Ultimate Drill Games:
The Magic Box

Jorge Capestany


One of the most effective service returns—and least used at lower levels—is deep and down the middle, into what I call the Magic Box. It’s a great way to rush the server, push him back in the court, nullify service angles, and get control of points.

Here is how the game works. Define the Magic Box target area on the court with strips or other markers or even chalk. It’s should be roughly 8 feet by 8 feet.

Play games to 7 or 11 points. One player serves. The returner must hit the magic box or he loses the point. If he hits the box with his return, the players play out the point. Continue til one player wins the game and then switch servers. The game gives you an objective way to measure the consistency and effectiveness of your deep down the middle returns and how to build points off them in a way that will translate into better returns in match play.

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Jorge Capestany is one of eleven people worldwide that have earned the distinction of Master Professional with the USPTA and International Master Professional with the PTR. Jorge is also a certified Mental Toughness Specialist through the Human Performance Institute based on the life work of the legendary Dr. Jim Loehr.

He is the founder of Capestany Tennis Inc. which runs tennis websites for players and coaches. His website TennisDrillsTV (Click Here) has thousands of subscribers in more than 65 countries worldwide and features over 1,000 videos of tennis drills that can be viewed online and also printed off in diagram form. His teaching website (Click Here) features free video lessons for players of all levels as well as a free Mental Toughness Video Course and eBook. Jorge is also the director of the Hope College Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program.

Jorge is a 6 time Michigan Pro of the Year and 2 time Midwest Pro of the Year. He is a member of the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame and was named national pro of the year by the USPTA in 2015. Jorge’s programs have developed more than 180 High School State Tennis Champions in Michigan and Jorge has been the personal coach to many nationally ranked juniors in the US including three national champions. He speaks regularly at coaching conventions around the world.


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