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Features — November 22, 2015

Check out "Return as a Weapon" TennisOne Newsletter.

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Making the Return of Serve a Weapon

Roger Federer's introduction of the SABR (sneak attack by Roger) has brought increased attention to the service return. The return is the second shot attempted in every point, yet, at the club level, it is rarely if ever practiced and even less often attacked with a sense of purpose during match play. In this video, international master professional Ken DeHart shows you how to transform your service return into a weapon.

The Panel System

Not all of us have sound natural instincts when it comes to playing points, and at the end of the day, playing good points is a big part of a player becoming the best you can be. Coach Tom Downs Panel System is an easy way for players to better use the court and understand high percentage tennis. It can help players of all levels who struggle with solid point construction. learn how to use the tools they have to maximum affect and progress quickly.

The first thing you will notice when watching high speed video of Ernests Gulbis is the idiosyncratic way he sets up for his forehand. With both arms flared out wide at shoulder height, he looks as if he is more likely to take off in flight than hit a tennis ball. Yet once he drops down into the slot, his stroke is much more conventional. As a bonus, we've put up video of his more traditional forehand from a few years ago. Why he change it is a mystery to me.

ProStrokes 3.0 — Roberto Bautista Agut's Game

Roberto Bautista Agut, is another in a long progression of top Spanish baseline players. Born in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, this 27-year-old has really blossomed, reaching a career high of 14 on the ATP tour in October of Last year. Bautista Agut is one of the better tacticians on the tour, he makes very few poor shot selections. He's a very good mover on the baseline, is able to shorten points with his forehand and he's not afraid to attack the net. He can hit through the ball and is comfortable on all different surfaces. But his strength may be his resiliency; he competes and fights for every point.

TennisOne Newsletter: Return as a Weapon

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Roger Federer and the Contact

Anyone who has ever seen Roger Federer play has to marvel at the way he keeps his eyes focused on the contact long after the ball has left the strings. However, the reason he does this is often misunderstood. In this Video analysis Christophe Delavaut takes a close look at the way Federer hits his forehand and why he keeps his eye on the contact for so long. And surprisingly enough, you can do it too.

Lunge, Twist and Throw

Tennis is a very physical game, especially at the higher levels. If you want to compete successfully for three grueling sets on a scorching summer day, you have to be in shape. And there is no one better to get you there than the legend himself, Pat Etcheberry. The Lunge, Twist and Throw is an important tennis specific exercise because it uses every part of your body. Learn to do this exercise well and you will become a better player.

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