The Net Game:
Macro Perspective

Chris Lewit

In the modern game traditional serve and volley - the way Max Mirnyi played--isn't viable.

My goal in this first article is to present a macro perspective on the net and its current and future tactical applications in the game. In future articles I will explain my technical blueprint for building invincible volleys with my players.

Then we will move on to the swinging volleys and the overhead. Finally we will look at my favorite exercises for developing volley skills and net instincts.

The Overview

In the modern game of professional tennis, players approach the net less frequently than in decades past. Serve and volleyers are rare. Commentators say they are near extinction.

My belief is that the speed of the modern serve and the improvement of the return game has made traditional serve and volley, as a game style, unviable. The serve is actually coming in too fast and the return coming back too fast to allow enough time to get in for a good classic volley play.

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Chris Lewit, former #1 for Cornell and Pro Circuit player, has coached numerous top 10 nationally ranked juniors and is a leading coach, educator, and author. He has written two best-selling books, The Secrets of Spanish Tennis and The Tennis Technique Bible.

Chris runs a popular high performance summer tennis camp in the beautiful mountains of Vermont and coaches players world-wide through his virtual school, CLTA Online (

Chris also produces a weekly high performance tennis video talk show and podcast, The Prodigy Maker Show, which is available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcasting directories. All shows can be accessed at

Check out Chris's blog, also at for free articles on high performance junior development and Spanish training. Learn about his camp at or visit the online academy at

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