How to Handle Serve Emergencies


A discussion about what to do when your Serve leaves you.

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  1. Omar
    August 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm · Reply

    Thank you so much Jorge for this tip, I had to use this emergency serve in my Districts championships match, I did not win the match but everyone that saw me do this congratulated me after the match. It is so much better to do this play out the point rather than just double fault.

    • Jorge Capestany
      August 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm · Reply

      Thanks Omar

  2. Ross
    July 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm · Reply

    Thanks. I have never seen this idea before. So simple, but good way to interrupt that awful double faulting.

  3. Isabel Fernandez
    October 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge,

    I will use it in my practice with the 2.0s high school team girls, it is a good starting point.

  4. Martin
    October 21, 2016 at 11:20 pm · Reply

    Great tip. I have had some night where I have tightened up and started serving two or 3 doubles in a game. I used to just serve a bit softer and when my teammate told me to just tap it in thought that was admitting defeat. I will take your advice and reduce swing etc to get us into the point. Martin

  5. Vern Baardson
    October 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm · Reply


    This is a great tip. I know some students who will benefit from this big time. Have you ever used this progression to teach someone struggling to learn to serve? As I watched this seems like it could be a help. Serving One, Vern Baardson

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm · Reply

      yes… I teach it for emergencies AND also for new beginner players so they can quickly start the point and PLAY.

  6. Valerie Wallace
    October 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm · Reply

    As always Jorge,
    you have great solutions for many problems! I agree whole heartedly, that getting the point started is way better then giving a point way out of pride!

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 20, 2016 at 5:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks Val

  7. Dean Costis
    October 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm · Reply

    Thanks, Jorge – this is definitely news that most of us can occasionally use!

  8. Mike Alcott
    October 19, 2016 at 11:37 am · Reply

    I love your videos. You are such a great communicator. This is useful information to let your students know BEFORE they come up against this situation. In my mind, I am thinking that the one-one (1-1) swing ratio is good to practice and when they see that they are making it in 10 out of 10 times, then we can have them try it with the continental grip. Most of my students are recreation players, (I’m thinking Junior students) and they dislike the continental grip. This is a good modification for them to feel the pronation of the wrist as they make contact with the ball. Thanks again for sharing your gems with us Jorge. Have a great day and see you on the courts of the world.

    Mike Alcott, USPTA – Elite

  9. Craig Flint
    October 19, 2016 at 5:33 am · Reply

    Are you recommending a continental or eastern forehand grip?
    And what would be the role of pronation, if any, on this abbreviated motion.

    Thanks Jorge and I really appreciate the way that you break the game down into its most fundamental components.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm · Reply

      I start them out with the continents grip, but will let him switch to the forehand grip if need be.

  10. Henry
    October 19, 2016 at 3:39 am · Reply

    I am glad that I am not crazy for showing my players this. Jorge, thanks for the vids.


  11. Impal Marwah
    October 19, 2016 at 1:39 am · Reply

    No doubts you will save from double faulting but can you save yourselves from your opponent not attacking your serve you are doing for harm to yourself by boosting your opponent confidence I do not agree with this video .

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm · Reply

      Impal, we accept all view points here… My thoughts are… if you double fault your opponent wins 100% of the points. If yo get the serve in they still have to make a good shot to win the point. It might be easier for them, but never as easy as receiving a FREE point from a double fault.

  12. Robert Olivo
    October 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm · Reply

    Do you want the player choking up on the racquet when doing this?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 19, 2016 at 12:43 am · Reply

      Choking up is a viable option. I would frst have the player try it in practice because some people do not do it well.

  13. Chuck Coleman USPTA
    October 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm · Reply

    Great stuff, Jorge 🙂

    What do you think about club players using a sidearm motion, serving like a teaching pro feeds?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 19, 2016 at 12:44 am · Reply

      If that works for them in practice I would go for it. Anything is better than continuously double faulting and giving away points.

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