Tuesday 24 April 2018

Get pro-tennis tips from Andy Murray’s former coach

Here are some key tips for making your game unbeatable.

(Fiona Hanson/PA)
(Fiona Hanson/PA)

By Peter Cary

If you’re looking for some pro-tips to help you brush up on your tennis skills, who could be a better source of knowledge than Andy Murray’s former coach?

Mark Petchey helped to  coach Murray into the world’s top 50 from a ranking of 351st in the world and now he’s turning his hand to helping us mortals learn to be better tennis players.

Petchey has designed a tennis programme for people of all levels to improve their skills in the sun with Neilson Holidays.  Here are his top tips for achieving professional quality in your game.

Serving

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(Gareth Fuller/PA)

1. Stand on the baseline

2. Practise throwing the ball with your front shoulder turned a little into the court

3. Throw your racket hand “up and over”, keeping a straight line with the through-motion of your arm

4. The ball toss is key: practise consistency by throwing the ball up through a basketball hoop

Returning a serve

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(Alastair Grant/AP/PA)

1. Stand on the balls of your feet, with your legs set apart for a wide base: don’t rock back on your heels

2. Keep your head forward, and low to give you a good eye-line over the net

3. Keep your eye on your opponent’s racket strings when they serve

Forehand

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(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/PA)

1. Make sure you get your racket back in time to control the shot

2. Practise your grip by picking the racket up near the bottom of the handle, giving it a small shake and a small quarter-turn to add an extra chance of spin

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