When you hear tennis players or coaches or commentators talk about “patterns of play”, it all sounds very official and organized and clever. But can you actually name a pattern of play? Now you definitely can! 😁
The video below is my Wimbledon Channel analysis of a pattern of play called the “3-1”. Yes I know, it’s an unusual name for where tennis balls are hit, but stick with me on this one!
The “3” in the 3-1 represents three balls hit to the same spot in a rally. There is no change in direction or intent. A player is simply trying to gain their advantage with depth & height & spin & power – in the same direction.
The “1” in the 3-1 represents the change of direction shot after the three shots.
The goal with the “3” is to keep attacking the same spot and to also condition your opponent’s mind to think a fourth ball is coming that way. That’s when you pull the switch and go the other way.
Watch the five-minute video below and learn the 3-1 pattern from the best players in the world at Wimbledon 2019. You can then copy and paste this winning pattern into your own game.
2019 Wimbledon Channel: Craig O’Shannessy analyzes the 3-1 pattern.