Tennis Clinic – no.23 – never be late

tennis-clinicThameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

Get that forehand out in front! How to stop being late on those deep balls.

From Feel Tennis Instruction

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Second ever box league prize awarded

On Saturday the long running round-robin singles competition, known at Thameside as the ‘box ‘league’, awarded its second-ever prize. Peter Symons was the lucky winner of a handy holder for that favoured fruit of tennis players, the banana. Peter scored the most points in the second round of the Summer league. The box league will continue though the Winter.

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Peter (left) receives the banana holder from Box League organiser Nigel Rees

First ever box league prize awarded

On Sunday the long running round-robin singles competition, known at Thameside as the ‘box ‘league’, awarded its first-ever prize. Lowell Potter was the lucky winner of a handy holder for that favoured fruit of tennis players, the banana. Lowell finished the Summer at the top of the top league. The box league will continue though the Winter.

Lowell (right) receives the banana holder from Box League organiser Nigel Rees

Tennis Clinic – no.22 – finish off that easy ball

tennis-clinicThameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

Our last coaching tip advised you on how to get the better of a pusher. Now you’ve got them to serve you up some easy balls, finish them off!

From Feel Tennis Instruction

‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ – film opens tomorrow

We break into our coaching posts to alert you to that rare event: a tennis film!

The 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Singles final (see previous post for the real thing) is the focus for this Swedish-backed drama, details below.

Director: Janus Metz Pedersen.
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny. Sweden 2017. 108 mins. English and Swedish with English subtitles.

Björn Borg (Gudnason) has the tennis world at his feet. Ranked number one and playing at the top of his game, the calm, ascetic Swede is on the verge of a record-breaking fifth consecutive Wimbledon Championship. Only one man stands in his way – John McEnroe (LaBeouf), a young American firebrand with a swagger brazen enough to unsettle even Borg’s icy composure. As the final approaches, both men delve into their formative memories to find the strength and answers they’ll need to triumph on the hallowed turf of SW19. As much a character study as a sports movie, Borg Vs. McEnroe reveals the personalities and inner demons that would shape one of the sporting world’s most riveting dramas – the thrilling high point of a compelling rivalry.

Show times here

(Coming soon – ‘Battle of the Sexes’. Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs)

Tennis Clinic – no.21 – how to beat a pusher

tennis-clinicThameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

Pusher – generally used in tennis as a derogatory term for players who refuse to generate any pace on the ball or make any attempt at a winner. They don’t beat you – you beat yourself when you play a pusher.

So try these tips to get the better of them:

From Howcast

Tennis Clinic – no.20 – now we can serve, how about returning?

tennis-clinicThameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

If you followed our tips you know how to serve but maybe your opponent does as well. How do you get theirs back?

From intosport

New coaching programme starts this week

Our pro coach Daniel Tomás Serrano kicks off the Autumn programme with:

  • Tennis Xpress – 6 classes for adult beginners on Saturday morning 9-10
    (discount for members)
  • Adult Mixed Coaching – for intermediate and advanced players on Saturday 1-3
    (members only – pay & play on the day)
  • Team Training – Ladies on Tuesday, Men on Thursday, at 7
  • Junior Coaching – week nights and Saturday morning (see timetable)
  • LTA Adult & Junior day competitions – monthly on Sunday

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To sign up and for more information contact:

Daniel Tomás on 07587-223591 or info@smashtennisacademy.co.uk

Tennis Clinic – no.19 – second serve shivers? Change your mindset.

tennis-clinicThameside Tennis blog’s new series continues to try to help you to improve your weekend’s tennis. We will provide links to good videos and tips on strokes, footwork, warm-ups and practice.

Your cannonball first serve didn’t go in, see how to stay calm and hit a consistent second.

From Feel Tennis