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Monday, 14 December 2015 03:01

Coaching Tip 002

Coaching Tip 002

 

Today's coaching tip is a good counter-punching strategy but can also be used in any old point, especially if the opponent is constantly playing to your backhand.

Simply put you play a high, deep topspin crosscourt (CC) backhand, then a low slice down the line (DTL). Your aim is to push the opponent right back in the court and force him or her to play above the shoulder height with the most likely return to be a short CC slice, or something mid-court. Having anticipated the short return you move forwards cutting down your opponent's reaction time down and playing your DTL shot. This means she has less reaction time they have to cover a lot of court to reach the ball. Another benefit from forcing her to play the high ball then a low ball below the net height, is it’s the perfect setup for an approach to the net and volley.

 If you're playing an opponent who is aware of these types of tactics you will have to wait for the most opportune moment and the weak return from them. So keep rolling the high loopy backhands CC and be patient. You’ll get your chance.

 

 

 
Monday, 14 December 2015 02:40

Christmas Holiday Dates 2015/16

Kids Afterschool Groups - Breaking from 19th December to 26th January Inclusive. First lesson back 28th January.

Saturday Kids and Adults - Last lesson 19th December. All classes return 9th January

Adult Weekday Evening Groups - Breaking 19th December to 9th January Inclusive. First lesson back Monday 11th January

Any queries please email

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Tennis Camps will be run over January for 2 weeks. Please check out the Camp Page for more information.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 22:11

Tennis Vouchers

Need some Christmas present ideas? Why not get Tennis Vouchers for friends and family

It’s that time of year again and if you’re like me and scrambling for present ideas, we’ve come up with the solution… Christmas Vouchers!

 

All tennis vouchers are tailored for the receiver including printed card and text. Some ideas you could include vouchers for:

  • Private lessons

  • Group lessons

  • Tennis camps

  • Tennis racquets

Or you can get a voucher for all of the above!

 

To get it organised email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Let us know and we'll customise it for you and your family.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Friday, 13 November 2015 18:57

Coaching Tip 001 - Service Return

Coaching Tip 001 - Move your body forwards into the court on every service return

This might feel counterintuitive against a big power server but you should move forwards into every return of serve. Having the body weight behind the return acts like a wall. You will also improve your accuracy and consistency with this technique.

From the split-step move into the court and cut the angle of the ball off. If you struggle doing this move back a step and give yourself an extra half metre. This should give you the time. Especially playing against big servers, you want to feel almost like you’re throwing your body at the ball.

Stay tuned for more free coaching tips.

Thursday, 09 July 2015 03:18

Adults Winter Round Robin 2015

Adults Winter Tournament 2015 (Pic’s included)

On Sunday we had our Adults Winter Tournament and it was a blast. As usual there were 4 divisions with 6 players battling it out in each group. The playing conditions were perfect for tennis. The sun was out and not a hint of wind. It was shaping up to be a wonderful day.

After the speech and the rules were set out it was time to play. Best of 8 games for 5 matches each player and the 2 top point scorers play out the final for the trophy… and the glory!

Unfortunately we were missing Tony Strachan for his infamous BBQ so I had to make do. A few BBQ steaks and veggies were had, even a few beers. There's nothing better to slow down the footwork o

 

The cool kids...

 

Division 1

It was a class of regulars including David O’D who won the Division 2 round last comp. In the end John M. defeated friend Matt B. 6-3 to clench his first Four Season Tennis trophy. John uses the unconventional double handed forehand and backhand which maximises power although it was a close match. Not bad for a hangover.

 

Division 1 Winner John and Matt

 

Division 2

 

Two first-timers were contenders for the trophy in Div. 2. Marc F. from our Social Tennis and Marcelo H. Playing in his first tournament in Australia. Marc took it out with a 6-1 victory. It was nice to see Marcelo using the serve volley tactics but Marc had slightly more power which clenched the victory.

