Category: Improve your Game

Jo Durie and Alan Jones share their top 5 tennis tips

Jo Durie and Alan Jones run regular training events at La Manga in Spain. We approached them to share their top tips for improving your tennis. Scroll down to see an opportunity for intermediate to advanced players in November.

Practicing ground strokes

Jo Durie and Alan Jones

Tip 1

Don’t get obsessed with technique – Technique is individual, just watch the top players and you can see how much technique differs but all have great footwork, concentrate more on footwork than technique.

Tip 2


More errors are made in the net
than hitting the ball long or wide, concentrate on net clearance and always aim to give yourself a margin of 3 foot net clearance.

Tip 3

How many of us turn up to the tennis courts, hit a couple of groundstrokes, a volley, a couple of serves and if we are really daring a smash and then start a game? Try and dedicate more time to practising your serve – remember the serve is pivotal to every rally and every point. More matches are lost due to poor percentage of serves in than any other part of the game.

Tip 4

Realise that impact is destiny! The impact of when the ball strikes your racket strings will determine the direction of the ball, speed and spin. Take time to consider how you affect ball impact and how well do you manage your racket? Do you have fluency in your backswing, impact and follow through or is it erratic?

Tip 5

Make sure that every time you leave the tennis court whether it be a social hit, club night or competitive match, you give 100 percent all the time! Remember to leave everything out on the court every time. Hard work, effort and commitment is everything in tennis, always ask yourself how committed I am to reach every ball – remember a ball in play is not a lost point!

Coaching Week for intermediate to advanced players, 5th to 12th November 2017

Calling all intermediate and advanced tennis players! Get the opportunity to train with Jo and Alan’s academy students in November.

  • You will learn new skills to develop your tennis game
  • Get an opportunity to hit with some of Britain’s brightest tennis prospects
  • Discover what it really takes to be a top tennis player
  • Discover a completely new take on tennis coaching that challenges yourself to rethink your tennis game

The programme offers 10 hours of coaching at La Manga with Jo Durie and Alan Jones.

We have a variety of accommodation available to suit all budgets from the 3* self-catering at the Bellaluz to the 5* Principe Felipe.  The accommodation is all located within a 10 minute walk of the tennis academy.

Contact us for more details.

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!!

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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