Improving your Doubles Game

Trying to find the perfect practise to improve your Doubles Game?

Doubles practice session

Kevin Wentworth

This drill is a tried and tested method which I learned at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. Saddlebrook is a truly fantastic resort located in Wesley Chapel near Florida. Over the years the resort has been the home and training ground for many famous pro tennis players including Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Mardy Fish.

The following drill is a great way to start your next session of doubles. It will help you improve the following:

  • Ground strokes
  • Volleys
  • Footwork
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Teamwork

How does it work?

  • 1 team at the net and 1 team at the baseline
  • The net players feed the ball to either of the players on the baseline
  • The baseliners aim to get the ball past the players at the net, either down the tram lines or down the centre of the court
  • I would suggest at the start to not allow lobs to count unless you want to practise smashes
  • Once the ball is in play, continue to play the point out

Play first to ten points and then swap positions so each team has had an opportunity to play at the net and at the baseline.

This drill really helps to improve your doubles play!

Novak Djokovic’s Coaching Tips

This was filmed some time ago, but we love the tips from the tennis champ. Novak goes through each of his shots in great detail giving a clear and concise breakdown of the technique. The video includes:

Serves – Height of ball toss, moment of impact

Forehand – Importance of footwork and follow through

Backhand – Weight transference into the shot

Drop shot – One of Novak’s favourite shots showing how to change the pace for the rally

Volleys – Positioning and control

Smash – Footwork and preparation

Returns – Split steps and short back-swing

FINALLY

A John McEnroe impression!!

Weekend Warrior Academy, La Manga Club

Can you improve your tennis in a weekend?

Here at Tennis Holidays we love a challenge! We think YOU could improve your game over a weekend attending the Weekend Warrior programme at La Manga.

Weekend tennis at La Manga

The programme for the weekend includes:

Friday 16.00 -18.00

Movement and Positioning – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball and point situations. Highlight the difference in movement patterns and shot selection depending on what type of ball you receive.

Saturday 11.00 – 13.00

Positioning – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball and point situations. Highlight the difference in movement patterns and shot selection depending on what type of ball you receive.

Forehand and Backhand – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball situations. This focuses on the key technical and tactical aspects of these ground strokes.

Saturday 16.00 -18.00

Net play – covering all aspects: movement, court position and technical. An opportunity to discover new shots and increase confidence with a clearer understanding of what is required at the net.

Sunday 11.00 -13.00

Serve and Return and tactical awareness – this covers court positioning and shot selection. From a mental aspect, the challenge of keeping positive.

Prices for the La Manga Weekend Warriors start from £495.00 per person including 8 hours tennis package, 3 or 4 nights accommodation and return transfers from Murcia airport. This price does NOT include flights.

Special Week with Davis Cup Captain, Leon Smith

14th – 21st October 2017

A Special Tennis Week in La Manga with Britain’s Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith

Leon Smith, Davis Cup Captain

We’re excited to announce a unique opportunity to receive coaching from Britain’s Davis Cup Captain. Leon Smith will be assisting the tennis academy with on-court coaching each morning between 9am and 11am during this special week. Improve your tennis and learn more about what it takes to compete for your country.
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Improving your game

Wimbledon has got everyone enthusiastic about improving their games. How do we find that extra dimension that will take our game to the next level?

There is no substitute for hard work on the tennis court, but with minor adjustments you can improve the chances of winning your next match.

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Video: Hosted Tennis Week at La Manga

A quick video from our recent Hosted Week in La Manga. A quick interview with Bill Hughes, who has been on a few holidays with us. The other clips show Head Tennis Pro James Rose carrying out a demonstration and being ably assisted by current tour player Rafa Martinez.

Hosted Week at Umag Academy, Croatia

A few years ago, we decided to start running hosted holidays. These are tennis breaks which are hosted by a member of our staff, a proficient tennis player. The staff member acts as a guide and representative throughout the trip, helping to organise communal meals and tennis matches. These holidays are particularly appealing to single travellers, since they can join up with our group and enjoy socialising with the group. We of course welcome couples and groups on the holidays too.

In October 2016, we ran our first holiday week to the Umag Academy in Croatia. This trip was a big success and we’re happy to announce we have three more trips planned for 2017.

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