Horsecity School Holiday Tennis Camps (Oct to Dec 2017) September 28 2017, 1 Comment
To kick start the opening of our brand new tennis academy at Horsecity, we are offering our school holiday tennis camps at early bird sign up rates!
School holiday tennis camps are part of our Horsecity Tennis Programs! All ages and levels are welcome, they run weekly from October to December 2017!
Get your kids involved at a weekly rate of $400, Mondays to Fridays (8:30 am to 12 noon).
Address: 100 Turf Club Road, Horsecity, Singapore 287992. We are very conveniently located just 5 minutes walk from Sixth Avenue MRT station (Exit B).
Coach Sam and Coach Jorge organized a 3-day tennis camp this week at Horsecity! We'll let the pictures do the talking!
Parents, join in the fun! Our cardio tennis / group tennis lessons will be happening alongside the kids tennis camps on the next 2 courts!
No tennis experience is necessary for cardio tennis. All tennis equipment will be provided.
For more information on the location of our new academy, please check out our Horsecity Tennis Programs page!
Do also take note of what to bring:
- Non marking shoes
- A lot of sun screen
- Tennis racket
Book your spot by calling 93351340 or emailing us at email@example.com for more information!
Private vs. Group Tennis Lesson For Beginners August 28 2017, 1 Comment
Very often, common questions asked by players or parents of players is 'Where to start?" as well as "Should I take private or group lessons?".
Coaches worldwide will have a similar answer for this: a healthy combination of both private and group tennis lessons, starting off with private lessons to increase ability and confidence before joining group lessons.
Private lessons - allows players to get used to the tennis environment and provide the necessities to feel comfortable on court.
With private lessons, the player and coach can work together for the player to learn new skills and in turn, ability. As with anything in life, the better we are at something, the more competent and confident we feel. Once ability level is competent enough to join others of a similar standard, the player can now also gain the benefits from a group lesson.
Group lessons - allows players to use the skills they have developed from private lessons and use them alongside/against other players.
Group lessons will include point play which will improve decision making and provide a 'competitive edge'. Our tennis coaches will ensure that you are placed in a similar standard group, so confidence will not only be maintained, but grow.
Anyone For Tennis is now conducting group training programs at 2 of our brand new facilities for players to join:
- 4-court facility at Horsecity (100 Turf Club Road)
- Nearest MRT station: Sixth Avenue station (7 minutes walk)
- Tennis court at The Arena (48 Woodleigh Park, used to be the PUB Recreation Club)
- Nearest MRT station: Woodleigh station (10 minutes walk)
Please call 93351340 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mini-Tennis Orange Ball Tournament - 7 May 2017 May 08 2017, 2 Comments
Anyone For Tennis held a Mini-Tennis Orange Ball Tournament last Sunday (7 May 2017), which proved to be a huge success with 20 players made up of both girls and boys with ages ranging from seven to ten years old.
The tournament was divided up into four groups of five players, guaranteeing all players a minimum of four matches, with group winners qualifying for the semi-final stage. Congratulations to all players for entering in what was for many, their first ever tennis tournament.
Special congratulations to our four semi finalists: Francesco, Ryan, Agastya and Shantel.
The final was played out between Agastya and Ryan, it was Ryan who was victorious claiming the win in a closely fought encounter, in what was his first ever tennis tournament.
Ryan has been taking lessons weekly with myself (Coach Sam B) since January 2017 and has shown good improvement both technically and tactically. Crucially, he arrives on court with the right attitude required to improve.
One of the things I found most satisfying was to see the players on court and truly enjoying their tennis and embracing the experience.
The tournament offered the players an opportunity to put into practice what they have been working on during their tennis lessons, see the level of the other children around their age and also reflect on their own performances.
It is important to state at this stage in their tennis development that results are not the be-all and end-all. Ensuring that these children have a good experience in tennis and good memories from playing tennis is far more likely to yield long-term participation in tennis and offer increased motivation to practice and improve further, so that they can really maximise their potential.
Special thanks to my colleague, Coach Jorge, who was instrumental in running this successful tournament together with me. His efforts are very much appreciated.
Also special thanks to all the parents who willing gave up their Sunday afternoon to travel over to the East for this tournament!
