Tennis is not only a game of endurance and skills; it is also a test of the mind, that is, how to beat the enemies by scoring through a well-planned strategy. However, this sport involves various playing styles that players can use single or in combination. Thus, it is only apt that tennis players learn about these styles in order for them to develop strategies to win a match. The tips on how to beat various playing styles in tennis include the following:
1. For aggressive baseliner
Aggressive baseliners can be defeated through the following moves:
The back third and fourth quarters of the court are one’s best tools to beat an aggressive baseliner. Such players should also be served with balls near the service line.
- Hit the balls at different height and spins
Aggressive baseliners can only hit the ball powerfully at a certain height. Thus, varying the height of the balls, for example, mixing high shots with slow, slicing shots, and the spin can surprise an aggressive baseliner, who is most likely highly dependent on rhythm to showcase their strength.
- Trick the opponent into going to the net
Aggressive baseliners can be beaten with volleys mixed in drop shots, so bringing them closer to the net is the best strategy to make such move,
- Net can be your enemy too
Aggressive baseliners love to make shots, and they can land a score if their opponent is near the net. Going near the net is only recommended when these players are on the defense.
2. For Serve-and-Volley Players
- Return serve is the key
Serve-and-volley players are good with their serve, but serve can be weapon against them too. Changing return locations and using down line returns will for them to cover the entire width of the court, making it hard for them to hit a first volley.
- Do sharp-angled topspin shots
Angled, cross-court shots can make the ball drop quickly and force serve-and-volley players to hit their volleys. This is the perfect opportunity to switch to offense and make that hit.
- Hit returns on the rise
Time is serve-and-volley players’ best friend, so they can be beaten by taking up their time by returning serves on the rise. As a result, they cannot come close to the net as they would normally intend to.
- Don’t let them leave the baseline
Serve-and-volley players always itch to move away from the baseline. Thus, deep shots can be used to make them stay on the baseline and their lack of consistency to make and lob and score.
3. For counterpunchers
- Do a net attack
Counterpunching are not into rushing things, so a net attack is great way to surprise and pressure them.
- Patience pays off too
With a counterpuncher as opponents, scoring may mean hitting more balls than needed. However, hitting more balls can also be an advantage for counterpunchers who are just waiting for the right opportunity.
- Hit the ball behind
Counterpunchers are all over the court, but hitting the ball behind them can disrupt their footing, which can result in a draw ball or error in their part.
- Do an overheard to get past the lobs
Counterpunchers are mostly likely to do lobs. However, a lob attack can be beaten by an overhead hit, followed by a lob drive.
- Go forward and backward
Counterpunchers do well in side movements, but moving back and forth is not their thing. Drop shots and cross-court angled shots can make them move forward, and groundstroke will force them to move back. These strategies are best used before drawing short balls or while waiting for error moves from counterpunchers.
4. For all-court players
- Focus on one powerful style
Although all-court players know different styles, they may find a hard time beating one’s best weapon, may it be a kind of shot or certain routine in the court.
- Hit balls in a high looping topspin
All-court players must be detained at the baseline and the best way to do this is hit high topspin balls deep in the court. These players will have a difficult time changing their styles when hitting at a certain distance from the baseline.
- Control the game and be aggressive
Don’t let an all-court player dictate the game. The only way to this is be aggressive and dictate the points. Stealing the control of the game from them is one way unsettle them and prevent them from making strategic moves in the court.
In a word, the above strategies just go to show that in tennis, the physical attributes are not the only factors determining the outcomes. Thinking and strategic skills are also important variables that any player must consider to emerge victorious in a match.