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The key to training is quality over quantity. While it may often be fun to just whack the ball as hard as possible, this practice is not the most beneficial.
Match practice is one of the best ways to improve your tennis game. Matches provide pressure situations, and allow you to practice coping with break points and other important points. The mental side of tennis is perhaps even more important than the physical side, and matches are an effective way to increase your mental toughness. Players who can serve out a set or play the deuce points without going into their ‘shell’ are often the best. Rafael Nadal is a classic example of this.
Another good tennis training method is to play points without actually serving. This involves one player feeding the ball directly to the other player at the baseline, and then the rally commencing from there with each player’s aim to win the point. Allocate a set number of points to be played before you begin. For example, you may decide to play 50 points and the final result may be 27-23. This method takes the cheap points through serving out of the equation, and improves your ability to win points through ground strokes and variation.
For more advanced tennis players, try rallying with another player while keeping the ball within the tramlines. This will increase your accuracy and confidence in hitting down the line.
Finally, practice serving! This is often neglected, despite being arguably the most important stroke. Practice serving numerous times in a row while another player practices their returns.