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Tennis Tournaments and Surprise Shots
— September 1, 2021 —
Ruth Dobson-Torres By — September 1, 2021

Tennis Tournaments and Surprise Shots

Professional tennis players today often surprise their opponents with their choice of shots during matches. That’s part of what makes watching pro tennis tournaments, including Grand Slams like the 2021 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, so entertaining. 

At the pro level, all competitors have mastered the basic shots (serve, forehand, backhand, volley and overhead) and can also pull more challenging shots out of their proverbial tennis hats/visors at the most opportune moments — shots like slices, drop shots, half-volleys, lobs, and even moonballs from time to time. 

What about the rest of us, non-pros? When it comes to playing offensively, are we able to go beyond the use of basic strokes and add in some “secret weapon” surprise shots to throw off our opponents during matches? And, just as important, on the defensive side of play, are we prepared to respond to our opponents’ different shot types during matches? 

To get a brief introduction on how to use and respond to more advanced shot types during matches, join me in checking out these online video tips: 

How to Make Advanced Tennis Shots:

How to Respond to Advanced Tennis Shots:

According to tennis coaches, after becoming more familiar with the variety of existing tennis shots, you’ll need to devote specific on-court practice time to each type. 

In the end, by mastering a variety of tennis shots, you’ll become a more well-rounded and proactive competitor and ensure that any pop-up surprises during a match are the kind that you enjoy.

Ruth Dobson-Torres

About the Author

An amateur USTA tennis player, Ruth Dobson-Torres holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With 28 years of corporate marketing experience, Ruth’s experience as a blogger is extensive. Besides corporate blogs, Ruth has authored 141 posts on her personal blog at

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