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Best Books for a Tennis Player with Videos on Improvement Tips, Tricks & Strategy

Updated on August 31, 2017
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Tennis player at the net with racquet in hand - Volley position
Tennis player at the net with racquet in hand - Volley position

Why Read about Playing Tennis if it is a Practical Sport?

Whether you or the person you're shopping for is a beginner, intermediate or advanced Tennis Player, you'll find the perfect gift idea right here! Plus some tips, tricks and strategies for improving your game at whatever level you are - beginner, intermediate or advanced.

I learned to play tennis in 1992 and I have been playing ever since then. I am a recreational tennis player and enjoy the game itself as well as the added benefit of keeping fit.

If you are now learning to play tennis, have been playing tennis for a while or are quite advanced, you may be asking this question as you read this lens: "Why Read about Playing Tennis if it is a Practical Sport?"

Well firstly, whoever your coach is he or she will have a preferred style of tennis that will inevitably dominate how tennis is being taught to you. For example, does your coach prefer to hold his or her racquet in a semi-western grip when playing a ground stroke? Or how does your Coach hold the racquet to play a service stroke?

Secondly, by reading about various tennis strategies and techniques, you can eventually modify your playing positions, holds and strokes, once you've learned the basics, to ones that suit your playing style and comfort.

As you progress in tennis, you will eventually realize that there are various ways to hold your racquet, position your body and play the ball. Your Coach can teach you the basics and some tips here and there but it is ultimately YOU who will develop your play through experimenting in order to determine what works best for you. It is only by exposing yourself to varied styles of play that you will be able to improve your game and comfort level.

Over the years, my game has improved as a result of some tennis strategies and techniques that I have come across in several books about tennis.

So in this article, I will share with you some tips, techniques and good books that will help any level player (beginner, intermediate or advanced) to improve his or her game through strategy and technique.

I am sure I haven't finished learning all I can and need to know about tennis and you shouldn't stop learning either. No matter how good your tennis playing gets, there is always room for improvements. If that was not so, then the same Wimbledon champion would win every year until he or she died.

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Books & Tips for Beginners

Tennis player on tennis court with balls - Ball hop
Tennis player on tennis court with balls - Ball hop

For the Tennis Player who has just taken his or her first lesson of tennis or who has been playing tennis for less than two (2) years, the focus should be on getting the basics right and keeping the ball in play.

If you master the basics (strokes, grip, keeping the ball in play etc. ) right from the start, then you:

1. Will not have to waste precious time unlearning bad habits later.

2. Can easily progress and build on your game skills and techniques in order to play increasingly better tennis.

3. Can eventually earn some money playing at national, regional and international club tournaments.

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Books & Tips for Intermediate Tennis Players

As you move beyond playing beginner tennis your focus should be on conditioning and fitness as well as improving your general game.

In terms of conditioning and fitness, it is a good idea to incorporate footwork training drills that will improve your speed and quickness in getting to the balls played by your opponent, as well as your recovery time between each ball play.

These can be done either before you begin playing tennis, as part of your warm up exercise routine, or at a separate time when you are doing your general fitness routine.

In terms of improving your general game, it is imperative that you play tennis at least once a week, read books and material on how you can improve tennis technique and skills, take part in local or club competitions and watch Pro Tennis Players play (in person or on TV).

Depending on how often you play tennis, you can be an intermediate tennis player for a few years or a lifetime. Many recreational tennis players tend to be at the intermediate level. This 2-fold combination of activities is guaranteed to keep your standard of play at an ever increasing high level.

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Books for Advanced Tennis Players

Mental techniques, conditioning and polishing your own unique style of play are key for the advanced tennis player, since by this time you would have mastered the practical, physical techniques of playing tennis.

Even the Pro Tennis Players, don't remain No. 1 always, though, so as an advanced tennis player it is imperative that you sharpen your tennis knowledge by reading up about and practicing the psychology and mental techniques of tennis to remain at the advanced level.

Added to that, instead of going on a Caribbean cruise, why not investment in a ticket to one or more of the many exciting Championship Tennis Tours around the world? - Wimbledon? Australian Open? US Open? French Open? BNP Paribas Open? Davis Cup? Rogers Cup? APT Tour? Watch your favourite Professional (Pro) Tennis Player(s) in action, first hand, and learn a few tricks in living color!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Richard1988: You're welcome, richard1988. After learning and getting the basic strokes, one common mistake that recreational tennis players make is not reading to improve their mental game and strengthen their physical techniques. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Richard 3 years ago from Hampshire - England

      Great lens! I love tennis and would like to be better at it so these books sound really helpful :) thanks for the recommendations!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Faye Rutledge: Congratulations on your grandson's tennis achievement, partybuzz!!! I can see how very proud you are. Continue to nurture his tennis playing. You never know. He may be one of the next Wimbledon champions! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      My grandson is 8 years old and has been taking tennis lessons for 3 years now. He loves it and plays well. In competition they put him with 10 and 12 year olds. Nice lens. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @aesta1: Yes, it is and it is one of MY favorite sports.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tennis is getting so popular now especially for women.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      @takkhisa: Spending quality fun time with family is always a good thing, takkhis. Thanks for visiting and sharing this family tennis moment. Have a blessed week.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I played tennis a month ago with my cousins, it was a very exciting moment for us :)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @WriterJanis2: LOL! I started out like that WriterJanis. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @Jack2205: Thanks for visiting and sharing your tennis playing level Jack2205. I am at that level too. Have a blessed week ahead.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I'm lucky if I hit the ball.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      I'm an intermediate tennis player.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      @DuaneJ: Thanks for visiting and sharing Duane.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Cool. Nice to see this because I love tennis!