Simple Modern Tennis 

By Kevin Nguyen


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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(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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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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