Written by Ian Westermann
Singles Strategy Video — 06 January 2014
Singles Serve and Volley Strategy

Serve and volley can absolutely still be an effective tactic to use in singles. Even in 2014 :-)

The key is knowing when to use it and what targets to chose which is exactly what I’ll be covering in todays video tennis lesson.

Both serve and volley targets are key so be sure to pay close attention to my suggestions!

Comments? Questions? Leave them down below. Thanks for watching!

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  1. Why do cover the line when serving wide? The down the line shot is harder than the cross court shot, especially off a serve, so by giving the opponent the cross court shot, are you not giving him the easier shot too?

  2. Thanks for these 2 videos as I love serve and volleying but I seem to remember you saying s&v was finished in the modern singles game ? (in a blog discussion?). Are you advocating/sensing/anticipating/reacting to a shift in the game?

  3. I have a very good offensive shot, the opponent gives me a short ball mostly neutral and often I find not handling that ball well. I usually over hit that one. Any suggestions?

  4. Thanks for the lesson Ian, it is helpful for an aspiring S&V like me. What is your lesson for beating Rasheed?

  5. Good basic strategies that give me something to work on. Thanks.

  6. I have a recurring problem. I'm pretty effective at getting my opponent stretched out to the backhand which opens up the rest of the court for the killer volley. But I find that when they hit a return shot which dips just below the net my volley to the open court, while well angled doesn't have the pace to end the point which leaves the opponent enough time to get to the ball and pass me. Should I in that situation continue to keep the ball in front of me and send my volley again to my opponent's backhand or continue to "attack" the open court?

  7. Hola Ian…
    Hope the best for you in 2014, lots of joy, successes and everything you've ever wanted.

    Have been told that the best strategy is to serve to the right of the opponent when in deuce, and to the left when in advantage, regardless of their good/bad strokes (don't taking care if they are right or left handed players). This is because the server gets the opponent out of the court, so then will be easy to the server to receive opponent's return of serve. This way you have the entire court for you to place your next volley or shot…
    What is your opinion (if you can understand me (sorry but my native language is Spanish)).
    Have a great year.
    Guajo.

  8. When choosing where to serve, I generally serve to the backhand side figuring that the back hand is not usually as good as the forehand.

    • That's often a safe bet, but not always true! Being comfortable to all parts of the box is vital!

  9. I have one particular problem with volleying. Bascially volleying slice is a nightmare. It feels like it is sliding my racket. What is the strategy here. Just thinking of the top of my head I am thinking hit the ball up a little.

    • It takes pretty heavy slice to really alter the path of the ball when it hits your strings but it absolutely is possible. When you see a really heavy slice shot coming from your opponent know that their backspin is going to want to pull the ball down off your strings. The solution is to open up your racquet face a little bit more than normal. It shouldn't take much!