Scott Dunlop: The Best Way To Play Better Tennis

There are thousands of articles and books with tips on how to play better tennis. Most of these are written by pros who employ various techniques and drills to improve strokes and strategies.However the best way to get better is very rarely identified.  It is simply to practice or play with more players.

Anyone who competes in tennis will tell you that although instruction and practice ground your strokes, you cannot tell if you improve until you play with or against other people. Other players test your skills. The more often you play with different players, the more you are tested and the faster you improve. The surest way to improve is in competition because your game is really on the line, but any play against different opponents is instructive because every player plays differently.

Most tennis players tend to play with the same players over and over because it’s comfortable and easy to arrange. However, if you really want to improve you need to get out of this comfort zone and actually play against a variety of different styles and skill sets. New players force you to develop new or better shots and strategies.  You’ll also get the bonus of meeting people and making friends. You can find new players by asking a pro to set you up or using websites like Juump.

A deeper dive into second serve statistics

The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.