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1. Set up 3 cones along the base line, one in the center and two where the baseline and singles line intersect. Have the trainee stand towards either end.
2. If desired, have someone on the opposite side of the court feed the ball to the opposite end where the player is standing.
3. The trainee should start by doing a lateral shuffle towards the center cone, and once that center cone is reach they can turn into a sprint to reach the ball.
4. The player can return the ball with either a forehand or backhand.
- Place 4 cones in the court about 10-15 feet apart in the shape of a square court to form a square (Two towards the baseline and two towards the net).
- Assign each cone a respective number 1-4.
- Have the trainee stand in the center, and call out a number 1-4. The trainee will then run to that cone, and return to the center.
- The numbers should be called out in rapid succession so that the trainee is constantly moving.
Players must be able to quickly chase down drop shots in a match. This drill will force them to quickly locate and reach any given ball.
1. Have the player stand several feet behind the base line, and another person several feet behind the net on the opposite side.
3. The trainee must then sprint to return the drop shot allowing only one bounce.
- Start outside the doubles line. When ready, run directly to the singles line several feet in front of you.
- Turn around, run back to the doubles line, and touch the line.
- Turn back around and run to the center of the court. Touch the line (if applicable) and run back to the outside of the court.
- Repeat this until you touch each line going vertically across the court.
By: Bryan Rosenthal
Tennis League Network Blogger