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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 01:38

Christmas Holiday Dates 2019-2020

Check out when tennis classes will end for 2019 and resume in 2020 here.

 

KIDS CLASSES

Monday Tuesday Thursday Kids and Squads

END Tuesday 17th December 2019

RESUME Tuesday 28th January 2020

 

Saturday Kids

END Saturday 14th December 2019

RESUME Saturday 11th January 2020

 

Kids Holiday Camps

Week 1: MON 13 to WED 15 January 2020

Week 2: MON 20 to WED 22 January 2020


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ADULT CLASSES

END Tuesday 17th December 2019

RESUME Saturday 11th January 2020

 

SOCIAL SINGLES

END Saturday 14th December 2019

RESUME Saturday 11th January 2020

 

SOCIAL DOUBLES

END Sunday 15th December 2019

RESUME Sunday 12th January 2020

 

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 00:30

5 Tennis Tips - July 2019

This month the 5 tennis tips will revolve around footwork variations and positioning for the ball.

Tennis footwork is an often overlooked area for beginner players and even some intermediate players. Many focus on the upper body and arm movements but neglect the importance of moving to a ball, being in the correct position to hit the ball and recover efficiently.

 

Tennis Tip 1 - Start with a Bang

Use on the split-step religiously is the best start for every shot. The trick is the timing of when to do it.

If playing from the baseline you want to be mid-air when the opponent makes contact with the ball so the split-step lands a moment after contact.

If you or the opponent are playing from the net your reaction time is a lot less so you want to make the landing of the spilt step at the same time contact is made.

 

Tennis Tip 2 - Get to Steppin'

Once you've done the split-step, you know which direction to move. Make the first step with the foot in which direction that is.

So, if its a forehand you need to play, step right with the right foot and continue to the ball (right-handers)

This step with help initially tur the hips and shoulder and assist the take-back of the racquet.

 

Tennis Tip 3 - Shuffle, Shuffle Shuffle!

My coach used to say "make some noise with those feet!". As you get close to the ball, shuffle and make little adjustment steps to the position before loading to hit.

Chances are if you take one big step for a ball you won't be in the right position. If you make lots of little steps you will more precise in your positioning.

 

Tennis Tip 4 - Which leg to load?

Here are some footwork positions for different shots. All are assuming you're a right-hander.

 

Forehand:

Open stance - Right leg load. For wide/defence and neutral balls. Return of serve.

Semi-open stance - Right to left load. Neutral/attack balls

Closed stance - Left leg load. Attack balls.

 

Backhand:

Closed stance - Right leg load. For Wide, defence neutral and attack balls. Return of service if possible.

Open stance - Left leg load. Wide and defence balls. Return of serve.

 

Volley:

Closed stance - Left foot for forehand volley, right foot for the backhand volley.

Open stance - Try not to use unless desperate and can't reach the ball with the closed stance.

 

Tennis Tip 5 - Recovery

Now the shot has been made, you want to recover back to the middle of the two extreme angles the opponent can hit too. Ideally, push off the outside leg propelling you back and side gallop until you have to split step again.

 

Next time you play, try to implement some of these tennis tips and I'm sure you be floating like a butterfly all over the court, just like Federer.

Friday, 22 March 2019 02:13

5 Tennis Tips - March 2019

Monthly Tennis Coaching Pointers - March 2019

Following on with our new 5 Tennis Tips feature to the Four Seasons Tennis Blog, today's new 5 tips are focused on the serve.

The serve is the most important shot in tennis. It gets the point started, and with a solid, consistent serve, you can dominate your matches. However, with a weak serve, you're prone to be broken on your service games and that puts you on the back foot in matches.

For recreational players, the serve can be confusing and difficult to master. It is one of the most technical movements in all sports and requires patience and repetition.

These 5 tips today are the basics and fundamentals that you build from. Focus on one at a time and practice, practice, practice!

 

Tennis Tip 1 - Get a Grip!

Use the continental grip for a serve. That is grip number 2, with the index knuckle on the top right bevel. This is often uncomfortable and difficult until you become used to the grip. The use of correct technique and pronation with get the most out of the continental grip.

