Learning From Watching The Pros!!!

thomas daniels

Semi-Pro
Since Wimbledon is going on right now.

I thought this would be a good time to talk about how you can learn from watching the pros.

The sad fact is that.

Many tennis players watch a pro tennis match as a fan.

"When they should be really watching it as a competitive tennis student trying to learn from watching the match".

Here are 3 ways that you can do that.

1) Study how they get ready for points.

The pros always set their own tempo in their matches.

"They only get in their return stance or prepare to serve when they are mentally ready to play the point on their terms."

This is the first key thing to take away from watching them and remember.

Were many juniors and adult players make the mistake of rushing to get ready and then rush through points and games.

2) Study how they construct points.

Pay close attention to how they set their opponents up and then take notes on how quickly they finish those points off.

Try to work on doing the same thing in your own practice matches.

I would first think. ( No cheap points, make your opponent earn everything that they get from you in every game and on every point)

3) Study what they do after points.

Notice how they never emotionally respond at all after a point.

Well, some do.

But, most of the time they just breathe that point away and mentally get ready for the next one.

This is what makes them so mentally tough and their playing philosophy is...

The next point is always the most important point in the match.

You should adopt that same playing philosophy from now on too.

Those are things to study when watching a pro match.

Don't just watch the match as a fan.

Watch it as a student of the game trying to get better at playing the game!!!

And with that said.

I'll talk to you guys later!!!


Oh yeah.

Enjoy the video below!!!

 
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Chadalina

Guest
Since Wimbledon is going on right now.

I thought this would be a good time to talk about how you can learn from watching the pros.

The sad fact is that.

Many tennis players watch a pro tennis match as a fan.

"When they should be really watching it as a competitive tennis student trying to learn from watching the match".

Here are 3 ways that you can do that.

1) Study how they get ready for points.

The pros always set their own tempo in their matches.

"They only get in their return stance or prepare to serve when they are mentally ready to play the point on their terms."

This is the first key thing to take away from watching them and remember.

Were many juniors and adult players make the mistake of rushing to get ready and then rush through points and games.

2) Study how they construct points.

Pay close attention to how they set their opponents up and then take notes on how quickly they finish those points off.

Try to work on doing the same thing in your own practice matches.

I would first think. ( No cheap points, make your opponent earn everything that they get from you in every game and on every point)

3) Study what they do after points.

Notice how they never emotionally respond at all after a point.

Well, some do.

But, most of the time they just breathe that point away and mentally get ready for the next one.

This is what makes them so mentally tough and their playing philosophy is...

The next point is always the most important point in the match.

You should adopt that same playing philosophy from now on too.

Those are things to study when watching a pro match.

Don't just watch the match as a fan.

Watch it as a student of the game trying to get better at playing the game!!!

And with that said.

I'll talk to you guys later!!!


Oh yeah.

Enjoy the video below!!!


Is a good post, most wanna copy the atp fh and be done with tennis :)
 

Digital Atheist

Hall of Fame
"They only get in their return stance or prepare to serve when they are mentally ready to play the point on their terms."
From the ITF Rules of Tennis:

21. WHEN TO SERVE & RECEIVE The server shall not serve until the receiver is ready. However, the receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server and shall be ready to receive within a reasonable time of the server being ready. A receiver who attempts to return the service shall be considered as being ready. If it is demonstrated that the receiver is not ready, the service cannot be called a fault.

Maria Sharapova is a classic example of what you advocate - where she takes her little walk to the back court and mentally prepares herself for the next point, regularly forcing the server to wait - and imo it violates the above rule. More needs to be done to prevent such behaviours so future generations don't take it as a given.
 

Chas Tennis

G.O.A.T.
Watch the pros turn back their uppermost bodies, as shown by the line between the shoulders. Then watch them turn their uppermost bodies forward. Notice the rapid timing. Notice the approximate angle of the movement back and forth. Once you see that now observe separation - the uppermost body turns farther back and there is timing to the forward uppermost body turn in relation to the hips. Djokovic is a great example. Don't study their strokes under pressure but the shots where they are showing their best techniques.

Now do the same at your club or public courts.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
No, no, no!

Most of the pros are morons!

"In fact, many of the pros today don't know the first thing about tennis strategy. One of the world's most respected tennis coaches said to me a while back that if "Boris Becker had ever learned how to play the game, no one would have ever beaten him."

http://www.tennisserver.com/circlegame/circlegame_02_02.html

That article is somewhat dated. Late 90s (or early 00s)? Point construction has returned to the game. It's not all 1 or 2 ball rallies on very fast surfaces like it was back in the 90s. In their SF match a couple of days ago, Roger and Rafa had more than one 25-ball rally IIRC. Novak and Roberto had some pretty long rallies as well. One was a 45-ball rally. Long cat & mouse rallies between Simona and Elina in their SF match. Ditto for the QF match between Simona and Shuai Z.

Sure there are still some mindless ball-bashers out there (Jelena O?) but I don't believe that is the norm any longer.
 
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