There are a lot of strategies that you could and should be using when your playing a singles match in tennis.
Using strategies helps you focus on simple steps that you need to execute…
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Keeping you focused on completing these steps will limit the chances for paralysis by analysis.
Also, using “plays” and proper tennis strategies are integral to success during matches…
If you are able to vary those strategies at the right times you will keep your opponents off balance and increase your chances of winning.
Here is a classic forehand counter-attack tennis strategy that was perfected by Pete Sampras time and time again.
The Forehand Trick Play
I call it the “Trap” play.
It’s a trap because you are going to purposely leave an open space on the court for your opponents to hit into and then spring the trap when they hit into it.
When you are learning how to hit a forehand in tennis this is the dream scenario you should have running through your head.
Your forehand tennis training should incorporate this play within your practice sessions.
Check out some video footage highlights of the Agassi vs. Sampras matches from the late 1990’s and you’ll see this tennis strategy executed perfectly time and time again.
Pete Sampras used this tennis strategy or “trick” to set up his running forehand, and that is probably the most common use of the “trap” play.
To execute this, you want to hang in your backhand corner exchanging cross-court backhands, making sure to leave the forehand corner open a little bit more than normal.
Feel free to use a little dramatic flair here as long as you know you can cover that forehand corner, the trick is to make your opponent believe that they can easily hit a winner up the line to your forehand.
Your goal is to bait them into going down the line into your forehand corner and if they don’t hit their shot absolutely perfectly, you will be able to reach their shot and crack a big forehand cross-court for a winner.
This play worked again and again for Sampras as it has for many other players and it will work for you as well.
Practice setting up your opponents with this play, decide exactly how much space you can give them into your forehand corner and still reach the ball to execute your running forehand.
There is one other nice benefit to this play and that is that when you leave that forehand corner open for them, you are inviting them to hit their shot down the line.
Hitting down the line is an offensive tennis shot usually and it carries a higher risk than hitting cross-court, this means that not only are you baiting them to hit into your strength, but you are also tempting them to hit a low percentage tennis shot too.
About as close to a Win-Win as you can get in tennis.
Try it out and good luck!
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