Tennis is one of my favorite sports. I love that not only does it involve strength and technique, but elegance as well. Unfortunately, loving it and always winning are not the same thing. So, after a particularly tough loss, I approached Pablo Martinez, Personal Tennis Instructor at Capella Pedregal, to help me improve my overall game. He explained that tennis, while a combination of exercise and technique, also requires great psychological and mental training. This is because a large part of the game has to be decided in the head of each player. Intrigued by his explanation, I asked Pablo to share technical, mental and tactical tennis tips, which I am excited to share with you as well.
1. Bend the knees at the same time the ball is bouncing on your side.
2. When preparing to hit the ball the racquet should be in a position where the strings face the direction you want the ball to go in.
3. Use the toes of your feet to help support yourself and to create better balance.
1. During a game, never ask yourself “What am I doing wrong?” Instead ask, “What can I do better?”
2. Focus on playing “good tennis,” you don’t need to stress about playing “very good tennis.” By this I mean play it safe – go for shots that are effective but not overly risky—not every shot need be a “winner.”
3. Mentally, focus on relaxation during your running and hitting, breathing is very important. Try and time your breathing so that when you connect with the ball you are also exhaling.
1. Body language is crucial in beating your opponent! Pay attention to the way you behave on the court, it is really important to project confidence—this is a great way to throw your opponent off.
2. Play with a strategy. Focus on your strengths and attacking your opponent’s weaknesses.
3. Use the time between points to reinforce the previous point. Immediately after a point look at your strings and make a mental note of what you did right or wrong.
These are great quick tennis tips that I plan to put into practice immediately. If you like tennis, or would like to learn to play it, I recommend you visit Pablo Martinez at the Capella Pedregal Tennis Courts. Not only is he a great instructor, but he is a lot of fun as well! Your Personal Assistant will be happy to schedule your tennis class with Pablo.