Speaker: Court positioning in tennis. A lot of tennis players, when they first learn the game, think that after every shot they should run back to the middle. After every ground stroke they should run right back to the center of the court. That's not really true. When you run to your right. Let's say if you're a right-handed player run to your right and you hit a forehand crosscourt. You are not supposed to go right back to the center. The good court positioning when you hit a crosscourt shot is a step or two off-center to your forehand side. So diagonally across. So in other words when you hit a ground stroke the key positioning idea is you want to be slightly on the opposite side from where you've hit the ball. So if you run to your right. If you're a right-handed player. And you hit the ball down the line. Where's your court positioning? Your court positioning is on the other side of center. Not on the side that you're on. But the other side. Why? Because you're thinking that the highest percentage shot from your opponent is across court. So if you hit down the line you've got to protect the high-percentage shot from your opponent which is a crosscourt. If you hit a crosscourt the highest percentage shot from your opponent is crosscourt. So you don't have to go on the other side of center. You actually stay on the same side of center. So positioning at the baseline when you're hitting a ground stroke to another player who's at the other baseline. You want to be on the opposite side from where the ball is. You are actually a balancing agent to the balls on the right. You're on the left. And vice versa.
Speaker: So the real point of what Joe's saying I think is that by hitting crosscourt you will save yourself some footwork because you'll shade from that side of the court. If you hit the ball down the line do it at your own risk. Feel confident about your chances. If you're just doing it to do it you're setting yourself up to have to run. So prefer the crosscourt. Save some footwork. You'll need it later anyhow. So when you hit crosscourt shade crosscourt. When you hit crosscourt forehand shade to the forehand side.
Speaker: Now we come to the next shot is coming to the net. Moving up. You've hit a couple of crosscourts. The opponent hits your short ball. You're coming in. We prefer to see you hit the what we call the approach at the shot. You're approaching to the net behind down the line. Follow the ball. Whatever direction you hit the ball you follow. So if you meant to hit it down the line but by accident you hit it crosscourt follow the actual flight not the intended flight. Okay? And move in and stop when your opponent is ready to hit his passing shot. Split step is what we mean by stop. So you're ready to react to his passing shot. And the reason you want to hit it down the line is the opposite reason you want to hit crosscourt at the baseline. You want to hit it down the line because at the net you want to be on the same side as the ball. From center. You want to be on the same side of center as the ball is. At the baseline it's the opposite. So that's court positioning in tennis.