Australian Open is done. The first Grand Slam tournament is over and we can leave Melbourne with smile on face and lessons to implement into our own game. Novak Djokovic proved again that he is a champion that we should all learn from.
Naomi Osaka won the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. She had to face unexpected situations before the tournament, during the tournament as also unexpected rival in the final. Because she is the real champion, she knows exactly how to play the finals to leave the court with trophy and smile.
Playing tournaments just to compete is not the best approach both score-wise and improvement-wise. After every tournament, players should assess own trip using 3-points checklist. By properly assessing the tournament, player gets important information as also gets additional motivation to work even harder.
Tennis is the game of mistakes but it doesn’t mean that players should avoid mistakes. By being aware of errors and learning from them, players are able to improve the quality of own performance and win more tennis matches.
Top players possess variety of offensive skills to be able to put pressure on the rivals. Hitting fast balls close to the baseline is main strategy for many champions but using angle shot is another weapon that gets more visible in modern game. Understanding when to use this shot can be a key to beat more advanced rivals during the competition.
Success at the net doesn’t depend only on the ability to hit winning volleys and overheads. Before player has this opportunity, he has to execute approach shot and the quality of this stroke has the biggest influence on the success rate while coming to the net. Learning how to hit the ball well both technically and tactically are must-have skills for all players who want to put more pressure on rivals.
Playing deep balls is one of the main tactical aspects in tennis. It means that we have to try to utilize this strategy but we have to also be prepared that the opponent will also deliver these challenging balls. Learning how to respond properly to deep balls is crucial to be able to maintain high-quality baseline game.
Improvement doesn’t happen only on the tennis court. Practicing has many different forms and physical activity is just one of them. Using time after the practice to run tennis journal is an invaluable way to improve faster than ever.
The beginning of the new year is always a great opportunity for good change. However how should we approach our resolutions so we are able to keep them for the next 12 months? Can anyone achieve even the most challenging goal? The solution is quite simple.
A lot of tennis players talk about the zone. When they play incredibly well they say they were in the zone. What is this magic “zone”? Can we control it? Let’s find out.