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WATCH: A Quick Tip To Help You Hold Serve In Tennis

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WATCH: A Quick Tip To Help You Hold Serve In Tennis

In recreational tennis, players tend to have trouble when it comes to holding their serve. Even those with strong serves find themselves scratching their heads, wondering what happened.

The problem is that most players don’t practice their serve, and if they do, they don’t practice what to do right after hitting the serve… and that’s where the trouble starts.

Immediately after hitting the serve, players tend to follow their serve in to no-man’s land, or what I sometimes call “the black hole” and then stay there, waiting for the return. Most don’t mean to do it, it’s just the natural forward momentum from the serve that pulls them in, and out of position. And, oftentimes, what happens next is that the returns land at their feet, causing them to either hit an error or an awkward return that can be put away by the opponent, which leads to a loss of serve.

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In this video clip, I’ll not only give you a great tip that will help you get into position after you serve so you can hold serve, but I’ll show the tip in action with the women I teach. And it works for players of all levels!

By the way… the video shows the same server, before and after (just one day later!) implementing this tip!


As always, my goal is to give all of you the tips and tools you need to be the best tennis players you can be. If you have any questions about rules, or situations that happened to you, please tell me about it in the comments section below and I’ll address it in a future video! Also, be sure and share my posts with your tennis friends, and connect with me on social media – the links are in my bio at the top of the post!

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I'm a former top 50 world-ranked tennis pro, whose most notable opponents include Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernandez and Andrea Jaeger. Currently, I own and run Jane Forman Sports in Miami, Fla., developing community tennis and sports programs for children and adults of all ages and levels of ability.

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