Many players stroke with too much arm, with little body rotation. This greatly limits the power they can generate.
Many players learn to put decent spin on their serves. However, when faced with disguising this spin, they have great difficulty.
When faced with a faster or quicker opponent, many players try to match them in speed, and end up losing because of too many unforced errors...
Many players do the same shot over and over against varying incoming balls, whether they are ready for the shot or not...
Forget about the virtues of now-illegal hidden serves. Think about the advantages of letting your opponent see contact when you serve!
At every tournament, there are players who complain that the tournament ball isn’t the one they practice with.
One of the most common upsets occurs when a player wins the first game very easily and then loses the match. There is such a thing as "second game blues," where you win the first so easily you have difficulty playing all-out in the second game.
Before a match starts, you are allowed to examine your opponent’s racket. Some of your opponents will use surfaces that you might not be used to playing, such as long or short pips, or anti-spin.
Suppose you are well behind in the first game. Your only way of winning that game is if you play very well, and your opponent plays poorly. Therefore, assume this is true, and play your tactics accordingly!
Some players have very accurate pushes, and will push very wide to your backhand over and over – until they see you stepping around, or even hedging that way.
Players lose way too many points against lobbers. Here are a few tips.
The next time you are in a close match, and are worried about making mistakes, and so play safe to avoid any risky shots, consider this.
When flying to a tournament, carry your "irreplaceable" equipment with you – especially your racket and shoes, and perhaps your playing clothes.
If you are primarily a forehand attacker, many of your opponents will get used to you serving and looping from your backhand corner.
Dead blockers slow the ball down (throwing off your timing), and keep it shorter than you are used to.