13 Feb African Tennis Clinic: Top Weapons In Tennis
This week’s African tennis clinic breaks down the top weapons in tennis.
If you want to win Grand Slams, this is a champion’s main weapon. If you can’t win free points on your serve, chances are you’ll have to work extra hard to win games. You don’t want to be that player who donates points. Maybe this didn’t matter before if you were a great returner, but now that the game has evolved big time, the big hitters will attack any weak serves, taking away the server’s advantage and turning things around.
America’s Serena Williams is not doubt one of the best servers in tennis business. If her serve is on, no one has a chance of beating her. Her toss is simply precise, while her placement is unpredictable. While most players play it safe when it comes to those pressure moments, Williams is not afraid to throw in huge serves. If the first serve doesn’t go in, she has her second serve to rely on. This makes her one of the great servers of all time.
If you possess this weapon, you sure will get a high percentage of winners in every match. Champions like Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s Roger Federer use this weapon as their bread and butter. Nadal’s forehand is so potent that when it’s on, it’s on. He uses it to bully his opponents around, pushing them all over the court, getting them fatigued. He hits winners with his topspin, frustrating his opponents.
While some people opt for one-handed backhand and others prefer the traditional two-handed one, at the end of the day, what matters is how it’s executed. Your goal as a player is to win points, not to show-off. Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka displayed his vicious one-hander at this year’s Australian Open to win his first Grand Slam. Aesthetically, it’s such an eye candy but most importantly, it’s a lethal weapon. He can transition smoothly from a defense position to offense without missing a bit.
It doesn’t matter how good your shots are if you’re not mentally touch. Champions know how to summon their mental toughness when it calls for it. Cliche or not, the match is never over until the scoreboard says so. If you’re serving for the match and your opponents smells nerves (champions can smell this from afar) you’re toast. Whether they’re down or not, champions still believe they have the chance to win the match. They will attack until the last point. Russia’s Maria Sharapova is one of the mentally tough players in the biz.