 

Division 3

It was regular players all around in Division 3. All play in our tournaments, social tennis and/or do lessons. It was the most evenly scored division of the day. In the end Ash P. defeated Rachel O’C 6-3 for his second FSTS trophy. Might have to be division 2 next time Ash.

 

Division 4

After waking up in Brisbane Kate B. flew into Sydney with only one thing on her mind… tennis tournament! Making a late entrance Kate ended up playing a final against the Frenchman Eric A. who eventually defeated her 5-3.

 

Thank you to all who participated in the tournament and those who came down to cheers friends on. It was a wonderful day and I hope to see everyone next time.

Plus, here are some more pics...

:)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 00:34

June/July School Holiday Notice

School Holiday Dates for June/July - Tennis Camps

Saturday Junior Classes continue on as usual. There are no credited days.

Afterschool Junior Classes paused from 26/June-12/July. Classes resuming Monday 13/July.

Adults Groups continue on as usual. No credited days.

Tennis Camps are running both weeks of the holidays with plenty of room. Book online at http://www.fourseasonstennis.com.au/index.php/juniors/camps

The kids might even win a trophy :)

Use the tennis tactics and strategies get help win you next tennis game.

This article will give you a simple tactical game plan to get you over the line in your next match. Keeping your strategy simple when playing matches is key. It’s easy to get disheartened when expectations are too high and you will ultimately end up losing the match.

Strategy 1 - Strengths and Weaknesses
Tennis players approach their matches in different ways. Some just hit and hope. Some over think their game plan, making it too complex, thus becoming negative in their approach when they can’t accomplish their goals. Some work out their opponents weaknesses and use their strengths to exploit them. The last approach is the best and most likely to pay dividends. It is also the first strategy I want you to implement in your next match.

Look for these obvious weaknesses in your opponent:

  • Backhand - Keep it deep to the BH, or slice low and make them bend their knees. An awesome approach is to hit a high looping topspin ball, bouncing deep in the corner. This forces the opponent to hit on the rise from their weaker shot. This will also give you time to either recover from a wide ball or approach the net. Mix it up and use variety.
  • Second serve - Step up on it and hit the ball early to force the opponent on the back foot. This cuts their reaction time and helps you dominate the point or at least puts it on an even playing field.
  • Volley - Most of today's players are baseliners and can’t stand the net. Bring them into the net where they don't feel comfortable. Expect unforced errors, slow feet and weak returns. Once at the net hit the ball for a passing shot, lob, or straight at them.
  • Slow Movement - If your opponent is not getting in position to hit the ball, is slow to recover, or just generally slow around the court this is often because of bad footwork or lack of fitness and conditioning. Do the obvious, take advantage by hitting to the open court. Make them move their feet to get to the ball. Even body shots work a treat because they can’t move out of the way.

Strategy 2 - First Serve
The second strategy is to get the first serve in to play. The returner is mentally on the back foot for the first serve, and you’re under less pressure. Take advantage of the mental pressure the opponent is feeling by being consistent and making them play the ball every time.

You can build this consistency by:

  • Dropping 20% of the power off the first serve or adding a little spin. Keep a firm pace so they will still have to work for it. Don’t lollypop the ball in so they can crush it.
  • Increase your margins by having a half metre buffer between where the ball bounces and the line. Also clear the net by at least half a metre. You don’t have to hit the lines.
  • Take your time between serves. Breathe, bounce the ball a few times to reset and think about where you’re hitting the ball and which type of serve you will use.

 

Strategy 3 - Crosscourt

The third strategy is to hit crosscourt. Don’t even think about hitting down the line. This simple placement strategy will keep you in the point and still allow you to attack. This crosscourt strategy works particularly well on the return of serve because it puts you in the point and neutralises your opponent therefore setting up a level playing field.

Be aware that it can become an easy read for your opponent after a while. If you pull your opponent wide or see them lagging to get back into recovery position then you can hit down the line to the open court to keep them honest.
The crosscourt shot is a high percentage shot because there is more length of court to hit to and the ball travels over the lowest part of the net. Also your body is naturally rotating crosscourt.

