As you may know, to master a sport, it’s better to start practicing it as a child because this way you create a routine that helps you improve yourself over the years. As children are easy to distract it may be a little hard to focus on practice and training but with some discipline and a good motivation they can become the next tennis star like Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams. Here are some tips that will not make you an instant star but they can give you a boost.
Learn More About Tennis
It is dubbed a racket sport because it mainly uses this tool to hit a rubber ball covered in felt for it to go over or around the nets to the other players’ side of the court.
The main goal of the players is to handle the ball in such a way that each of the players will not be able to return the ball in question by hitting it back. Any player who is not able to return the ball through a valid shot will have his point go to the other player.
What is good about this game is that it is an Olympic sport that is open to players of all ages and physical conditions. As long as a player can hold and learn how to use a racket, he or she can play the game.
Historians believed that the game started in 12th century France. King Louis X was one of the best players in an ancient sport known as The Game of Palms. This is a game that requires each player to hit a ball with their bare hands.
This then evolved into the modern tennis game. In addition to this, King Louis was the first one to construct indoor tennis courts as the game is known to be played outdoors during that time.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes
As you are just starting your way to the big league you will surely make some mistakes, maybe striking the ball wrong, or just some attitude issues, don’t worry about them, they are very common, and they can be extremely useful because you can learn something from them. Look back at your mistakes and try never to do them again.
Learn the Basics
To master tennis, you should master the rules and some basic strikes. The most known strikes are:
- Forehand – Swing the racket on the side of the body with the body open to the ball.
- Backhand – Swing, the racket on the side of the body with the body, closed off to the ball.
- Drop shot – A shot that lands just over the net, forcing your opponent to run into the net.
- Lob – A shot that passes over your opponent’s head, effective when he is close to the net.
This is just a rough explanation of these four basic strokes; a good trainer will teach you how to master all of them according to your playing style.
Choose a Good Trainer
It is very important to choose a good trainer that matches your playing style. If you don’t have a style yet don’t worry, go for a trainer, and he will help you choose the best playing style for you.
These are a few examples of how you should make your first steps from a novice player to an expert one. These tips won’t make you a great player just if you read them, you have to put them in practice and remember, be focused, take care of your health, practice according to your plan and find a trainer that will help you put them all together.