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Get on court for 2018

This time of year is tough with conditions your game of tennis and indoor indulgences  meaning that sitting down on the change of end is just you sat on couch.

Whether you aim is Wimbledon or you are getting fit for new year or Just want to get back playing socially here are some tips on how get back yourself motivate for the new year for tennis…

1 Ring a mate and practice weekly

Having a mate to play with is obviously the best way to play by having a game and using it as a excuse to catch up on the change of ends. Build your network of training buddies and challenge yourself with different opponents. If you are new to the club try the box leagues, club nights or phone a coach for a lesson and they can help you network

2 Have a back up fitness plan if weather cancels your game i.e. go to gym, yoga, spin etc.

If the weather is bad go to the gym instead, try a circuit class or yoga for sports session. Therefore yo will keep fit and keep you strong and injury free and will help you keep a routine of practising on a certain night.

3 Book into a competition or tennis festival

By booking into a comp this gives you something to aim towards. It may be just a social event like the doubles night or may be you will finally go down to club night which scares you as they all look amazingly good. Either way challenge yourself in which just by turning up is achievement win or lose.

4 Set some training goals

Just hitting balls back and forth gets boring. So spice it up write down want you want your game to look like  and think what you want to improve .If you know the last match in your club comp you forehand was letting you down when attacking then practise it . Don’t write a whole list of errors as this will seem too much and will unmotivate you to train. Be realistic with the time you have and seek coaches advice or look on you tube.

5 Feel smug in Spring

By doing all the above until Easter means that come Easter you will feel a sense of achievement and you will feel smug compared to those fair weather players that will feel rusty and will have a long way to go in the spring


3 fro £75 on Private lessons 07702814351 Jon Cain

Return of Serve week – Session 5

One of the most under practiced shot is the return of serve. It is no secret but my one hand backhand return and many other’s is the weakest, once I am in the rally I know am have then a chance to win the point…so one of my goals is to improve over the next month ready for my return to comps for 2017.

Jon Cain’s tips for return….

1 Athletic Ready Position

2 Watch the ball toss and the servers action

3 Split step before the contact

4 Turn before the bounce – beat the bounce!

5 Decide on where you will hit – just over & in, to backhand, deep etc.

6 Contact infront

7 Recover to the middle before the ball bounces on the other side  . Hit with height to give you some time (unless they serve and volley)

FIRST SERVE RETURN – aim deep and at servers feet

SECOND SERVE RETURN – attack to the corners or backhand. approach the net of short

Make Competition enjoyable – Top Tips for Parents



Now is a great time to play some comps before the start of the Spring Season. At yellow ball level players should be competitions every 3 to 6 weeks, Mini Tennis players every 6 weeks. The point one league provides the opportunity as well as Aegon League in the Spring. It is a minefield out there when parents first enter competitions so here are some top tips for entering competitions…


  1. Plan ahead with a diary – Write down or the family events, other sporting fixtures, school trips etc. If there is lack of time then make some sacrifices on less important activities and but tennis
  2. Play Practice Matches – Play some sets with them or organize to play with their team mates. Tell them to take a football down to the club or table tennis bats so they play something after and make it a social event rather than a serious event. Take them to the Cafe after as a reward
  3. Enter the Right Level Competition – If too hard then the player will lose confidence, too easy then they will get bored and mess around. Best way to measure is their win / loss ratio. If 50 / 50 then this is the right level, if 75 / 25 then this is good, obviously 90 / 10 or 100 / 0 then too hard / easy. Check the gradings below…
  4. Enter with team mates and friends– Make it social and fun so when waiting around for other matches players can play football int eh park, table tennis in the club house etc.
  5. Reward their efforts not results – Reward their champion spirit, sportsmanship etc. and remind them of the benefits of exercise and that competing teaches life lessons like not giving up and treating others with respect.
  6. Make a day out a tournament trip – If your comp is in Chester than make a day of it and go to the Zoo, go shopping as family, treat them to a chocolate fudge cake at the local cafe. Lighten the mood on the long way back.

So get entering a comp today …


Grade 7/ 6 Internal Social Comps – Beginner / starter events

Grade 5 County Tour – Club players

Grade 4 County Tour – Club & County Players

Grade 3 Regional Tour – County Players





One Hand Backhand Clinic


Arguably Roger Federrer has one of the most stylish one hand backhand’s in the game. Wawrinka has the most powerful one hand backhand’s, in which backhand to backhand he could probably out rally Federrer. But Roger’s flair, touch and tactical mind beat the battle of the one backhand’s today.

Have a look at Federrer’s anticipation initiating the left foot to pivot and turn the whole body to face the singles line before the ball bounces. His quick movement allows him to beat the bounce and be in position early.

Federrer then drops the racket head so he can brush up the back of the ball and to lift the ball doubles the height of the net. The follow through see’s his head still on contact and through the hit zone. His head lifts as his arm’s just after the arms separates and the wrist turns outwards.

Most importantly after the shot he gets back into position to pounce on any short balls or to run round the next backhand and use his stringer forehand if on.


