Tip 6: A safety Target
So many players will overplay the ball, including playing the lines.
Vegas spends billions of dollars building casinos. Why? The majority of gamblers do not play the odds, they go for it and they lose!
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This is exactly what tennis players do; they defy the odds and go for winners. Watch how the pros build points, they play offensive but do not go for just winners.
Tip 7: Boris Becker (He had 4 serves)
When I worked with Boris he taught me so many little things that helped me become a better coach. This is how he approached his serve:
- Got into his ready position;
- Went through his entire serve motion including where he would serve to;
- He would do his 1st serve and repeat if he happened to miss his 1st.
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This ritual slowed him down and instilled in his mind what he would do when serving the ball.
Tip 8: When do you communicate?
There are so many opinions on when you talk, how you talk, and what you say to your player after a practice session or a match.
There are no two people alike, you have to adjust your method to fit the student's personality.
Below are a few examples of personalities I have dealt with personally.
- Aaron Krickstein: He wanted to talk as soon as possible.
- Jimmy Arias: He was always in constant communication, and still is to this day.
- Serena Williams- Wanted to either listen or speak a few words after each rally or point.
- Boris Becker: You have to speak softly and only a few words at a time
- Andre Agassi: Your guess is as good as mine
- Maria Sharapova: Lets hit another ball. Keep the conversation to a minimum.
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