Jo Durie and Alan Jones run regular training events at La Manga in Spain. We approached them to share their top tips for improving your tennis. Scroll down to see an opportunity for intermediate to advanced players in November.
Don’t get obsessed with technique – Technique is individual, just watch the top players and you can see how much technique differs but all have great footwork, concentrate more on footwork than technique.
More errors are made in the net than hitting the ball long or wide, concentrate on net clearance and always aim to give yourself a margin of 3 foot net clearance.
How many of us turn up to the tennis courts, hit a couple of groundstrokes, a volley, a couple of serves and if we are really daring a smash and then start a game? Try and dedicate more time to practising your serve – remember the serve is pivotal to every rally and every point. More matches are lost due to poor percentage of serves in than any other part of the game.
Realise that impact is destiny! The impact of when the ball strikes your racket strings will determine the direction of the ball, speed and spin. Take time to consider how you affect ball impact and how well do you manage your racket? Do you have fluency in your backswing, impact and follow through or is it erratic?
Make sure that every time you leave the tennis court whether it be a social hit, club night or competitive match, you give 100 percent all the time! Remember to leave everything out on the court every time. Hard work, effort and commitment is everything in tennis, always ask yourself how committed I am to reach every ball – remember a ball in play is not a lost point!
Coaching Week for intermediate to advanced players, 5th to 12th November 2017
Calling all intermediate and advanced tennis players! Get the opportunity to train with Jo and Alan’s academy students in November.
- You will learn new skills to develop your tennis game
- Get an opportunity to hit with some of Britain’s brightest tennis prospects
- Discover what it really takes to be a top tennis player
- Discover a completely new take on tennis coaching that challenges yourself to rethink your tennis game
The programme offers 10 hours of coaching at La Manga with Jo Durie and Alan Jones.
We have a variety of accommodation available to suit all budgets from the 3* self-catering at the Bellaluz to the 5* Principe Felipe. The accommodation is all located within a 10 minute walk of the tennis academy.
Contact us for more details.
Trying to find the perfect practise to improve your Doubles Game?
This drill is a tried and tested method which I learned at the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy. Saddlebrook is a truly fantastic resort located in Wesley Chapel near Florida. Over the years the resort has been the home and training ground for many famous pro tennis players including Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Mardy Fish.
The following drill is a great way to start your next session of doubles. It will help you improve the following:
- Ground strokes
- Hand-Eye Coordination
How does it work?
- 1 team at the net and 1 team at the baseline
- The net players feed the ball to either of the players on the baseline
- The baseliners aim to get the ball past the players at the net, either down the tram lines or down the centre of the court
- I would suggest at the start to not allow lobs to count unless you want to practise smashes
- Once the ball is in play, continue to play the point out
Play first to ten points and then swap positions so each team has had an opportunity to play at the net and at the baseline.
This drill really helps to improve your doubles play!
This was filmed some time ago, but we love the tips from the tennis champ. Novak goes through each of his shots in great detail giving a clear and concise breakdown of the technique. The video includes:
Serves – Height of ball toss, moment of impact
Forehand – Importance of footwork and follow through
Backhand – Weight transference into the shot
Drop shot – One of Novak’s favourite shots showing how to change the pace for the rally
Volleys – Positioning and control
Smash – Footwork and preparation
Returns – Split steps and short back-swing
A John McEnroe impression!!
Can you improve your tennis in a weekend?
Here at Tennis Holidays we love a challenge! We think YOU could improve your game over a weekend attending the Weekend Warrior programme at La Manga.
The programme for the weekend includes:
Friday 16.00 -18.00
Movement and Positioning – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball and point situations. Highlight the difference in movement patterns and shot selection depending on what type of ball you receive.
Saturday 11.00 – 13.00
Positioning – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball and point situations. Highlight the difference in movement patterns and shot selection depending on what type of ball you receive.
Forehand and Backhand – a mix of specific trolley drills and live ball situations. This focuses on the key technical and tactical aspects of these ground strokes.
Saturday 16.00 -18.00
Net play – covering all aspects: movement, court position and technical. An opportunity to discover new shots and increase confidence with a clearer understanding of what is required at the net.
Sunday 11.00 -13.00
Serve and Return and tactical awareness – this covers court positioning and shot selection. From a mental aspect, the challenge of keeping positive.
Prices for the La Manga Weekend Warriors start from £495.00 per person including 8 hours tennis package, 3 or 4 nights accommodation and return transfers from Murcia airport. This price does NOT include flights.
14th – 21st October 2017
A Special Tennis Week in La Manga with Britain’s Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith
We’re excited to announce a unique opportunity to receive coaching from Britain’s Davis Cup Captain. Leon Smith will be assisting the tennis academy with on-court coaching each morning between 9am and 11am during this special week. Improve your tennis and learn more about what it takes to compete for your country.
Wimbledon has got everyone enthusiastic about improving their games. How do we find that extra dimension that will take our game to the next level?
There is no substitute for hard work on the tennis court, but with minor adjustments you can improve the chances of winning your next match.
A quick video from our recent Hosted Week in La Manga. A quick interview with Bill Hughes, who has been on a few holidays with us. The other clips show Head Tennis Pro James Rose carrying out a demonstration and being ably assisted by current tour player Rafa Martinez.
A few years ago, we decided to start running hosted holidays. These are tennis breaks which are hosted by a member of our staff, a proficient tennis player. The staff member acts as a guide and representative throughout the trip, helping to organise communal meals and tennis matches. These holidays are particularly appealing to single travellers, since they can join up with our group and enjoy socialising with the group. We of course welcome couples and groups on the holidays too.
In October 2016, we ran our first holiday week to the Umag Academy in Croatia. This trip was a big success and we’re happy to announce we have three more trips planned for 2017.