Yours in Sport,
Coach Sam B
Tip of the Week (Coach Jorge): Backhand Volley Drill April 26 2017, 1 Comment
Today, Coach Jorge would like to share this simple drill he did with his adult intermediate player, Naoko.
It is called the "2-touch" backhand volley drill. This drill is for her to have better racket head control and footwork on her backhand volley.
First, she has to block the ball in order to control it and then hit the ball back as a backhand volley. Note: the ball shouldn't bounce in between hits.
In the second progression to this exercise, alternate between regular volleys and "2-touch" volleys. It is essential to have the contact point in front of the body and to be light on the feet.
Watch the following video to get a better understanding of the above drill.
Naoko did great and hopefully, this drill can help her and many others gain more confidence and control of the backhand volley.
Tip of the Week (Coach James): Timing of the groundstrokes – Easy as 1, 2, 3! March 27 2017, 1 Comment
Do you have the feeling of having no time? Do you feel rushed on your strokes?
You have so much more time to hit your strokes than you think. Follow the easy steps of 1, 2, 3.
3 things to consider:
1. The Racket - Is the racket ready to be used?
2. The Bounce - Is the racket ready before the ball bounces?
3. The Hit - Is the racket ready with enough time to swing to contact?
A lot of players I encounter in their first few lessons make the mistake of trying to get to the ball and then think about getting ready to hit it, therefore having no time to swing creating a PUSH!
Try this the next time you are on the court:
1) Before the ball bounces on your side of the net, get the racket ready by turning the shoulders and SAY 1! Note: The take back can be high or low depending on the speed of the ball.
2) Use the time you have left to move the feet into position. When the ball bounces, SAY 2!
3) Last but not least, swing to contact and SAY 3!
When you have hit the ball, get ready and start the process again! Watch the short clip below.
The first few shots that you play will feel strange but with repetition of this very simple exercise during your tennis lessons and tennis practices, you will be finding your timing in no time at all.
Cheers and have fun!
Agastya - Winner of UWC Mini Orange Competition March 24 2017, 11 Comments
We would like to congratulate Coach Dave's student - Agastya, who was the winner of last Sunday's Mini Orange Group 2 competition at United World College (Dover).
This is Agastya's second win at this level.
Coach Dave has been working with Agastya the past 18 months and he has this to say about him: "Agastya is a joy to teach. Perfect attitude every single session, so much heart!"
Coach Dave would like to stress that while results are great at this early stage, they are not the priority.
At Anyone For Tennis, we want to keep the long term goals for our players' development in mind over short-term results.
We make sure our students develop the passion for tennis and look forward to their tennis lessons, while at the same time striving to improve their tennis skills.
Tip of the Week (Coach Sam HS): Find & Finish - A Beginner to Intermediate Forehand Guide March 03 2017, 1 Comment
Hi, I'm Coach Sam HS and here is one of my Mini Orange players.
She has been training with me for just under three months and already we are working on match play tactics.
She is going to demonstrate the steps in which I would coach a beginner or intermediate player of any age to hit a forehand.
Step 1: The Ready Position
• Feet shoulder width apart
• Two hands on the racket (dominant hand at the bottom)
• Racket out in front of your body
Step 2: The Find Position
• As soon as she recognises that the ball is coming to her forehand, she puts the racket in the “find position”.
• This is the position she wants to make contact with the ball.
• The racket is waist height and in front of her.
Step 3: The Swing
• All in one motion, she takes her racket back slightly and swings for the ball, keeping her strings pointing forward as much as she can, doing her best to make contact with the ball in front of her body. (Sack the camera man!)
Step 4: Finish
• After making contact with the ball and remembering to keep her strings facing forward as long as possible, she finishes with her racket over her shoulder.
• Here, you can also see her forwards momentum has carried her over the Orange baseline.
Don't forget to smile while practicing the above! If you have any questions, feel free to approach any of our tennis coaches!
Tip of the Week (Coach DC): 3 Ways to Improve Your 5 year old's Co-ordination Off-court February 07 2017, 1 Comment
It is always good to continually help develop your child's co-ordination outside of his or her tennis lessons.
Here are my top 3 suggestions to do so. Note that you can even practice these indoors!
That's right! Buy some balloons and challenge your child to keep them up in the air, using any body part they like (eg: hands, head, feet, elbows).
