By Stephen Huss, Program Director, Huss 75 76 Tennis at Crooked Creek
At the recreational level, it is common that someone will have an obvious weakness in their game. Your job is to find that weakness and exploit it at every opportunity. Using your brain, as well as your tennis skills, will improve your win percentage.
In the warmup, keep a close eye on what shot they want to hit more and what shots they want to avoid. It is common at all levels for players to prefer their forehand volley and continually move to their left to hide their backhand volley. Perhaps they avoid overheads, or their second serve is weak. Sometimes, playing two back and hitting everything to an opponent’s backhand volley can win you a match; it has worked for me!
Identifying an opponent’s weakness and exposing it as much as possible is not unsportsmanlike; its effective competing!
About Stephen: Stephen Huss is from Melbourne, Australia. He was an All American in singles and doubles at Auburn University and is a former National Women’s coach. He has coached Sofia Kenin, Jennifer Brady, and Caroline Dolehide. Huss is a former assistant coach at Virginia Tech (men’s tennis) where the team earned a #12 national ranking. He also is the 2005 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion. Huss has competed in 37 grand slams, won 4 ATP titles, 17 Challenger Titles, and 8 Future Titles. Stephen runs his Elite Tennis Program, Stephen Huss 75 76 Tennis out of Crooked Creek. More info: sceneytennis.net/stephen-huss-75-76-tennis.