent’s Plan 

A large part of the approach and techniques for each match determines by the type of player against you. Two typical types of opponents are “hard-hitters” and “pushers.” 

Even though hard hitters have a lot of power, they nevertheless make a lot of errors. So you can strive to be as consistent with them as possible and count on them making more mistakes than you. 

Pushers tend to stick close to the baseline and shoot slower, frequently with a slice, giving them plenty of time to recover and making it harder to catch them off guard. Try not to maintain a consistent level of play, do take time from them by stepping in and playing volleys. 

It is particularly effective when they are in one of the corners and appears to be preparing to play a weaker shot. The backhand shots of the majority of players are slower. 

3. Continue to Hit the Opponent’s Backhand 

Most players get some shots that aren’t as good as others. If your opponent has a strong forehand but a weak backhand, continue to play to the backhand. When they can’t use their (preferred) forehand, they’ll make more mistakes and become irritated. 

4. Look For the Opponent’s Faults 

Some tennis players loathe high-bouncing balls, and almost no one enjoys a backhand with a high bounce. 

What techniques do they employ to deal with overhead? What strategies do they use to counteract spin? Is it possible to make a shot drop? Is it preferable to serve to their backhand or their body? You want to rig the game such that you may spend as much time as possible attacking your opponent’s weaknesses with the best weaponry. 

5. Strive For Long-Range Shots 

You want all of your shots to land deep but securely inside the court to ensure accuracy. Deep goals make it difficult for your opponent to play a winning game, and they can also get them into trouble, especially when played on their backhand. 

When you push your opponent back, you can try aiming for the net or play a drop shot. In general, half-court goals should get avoided because a good opponent can easily target them. Long shots that land within three or four feet of the opponent’s baseline get recommended. 

6. Use Cross-Court Shots to Your Advantage 

You have a longer court to aim for, it’s preferable to return the ball in the same direction it came from, and the net is lower in the middle, making cross-court errors less frequent. 

Assume, however, that your opponent has a greater forehand than you. In that instance, you can try to break up long forehand cross-court rallies and force the match to get played on their backhand. 

7. Make Shots Down the Line From Baseline 

It is especially true if they get headed to the stronger side of the opponent, the forehand. The reasoning behind this is that it allows your opponent to respond with a pretty easy cross-court shot, leaving you with a lot of running to do to stay in the game! 

Of course, hitting down the lines to hold the opponent in the game or win a rally is common. Remember, though, that striking a cross-court ball down the line is more challenging than returning it in the same direction. 

8. At the Baseline, Stand Diagonally Opposing the Opponent 

Many players believe they can return to their starting location after each shot in the middle of the baseline. It is, nevertheless, critical to consider where your opponent is striking. 

The only exception is when they strike from the center, in which case you can stand diagonally across from them. From your vantage point, if your opponent is attacking the ball from their right back corner, you should be on the left side and vice versa. 

9. As you go closer to the net, follow the ball. 

Tennis positioning gets heavily influenced by angles. You must shift to the right of center if you hit the ball to your opponent’s right-hand corner; if you hit the ball to the left of center, you must go to the left of center. 

Most of the time, you’ll want to be halfway between the service line and the net. 

10. Whenever the opponent is under siege, move into the net. 

If your opponent has trouble with a shot at their baseline, step into the net and try to close out the point. For example, they might be struggling to play a deep-high bouncer on their backhand. Develop a sense of when your opponent is likely to play a poor shot that you can intercept at the net. 

11. Aim towards the net with your shots

Play aggressively and strike your shots straight into the corners or play angled shots if you’re at the net and your opponent is on the baseline. It’s not a good idea to take goals down the middle. 

A single shot from a corner kick can be enough to win. If you play down the middle, though, you’ll need at least two volleys to win, and you risk losing momentum or, worse, giving them time to come up with a winning lob or passing shot. 

12. Alter the servings as needed. 

And if you have a good service, your opponent will become accustomed to it over time and find out where the optimal receiving stance is. 

Make it harder for them to target the serve by varying the positioning, speed, and spin of your service, and you may keep your opponent guessing. 

Constant adaptation is far more challenging than returning the same shots repetitively. Variation in your serving style is an excellent strategy to cause errors or smash short balls that you can successfully attack. 

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