Learning from Watching

Whenever I get a chance to watch tennis live or on TV, I try my best not to watch the ball going back and forth over the net. I understand that most people watch tennis this way because it's fun and exciting, but since I am a tennis teaching professional, I like to watch tennis in a different way. If you try to watch tennis the way I'm suggesting, you will learn a great deal more! This information will help you become a better tennis player and maybe someday we will be watching YOU playing tennis on TV!
Whenever I get a chance to watch tennis live or on TV, I try my best not to watch the ball going back and forth over the net. I understand that most people watch tennis this way because it's fun and exciting, but since I am a tennis teaching professional, I like to watch tennis in a different way. If you try to watch tennis the way I'm suggesting, you will learn a great deal more! This information will help you become a better tennis player and maybe someday we will be watching YOU playing tennis on TV!


1. Focus on One Player
When you watch a tennis match on TV, there is a tendency to watch the entire screen. Try to pick one player to watch for a little while and focus on their footwork and where they go after they hit the ball.

2. Psychology
After a long point ask yourself these questions: How does the player you're watching respond? Where do they look at the end of the point? Many top players have great focus and you will never see them overreact to a bad shot. Most importantly, watch how they turn back to the baseline looking at their racket strings. These pros are great at clearing their minds from negative thoughts and from showing facial expressions. They will not give their opponent any clue into what is going on inside their head.

3. Instant Replay
A great opportunity to see how top players stroke the ball is to watch the tennis point replayed in slow motion. Pay attention to how long their eyes focus on the ball! It almost seems like they’re not interested on where the ball is going to land. They seem more concerned with making sure the ball meets the racket right in the middle (sweet spot).

4. Commentary
Not only are commentary styles different but the better ones can be a gold mine of instructions. John and Patrick McEnroe and many other former players’ points of views can translate into you winning tennis matches if you listen closely to what they’re saying.

5. Conclusion
Watching a tennis match is very different from other sporting events. Most people who watch tennis also play the sport.... So remember, the old “watching the ball” tip would be better applied when you’re on the court and not in a chair watching a match!

See you on the courts!