gael monfilsWhen numbers speak …

Most people have the impression that a tennis match takes a long time. That idea in your mind greatly affects the way you practice, train and condition. And it also affects your attitude when you go out to play a match.

But here’s the surprising information: In the 90s, Vic Braden, a great tennis pro from the US, simply timed the actual playing time of some professional players. For a 2 sets match, let’s say 6/4 6/3, the actual total amount of time that both players spent hitting the ball in the match was only about 5 min. From the time the ball was served until the point was over, it was only 5 min for 2 sets! That broke down about 2.5 minutes for each set …

Another amazing result was that the average hits per person per point was about 1.5 shots – less than 2 shots by each person on each point!

With this in mind, you can follow Vic’s old advice: try to return the ball just one more time each point. If you re able to do that, you’re going to start winning a lot more points.

Knowing that in professional tennis, points are ended more quickly than in the average club match, let’s say your present average is 3 hits per point, if you could get your average up one – to 4 hits – you would improve 33 percent. So don’t worry to be able to hit ten more shot on a point. Just one more return than your opponent on a point will make an enormous difference in your game!