How to Run PLAYS in Tennis


Players learn to run plays in singles just like a football team does.

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  1. Ronald Torres
    June 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm · Reply

    Thanks, that was great!

  2. David Guevara
    March 21, 2019 at 1:32 am · Reply

    Thank you sir for the great video I’m a Former 5.5 player So. Ca.#2 Very impressive brings back good memories keep up the great lessons thank you Coach Guevara 🎾🎾🎾

  3. Nicole
    July 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge. Great video. I’d love to hear more on running plays, perhaps you have a playbook for singles and doubles that can give some simple plays to consider when playing matches.
    Love all your content and i always look forward to your videos and lessons. You have a wonderful way of explaining things. Thanks!

  4. Ciro Sepúlveda
    April 14, 2018 at 8:56 am · Reply

    Thank you very much Jorge
    Excellent class 👍

  5. Lorri Gunter
    April 5, 2018 at 12:37 am · Reply

    I love it.

  6. Tony Branch
    April 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm · Reply

    Jorge: Great video on strategy. You’re instruction in this area is a tremendous help to me. It is taking me to the next level as a coach for my Louisville Male HS players. Thank You Much!

  7. Dede
    April 2, 2018 at 6:50 pm · Reply

    Great stuff as usual. This should make it pretty easy for players to understand.

  8. Kathy
    April 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm · Reply

    You present the intelligent side of tennis, so important but so often not discussed in drills. As a beginner, I am learning that tennis is hardly ever about hitting winners! I love what you are giving to the online tennis world.

  9. Howard Carley
    March 31, 2018 at 7:35 pm · Reply

    Good coaching stuff. Easy for the player to understand. Keep it coming.

  10. Coach Andre'
    March 31, 2018 at 1:37 pm · Reply

    Excellent Lesson. I plan on advising this in my next junior group lesson. Love it.

  11. Arthur Wolf
    March 31, 2018 at 2:07 am · Reply

    Very inciteful as usual. As a coach I find the challenge is to simplify concepts into bit size pieces such sd you do do effectively in these videos. Often I find that my players tend to react to what has just happened much more than stick to a plan based on the current situation. If they have just miss hit a forehand they go into the next point still thinking about the miss hit. Any suggestions?

    • Jorge Capestany
      April 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm · Reply

      I would teach them to get into their ONE man huddle and FLUSH the last point, this has to happen before you can think clearly about the next point… I would tell them to image a pro football player going into the huddle and whining about the last play… That would not fly.. It’s OVER and now its time to look through the front windshield not the rear view mirror.

  12. Brandon McEachern
    March 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm · Reply

    Hey Jorge, just lost a close match where I was up 40-0 or 40-15 and couldn’t capitalize on that opportunity. What kind of points should I look to create: Attacking, Steady, or Grinding?

    Thanks, Brandon

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 6, 2016 at 11:36 pm · Reply

      It depends on the score, but my theory is if the pressure is in YOU play a steady point. If the pressure is on your OPPONENT play an aggressive point. It is all about management the pressure. Of course, you need to take it player by player based on what skills that can actually deploy.

  13. Andy
    February 25, 2016 at 5:30 am · Reply

    Keep it coming Jorge
    Listening and learning

  14. Ray
    October 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm · Reply

    Jorge – great stuff. Got me thinking of a baseball pitcher. Spot the pitch (serve) and expect the placement of the return and plan accordingly. Predicting where the return will go based on the pitch will put the server in position early enough to counter that return with the next ball, theoretically dictating play.
    Thanks for the thought provoking session. Would be great to brainstorm.

  15. Mike Alcott
    October 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm · Reply

    Well done Jorge! As usual. I love the systems that you provide for tennis players. These systems are comforting to know as you go through pressure “points” throughout the match. I would add, slice serve, flat serve, kick serve. That is just taking it one step further to the fast or slow portion of your serve which not only entails speed and location but spin (and depth possibly). I love your demeanor. You always come across non-threatening in a loving, nurturing fashion. Kudos to you.


    • Jorge Capestany
      October 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm · Reply

      Thanks Mike

  16. Gili Karni
    October 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm · Reply

    Love it Jorge. So important !
    I’m all for it and running plays myself on many of the points I play in singles. Examples:
    – return down the line and rush to the net
    – serve to the T and come to the net
    – move him using ‘V game’
    – Hit a huge FH and then drop shot

    The plays should be short (nothing too sophisticated), clear and almost always two steps max (I.e. Do this and then that).

    The best way to describe its benefit is that you eliminate the need to think while in mid rally thus more committed to your shots.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm · Reply

      Thanks Gili…

  17. Jack Sanders
    October 10, 2015 at 3:04 am · Reply

    In your rallys of 0-4, 5-9 etc. are you counting both players shots or just yours?

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm · Reply

      That is all shots. Mine and my opponent’s

  18. Phil Gagnon
    October 10, 2015 at 1:26 am · Reply

    Just your phrase, “running plays” connects. In this morning’s single’s match, my plan stopped after I decided on my serve placement. Wish I had seen this video before losing both sets. I’m eager to put in practice this strategy for next week’s match.

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2015 at 1:44 am · Reply

      Great Phil…Good luck on the court.

  19. Patrick Whitmarsh
    October 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm · Reply

    As a follow on adding mental state physical conditioning and emotional state into the mix would also be very beneficial as one advances their game. You are very good at what you do Jorge and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you very much

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 10, 2015 at 1:44 am · Reply

      Thanks Patrick

  20. Heiko
    October 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge,

    Watching from Germany, where we are facing indoor season now. As you know we – in the summer time – almost exclusively play clay , that’s where most guy’s ambitions aim at (at age group 40-50). The interesting thing is, knowing clay is presumably a slow surface and all rallies are long, you are damn right.
    I discovered this just this (30th) year in my tennis career (5.0 player), particularly the rally length thing . I am and always was an aggressive type player and never considered, even at times feared, longer rallies. But, dipping now deeper into the psychology of tennis, this has astounding impact on opponents! I always thought of myself as the one on the court choking first. But, just putting your foot down and showing you are willing to grind it makes opponents choke – a (not so) surprising finding, only to me!?

    Thanks for all the great work and the opportunity for small income guy’s like me to rub off a little from all your free content!!



  21. bob harrington
    October 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm · Reply

    Jorge, great video on the concept of plays in tennis based on the situation , your style of play and your opponents style of play. You forgot one of the other decisions that the server should make BEORE they serve and that would be ” am I going to play serve and volley or stay back” so that there is an immediate footwork response after landing into the court for the advanced player. For the lower level player that does not land into the court there should also be that immediate footwork response based on their decision to come in or not. We don’t want players getting caught a couple of steps in the court or flat footed after the serve.
    Thanks, bob h

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm · Reply

      Good point Bob… thanks for weighing in.

  22. bob bratcher
    October 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm · Reply

    Great stuff. As a park player, I didn’t think of “running plays” until I had been playing (and loosing) for years. My advise came from an older player (Bill Davis) who put it in one statement. “Before you serve, you should have a plan on how the point will be played.”

    • Jorge Capestany
      October 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Reply

      Yes… I like to teach my players to plan 2-3 shots deep into the point before it even starts.

  23. Dan Stumpf
    October 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm · Reply

    Interesting Information. Always good stuff!

    Dan Stumpf
    St. Paul, Minnesota

  24. Sharon
    October 9, 2015 at 3:13 pm · Reply

    Love the analogy to football plays. The boys team at my high school will relate well to your “plays”.

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