All right. Right here, we’re talking about
the return of serve, and we have Gustavo getting ready to return serve on that side. We’re
going to show you the processes of going through this return of serve and kind of show you
how to get a rhythm and how to make sure that you’re moving forward and coming in at an
angle. A lot of players go sideways on the return of serve. And so in doubles, it’s not
effective. They’re not able to go in. Plus, they are getting the ball spun away from them,
a lot of times. They’re not able to reach the ball. So you can cut off the angles if
you’re going forward at an angle. So what we’re going to do is Gustavo is going to show
you. Once I toss the ball up, you’ll kind of see him getting ready. Is that how you
get ready Gustavo? He looks good. See how he’s ready, right there, looking balanced,
getting focused. He knows where he wants to go, I think, on his return of serve. I toss
the ball up. He moves forward, and he still moves forward. Once I toss it, watch what
he does. See that? He has a little bit of movement forward. I didn’t even hit the ball,
but I just showed you what he did right there. He just moved forward a little bit. So I toss
it. He comes forward. And even that wide ball, see that? He didn’t go sideways. That was
a tough serve. I mean, I hit that pretty well. And he went forward, and that’s why he was
able to get that shot. We’re going to show you that again, maybe on the backhand side,
this time. Going forward. There we go. See that forward motion, right there. And a lot
of players, you can learn by walking. You know kind of walk into the ball a little bit.
As the toss goes up, you walk in and then you’re forward. Then you can handle anything.
A lot of players common mistake is people will just stand there. Let’s show them what
people do right here. This is a player just standing there, waiting for the return of
serve. Let me show you that wide ball, now. Watch how he goes sideways. Do you do this?
I think you might. So we’re going to show you again, the right way, going forward on
that same exact serve. And it’s a lot easier. See that? He’s able to handle it, able to
cut off the court, able to take less steps.

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6 thoughts on “Tennis Footwork : Tennis Footwork: Returning Serve”

  1. @loisetete quite right. By the time you put your foot out, the ball is already blown by you. It works in theory. Quicker lateral movement, shorten swing and get the ball back seem more practical

  2. Kudos to Gustavo for being able to model the WRONG way on demand. that is hard to do, once you are trained well. This is solid advice. It is hard to see on TV because the camera on the returner is seldom live at the point the server has made the toss, but that is how the pros do it as they read the toss and racket.

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