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.

Tennis skills and techniques: Service in Tennis

by on February 27, 2010
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Tennis skills and techniques: Service in Tennis

Service, also known as serve, is a shot to start a point in tennis. The service is started by tossing up the ball and hitting it in the diagonal service box in the oppositions court without touching the net. Generally, services are played overhead but that can also be played underarm. The service is the only time when a player can have some time to set up instead of returning the ball against the shot from opposite court. The service is a kind of shot that can be very tough for a new player to the game but once this art is mastered it can win many points for a player. The service can be used as an offensive weapon for the professional players and they are expected to win many points through their services.

A professional player generally does master the art of a tennis service and try to learn more and more Ace services. An ace service is a shot that is played with such power and distance that in spite of being an official service, the opposition player cannot return the shot on the service. This kind of service is considered to be the best service. In order to deliver a legal service a player can have two chances. If a player does a wrong service twice, it is considered to be a double-fault and point is awarded to the opposition.

Players like Agassi, Federer, Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Edberg etc were known for their superb serves. These players have won series of grand slams due to their excellent serve.