With the days much colder and shorter, many of you may be heading inside to play your matches. So how do you adapt your game to succeed indoors?
Indoor tennis removes the challenges that the weather (sun, wind, rain etc.) presents and as a result provides a much more consistent environment for play. The absence of these outdoor elements combined with a general quicker speed of court also results in a faster game.
An aggressive style of play is often rewarded when playing indoors. Roger Federer, for example, has much more success playing Rafael Nadal indoors. The lower risk of dodgy bounces allows players to attack much more accurately and with the ball flying through the air faster and bouncing lower it is easier to hit winners past an opponent.
Here are a few tips and guidelines for playing inside:
- A big first serve can help win 'easy' points
- Slice rather than kick your second serve
- Sliced backhands bounce much lower indoors so are particularly effective
- Take the ball early and attack the net when possible
- Shorten your backswing on faster courts
However not all indoor facilities are the same! Some may be permanent structures and others inflated “bubbles” and with court surfaces also varying there is no single way to play.
Factors to consider:
- Court surface – these can differ significantly, from carpet to acrylic and clay to name a few, and this will influence how you play.
- There’s a roof – the sky is no longer the limit!
- Lighting – the lights inside can take some time to get used to and change depending on the facility.
- Cold temperature – despite being indoors there is often little or no heating so wear some layers for the warm up.
- Space around the court – there can be narrow spaces at the side of some indoor courts which can make retrieving wide shots difficult.
- Tennis shoes – specific indoor shoes are not a must but slightly worn shoes with less grip usually help with movement and changing direction.
Here is a guide to the indoor courts available at our league venues