Features — December 8, 2013
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Sany — A Couple of Years in the Making
Sany first came to the Bollettieri Tennis Academy at the age of 10, she was little more than an intermediate player. Now, two years later, working five hours a week through logical progressions, she's ranked 33 in the nation and still has a year left in her age group. Pat Dougherty takes you through her full arsenal of serves and and explains how she does it and what she can do with it in match play.
High Performance Drills: Dead Run
Jorge Capestany continues his series on how you can modify drills to make them more challenging for the high performance player. Too often coaches are feeding balls to these players that are just too easy. Jorge's motto is "the better the player, the tougher the feed." In this second installment, Jorge challenges his players by putting them on the dead run and forcing them to respond effectively.
Running Around the Return of Serve
Peter Freeman at the John Newcombe Fantasy Camp, with the legend himself, the great John Newcombe. Here Newcombe offers up a tip on how to be more aggressive on the return of serve, especially if, like most of us, your go to shot is the big forehand. Newcombe like to run around the backhand at key moments in the match and unnerve his opponent. But don't try this too often, or you might get burned in the end.
ProStrokes 2.0 — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova's serve
This Russian multiple junior grand slam champion turned professional at a very young age. I first saw her as a raw talent when she played World Team Tennis for the Sacramento Capitols at the age of 15. Anastasia has won 5 WTA and 5 ITF titles and reached a career high of 13 in July of 2011. Anastasia plays a heavy baseline game with a two-handed backhand. She has good power off both wings, and prefers clay over the hardcourts. Pavlyuchenkova is currently coached by all time great Martina Hingis. New this issue, Pavlyuchenkova's serve.
From Last Issue
Punch Your Ticket
Every player has shots they like to hit. Hard, crosscourt forehands. Slice backhand approaches. Kick serves. Drop volleys. And shots they don’t like to hit. If any opponent’s best strategy consists of finding what you don’t like to do and making you do it repeatedly, then your best strategy is to find what you do like to do and to keep doing it repeatedly. So what you need to do is find what you like to do that works. But the thing is, It may not be what you think. — Marcus Paul Cootsona
The Topspin Serve and the Swing Path
The serve is the most important shot in tennis but it also seems to be the shot that a lot of players have trouble with and that's because they may be focusing on the wrong things. Here, former top 100 player and high performance coach, Jeff Salzenstein, talks about the swing path and the concept of pronation on the topspin serve, something many players are confused about.
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