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Features — February 8, 2016

Check out "Defeating the Monsters in the Mind" TennisOne Newsletter.

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Reboot Your Game: The Volley

Within this series, we are going to start with addressing the volley. When I watch players play the game, there are usually two strokes I can observe and quickly determine a player’s ability. These two strokes are the second serve and the volley. I’ll save the serve for my next article. With regards to the volley, I only need to watch one forehand and one backhand to essentially determine a player’s level of play. And, because the grip used on the advanced foundation volley is similar to that of the slice backhand and forehand, the drop-shot, and even the lob and serve it is the ideal place to begin. — Dave Smith

Djokovic Dominates and Williams Wilts at the Australian Open

This quest for perfection started very early. At five, Novak Djokovic was captivated watching Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, and Andre Agassi on TV during the 1992 Wimbledon. Two years later, Novak was on TV himself. His tennis progress rapid and his potential enormous. and all that was on display down under. For Serena Williams, in high-stakes matches these days, the story does not always end well in high-stakes matches these days. We learned that five months ago at the US Open when she choked away the shocking semifinal against Roberta Vinci, a 300-1 pre-tournament longshot. — Paul Fein

ProStrokes 3.0 — Steve Johnson Forehand

Steve Johnson is that rare player to make a mark on the ATP tour after spending four years in college. Johnson played college tennis for the USC Trojans. He won the NCAA Men's Singles Championship in his junior and senior seasons (2011–2012), and he was a part of a Trojan team that won four consecutive NCAA Championships. These accomplishments during his college career cement him as the most-decorated college tennis player ever.

TennisOne Newsletter: Defeating the Monsters in the Mind

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Defeating the Monsters in the Mind

Ken DeHart tackles a subject that even the top pros are forced to deal with, and that is the little monsters in the mind that pop up during matches and make the things we usually do without thought much more problematic. Ken examines the four key aspects that effect your game, technique, strategy, movement, and the fourth, and quite probably the hardest to control, the mental part. And here is where these monsters can intervene and detrimentally impact the other three aspects of your game.

Learning to Deal With the High Ball

The high ball can be very challenging if you are unsure how to handle it and many students struggle with this shot. Sure, the ideal situation would be to move back far enough to take the ball at waist level or to move forward and take the ball on the rise, but sometimes that just isn't practical, and other times you may want to take the ball at shoulder or head height to be able to hit the ball down into the court offensively. Either way here are two ideas Jordan Coons teaches his clients to be able to hit the high ball more effectively.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Mona Barthel Net Game

Mona Barthel, out of Neumünster, Germany, turned pro in 2009. She has won three singles and two doubles titles on the WTA tour as well as five singles and one doubles title on the ITF circuit in her career. Barthel plays an aggressive baseline game with plenty of power off both wings. She moves well around the court, has a strong serve and is not afraid to approach the net. On defense, she is noted for her aggressive return of serve, as well as for her scrambling ability.

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