The 5 Play Situations in Tennis


Did you know that you will only be doing ONE of these 5 things when you play tennis?

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  1. Anders Lundberg
    May 5, 2019 at 10:32 pm · Reply

    Hi Jorge!
    Very much true, like the concept, this make your client think more specific what he/she really needs, also very helpful for us coaches, to create drills around this topics, both the coaches and the clients get more focus and make that 60 minutes lesson more serious is many ways!

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 31, 2019 at 1:10 pm · Reply

      Thanks Anders

  2. Linda
    May 3, 2019 at 12:00 am · Reply

    Thank you for your videos, they are helpful and easy to understand. I coach out in California and attended Hope College back in the day! I wish you were there when I was! –Linda

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 31, 2019 at 1:10 pm · Reply

      You’re welcome Linda

  3. Jose P. Imperial
    May 1, 2019 at 9:44 pm · Reply

    Thanks George! Your ideas are making me a better player/coach. It gives me confidence on how to make my students make them a complete player. Please continue to share your expertise. God bless!

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm · Reply

      Awesome Jose.. I’m glad the videos are helpful.

  4. Hung Dam
    May 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm · Reply

    Hi coach Jorge,

    Thank you for simplifying the focus/training process. You’re the Best!


    • Jorge Capestany
      May 31, 2019 at 1:11 pm · Reply


  5. Linda Rosensweig
    May 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm · Reply

    Very good outline. How about suggesting some drills for the practice of each of these five areas?


  6. Valerie Wallace
    June 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm · Reply

    I like how your break things down. I also like the the idea of centering practices around those 5 areas! Too often this gets missed.

    • Jorge Capestany
      June 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm · Reply

      Thanks coach Val!

  7. Martha
    May 26, 2017 at 6:16 am · Reply

    Love very much everything you teach George! I am a couch in Germany and would love ❤️ to see if you would consider traveling for fun teaching the Americans expatriate! Thanks 🙏

  8. Pamela Muno
    May 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm · Reply

    love this, especially the internal audit portion

  9. Walt
    May 24, 2017 at 11:58 am · Reply

    Six? Transition shots?

  10. Terry Babbitt
    May 22, 2017 at 11:00 pm · Reply

    Very good analysis. Puts play into perspective by providing a solid framework for practice. May I propose a sixth component? Namely, the internal structure for transitioning between the five situations, that is, the skeletal structure of movement and anticipation. This is one reason why it is so important to practice within a game.

  11. Michael
    May 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm · Reply

    Coach Jorge, Always good stuff.

    I have a nice topic:
    When your opponent is at the net….. your shot choices are…?
    1 through them (hit at them…. Ivan Lendl style.)
    2 hit around them (passing shots)
    3 hit over them (lobs… defensive and offensive.)
    Shot selection should be based on previous point history, opponent’s proximity to the next, actual net position.
    Practice reading (sensing) opponents net position.

    Next lesson: “the bait and switch”.

  12. EdRichardson
    May 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm · Reply

    Great points, need to do more in every practice.
    ERichardson, USPTA #2151

  13. Pattu
    May 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm · Reply

    Hi. Jorge, Great tips, the 5 things tennis players will be doing singles r doubles.

    it’s good for us coaches to concentrate on these areas, for all levels, who have started playing tennis!


  14. Chuck Coleman
    May 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm · Reply

    Nicely done, Jorge!

  15. Tony Fox
    May 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm · Reply

    The five things concept has relevance
    Within those five things are breakdowns e.g. Integral impliments with in them.
    Serve; placement, first serve, second serve
    Return; offensive, defensive
    Ground game: play patterns, defense, neutral, offense
    Net game; approach shots, how to cover
    Passing; cross court vs down the line, forcing net person to volley up
    Lob; offensive, defensive, topspin

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