Playing tennis requires knowledge of the rules and the technique of performed games. From the tactical perspective, the important messages are those about court zones, their sizes and uses, or in other words - destination.
The court zones can be divided into defensive, neutral, attack, pressure and death zones. Each of these parts of the court imposes fair play and behaviour. This is nothing more than a conventional area that depends on the style of play and the court surface, and the player's intentions.
Division of the court
- The defensive zone is outside the court, a few meters from the end line. In this area, the player defends himself and can use lob, passing or high plays.
- The neutral zone extends from the beginning of the defensive zone and reaches about 50 cm deep into the court. This field is a quiet game, stock exchanges and preparation for entering the court.
- The attack zone, also called the attack building zone, is located roughly in the middle of the playing field and allows the opponent to be threatened. Many area patterns can be used in this area and mislead the opponent by using a variety of tennis.
- The pressure zone and the death zone are located at the beginning of the playing field starting from the grid.
- The death zone is next to the grid itself, while the pressure zone is located just behind it. These are places where offensive play is often used, often hit by a volley, lash, or shortcuts to end the point.
You have always been told that you need to train and train again to learn a given activity. You can learn a lot about improving the game both on the Internet and on the courts. However, besides all this enormous knowledge, there is another powerful weapon that few use. Some of them are probably unaware of the process while playing on the court.
Science through science!
- Yes! We can improve our own game by teaching others the previously mastered activities. This is due to several factors. First of all, we need to sketch or refresh the pattern of a given skill and arrange it. This works well because the knowledge you have acquired in the learning process, despite its use, will be blurred over time, especially when it comes to the minor details.
- In addition, by teaching someone, you will probably want to prepare, so you will refresh the technical aspects of the stroke ( See technical aspects of the forehand ). A person motivated to help will look more closely at the material being analyzed to avoid missing anything. His knowledge will be sorted and better remembered.
- Two real-life cases. A very experienced trainer I worked with forgot to lead a non-dominant hand as a counter-balance at one-handed backhand. Later, teaching one that his protégés of this blow, mentioning this, got enlightened that his element was also missing in his game.
- While teaching children volition, I tended to hold the racket too low. I implemented the corrections myself by showing them the correct technique because I knew that I sometimes act similarly.
- However, there is a critical remark. If you are unsure of your technique or a beginner, donate this method to yourself because it can do more harm to your pupil than help you. Bad habits are like a prison ball attached to the ankle. They will drag on for years.
- In this case, try to start with what you already know "you know well" or start working with children. This technique will be a bit simplified, but you also need to be sure that you know what you are talking about. Let us follow the Hippocrates principle: "Primum non-nocere", meaning "First, not harm."
How do you get around the tennis court?
I am surprised that trainers so often skip the topic of appropriate movement on the court in their classes. This article will introduce you to a straightforward rule, which understanding and conscious use during the game will significantly give you an advantage.
It may seem to you that the topic of navigating the court is prominent, and there is nothing to think about. Everything seems simple when players exchange the ball in a straight line. However, what if your opponent decides to play to the left or right? Where should you position yourself to increase your chances of kickback?
For the record, the principle I want to tell you is based on the angle bisector diagram, which you probably heard more than once in maths lessons. The bisector of an angle is a half-straight line dividing the angle into two equal parts.
If we transfer this scheme to the tennis court, then the angle arms indicate the opponent's potential play direction. However, the bisector marks the centre of the field for playing. So your ideal position will be to follow the bisector so that it is in the middle of the play area; for example: if your opponent plays from the bottom of the court, you should cover the top of it.
To better understand this scheme, I recommend you analyze the matches of professional tennis players.
Observing their game, you will notice that you do not always have to go towards the centre of the potential playfield ideally. However, according to the diagram above, you must not go beyond the area that is defined by the angle arms, which are the border of the field in which your probability will play the opponent.