Tennis Retrievers: “Pushing” it Over the Limit

Tennis Retrievers: “Pushing” it Over the Limit

Are tennis retrievers driving you crazy? Learn how to get them out of their game and make them fear yours.

Everybody hates retrievers. They require a great amount of patience and skill to get even close to beating them.

In fact, you might be one yourself. If so, don’t feel bad.

A retriever’s style is just as good as any other, even if “it’s not even tennis” or “they have no skill whatsoever”.

At times, we have all just got the ball back in play to win a match.

But still, many people have no idea what to do when their opponents get every single ball back. What do you do?

1. Calm down before you lose the match. To make the situation even worse, most people don’t know retriever’s greatest weapon of all – making others frustrated.

After battling out points in the first several games, only to make more unforced errors than winners, victims of retrievers often get frustrated with themselves and go for even more power. More power equals more errors.

The victims fall apart mentally, and they have lost the match already. The first step to beating retrievers is to take a deep breath and focus on the point you are playing now.

2. Patience is your best ally. “Good things come for those who wait.” This saying is true in life, and on the court.

If you are playing a true retriever, you don’t need to worry about leaving a short ball for them to hit a winner. Hit neutral balls and wait for an easy ball that you can attack.

3. Get them out of their zone. Many times, victims of retrievers will often adopt the “get it back in play” mentality themselves.

This is the worst thing you can do because your opponent is better at it than you are. They have gotten you out of you game and zone.

But how do you get them out of their zone?

Attack the net. When you get to the net, retrievers need to hit real shots to win the point. This will easily get them out of their comfort zone. Don’t approach this tactic in the wrong way by going for wild and low-percentage approach shots. Only attack the net when the opportunity presents itself. That by itself will get the message into your opponent’s mind and out of their game.
Bring them to the net. Most of the time, retrievers are very reluctant to go into the net. It forces them to get out of their baseline-security blanket. If they still win it, applaud and make them do it again. Before attempting this, you will need to practice an effective drop shot that doesn’t bounce too high. If not, a good angle shot will work too.
Thanks to Alexander Claussen for this article!

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3 Responses to “Tennis Retrievers: “Pushing” it Over the Limit”
Jim Signorelli Says:
January 20th, 2009 at 8:06 am
Truly great advice!!!! Especially #3.
I might add another point: Find what makes them hit short and exploit that weakness. Then while they are behind the baseline volley where they can’t get at it. DON’T volley back anything they can reach, because they will probably get it. Also, my experience with retrievers is that one of their most relied upon shots is the lob. Avoid it.


hem Says:
February 5th, 2009 at 5:36 pm
I was victim few weeks…..i felt really bad thinking lost to player who got less i mean very less skills than me hmmmmm

thanks for the tips…..