For kids and adults starting out it is ok to use the eastern forehand grip, number 3.

 

Tennis Tip 2 - Ball Toss

The most difficult element to master consistently is putting the ball where it needs to be. Use a straight arm, let go of the ball at about eye height and continue the arm so it's pointing at the contact point. Aim to put the ball at 1 o'clock, that is, slightly in front of you and slightly to the right.

 

Tennis Tip 3 - Bend Your Knees

As you lift your arm for the ball toss, lean your hips forward under the ball and bend your knees. This helps with balance, stability and power.

 

Tennis Tip 4 - Where do you finish?

Move up and forwards into the contact of the ball. You should finish into the court after hitting the serve. If you're finishing sideways or backwards, not over the baseline, your ball toss is incorrect and/or you're hitting the ball in the incorrect place.

 

Tennis Tip 5 - Follow Through and Split

Once you've swung your arms and turned your shoulders through the contact of the ball, they need to continue and finish to the left of your body. Making sure you have a clean follow through and trajectory of the swing will ensure the ball will go where you want it to.

Once the follow through is made, take a further step to push back into the recovery position and split step, ready for the next ball.

 

Remember to drill these aspects of your serve, you want them to become muscle memory so you don't need to think about them in a match. You want to think about where you're going to hit the ball and place your next ball.

Happy hitting everyone!

 

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:50

2-Hour Junior Squads

Junior Squad tennis has been reformatted in 2019 and we'll be running in 2-hour sessions.

 

The squads are for kids looking to take tennis more seriously, who play competition, or just love the sport and want to play more!

Our Junior Squads are for intermediate to advanced players split into 3 groups: 8-11 years, 12-16 years (intermediate) and 12-16 years (advanced).

Advantages of this approach are:

  • More detailed technical analysis
  • An extension of the warmup and physical exertion component
  • More complex and beneficial drills
  • The ability to incorporate match play regularly

You can get a 10% discount for doing multiple days or for siblings.

If you're interested in participating or doing a trial please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Monday, 07 January 2019 07:18

5 Tennis Tips - January 2019

Monthly Tennis Coaching Pointers - January 2019

Following on with our new 5 Tennis Tips feature to the Four Seasons Tennis Blog, today's new 5 tips are focused on the volley and net game.

In our modern tennis era, the net game has lost its way in singles match play. With new techniques and powerful racquets creating heavy spin and fast-paced shots, you don’t always get the time to get to the net and close the point.

In doubles, the net game is as strong as ever. Tactically you want to close the net and shut down the angles, which is easier for 2 players covering the doubles court.

For players wanting to add another element to their game, or those trying to sharpen their net play, these tips will help you achieve more when closer to the net.

 

Tennis Tip 1 – Get a Grip!

Use the same grip for both forehand and backhand volleys, that is, the continental grip (2).

If you’re changing between the eastern forehand grip (3) for forehand volleys, and eastern backhand grip (1) for backhand volleys, you don’t have time to set up the correct technique and be able to place the ball as well.

 

Tennis Tip 2 – Tisk, Tisk, Wrist

Keep your wrist firm and braced when playing a volley. Most other shots have a relaxed wrist for more racquet head speed.

Try not to choke the racquet, but don’t have a wet fish hand either.

 

Tennis Tip 3 – Two Left Feet?

Step the opposite foot to which side of the body you’re hitting the ball on. Push off the back leg and lean into the shot, stepping the front foot at moment of contact on the ball.

Right-handed players would push off the right foot and land with the left foot when playing a forehand volley.

 

 

 

Tennis Tip 4 – Chicken Wings

Keep the elbows in front of the body when waiting for the ball and split stepping, then open the racquet and punch the ball in front of your body.

 

Tennis Tip 5 – Close the Net

The closer you are to the net, the better the angle you can play. Don’t wait back on the service line all day. Move forward and put pressure on the opponent. However, if you stand too close to the net for too long, or at the wrong time, you leave yourself open for lobs.

