One of the best tennis singles strategies is to play high-percentage tennis. Sounds easy, right? Of all the techniques for tennis, knowing where you are on the court, and what the highest percentage shots from that position are, is one of the best. If we assign colors to certain zones on the court, it will help us remember what our highest percentage shots are from each color zone.
So let’s think of the court as if it is a traffic light. Behind the baseline is RED, just in front of the baseline is YELLOW, and moving further into the court is GREEN. In the red zone, act as if you are patiently waiting at a red light. You should hit cross-court or to the middle and with a lot of height over the net to keep your ball deep. In the yellow zone, proceed with caution! You can still go cross-court or middle, but you can also change the direction of the ball and go down the line or at a sharper angle. In the green zone – GO! Now you are in a position to attack, by driving the ball and coming in, shooting it down the line, hitting an angle or letting loose with that killer drop shot.
Remember when I said that one of the best singles tennis strategies is to play high percentage tennis? Now we know what kinds of shots have the highest percent chance of success in each zone. Remember:
RED (Wait Patiently) – cross-court, middle, high over the net
YELLOW (Caution) – cross-court, middle, down the line, angle
GREEN (Attack) – hit hard and come in, down the line, sharp angle, drop shot
Know what color your zone is, and succeed in singles!