Get a Killer, Consistent Return of Serve

Get a Killer, Consistent Return of Serve

The return of serve is the most underrated and underpracticed shot in tennis. Spend some time working on this key shot and see immediate results.

Check out these videos of the return master, Novak Djokovic:

For more easy-to-follow groundstroke tips, check out these videos:…………

Blair DiSesa Henley is a USPTA Certified (P1) tennis professional with over ten years of teaching experience. She is also a writer for Tennis Now.

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  1. Great tips! I'm a killer in singles because of my returns but because our team really needs a good doubles team I was moved to doubles. Do you have any tips on how to return the ball so the net player can't cut it off?

  2. I LOVE your instruction videos. Very simple explanations and very clear and common sense demonstrations – you accomplish in a mere 3 – 4 minutes what everyone else does in a 10 minute (or longer) video. Just discovered you today – I'll be watching and re-watching your vids going forward.  🙂

  3. Hi Blair, any advice you can give on where to hold my grip in anticipating a serve? I have a one-handed backhand and currently hold a forehand grip while anticipating but find it difficult to switch to backhand grip quickly. Thanks in advance!

  4. I need some help with my return, I'm a high school (junior 2 year record 33-6) tennis  player. 1st  I have a little trouble focusing or guessing on where the server is serving. Is there a drill that can help me remember to get my steps ready and to use split step? 2nd. I have a tendency to over hit very easy put away balls and tend to donate too many points to my opponents! Is there a breathing, or counting technique to help me relax and to stop being so stubborn…?  Please Help…. 

  5. Blair, my partner (an ever-improving 3.0) and myself (a 4.5 player) love your instructional videos.  They are quick tips and you also put a smile on our face with your humor.  This particular video made me focus on the return so much better, especially stepping in right at the serve and the split-step.  I put it into action yesterday against a banging serve and returned some FIERCE winners!  THANKS!

  6. I like that return of serve, Blair! The forehand version is scaring!
    You are right, it's an underrated shot. I recently realized about its importance. My formula is simple yet effective: try to return deep. If your opponent is inexperienced, you will probably catch him finishing his serve and "contemplating" his shot… and the deep ball will surprise him. In order to return deep, I try to aim higher and extend the follow through

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