Count how many taps/hits your child can do without the balloon touching the ground.
2) Racquet and Balloons
Similar to Tip 1, add in the racquet and see if your child can keep the balloon up. Allowing them to use different body parts and the racquet is a fantastic way to build co-ordination skills.
Challenge them to balance on one foot and keep the balloon up. This will help to develop your child's balance, a vital skill for hitting those forehands and backhands.
Probably one of the must under-practiced skills is the ability to hop, land and balance. This is a very important motor skill for your child.
Challenge them to hop forwards and backwards on each foot.
CAUTION! Make sure you stand behind them to catch their fall when they hop backwards, especially if their balancing skill isn't quite there yet.
Hopping backwards is great practice for pushing off and using the ankle to accelerate, useful for eventual tennis shots. Hopping also helps develop the motion required for split stepping during rallying.
Hope you can give these ideas a try and be sure to let our tennis coaches know how you get on!
Coach Sam B - Why Play Tennis In Singapore January 27 2017, 1 Comment
Hi, everyone! I am Sam B, a tennis coach who just joined Anyone For Tennis in January 2017!
In this blog, I'm going to explain why tennis is such a good sport to play and be involved in, particularly in Singapore!
Tennis is a sport for life! You are able to play tennis socially, or competitively, or both! In my experience, I have given tennis lessons to a child as young as 2 years old and to an adult of 80 years, as well as every age in between.
Nobody is too young or too old to start playing tennis. Tennis is undoubtedly a skilled sport, you will improve your playing standard and competence with practice, persistence and ideally tennis lessons too.
There are so many forms of tennis you can choose to play including cardio tennis, singles, doubles, tennis boot camps etc.You are never far away from a tennis court in Singapore and since all courts here have floodlights, you can play even at night.
Tennis is truly a global sport. Currently, the top 10 players in the world in both men and ladies professional tennis tours (ATP & WTA) are made up of 10 different nationalities in each.
Playing tennis is a great way to make friends and you can really improve your social connections by participating in tennis, unlike any other sport.
Last but not least, tennis is a great way to improve your fitness. Studies have shown that participating in cardio tennis for 1 hour can burn as much as 600 calories!
I will end off with a picture of me taken while travelling between lessons, drenched by one of Singapore's magnificent storms!
Tip of the Week (Coach Cata): The Slice Approach Shot January 16 2017, 1 Comment
The slice approach shot is one of the most effective shots in tennis, but lesser used because of the speed and power of the game.
The big advantage of this shot is that the ball stays low, which allows the net player to make an aggressive volley.
Usually, the net players are using an offensive backhand slice hitting their slice approach in cross. The opponent probably isn’t expecting you to slice when you come into the net.
The key of this shot is the footwork. As can you see in the picture above featuring Sasha Zverev, his left foot steps behind his right foot as he hits. When he hits the ball, he takes that karaoke step, enabling him to stay sideways and continue to close the net.
The technique for a backhand slice approach shot is pretty similar to that of a backhand volley. The main difference is in the length of the swing. It will be a little longer than a backhand volley as the shot has to generate more pace.
With everyone using poly hybrid and more extreme grips, players can take cuts at these low balls, get more spin, get some bite and get them up over the net with pace.
To learn how to execute the slice approach shot, you may approach any of our tennis coaches for more information.
Tip of the Week (Coach Dave): Practicing Tennis (Part 2) June 23 2016, 1 Comment
Question: How should I practice if I have a court, but no practice partner?
Answer: Hit some serves! This is the most important shot in this sport and it is often under-practiced.
Before each serve, make sure you do these 4 things:
1) Stand sideways
2) Feet should be shoulder-width apart
3) Knees should be slightly-bent
4) Racket and ball are together with loose, tension-free hands
Be sure to start all your practice serves in this position, just like how 8 year old Ethan is demonstrating in the picture above.
Below is a picture taken by Coach Dave when he was in Melbourne earlier this year for the Australian Open.
World #7 Milos Raonic with one of the most-feared serves at Australian Open 2016.
How does he serve so fast? Apart from his obvious physical ability, take note of his "trophy position":
- Left arm extended very high
- Left hip shifted inside the baseline
- Shoulders tilted, left above right
- Elbow pointing toward the back fence
- Racket face slightly closed, no "waiter's tray" there, which is very common with recreational players
Tip for improving your serve: Pay attention to your trophy position.
