Simple Modern Tennis 

By Kevin Nguyen


This section is filled with articles of guides, helpful tips, and my coaching experiences!

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How to hit Groundstrokes Down the Line

Posted by CoachKevin on October 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (37)

How do we pull the strigger succesfully? When going for the short ball, you want to really step into the shot and strike it with a closed stance (Look at the feet position in the picture below to see a closed stance). However, it is also possible to hit the down the line shot with an open stance. All you have to do is follow the simple explanation below.

Now, when you are set up for the shot (...

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Controlling Topspin on Forehand

Posted by CoachKevin on August 25, 2013 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

When hitting forehands or even backhands in general, it is important that we learn how to own the shots - being able to control the amount of topspin you put on the ball. Here is a simple tip that will get you going!

On the takeback, the lower the racket is below the ball the more potential spin and arc you will be able to produce. And when the racket head is below the ball and then you uncoil, this is how you will look like in a picture or video (your buttcap will naturally be more ...

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Keep the Eye and Head Fixed at Contact

Posted by CoachKevin on July 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

On all of your strokes, whether it is the forehand, backhand, volley, smash, or serve. You should have your head and eyes fixed on the contact point (where you strike the ball) until the ball leaves your racket.  

Note that it is impossible to keep your eyes on the ball at impact because it's happening too fast. The goal here is to just keep your head and eyes fixed on the contact point. When you do this, you will strike the ball cleaner and also decrease the chance of mi...

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How to Hit a Flat Serve

Posted by CoachKevin on July 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

When serving, I notice that people tend to use too much arm instead of their whole body. Also, people sometimes use a forehand grip and serve like they are going to give a high-five. Today, I'll be explaining the how to properly use your whole body and pronate with the correct grip on the flat serve.

Part I - The Grip 

On practically every serve, you should be using a continental ...

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(Leverage) Maintaining Your Arm Position

Posted by CoachKevin on July 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Remember about learning how to make proper contact with the ball from my forehand guide? If not, check it out now (

This tip applies to practically every grip.

I explained this a little in the forward swing part of the guide, but now I'm just going to show you guys this up front. Take a look at this picture of Kei Nishikor...

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Tips on Developing a Topspin Serve

Posted by CoachKevin on July 15, 2013 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What is the goal when developing a topspin serve? You are trying to get that arch where the ball clears the net a good margin and dips into the court; thus, making it a safe second serve.

When developing a topspin serve, first of all, toss it above your head and almost to the left. Just like hitting a topspin lob groundstroke, you really want to brush the back of the ball leading with the edge of the racket. Make sure you are primarily focusing on spin production...

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The Basics of the Two-Handed Backhand

Posted by CoachKevin on July 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (180)


Part I – What grip should you be using? How to grip the handle?


The two-handed backhand does not exactly have a magic grip you should be using with your non-dominant hand; however, a continental grip is the best choice for your...

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The Basics of the Modern Forehand

Posted by CoachKevin on July 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (5)

PART I – Learning how to properly make contact with the ball and how to strike the ball properly

First off, when learning the forehand, it is often taught making them use a full backswing. I find this to be really difficult for some people, and it prevents them from learning how to make prop...

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Use your instincts!

Posted by CoachKevin on July 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

In the fast game of tennis, your instinct is a very important asset that should be used in your arsenal. Some may have it, some don't.  Tennis is not jsut a ball-bashing sport, it's a tactical game. Here are a couple of good tips that you should apply next time you play tennis.

1. Sense danger - be aware that you just got yourself into defense. If you know you just hit a ball back that you know your opponent is going to attack on, bring your court position more back a couple of inc...

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Pay Attention to your Court Position!

Posted by CoachKevin on July 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

When playing out a rally, you might find yourself constantly on the stretch or on the run because you were probably taught to always recover back to the middle. 

I'm not saying it's a bad thing, you just need to be more mindful about your position on the court and where you're aiming the ball. During a forehand to forehand rally exhange (assuming both are righties), you don't want to recover right back on t...

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I've been coaching a boy named Joseph

Posted by CoachKevin on July 7, 2013 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

To introduce Joe, he did not have a forehand until I started working with him. It was a disaster. I began working with him in the beginning of summer. We work once a week, and to be honest, his forehand has developed into a lethal stroke - probably developed a lot faster than people who work with a coach at least 3 times a week in the bay area. He now feels a lot more confident about it, and can really rip it when he chooses to. However, he is still new to this modern technique and working on...

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