Kurt: In tennis, first of all, you have two
chances to get the ball into the appropriate service box. If you miss those two chances you lose the
point. So serving is quite important. You can’t play if you can’t put the ball in
the box. As you learn the game you will learn to hold
the racket in a continental grip for the serve, so that when you step of to the baseline,
you’ll pick one side of center or the other. You always start on the right of center. If you’re playing singles you’d like to be
reasonably close to the middle. If you’re playing doubles you would shade
further off to the right because you’re accountable for the alley. So you don’t want to be out of position for
that. You’ll stand not facing the net like so. You will turn a little sideways. You will keep your arms nice and relaxed. When you first learn the game we might have
you just put the arm up then make an accurate toss, turn, and hit the ball. Ultimately we will get you to use both arms
together. Bringing the arms up, bending the elbow, turning,
looking at that ball, and swinging through the shot. Joe, what do you think? Joe: That sounded pretty good. I think the important thing to remember is
you’ll only get two chances. If you miss both chances it’s called a double
fault and you lose the point. Kurt: There’s a lot of little pieces here,
but I don’t want you to have to remember nine things on the serve. Watch the swing. Up, bend, throw. Up, bend, look at that ball, and finish that
swing across the other side of your body. Tom: And good technique, as Kurt just demonstrated,
will get that ball in the box in two chances.

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