On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, I performed a feat I will unlikely repeat in my lifetime…
I sat at my New York Times media desk under Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open and watched 730 women’s double faults on the match replay feed.
Seven. Hundred. And. Thirty. 😳
I had more coffee that day than the rest of the tournament combined. ☕️
It was mind-numbing! But the data I mined was priceless and went into the strategy course GamePlan, which is all about understanding the junior-to-pro pathway. I wanted to know:
- Where the double fault occurred (net, long, wide).
- What point score had the most double faults (it’s not what you think).
- Was the server generally ahead, behind or even in the point score?
- What was the percentage chance of holding serve with a double fault in the game? (Hint: not good).
Today I want to give you a sneak peek into what is under the hood of GamePlan with the video below. If you coach junior tennis or play junior tennis, then this course is ideal for you! Click HERE for more information on GamePlan.
GamePlan Video Sneak Peek: Double Faults
0:14: Analyzing players that lose their match.
0:27: In women’s tennis, the 2nd serve is always a liability (winning < 50%).
1:03: Serve technique problems started in juniors with not enough attention to clean serve technique.
1:22: Roger Federer played 16 sets to the quarter-finals. Only 9 double faults in 75 service games.
1:48: I watched 730 double faults.
2:17: Low ball toss = contact point was too low & racket head slowed down.
2:30: No. 1 place double faults occur is in the net.
2:50: Practice court drill.
3:37 Tennis is a game of percentages.
4:00: What to focus on the most when practicing 2nd serves.
4:32: What about the grip?
4:44: Rhythm on the 2nd serve.
4:53: A great old-school drill for 2nd serves.
5:33: We have accepted hitting so many double faults. Here’s how to improve 2nd serves.
5:58: Double faults do not discriminate with where they occur.
If you like this information for your coaching or your game, click here –> GamePlan.
All the best,