Surviving a Slow Start in Tennis


Tips on how to survive a slow start in a tennis match.

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  1. Patty
    December 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm · Reply

    Will be using this with my HS singles players. But, I would love to have you comment on slow start tactics in a doubles match as relates to HS, adult and senior players.

  2. Paul Lee
    December 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm · Reply

    Another good lesson – thanks Jorge… When I played competitively I kinda stumbled into this type of start since I never seem to warm up enough given the usual warm-up time. So some long 3/4 speed rallies tended to calm me down, get my strokes better grooved and help my footwork. Then I could “hit out” with better control and usually play a better match (win/lose).

    I have my student hitting partners practice with 20, 30 or more shot rallies; or at least 10 shots on each side – but they each have to hit deep – beyond the service line before “starting the point”. A good drill teaching patience.

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm · Reply

      Nice Paul.

  3. del
    November 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm · Reply

    you gotta start using better players !

    • Jorge Capestany
      December 1, 2015 at 2:39 am · Reply


  4. Desmond Hillberg
    November 25, 2015 at 11:53 pm · Reply

    good sound advice like the way you explained a slow start.

  5. Terry
    November 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm · Reply

    Coach Capestany,
    Great suggestions I think most players tend to give up or get really frustrated and pretty much just give up on the set or even the match. The longer points are a great idea to help the players get their stokes grooved and to help their confidence level. I also tell my students when they are behind to be less aggressive like you said and also tell them to aim to safer target areas farther away from the lines until they get back into the match.

  6. Scott
    November 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm · Reply

    I remember as a HS player in a tough match generally preparing myself to be down a break after 4 games. I really like the idea of trying to get yourself into longer points to build that confidence level. Now as a coach I am trying to challenge my players to have a plan for each point and those “2” games.

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm · Reply

      Thanks Scott. Good luck with your players.

  7. Marianne
    November 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm · Reply

    Coach Jorge!!!! Thanks so much for this match saving tip. I now have something tangible to do on court during those first few games of a match. This is a first — I always thought because it takes me a long time to ‘warm up’ I just had to live with these slow starts on the court. Not any more! Yay!

  8. Joe
    November 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm · Reply

    Love it Jorge. I’ve been playing for years and have always been a slow starter but this approach never occured to me.

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