Tennis Fundamentals


Human Kinetics, Carol Matsuzaki
ISBN: 0736051511
ISBN13: 9780736051514
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Learning to play tennis has never been easier—or more fun—than with Tennis Fundamentals. Recreational athletes will enjoy using this resource because they will learn by doing, spending less time reading and more time on the court. With explicit yet succinct instructions and accompanying photographs, this book makes it easy for students to get right into the game. Tennis Fundamentals covers the essential skills of the game with chapters on grips, footwork, forehands, backhands, lobs, volleys, overhead smashes, drop shots, the serve, and return of serve. It also covers tactical approaches for both singles and doubles play, as well as scoring, equipment, and etiquette. It’s the complete guide to being able to participate on the tennis court right away. Each chapter teaches a specific skill, leading the student through a simple, four-step sequence:
  • You Can Do It: The skill is introduced with sequential instructions and accompanying photographs.
  • More to Choose and Use: Variations and extensions of the primary skill are covered.
  • Take It to the Court: Readers learn how to apply the skill in competition.
  • Give It a Go: Several direct experiences—like drills and practice games—help speed the learning process and make practice more interesting and productive.
Writer Carol Matsuzaki teaches beginning through advanced tennis classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She’s also the head coach of the MIT women’s team. In this book she combines her instructional and coaching abilities to get players up to speed and into the game quickly. Part of the Sports Fundamentals Series, Tennis Fundamentals teaches the basic skills and tactics to help readers participate in the sport quickly and have fun doing so.

About the Author

Carol Matsuzaki is an assistant professor of physical education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches beginning through advanced tennis classes. Since taking over as head coach of the women’s tennis team in the spring of 1998, Matsuzaki has led her team to four consecutive Newmac Conference titles (1999-2002). She was named Newmac Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Grips
Chapter 2 Footwork
Chapter 3 Forehand
Chapter 4 Backhand
Chapter 5 Volley
Chapter 6 Lob
Chapter 7 Overhead Smash
Chapter 8 Drop Shot
Chapter 9 Serve
Chapter 10 Return of Serve
Chapter 11 Singles Tactics
Chapter 12 Doubles Tactics

About the Writer