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A great drill for working on the serve, smash and footwork. Perfect as a warm up or cool down or simply as a skill challenge.

Putting the mini net just infront of the player is forcing him to have a low to high swing path, and to make the ball rise and dip quickly.

A drill to work on attacking options by forcing the player to quickly change direction on contact which in turn helps disguise and reactions.

Tactical
Technical
Tactical

Carter Tennis is working on the backhand shuffle step in the open/semi open stance. Used particularly on wide backhands and return of serve.

Technical
Physical
Technical
Technical

Featured Coach

Louis Cayer

As a coach for over 44 years, Louis Cayer has made a name for himself in tennis. He started out in the sport at 16 years old. In 1976, he pursued his career at the Club de tennis Îles des Soeurs, where he spent 30 years. Cayer has worked with nine Top 100 singles players and over 30 Top 100 doubles specialists. He coached the Canadian Davis Cup team from 1989 to 1993 and was team captain from 1994 to 2000. He is currently the GB Davis Cup captain and Coach educator.

Physical
Physical
Technical
Physical

Using two balls so the player can initially practice their adjustment steps and 'beat the ball) and then two balls to hit.

Effective ladder drill that tests the players athletic height, fast footwork, and cooridnation with the ball. Seperating the hand skill from the feet skills.

Classic Spanish X drill that trains players under high volume ball feeding to effectively move forward and backward to hit.

Skill challenge with Judy Murray to practice the touch and feel on the volley using 3 players. Ideal for bigger groups.

Technical

Great drill using just two poles, where the player has to perceive the different heights and move in or out with good athletic height.

Using the chair to develop the kinesthetics (feel) of a short backswing on the backhand and starting the speed on the contact.

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Drill for players to understand the feeling of no hip rotation and how to just use the arm segments on the backhand slice.

Physical
Technical
Technical

Featured Drill

Tennis Haus using the pool noodle to initiate the correct feeling on the forehand groundstroke. 

The noodle creates a 'lag' as it pulls through the air. When the noodle or racket is at the backswing, it is this moment that the energy is stored, and then on the forward swing the 'elasticity' is then released and then maximised to create added power and spin.

One of our favourite drills that trains players to pick up shorter balls and drop shots. Especially effective to train on clay so that players can practice sliding with a skill task.

Soto tennis training the reactions of one of theur players. Helps with reaction, cooridnation and movement.

Another drill to understand a feeling. Jay starts by sitting on the bench which enables his to feel athletically low and explosive when split stepping on the return.

Physical
Physical
Technical

Featured Coach

Kris is now in his 28th year as a tennis and business coach with The Service Box opening in February 2005. This dynamic company has serviced many areas within tennis with Kris currently being the Projects Manager for the Judy Murray Foundation, a performance coach consultant for Tennis Scotland and tutor/consultant for Lawn Tennis Association. Around this work, Kris is running a remote mentoring programme which helps coaches, players and parents around the world. 

"A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be." 

- Tom Landry

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