In this video you will learn how to return a serve.
Check out the videos on the forehand and the backhand.
In this video, you will learn how to return the serve.
Stand in the ready position with the knees bent and the non racket hand holding the throat of the racket
Use a continental grip
The racket frame should be perpendicular to the ground and the base of the 'V' formed with the thumb and the index along the first bevel
This allows you to switch easily to the forehand or backhand grip
Depending on the strength of your opponent’s serve, stand either just outside the baseline or a couple of feet behind it and towards the alley
On the ad court, you could stand again close to the alley
For the second serve, you could step in to the court to attack
Jump or take a step forward with your non racket leg and do a split step before the opponent contacts the ball
Keep a close eye on the ball and be ready to move to either side
Switch to the forehand or backhand grip depnding on whichever side the opponent serves
If the serve is to your foreahand, flex your racket knee
The backswing should be compact and you should use the pace of the serve to your advantage
It's important to switch from a fast preparation to a slow forward swing
Think about meeting the ball and not hitting the ball
Move in forward into the ball even if the serve is fast
Using your bodyweight into the return allows you to add momentum and balance the racket head
For a penetrative offensive return, transfer the weight into the shot
Take off and land on the non racket foot
If the serve is to your backhand, your strings should face to the side when you swing the racket back for a double handed backhand
When you contact the ball the strings should be flat and parallel to the net
Flex your non racket leg and transfer your weight on it
Straighten your non racket knee and push off forward and land on the racket foot
If the serve is on your body, slice or block it with a backhand shot
You could also try taking the ball on the rise to attack and give less time to your opponent
Ask your partner or trainer to stand in the opposite service box and feed you balls so that you can work on your reflexes
When the ball is in your court, you have to get in a solid return to neutralize the serve
Enjoy your game
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