Returning a serve can be difficult as there are many aspects to focus on. One of the biggest things you may find difficult is the lack of time you have to swing at the ball. Below are a few tips to make sure you have enough time when returning a serve:
Split Step – Make sure to start off with a split step just as your opponent is making contact with the ball. This ensures you’ll be ready for anything.
Focus – Focus on your opponent’s body placement and toss so you can read where the serve will likely go.
Short Backswing – Serves can come in fast, so make sure your backswing isn’t too big. This will ensure you don’t hit the ball too late.
Focus on Placement – Your racquet serves as a trampoline when returning a serve, so all you need to focus on is where you are going to place the ball.
Returning a serve is one of the most important parts of the game, and can make a huge difference in the match. Some of the best serve returners in tennis are Andre Agassi, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams.
Work on your serve returns at Sports Camps Canada this summer! Camps will run June 24th to August 30th at select locations across the GTA. See you this summer!
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