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 more about our planned trip in July.

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!

Hosted Coaching Week, 13th to 20th July 2019

Get the opportunity to train with Jo and Alan.

  • You will learn new skills to develop your tennis game
  • 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

Find out more about our hosted week, there are a few places left for next month.

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