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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.

Summer Camps

Since the Wimbledon Final we have had loads of interest for Tennis Camps at Prestbury Tennis Club. We urge players and parents to book early to avoid disappointment.

Camps start of with a meet and greet and then players warm together before splitting into groups on age and ability. Players are split into group between 4-12 players (smaller groups are pushed for enhanced learning) and then are taught the basics of all the shots and tactics in the morning. The afternoon see’s players put their skills to the test with fun games and matches.

Through the week u10 players aim towards their completing their Mini Tennis Rally Awards starting from Red 5 to Green u10 .

At the end of the day players awards for player of the day, shot of the day as well as discussing learnings of the day.

To book please fill a form in and send through the post.

Great British Tennis Weekend 2015

The Great British Tennis Weekend is looking like it’ll be a hot one!!

Fun and games for all the family for members and visitors. There will be free coaching for Adults, Juniors and Mini Tennis kids…

FREE ADULT CARDIO TENNIS 2:00 – 2:30 / 2:30 -3:00 / 3:00 – 3:30 3:30 – 4:00

FREE MINI TENNIS GAMES 2:00 – 2:30 / 2:30 – 3:00 / 3:00 – 3:30 / 3:30 – 4:00

FREE JUNIOR GAMES 2:00 – 2:30 / 2:30 – 3:00 / 3:00 -3:30 / 3:30 – 4:00


GBTW A4 poster 2015



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