One of the most anticipated moments of the year for Arizonans is approaching. The time when temperatures finally drop below 100° F (38° C). This fact means that we can finally spend more time outside without worrying about being cooked like a Thanksgiving turkey.
So why am I bringing that up? It’s simple. Matchplay season. When it comes to tennis, there is no substitute for playing matches. Like many sports, drills are paramount in developing technique and establishing proper habits to more effectively hit the ball and avoid injury. Nevertheless, without actually playing points, it is near impossible to implement feedback from lessons. Furthermore, it is important to make mistakes (and learn from them) on the court, try new strategies, and face different opponents.
There are many opportunities to arrange to play matches. You can
1) sign up for our classes that include matchplay,
2) sign up for a local USTA tournament, or
3) just call up one of your buddies from class and play a match.
Consider this matches as another way to practice as opposed to an end goal. While on the court with a friend, challenge yourself to implement different plays. For example, if you are not comfortable at the net, set a reasonable goal to approach 6 times throughout a set. You will learn what works and become more comfortable with that aspect of the game.
Sid note: One of my favorite things to do when I was a junior player was watch tennis and observe how the pros move and set up their points. After returning to the court, I would then have a new goal to utilize what I had learned.
Here is a video highlighting a singles match between Isner and Federer during the most recent Laver Cup.
Here is a clip highlighting some phenomenal doubles play also from the Laver Cup.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate reaching out and look out for upcoming news regarding matchplay.
See you on the court!