Topspin, flat and slicethree different serves that will turn you inside out if you’re caught flat-footed on the tennis court.
If you’re constantly on the receiving end of aces, it’s time to fine-tune your game with the help of University of Virginia coach Brian Boland.
Here, Boland serves up some tips for setting up and returning an opponent’s serve.
Wide-base stance, feet just beyond shoulders
Racket out in front of your body in a comfortable position
Eyes on the ball
Boland: Having your eyes on the ball means seeing the ball as it leaves the hand of the server. You want to start having that visual effect early.
Start moving forward once the toss goes up
Get into a split-step stance when the ball is struck
Boland: Everything’s out in front, you’re moving forward, and you want to go forehand or backhand.
Move forward into shot
Turn and push off your outside foot to shorten backswing
Keep your wrists firm on the follow through for forehand and backhand returns
Boland: You do not want to have a big backswing. The serve is hit with some force. The bigger the backswing, the less control and accuracy you have.