The laid-back greater Newfoundland and Labrador region is a natural backdrop for Canada’s most popular sports. Even right in the heart of St. John’s, you won’t have any trouble finding any sports-related club or activities within the city.
Although you’re always more likely to find ice hockey, rugby and association soccer events in the area, the sport of tennis still has an incredible following within the province. Newfoundland and Labrador are home to several clubs and associations dedicated to tennis. All of them naturally aim to spread awareness about the greatness of tennis as a sport and a hobby.
Tennis, as a sport, possesses nuances unfounded among people that don’t play. Not to say that people who aren’t into tennis can’t learn how to play—because they can. There are, however, some aspects that you won’t understand until you’re actually out on the court and playing.
That’s what we’re here for—to teach readers like you what it means to play tennis and how to become much better at playing tennis. Part of the journey, when it comes to learning about playing tennis, involves becoming a well-rounded or complete tennis player.
Becoming a complete anything takes a lot of work, but it’s the journey there that makes all of us much more fulfilled than if we didn’t take the trip.
So, can you become a complete tennis player?
Complete tennis players can apply themselves to any situation when in play, whether playing offensively or defensively, since they know how to approach hitting a wide variety of shots. These players pretty much know several different techniques – like aggressive baselining, defensive slicing, serve and volley – and subsequently chose a technique for the play that best suits it.
When you’re playing tennis, much like any other sport, there will be a wide variety of situations where you have to choose what works best, otherwise whatever you pick might not work at all. Players who manage to become versatile in play, hide their weaknesses and challenge their opponents end up becoming well-rounded players.
So, can you become a well rounded tennis player, too? What does it even mean to become well-rounded?
Becoming well-rounded in tennis
The element that separates most players from becoming ‘mechanically well-rounded’ and well-rounded is a term that’s known as application. If you can mentally apply what you know to how you physically interpret that knowledge, you can become more well-rounded through your hard work. It might sound complicated, but it’s a lot more simple than you think.
To give you a head start, here’s our take on the four qualities of becoming a well-rounded and complete tennis player. If you already seen some of these qualities in your style of play, think about them and about how you can improve what you already know.
Learn to serve better.
The best tennis players can hit any serve that comes right at them and hit different types of serves—flat, slice, topspin, you name it. Better players mix it up with serves that are unpredictable for opponents, preventing them from figuring out when the bounce comes back at them.
Hit a high return rate.
Even though you can serve, you have to bounce it back, too. If you stay aggressive on serve returns, you can potentially drive your opponent out of their comfort zone, hold your own and threaten a service break.
Use everything you know to get ahead.
The best players manage to keep their weaknesses to themselves and off the court. Part of this involves using every aspect of your game to, well, keep you in the game. Hit both forehands and backhands, locate and exploit your opponent’s weaknesses, keep your footwork up—and don’t let them see through your play. Use everything you know to get ahead in the game.
Work on your footwork.
Playing tennis isn’t just about working on your swings, it’s also about keeping up your footwork. The best swings come from the foundation that comprises your own feet. Practice getting into the right position through your footwork to produce a good swing and keep up with your opponent.
Although the tennis season is wrapping up until the next rolls around, there’s still plenty of time left to practice. As long as you remember what it takes to be a well-rounded player, there’s nothing stopping you from actually becoming one.