Crosscourt hitting is the essence of percentage tennis, which every tennis payer should aim for.
Some tips for hitting crosscourt:

  • Hit the ball in front of the body and around 45 degrees away from the body to ensure the racquet can follow through towards where you want to ball to go. It’s nearly impossible to hit the ball crosscourt with any pace or spin from behind or beside your body.
  • Hit the ball with an open stance or semi-open stance footwork. This allows a good contact point and easy body rotation into the ball.
  • Have your racquet head come around the outside of the ball to create the crosscourt angle.
  • Follow through the ball towards the crosscourt direction.

 

Use this simple game plan to take into your next match. It is easy to execute and will definitely steer you towards a win:

  • Know what your strengths are so you can use them to exploit the opponent’s weaknesses
  • Get your first serves in
  • Hit crosscourt
Monday, 06 April 2015 07:49

Adults Tournament Results March 2015

Adults Round Robin Tournament Results (and Pictures)

 

What a beautiful day it was. The sun was out and the matches were awesome. It was great to have some new players join us as well as some usual suspects. Tony cooked wonderful steaks and the BBQ, all the matches were played with sportsmanship and everyone had a blast.

 

Tournament Results:

 

All the finals were close matches with Group 1 and 2 having tie-breakers! Ash and Katherine was only a break in it and Group 4 ran out of time for the final and was decided on points.

Group 1 David Allan defeated Rayes Caillas 7-6 (8-6)

Group 2 David O’Driscoll def. Myat Zaw 7-6 (7-4)

Group 3 Ash Pereira def. Katherine Paixao 6-4

Group 4 Elena Meluzova def. Lyn Blundell on round robin points

The next Round Robin will be 28th June 2015. The tournaments are limited to 24 players so make sure you book early.

Let us know if you want to reserve your spot. Click Here

 

Tournament Pictures

Here's a few snaps from the day:

Ash and Myat throwing battle signs at me.

Tennis Tournament first match

Megan and Barbara playing cross court tennis

Group 4 looking angelic in the light. Tony not looking bad either :)

Christine approaches the tennis net with a beautiful down the line approach

The cool kids waiting for their matches. Usual suspects at our tennis tournaments and other shenanigans.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:12

Easter Holiday Dates 2015

Easter Holiday Dates

 

Junior Group Lessons

 

Saturdays Junior Groups will break for the Easter Long Weekend (4th April) and resume back on the 11th April and continue until Christmas.

Afterschool Junior Groups will break for the whole 2 weeks of holidays and resume on Monday 20th April. Afterschool classes always break in the school holidays.

Junior Squads will break for the school holidays and resume 20th April.

Tennis Camps are running both weeks of the holidays. Let us know if you want to reserve a spot.

 

Adults Group Lessons

 

Saturdays Adults Groups will break for the Easter Long Weekend (4th April) and resume back on the 11th April and continue until Christmas.

Weekday Adults Groups will continue as normal without a break. Monday 6th April WILL BE ON!

 

Happy holidays... we hope enjoy any time you get off. Make sure the Easter Bilby visits the kids :)

The Four Seasons Tennis Team

 

 

 

 

Monday, 16 March 2015 21:07

Win Free Tennis Lessons

WIN FREE TENNIS LESSONS!

 

You could win up to 3 FREE GROUP LESSONS worth $120.

How?

If you persuade someone, or even several people to book programs with us by the end of APRIL, we will add one, two or three extra group lessons to your current program. 

Junior Programs

For a 10 week program– You get 1 Free Lesson Added

20 week program– You get 2 Free Lessons Added

40 week program – You get 3 Free Lessons Added  (That’s $60 value)

Adults Programs

6 week program – You get 1 Free Lesson Added

10week program – You get 2 Free Lessons Added

16 week program – You get 3 Free Lessons Added  (That’s $120 value)

 

Please have the person to quote your name as the source of the enquiry when he or she contacts us.

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Cannot be redeemed for previous bookings or referrals
  • Credits applied for new student signups to the school
  • Offer lasts until 30th April 2015
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