7TH FEB & 14TH FEB 10:30-12:00

15TH FEB 6:30PM


Set your goals for 2017

Player Goal Setting Sheet

Competition Goals – which comps do you want to peak for ? set a calendar of comps for the year

 Tactical Goals – What is you strength’s (e.g. inside out forehand )& weakness’s (backhand down the line) and build a game plan around your strength’s. practice patterns of play with a partner of coach.
Technical goals – what shots work and what let you down. get a coach or watch some you tube video’s

Physical Goals – Fitness can be broken down into Speed, Stamina, Strength & Suppleness. Maintain your strength and improve your weakness’s

Mental Goals – Does you mind wonder ? Maybe improve your concentration by tightening your racket strings or use positive self talk. Again a coach or reading up about mental toughness and skills training can help.


MacMillan coffee morning

A great way to play some doubles and raise money for MacMillan nurses charity. Winners will receive a prize from a local coffee shop knowing that the real winner is raising money and helping out in the community. Ideal for beginners and club level players

Wed 9th november 9:30am

Jack of all sports…good or bad??

No doubt you have been watching the olympics in which these athletes are dedicated to their sport. Hours of training on and off the court, pool, track, field etc. these athletes are only focused on one thing…winning a medal. However, as any of these athletes and I can assure they will have played numerous sports growing up before they found their feet in their chosen sport.

So can playing other sports help a tennis player?

As a adult club player I know I can play at level that challenges me yet requires just a little less dedication than olympic level. I often go running, play football with friends and golf when the weather is good. I just want to compete with friends or other people in a competition for fun knowing I am keeping fit and getting some fresh air (yet secretly thinking this is the biggest game in the world and it is a matter of life or death!) However, the higher you want to go up in any sport the more time, dedication and focus you need to perfect your craft. Many coaches go off the formula that it takes 10 years (10,000hrs) to grow a champion. Endless sessions on practising hitting balls to a cones, fitness sessions &  improving your technique can not be substituted for a game of golf and a beer every 2-3 days. Every athlete though needs a break from the repetition of training  and needs a break in which cross training can help.

Which Sports are best for children and adult to cross train with??

COMBAT – can be compared with tennis with boxers using co-ordination of feet and hands, fast reactions, high level s of fitness and requires good movement in a small space. Many pro tennis players have done pads and light sparring for off court training to improve speed and cardiovascular fitness.

TEAM SPORTS – Football and rugby require cardio, speed and power and are a great way to learn working as a team just like the GB Davis Cup Team. High skills levels are required, spatial awareness and social skills to get on with team mates. There is however a high risk injury in which can require 2-3 days recover, no good if you have a game mid week.

ATHLETICS – Running, throwing and jumping is required in tennis. Jessica Ennis’s Javelin throw is a similar action to a serve in which biomechanists have compared javelin throwers and the tennis serves to help learn the best action for a fastest throw/serve. Running of course is good for lasting for lon 3 set matches and sprinting can help you pick up a drop shot. However, after training to run a marathon last year I felt very slow picking up drops shots (or may be I am past my physical peak) but running for a long time like Mo can actually slow you down on the court. Also tennis requires changes of direction (agility) and running in a straight line for 100m will not help you run from backhand to forehand.

DANCING – The rhythm of a rally to a metronome beat may not be a obvious comparison to the royal ballet theatre. Federer is often said to have balletic movement and aesthetically would score 10/10. The timing of his movement and preparation to a shot is just amazing to watch in which could be a theatrical production in itself if you took the scoreboards and trophies away.

Either way play sport, keep fit but stay focused to tennis if you want to be a champion!!

Holiday Camps 2016

Holiday Camps at Prestbury tennis Club and surrounding areas are a great way of keeping your kids active through the summer. Let them be a kid and have fun on the tennis court and help a healthy lifestyle. With technology now taking over kids lives and spoiling interaction with their friends, learning new skills and getting fresh air rather than being stuck inside all day.

Camps run every week (apart from Monday 8th august due to the club hosting a county Tour event) in which you can book for a full day or a half day. PLayers can be dropped off from 8:30 with pick up at 3:00. If parents would like to extend there is additional times till 5:00 if more than 4 players.

Camps run as follows…

9:00 – 9:15 Mett and Registration

9:15 – 10:30 Coaching

10:30 – 11:00 park time

11:00 – 12:00 Coaching and games

12:00 – Lunch in the park

1:00 – 3:00 Choose between Davis Cup matches / Games / Park time

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6 private sessions for £120. £50 off

A great offer for committed players to block book a personal coaching sessions. First you will agree on what you want from the course and each session. Whether it is hit with more power, hit wider shots, prevent injury or train a certain game plan / tactic we can help you meet your goals. Ring Jon to Book 07702 814 351

This Girl Can

We had our first Girl only beginner comp In December with great feedback from parents. There was 12 girls in total playing fun doubles matches with the rules adapted to make it easier.

There was music and games at the end with female coaches to support players and explain the rules. Tennis is not just about the winning or losing but about having fun, keeping fit and meeting new people.