Adding on to how else students may practice without a practice partner, shadow swings and working on footwork patterns on the court are excellent drills as well. Practice moving for the wide ball, the deep ball, the short ball. The possibilities are endless!
Do check with any of our tennis coaches on some drills you may use to practice on your own. The ball is in your court. ;)
Mini-Tennis Orange Ball Tournament - 12 June 2016 June 17 2016, 1 Comment
Anyone For Tennis held our first ever Mini-Tennis Orange Ball Tournament last Sunday.
It was organized by our Managing Director Dave, for 13 of our students, aged 7-9 years old. It was incredible seeing our students come together to play at this one-day event.
They were able to put what they learnt during their tennis lessons into practice with others of similar playing standard!
The Mini-Tennis Orange Ball Tennis format is played in a smaller and narrower court around three quarters the size of a regular court, using a lower compression ball.
This enables kids of young age to experience the game of tennis, holding longer rallies and constructing points in a court more in proportion to their body size and strength.
The competitors were split into two groups, who then played a "round robin" format, which guarantees each player at least 5 matches. The winners and runners-up of each group went into semi-finals and finals.
Matches were refereed by the students themselves, who were waiting for their turns to play matches. This kept them active between matches and also enabled them to understand the scoring system and serving order of the game.
Players were not allowed to challenge the umpire under any circumstances, so there were no mini John McEnroe antics! The umpire's decision was final.
Parents especially enjoyed watching the games from the sidelines while cheering their kids on! A special mention to them for being around and helping to supervise the kids as well!
It was a fun afternoon, despite the blazing heat! Prizes were given to all players who participated in the group matches.
The semi-final matches were played between Riti vs Agastya and brother & sister Max vs Luisa.
The final match, played between Riti and Luisa, was very closely-contested with Riti coming out on top, winning 10-8.
The event was a huge success! We received feedback from the parents of our little superstars, who would like us to continue organizing many more of these tournaments in the future.
Mini-Tennis Red/Orange/Green Ball and Junior & Adult one-day competitions will be coming to a venue near you. Watch this space!
Interested in joining our one-day tournaments? Register your interest with any of our tennis coaches.
If you are currently not taking lessons with us, you may email us at email@example.com or call/sms/whatsapp to 93351340.
Tip of the Week (Coach Dave): Practice Tennis (Part 1) June 06 2016, 1 Comment
Whether you are a beginner or a touring pro, you must practice regularly in order to achieve your goals. Finding an hour per day to practice can make a huge difference to your improvement and will help you get more bang for your buck during your tennis lessons.
Question: How do I practice tennis with a practice partner, but without my tennis coach present?
Answer: If you are lucky enough to have a hitting partner and access to a court, fantastic!
Grab your practice partner and aim to make a rally of 10/20/100 strokes (whatever is realistic to your level of play) from a distance in the court where you can both maintain control of the ball and hold your shape on each shot.
If you are unable to make more than 10 strokes in a row from the service line, work in a smaller area until you can! Once your goal is achieved, you and your practice partner can play a small game of first-up-to-21-points in the area where you are both competent.
If this means playing mini-tennis in the service boxes with a red/orange ball for adult beginners, then so be it. You are still playing tennis! There is absolutely no need to rush into playing full-court until you are ready.
Coach Dave's mini-red kids - Hugo, Archie, Sophia, Jonas
As tennis coaches, we do notice if our student has put in even just the smallest amount of practice in-between lessons. An example is how the student tends to notice the ball earlier. Students would also have had the chance to digest what was taught to them during the previous lesson.
Having regular weekly tennis lessons would improve one's tennis game, but never underestimate the difference of practices in-between lessons.
Tennis Fashionista #1 March 22 2016, 1 Comment
Today, Tyler's choice of shirt makes Coach Dave's day! What a way to score some brownie points, especially when your coach is a Manchester City fan!
Congratulations to Coach Sam's student - Shiv ;) February 10 2016, 1 Comment
Big congrats to Shiv on a tremendous 2015 with a few bumps along the way (broken arm and all).
Shiv has been taking tennis lessons with our Head Tennis Coach, Sam for the past year.
Coach Sam describes Shiv as "an extremely dedicated student who has so much passion for the game!"
