Golden Rules of playing singles plus drills to practice these rules:
1. A player rallies cross court and attacks down the line
1. Attack all mid-court balls, except sharper angles that put a player under some pressure.
2. Only attack down the line on deep balls if you are in position early and feel no pressure on the ball i.e. you can dominate the ball. (This explains why weight of shot is so important).
3. Never approach from playing outside the inside sideline. (Show from behind)
Disciplines: Percentage tennis means sticking to the rules 80-90% of the time. Experience and talent is expressed by players who know when to take the risk of when to wrong-foot an opponent.
Drill: Rally cross-court, then call "now" when there is a no-pressure ball that one player can attack.
Do: Forehand and backhand side.
Exceptions: Opponent has a specific tendency.
2. Know where to aim your returns
Exceptions: If a player is reading serves well and getting in position early then the player will be able to choose where to return.
1. Go through each position allowing players a chance to groove the directions.
2. Open it out for them to feel.
3. Always be positive returning 2nd serves
Stand in and take away the opponent’s time. Find a position to return between waist and shoulder height.
4. Defensive aggression
Stand way back and hit high and hard, or sharp and hard with spin and plenty of angle (mostly on slower courts).
1. Return high deep topspin returns aiming mostly towards middle of the court.
2. Return wide serves across court and with lots of fizz. (This style of returning is the least preferred option of returning).
5. Serve and Volley ==> defend the percentage returns
6. Defending under pressure
7. When you sneak in
8. Passing shots