One of the most vital aspects of tennis is the serve. This stroke, which begins each point of a match, can become a valuable asset for any player looking to score points quickly. See a photo slideshow on how to complete a successful serve.
One of the most vital aspects of tennis is the serve. This stroke, which begins each point of a match, can become a valuable asset for any player looking to score points quickly. The following steps provide the fundamentals for developing a consistent serve.
1 STARTING POSITION
Point the lead shoulder (left shoulder for a right-handing player) toward the net.
2 RACKET PREPARATION
As you begin to toss the ball, the racket and hands should begin to separate with the racket head still down.
3 THE TOSS
The racket head goes behind the head while tossing the ball out in front of the lead foot (left foot for a right-handed player).
4 CONTACT POINT
Contact is made above the head with the racket arm extended up and out in front of the body.
5 FOLLOW THROUGH
The arm and wrist rotate the racket down and to the outside.
The racket should end up across the body with the bottom of the handle near the lead hip (left hip for right-handed player).
Demonstrator: Mark Nosek, who will be a sophomore at York High School this fall.
Instructor: Greg Spencer, tennis professional for Courts Plus in Elmhurst.