The result for his hard work and perseverance is starting 2016 being joint-ranked first in Singapore!
Congratulations once again, Shiv! Hard work pays off!
Tip of the Week (Coach Billy): Improve your forehand with the lag i.e. 'Laser' December 21 2015, 1 Comment
One of the fundamental bio-mechanics of the forehand is reaching a position where the racket head is lagging behind the wrist, the arm, and also the grip of the racket.
I teach this technique to all of my mini tennis players with the nickname 'laser' meaning, pointing the butt-cap of the racket (i.e. laser) towards the other side of the net.
It is vital for players to reach a good racket head lag position to increase the power and speed of their forehand, making it a far greater weapon.
Here's a video of Stan Wawrinka's forehand in slow motion. See if you can spot this position and how long his racket lags for before striking the ball.
This motion incorporates more of a lasso action and brings the wrist into play while also giving more room to accelerate the racket through the ball.
Get in touch with our tennis coaches at 93351340 if you want to learn how to generate more power on your forehand!
Tip of the Week (Coach Sam): Tennis for a 3 year old! November 27 2015, 1 Comment
Tom is one of Anyone For Tennis Singapore's youngest students. I started coaching him just before his third birthday around 6 months ago.
Initially, I wondered if he could even understand my instructions during every tennis lesson, but it soon became apparent that his brain was absorbing everything like a sponge and his concentration was outstanding among a few cheerful tantrums.
Tom can now hit forehands and backhands over the net and continues to blow me away with his focus at such a young age and willingness to learn.
Here's a video of the little superstar in action:
Just remember - it's never too early or late to get involved in this great game of tennis we all love!
We can organize structured group classes for 3 to 4 year olds! They will pick up the fundamentals while having loads of fun! Contact us at 93351340 to find out more.
Tip of the Week (Coach Cata): The Inside-Out Forehand November 09 2015, 1 Comment
The inside-out forehand in tennis is one of the most commonly used shots in professional tennis.
It is not just for the Roger Federers of this world. YOU can also master this very effective weapon and attack your opponent, especially if they have a weaker backhand.
This shot can be used when the oncoming ball is either down the middle of the court or onto the backhand side. You must make the decision to play this shot very early and adjust your body position to the backhand side of the court. Point your feet towards the opposite backhand side in a “semi open stance”, then rip your forehand cross court and watch your opponent flail at the ball as he/she is shocked to see you go that way with a forehand.
Unless your backhand is STRONGER than your forehand (i.e. Stan Warwinka, Andy Murray), I recommend attacking all balls that are central and slightly onto the backhand to the court with your forehand.
Beware - this shot does have an element of risk to it as you are opening up the court for your opponent. If you take this shot on, you must be AGGRESSIVE!
See Federer above throwing his body into this inside-out forehand. If you are passive with this shot, a good player can easily stroke the ball into the open court.
Another safer option on this shot is to go high with heavy topspin, still being aggressive. Your opponent will then have to play a backhand above shoulder height, which is very difficult to attack from, especially for the one-handed backhand. When executed successfully, it can result in a weaker short ball from your opponent. The extra height on the ball can give you more time to recover for the next ball.
This shot is also a must-have for doubles when you are playing backhand side. Next time you are practicing your cross-courts with your hitting partner, be sure to throw in some inside-out forehands in the mix also.
Check out this video to see how it’s done!
Feel free to contact us at 93351340 if you need to enquire about the inside-out forehand! Any of our coaches will gladly do a demo for you during your tennis lessons.
Tip of the Week (Coach Dave): Balance & Contact! October 26 2015, 53 Comments
Whatever stroke you are hitting, simplicity is key.
Too many swing thoughts happening during the stroke can cause unnecessary errors.
Tennis is a game based on reactions so during a match or live ball situation (rally), there is not enough time to be focusing on your backswing, shoulder turn, which stance you will use, where your racket will finish, the list can go on.
Two very simple points you can use on every stroke. Here is our example on the 2 handed backhand, featuring Coach Billy and his student:
1 - Balance
Make sure feet are at least shoulder-width apart with knees bent, good solid back posture with head above hips.
