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"""Play like a pro! "Tennis Tactics" brings you the perfect blend of the mental and physical aspects of the game. Learn the strategies and how to practice them, then see the results when you compete."""
Todd Martin
Professional Tennis Player

"""Winning matches depends on the ability to think fast. This book helps you put together patterns and strategies to do just that."""
Lindsay Davenport
Professional Tennis Player
Women's Tennis Association
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""Play like a pro! Tennis Tactics brings you the perfect blend of the mental and physical aspects of the game. Learn the strategies and how to practice them, then see the results when you compete.""

Todd Martin
Professional Tennis Player


""Winning matches depends on the ability to think fast. This book helps you put together patterns and strategies to do just that.""

Lindsay Davenport
Professional Tennis Player
Women's Tennis Association

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (July 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880114991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880114998
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heath Martin on July 11, 2002
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This book divides players into four playing styles based on a paragraph description of each. Then, it has a chart showing which patterns and drills in the book each style should focus on to improve their play. There are two chapters each on Serves, Returns, Midcourt, and Volleying. The first chapter describes the patterns of play and the second has drills to improve on the patterns.
This is focused on singles instruction and is a great drill and skills book for a coach. Most all of the drills are for multiple player training.
If you're looking for a book to give you drills to improve your tennis team, its a great buy. If you're looking for a book about strategy, what to do, and why, then this is not the book for you.
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I coach tennis for kids and teenagers for over 12 years. In order to plan classes not boring and profitable, I seek books that have pratical drills.

Besides having this kind of drills, this book shows you HOW, WHY and WHEN you should apply them to a specific game situation. Using diferent patterns of play, from the defensive player to the aggressive one, this book matches drills with tactics, giving you a good perspective of THE GAME.

I strongly recommend it.

Mário Santos

Tennis Coach

PORTUGAL
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This book addresses effective tennis strategies from every angle. Tennis is a mental game after all. You just need physical fitness and endurance to go with it. Each drill comes with a clear description (category, purpose, player's level, time, procedure, coaching points) and a diagram. Every player's level is covered - from beginner to professional. In addition, USTA does not overlook the importance of planning your strategy around your and the opponent's strengths and weaknesses. In this respect, four basic styles of play are addressed: 1) counterpuncher, 2) aggressive baseliner, 3) all-court-player, and 4) serve-and-volleyer. Not only it recommends drill patterns for your particular style of play, it also offers a valuable look at the drill patterns that your opponent with a different style may (and surely will) use against you during a match. As an aggressive baseliner, I have always found playing against counterpunchers frustrating - now I know why. And if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, and practise every drill in this book (as long as your level allows it, of course), your tennis skills will improve greatly. It goes without saying that you need another dedicated player to practise the drills for singles (or three for doubles), and a coach who will guide you through the drills and make necessary corrections (especially if you are a beginner or intermediate player). A great book for every competitive tennis player!
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Classic book, can't go wrong if you're a tennis enthusiast. What's especially nice about this book is that they have specific drills and patterns for every player type, so you don't necessarily need to read the entire book. You can easily home in on the section specific to your play style.
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Good book with excellent information. Love the drawings of what the author(s) are describing, making it easier to visualize tactics. Definitely a book for your reference library.
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I have about 10 tennis books and this is the one that I grab every single training day to discuss the patterns and drills with my coach. If you really want to develop your game to a more efficient and consistent level, this book will help showing the patterns of play and the drills that cover them.
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A nice layout of winning point patterns and (hopefully) positive outcomes. A good reference book, but if you're looking for help that is more immediate, I suggest the book Tennis for Humans.
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I have read many books on tennis, and this stands out for being so practical and insightful. It really is very impressive and has an all-star group of authors.
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