Top tennis tips served from Wimbledon winners

From Roger Federer’s famous forehand to Serena Williams’ renowned serve, there are endless lessons to be learnt from the world’s greatest Wimbledon players.

Seeing them play in person with a trip to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is by far the most effective and exciting way for any young tennis enthusiast to sharpen their skills. But to get sight of expert tips in-between live events, we’ve rounded up some tennis techniques from Wimbledon winners of years gone by. So, you can improve your team’s tennis skills and help them reach their full potential on the courts.

The Wimbledon Winners and their expert tennis techniques

Novak Djokovic: The Defence
Wimbledon men’s singles wins: 2018 – 2019, 2014 – 2015, 2011

Five-time Wimbledon men’s winner and master of the court, Djokovic’s defence techniques are second to none.

The key to his defence is movement. As soon as he spots a low ball, Djokovic starts to run, sometimes using the art of the ‘slide’. A great technique to use, it speeds players along and allows them to reach shots quicker. For players who want to slide in tennis, shoes without much traction are best.

As well as agile, speedy movements, Djokovic isn’t afraid to stop and hang for the ball on occasion. Anticipating a player’s next move is what gives him the upper hand, match after match.

Serena Williams: The Serve
Wimbledon women’s singles wins: 2015-2016, 2012, 2009-2010, 2002-2003

Winner of 23 Grand Slam titles and seven-time Wimbledon women’s winner, Serena Williams is envied for her serve.

Having perfected her technique, Williams’ key is consistency. Tossing the ball in the exact same position and positioning her left arm high overhead, she can replicate her serve every time. Keeping a steady, consistent rhythm, she’s neither too fast nor too slow when taking the racket back ready to swing. And finally, Williams always drives through her legs when reaching for the ball, to achieve maximum height and clear the net.

Roger Federer: The Forehand & One-Handed Backhand
Wimbledon men’s single wins: 2017, 2012, 2009, 2003 – 2007

Eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer is known for his forehand and noteworthy one-handed backhand techniques.

For his forehand, he starts by keeping the racket close to him, relaxing his arm and body. Next, he extends his arm, to get more power into his arm and racket for the swing. Finally, unlike most players, Federer reaches his arm out directly in front of his body to create more momentum and power when hitting the ball.

And for the perfect one-handed backhand, Federer recommends consistency within footwork to get to the ball faster. Always keeping a steady head and getting his feet in place early on, he puts weight into his front foot to help propel him forward when swinging. Keeping a loose wrist to help exaggerate his swing, he extends both his arms wide to make better contact with the ball.

Andy Murray: The Double-Handed Backhand
Wimbledon men’s singles wins: 2016 & 2013

Two-time Wimbledon champ Andy Murray took to Instagram in 2018 to proclaim: “Almost all the best backhands in the game are double handers”.

So, how does he achieve his famous double-handed backhand? Firstly, he recommends bending your legs to get low down. Then, turn your shoulders to stay balanced and get power behind the ball. If you’re straight on to the court, you’ll end up using your wrists and hitting the ball to the side. And finally, use your non-dominant arm when swinging. The arm should end up across your chest, and both your hands up by your opposite shoulder.

Martina Navratilova: The Doubles Tip
Wimbledon women’s singles wins: 1990, 1982 – 1987, 1978 & 1979

Martina Navratilova is one of the most famous Wimbledon ladies’ singles winners. But she also took home seven Wimbledon ladies’ doubles wins.

For anyone playing in doubles, Martina has a controversial tip. If your high-ball serve is being crushed by the opposing net player, she recommends fighting the urge to hit the ball low. Instead, she advises hitting the ball even higher to send it over their back shoulder. The higher they reach for the ball, the weaker their shot will be, which your net-playing partner can tend to.

However, consider the opposing team’s other player at the back. If you hit it too high and they hit the ball back instead, it could be game over for your team.

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