2 - Contact zone, as opposed to contact point
Contact zone ideally should be out in front of the body, in and around waist height. Avoid making contact with the ball above shoulder height and below knee height. The racket should "extend" through that contact zone, before finishing at shoulder height on groundstrokes.
So if you're ever having a bad day on the court, you can go back to these 2 fundamentals, BALANCE and CONTACT. Could turn a bad day into a good one!
If you need to enquire about strokes correction, please contact our team at 93351340 for a tennis lesson.
Congratulations to Coach Dave's student - Sophie! ;) October 22 2015, 1 Comment
A proud moment for Coach Dave when his student, Sophie came in Champion of the KLM Orange Ball Tournament last Sunday.
Sophie has been taking tennis lessons from our Managing Director, Dave Reade for the past year.
He describes Sophie as "such a joy to work with! She possesses great 'ABCs' i.e. agility, balance, co-ordination, and is very coachable. Her parents are also very supportive of her playing tennis, often communicating with me on tips for Sophie to work on her technique during her own training sessions."
Congratulations once again, Sophie!
Tip of the Week (Coach Sam): The SABR. October 13 2015, 1 Comment
Want to learn Roger Federer's new chip-and-charge 'SABR' attack move?
SABR stands for "Sneak Attack By Roger" and involves rushing towards the net at the moment of the second serve and chipping against the ball.
It has proven very successful for Roger, who employed this tactic in the competitions leading up to the US Open 2015.
I have been working on this new tactical returning weapon with my student, Leandro, who is ranked number 20 in the Men's Open Ranking Singapore.
At Anyone For Tennis, we always try to help our students improve and stay current. Contact us at 93351340 to join our trial classes.
Tip of the Week (Coach Steph): The Importance of The Ready Position July 26 2015, 1 Comment
Today, we are going to talk about the importance of the ready position!
The ready position is the stance a player takes before the coach or opponent hits the ball. It allows the player to move quicker around the tennis court in any direction.
This is why it is very important to implant the 'habit' of the ready position before and after every shot that your young superstar hits. Without the ready position, the footwork would be slower, heavier and less 'proactive'.
Coach Steph with her students (Imelia, Trisha, Olivia)
How to perform the ready position:
- Feet shoulder-width apart
- Knees slightly bent
- Both hands to be on the racket with your dominant hand at the bottom, and the other hand at the top
- Lean slightly forwards
If the player has only ever learned to be 'sideways' with the guarantee of a forehand or backhand, the movement will become more 'reactive' and rushed. Not only do mini tennis players feel 'professional' whilst copying their favourite famous tennis players, they and their parents will see the difference in speed and preparation for their shots (both forehand and backhand!).
Preparing mini tennis players from the start of their tennis journey is what we do here at Anyone For Tennis, re-emphasized during every tennis lesson. This will enable them to pick up good habits and routines, that will in turn allow them to progress other technical areas of their shots.
The encouragement of being 'proactive' over 'reactive' will always stand in good stead for increased enjoyment and improvement.
Tip of the Week (Coach Sam): Tennis Is An All-Rounded Sport July 06 2015, 1 Comment
If you are looking for your child to learn new skills while having a blast, then tennis is definitely the way to go!
Our team here at Anyone For Tennis believes that tennis is an all-rounded sport.
On top of ensuring that your child learns the correct technique, coordination & fundamentals during tennis lessons with us, your child will also be able to build social skills and create friendships through this sport.
Coach Sam with his students, Eloise & Anise
Not to mention, having lots of fun - during lessons with our tennis coaches and outside of lessons with their friends!
5 year old Emilia hits 34 shot rally with Coach Dave! June 23 2015, 2 Comments
Hi, I'm Coach Dave from Anyone For Tennis. Take a look at one of my youngest students!
Recently turned 5, Emilia from Germany breaks her highest rally record scoring 34 shots.
Here, she is showing fantastic racket head ball control as well as nice, simple and compact swing shapes. No need to over-complicate the technical side at this age, fundamentals are the key.
I would like to see her show better recovery into her ready position after each shot but hey, plenty of time to address that. Such a joy to work with talented young kids and seeing them progress.
Since this clip, she has broken her highest rally score and is generating some topspin on both forehand and backhand sides. She is developing a nice all-round game and is comfortable coming to the net and volleying.
4 years of age is ideal for starting your child on tennis lessons. For more information, please call us at 93351340.
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