- Fitness & Mental Toughness
always tell my students, tactics is about
making your opponent miserable. I like to
give my players simple, easy-to-remember plans for
matches. When nerves try to take over, its
important to be able to focus on the present. Thinking
about what makes your opponent uncomfortable instead
of worrying about your own problems makes you concentrate
on the correct issues; for example - does he/she
have a favored height at which to strike the ball?
Dont give them any pleasure
topspin higher, give them whatever they DONT
Think about their grip - if its Western, then
they probably wont love a low, wide slice
serve on the deuce side. Give them that serve. Do
they like to run around their backhand? Dont
send any high balls to that side - slice low, then
send them running to the other side.
Do they like to run side-to-side at the baseline?
Hit some drop shots and angles draw them to the
net, where they may not like to be. Are they hard
hitters who enjoy using your pace? Mix it up and
slow things down, sending some higher, heavy spin
balls. When they start moaning that they cant
get any rhythm from you, or call you a pusher, you
know you have them. You have made you opponent miserable
- the simplest tactic to remember!