There are hundreds of sports which players play. Thousands of players choose sports to play professionally and choose sports as their career. Tennis is a sport which is played by millions of people across the world and thousands of players decide to play it professionally. But not every player who plays tennis can’t go to the highest level of the sport. One of the main reasons is that, obviously tennis is an expensive game and not everybody can play it, but the players who play can find it very hard and difficult game.

No doubt, tennis is a very challenging game, not only it requires a huge amount of physical strength and endurance but also technically it requires thousands of hours to master it. Unlike many other sports, tennis is a highly competitive sport which is played all over the world. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all have fan following ranging from Europe to America to Asia to Africa to Australia. In tennis, there is variety of shots. Each shot you hit, has a name, a technique to play, and requires skill to master it. Shots in tennis can be categorized as:

 

Forehand                                                       Backhand

Serve                                                              Volley

Half volley                                                      Overhead (Smash)

Lob                                                                 Drop Shot

Topspin shot                                                 Flat Shot

Passing shot                                                   Cross-court shot

Down the line shot                                        Slice

Forehand

This is the easiest and probably the first shot which is learnt when you start play tennis. The forehand shot is made by swinging the tennis racket across the body from the dominant hand i.e. right hand for a right handed player and  left hand for a left handed player

Backhand

As the name implies this is the opposite of the forehand, it is made by swinging the racket away from the body on the opposite side to the strong hand. Many players use a single hand to execute the backhand, but there are also many players that use a two-handed backhand.

Serve

The serve is the shot that starts each point. A serve is hit from either the deuce court, standing to the right side of the center mark when facing the net at the baseline or the ad court, standing to the left side of the center mark.

In either case, a player has two opportunities to make the serve, the first and second serve, to successful hit the ball over the net and into the service box on the opposite side of the court.

Volley

In tennis, a volley is a tennis shot that is hit by the player before the ball bounces or hits the court while approaching the net or while at the net. The main purpose of coming to the net and volleying is to take control of the point.

 

Lob

The lob is a very high shot, it is usually played hit for two reasons. Firstly to hit the tennis ball just out of reach of an opponent that is at the net and secondly as a defensive measure to gain time to get back into position on the tennis court.

Drop Shot

As the name suggests, drop shot is hit from the baseline near to the net on the opponent’s side. It is used when the opponent is at the rear of the court or out of position. The tennis ball is hit softly and just over the net to try and get it to bounce twice before the opponent can reach the ball.

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