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Tips and Instruction for Improving Tennis

Do you love playing tennis but can’t seem to improve your skillset? With tips, instructions, and various articles each focused on a certain aspect of the game, you’re able to perfect the sport and better your tennis game.


Remember that tennis is a psychological game, as well. So get past those mental lapses and judgements while you learn to trust your forehand and backhand returns. Visualize success and get the tips and instruction you need to move forward with your game. It starts with having a plan and a focus on your technique.


At USTA, our guides and informative articles help you become the best tennis player possible. Develop your game right here.

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  • Since the continental grip is used for so many strokes — volleys, serve, slice backhand and overhead — it’s a very important grip to develop as you learn the game. Here's a tip to teach you the correct form. Read More
  • The most challenging but perhaps least-practiced shot in tennis is the overhead. Though it’s called an “overhead”, you want to get your body positioned behind the ball for a successful shot. Read More
  • Here's a tip to help you deal with doubles teams that adopt the I-Formation. You don't know which way the net person is moving, but they probably won't stay where they start. Read More
  • Jason Harnett, the USTA’s national manager and head coach for Team USA’s wheelchair tennis team, shares some great tips to help you understand the teaching aspect of the return of serve to an athlete with a disability who plays tennis in a wheelchair. Read More
  • We’re going to show you a simple activity to get you playing tennis fast, combining simple drills that teach you the footwork and proper grips for forehands and backhands. Read More
  • This drill is called "Ready, Rally and Recover." It involves returning to your home base spot in the middle of the baseline after every shot to help you be prepared for the next shot. Read More
  • Jason Harnett, USTA’s National Manager and Head Coach for Team USA’s Wheelchair Tennis Team, share a great tip to help you understand the nuances and working with an athlete in a wheelchair. Read More
  • Jason Harnett, USTA’s National Manager and Head Coach for Team USA’s Wheelchair Tennis Team, shares a great tip to help you understand teaching groundstrokes and mobility patterns to new or seasoned athletes with disabilities looking to play wheelchair tennis. Read More
  • Knowing when and where to serve in tennis can be tricky for beginning players. But we're here to help you get your point started. Read More
  • By practicing with a left-handed player, you'll get more reps facing a lefty serve. You can also improve your return by stepping to the left to negate the ball slicing away from you. Read More
  • Ben Zaiser, Head Tennis Professional at the USTA National Campus, offers a great doubles tip to help you determine the best time to poach. Read More
  • Jason Harnett, USTA’s National Manager and Head Coach for Team USA’s Wheelchair Tennis Team, shares a great tip to help you understand the very unique mobility patterns that are exclusive to wheelchair tennis. Read More
  • The serve is the only shot in tennis where you have complete control becaue you start the point by sending instead of receiving the ball. Establishing a service ritual or routine can ensure you take time and find your focus before each point. Read More
  • Dynamic warm-up
    USTA Player Development
    Dynamic warm-up and flexibility training is an essential element of any pre-practice or pre-competition routine and helps prepare the body for the demands of today’s tennis. Read More
  • Nutrition for tennis
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    Understanding how to eat and drink on and off the tennis court can make a huge difference in your performance. Follow our nutrition tips for tennis players. Read More
  • What are the tips and proper technique for a successful forehand in tennis? In this video, USTA professionals show you how to perfect your forehand. Read More
  • Here's a tip to help you pull off a crowd-pleasing tweener from Marty Lukosiunas, Tennis Professional at the USTA National Campus. Read More
  • Hitting with topspin is a key to developing consistency and depth on your groundstrokes. To generate topspin, you want to brush up on the ball using a low to high swing path. Read More
  • Take note of what your opponent does on second serves. This will give you a good idea of what to anticipate and how to attack on the return. Read More
  • Here's a quick drill for beginners to learn how to hit a forehand. These tips will teach you how to control your shot and will help with your hand-eye coordination. Read More
  • Tennis is a sport where “Love” means zero and the scoring system is different for games, sets and matches. We're here to help you sort it out. Read More
  • Tennis can be confusing, but we can help. Here, we’ll look at buzzwords that you may want to know before you take to the court. Read More
  • Doubles is a great way to get in the game, get active and have fun with friends. Here are a few helpful tips that you may want to know before you take to the court. Read More
  • In tennis, once you can play a point, you're on your way to competing, having fun and experiencing the sport for a lifetime. We're here to help get you started. Read More
  • A quick tip for helping you improve the consistency of your one-handed backhand is to start your swing earlier because you'll be making contact with the ball further in front of your body. Read More
  • A key to a successful two-handed backhand is engaging your non-dominant hand to swing through the ball. Think of the non-dominant or top hand on this stroke as the “driver” and the bottom hand as the “passenger." Read More
  • At any level of the game, the goal is to keep balls out of the net. For newer players, this can often be more challenging on the backhand side. To keep more backhands in the court rather than in the net, think “air the armpits." Read More
  • One common misconception when hitting slice is that you want your racquet to travel high to low, or the opposite of the low to high swing path on the groundstrokes. Here's how to fix it. Read More
  • Ben Zaiser, head tennis professional at the USTA National Campus, offers his tips for maintaining your offensive position at the net in doubles. Read More
  • Mechanics aside, the success of your drop volley usually depends on factors before, during and after the shot. Check out these tips to help improve your game. Read More
  • Having trouble controlling your volleys? Follow the tips in this video from USTA National Campus Director of Tennis Kathy Woods to gain more control and make fewer mishits. Read More
  • You can improve the placement of your toss by making sure to release the ball from your fingertips rather than the palm of the hand. Place two balls in your hand but just toss the ball positioned in your fingertips. Read More
  • If you want to play better under pressure, you’ve got to practice under pressure. Use these tips to refine your serve so it's there when you need it most. Read More
  • A consistent toss equals a consistent serve. Ensuring a consistent release point on your toss will help you develop a more reliable and effective serve. Read More
  • Ben Zaiser, Head Tennis Professional at the USTA National Campus, offers a doubles tip from Down Under to help improve your team’s chance for success. Read More
  • These tactics will help you get the advantage when you’re playing in pairs. Ensure you don't get burned down the middle or feel like a target at the net. Read More
  • Use strategies such as hitting behind your opponent and drawing them into the net with short balls will help you get out in front of the runner-pusher. Read More
  • The high stretch volley can be a tricky shot to execute, but understanding the environment you’re hitting into can help you manage your errors and create more successful outcomes. Read More
  • Learn how to take time away from your opponent by approaching the net in singles with these tips from Ben Zaiser, head tennis professional at the USTA National Campus. Read More