How to play tennis like Rafael Nadal?

How to play tennis like Rafael Nadal?

Famous male tennis player Rafael Nadal is known as the clay specialist. Not only has he displayed his game and mentality extravaganza on clay but he has been performing really well on grass and hard courts as well. His strong physical attributes and game knowledge have helped him to acquire the world no.1 tennis player rank. If you aspire to be the next Nadal, here is what you should follow:

1)      You need to have an extraordinary fitness level. Your body will be challenged in a cardiovascular capacity which requires you to increase your body’s resistance and power.

2)      You need to work on your racket grips. Being a clay court specialists, Nadal uses western forehands with which the racket is gripped with the palm facing up and the strings of the racket are perpendicular to the ground. This helps the heavy topspin. You have to be very strong in order to benefit from topspin. Nadal has a two-handed backhand but he runs around to play as many forehands as possible.

3)      Nadal likes to approach the net and finish the point, which is his common tactic to attack the opponent. His volley is all over the court and this talent makes him different than the other clay court players. You can afford to be defensive on clay court but on other courts you need to be offensive by coming on to the net.

4)      Nadal’s serve is not a major strength, but his ability to position the serve and create pace and spin enables him to counter his opponents easily.

5)      Last but not the least, Nadal sort of dictates his opponent. Nadal, with his magical placement, makes the opponent move in exactly the manner he wishes. You will have this talent only if you use your creative skills.

How to serve in tennis?

by on January 20, 2011
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How to serve in tennis?

The top tennis players are judged from their tennis serves. A strong and controlled serve could win a match for tennis players. As serve in tennis is the starting point of game, so excelling in serving a tennis ball is like building a base for a long-lasting and successful career. Serving a ball in tennis takes a few lessons, time, and months upon months of practice. For excelling in advanced serves, you need to have a grip on crucial basic serve. The basic tennis serve is played by following few steps:

1)      Stand behind the baseline of the court and hold racket in your dominant hand with a basic or continental serve grip. Position yourself to the right or left side of the central mark on the court baseline and turn slightly sideways to net.

2)      Now take the ball in your non-dominant hand and toss it in the air. The ball should be tossed high enough in the air so that when you use your racket to make contact with the ball, you arm is fully stretched in the air. Keep this momentum and hit your racket through the ball. Let your arm follow naturally into the downward movement.

3)      In case your first attempt fails and hits into the net or goes into the incorrect service box, try another serve till you correctly locate it. You must keep in mind that your foot should not touch or step over the baseline prior to ball contact.

And keep practising. Without practice, you wouldn’t be able to have a winning serve.

How to play a tennis forehand volley?

by on January 20, 2011
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How to play a tennis forehand volley? Roger Federer

A volley is a shot which is played in tennis before the ball actually bounces on the ground. The volley is mostly played when the player is closer to net but there are instances when the volley is executed from a distance as well. The volley is sometimes executed near the baseline or even in the middle of tennis court. The main purpose of a volley in tennis is to go offensive on the player and cut the reaction time of the opponent. The opponent will have much less time to respond and chase the ball in volley. Playing volley is not that difficult. All you need is control and practice. Here are the instructions to play volley in tennis:

1)      To play a volley, position yourself from the net about three feet. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.

2)      Hold your racket with a continental grip. Keep your head pointing up and racket in front of you. You must make sure that the bottom of the handle is even with your belly button. Use your non-dominant hand’s fingers to lightly hold the top portion of the racket. Bend your knees slightly to put some strain on your thighs.

3)      Now move your left foot (or right in case you are left-handed) towards the ball as the ball probably would be hitting towards you above the waist level. Now turn your shoulder slightly to the right (left) till you bring your racket back even with your right (left) shoulder. Keep this motion smooth.

4)      Use your racket in a forward motion to meet the ball by using a quick punch. Keep your head vertical and make the racket contact the ball with your right/left shoulder. Now move your racket hand slightly so that the ball faces your palm upon the contact.

5)      Follow through with your swing. You should know that the follow through for a volley is shorter compared to the regular ground stroke. Your racket should be in control and not pass the front of your body.