 

Thank you for reading. If you have any requests please let me know :)

Thursday, 06 December 2018 03:57

Private Lessons Sale Dec 2018

Christmas is nearly here! 

Treat your significant other, kids, friend or yourself to the greatest gift of all, tennis lessons!

We're doing a special discount on private lessons this December. Purchases will receive a gift certificate with a special msg from you.

This can be used for private tennis lessons or personal training/tennis fitness sessions.

If you're interested email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* Purchase to be made by 25th December 2018. 
* One-time price for new clients only.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 03:44

5 Tennis Tips - December 2018

Tennis Coaching Hints 

 

A new feature to the Four Seasons Tennis Blog, we’ll be putting up 5 new tennis tips each month to help better your game. They are mostly tailored to recreational players wanting to get the fundamentals of tennis right.

 

Tennis Tip 1 – Do Your Split Steps

Aim to land your split step a moment after your opponent hits the ball. You want to be at the height of the jump when they contact the ball, then land in the split momentarily afterwards. This timing can be tricky at first but will help you with the momentum to move into position for the shot to come.

 

Rafael Nadal doing a split step before hitting his trademark forehand.

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Tennis Tip 2 – Bend Your Knees on the Serve

When throwing the ball for the serve, start bending your knees when the throwing arm starts rising. You should get to the lowest part of the bend when the ball reaches its peak then drive upwards to start hitting the ball.

 

Notice Pete Sampras’ smooth knee bend on the serve, one of the greatest ever!

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The Sampras and Federer serves are things of beauty!

 

 

 

Tennis Tip 3 – Recovery Cross-Step

Once you’ve hit a groundstroke, forehand or backhand, and are recovering back into position, push off with the outside leg and crossover before side-stepping and doing the split step. This is a fast and balanced way to recover.

 

Watch Nishikori crossover his steps after a winning forehand.

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Watch Andy Murray practice movement and footwork. Notice the crossover steps.

https://youtu.be/yeSHYZakyrQ

 

Tennis Tip 4 – Look Over Your Shoulder

As soon as you know you’re hitting a forehand or backhand, turn your torso to the hitting side and watch the ball come from over your shoulder. This unit turn of the upper body will generate power as you turn back into the contact point and will help with balance. Your shoulders shouldn’t face the net all the time.

 

Serena Williams shoulder turn before massive forehand.

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Wawrinka shoulder turn for both forehand and backhand.

 

 

 

Tennis Tip 5 – Contact Above the Net

Ideally, when you close the net for the volley you want to contact the ball above the net height. This gives you more angles to put the ball away and force the opponent to hit a ball from below the net height.

 

Pat Rafter hitting a volley above the net height, then Rafter digging out a low volley.

 

 

Next month there will be 5 more tips to work on. Keep on training!

Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:17

Christmas Holiday Dates 2018-19

Check out the dates we're breaking over Christmas Holidays and School Holidays in December and January 2018 and 2019.

 

Afterschool Kids Classes

Last lessons Thursday 20th December 2018. Lessons resume Tuesday 29th January 2019.

 

Saturday Morning Kids Classes

Last lessons Saturday 15th December 2018. Lessons resume Saturday 12th January 2019.

 

All Adults Lessons

Last lessons Thursday 20th December 2018. Lessons resume Saturday 12th January 2019.

 

Tennis Camps

School holiday camps running the last 2 weeks of January before school resumes.

You can make bookings here.

 

Sunday, 23 September 2018 12:02

Adults Tournament Spring 2018

Our Spring Round Robin Tournament went off without a hitch today. 24 players battling it out in 4 divisions for tennis supremacy.

 

It was a delight to have family and friends attend and enjoy some spectacular tennis matches. We almost had more dogs come than players. More pictures below the results.

 

Division 1 - Score Sheets and Finalists

Declan B. defeated Scott L. 6-4

 

 

Division 2 - Score Sheets and Finalists

Aaron X. defeated Jim C. 8-0

 

 

Division 3 - Score Sheets and Finalists

David B. defeated Rich W. 7-5