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Defending Your Court: Overview
By:  Scott Baker | Tennis4you  | Tennis Forum  | E-mail

..."against the experts in defense, the enemy does not know where to attack". - Sun TZU, "The Art of War"

There are many tough players who play defense well. If you are good at offense, and not good at defense, things can turn ugly for you quickly on the court. Being skilled in both offense and defense is what it takes to become a great tennis player. Good defensive play can turn a point around and put your opponent on the defensive end and put you on the winning end of the point, which is the ultimate goal of defense.

Most of us practice the offensive part of the game and rarely ever practice the defensive part of the game. Of course practicing the offensive part is much more fun. Playing offense you are in control of the point, you get to hit winners, plain and simple you call the shots. However, how you play when the tables are turned and you are the one playing defense severly change the outcome of a match. The better you are at defending your court the harder it is for your opponent to move you around and it immediately puts pressure on your opponent.

A good defender needs to be able to do many things (and quickly) in order to defend a court effectively. Just because you might be fast does not make you a good defender. Good defense takes anticipation, movement, good decision making and more. Click below to read about the certain aspects of defensive play.

1. Anticipation
2. Speed
3. Footwork
4. Shot Selection

Good Luck on the Court!
Scott Baker