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

Updated on September 26, 2014
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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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5 stars for 'HOW TO PLAY TENNIS' by Venus & Serena Williams

It's especially exciting to watch Venus & Serena Williams play a doubles match together!

How to Play Tennis
How to Play Tennis

Ranked No. 1, by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), in 2013 & 2014, Serena Williams can definitely teach any tennis player plenty about playing tennis.

Over the course of her career, Serena has earned US$43.3 million in prize money, won a total of 577 games, 49 singles titles and 22 doubles titles.

Her older sister, Venus, has as much to offer any tennis player about how to play tennis, after winning a total of 631 games, 44 singles titles, 20 doubles titles and earning $28.7 million in prize money.

Venus Williams has a current WTA ranking of 31, 10 spots down from her 2013 ranking of 21.

 

Venus OR Serena?

Which of the Williams Sisters do YOU prefer?

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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.

Tennis For The Rest Of Us: A Practical Guide For The New, Nearly New, Newly Frustrated Or Nearly Discouraged Tennis Player
Tennis For The Rest Of Us: A Practical Guide For The New, Nearly New, Newly Frustrated Or Nearly Discouraged Tennis Player

Maybe you’re not a Pro tennis player and never want to be one. You just want to be able to play a reasonably good game without embarrassing yourself.Dave Kocak, who has been teaching tennis for 30 years, has seen it all and knows just what you need to do to end your frustration with tennis. “He has taught in resorts, public courts, private clubs, beginner kids, beginner adults, nationally and internationally ranked juniors and coached at the Division I college level.”

 
Tennis For Dummies
Tennis For Dummies

Pete Sampras describes “Tennis For Dummies” as an invaluable guide for anyone looking to improve their game."

 

Beginner Tennis Tips: Forehand and Backhand

Tennis Fundamentals (Sports Fundamentals)
Tennis Fundamentals (Sports Fundamentals)

This book, with brief instructions and accompanying photographs is great for recreational tennis players who want to get right into the game.

 
Play Better Tennis in Two Hours
Play Better Tennis in Two Hours

Play Better Tennis in Two Hours11.75Most times simple is best! In this book, Oscar Wegner, who is a world-renowned tennis coach and ESPN commentator shows you how to focus your efforts on some getting some simple but profound techniques right – such as hitting the ball correctly – in order to move your game of tennis to the next level.

 

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.

Tennis Skills: The Player's Guide
Tennis Skills: The Player's Guide

This book is ideal for the new tennis player who has the basics and is looking to improve on that. There are a series of lessons, designed by tennis pros, to improve your stroke skills and game strategy.

 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance

After a while, it just isn't enough to be doing all the right things in terms of practical play.Guess what? Your opponent is doing that too!

So in order to improve your game, you need to start playing a "mental game". Like when an opponent runs you around the tennis court to tire you and break your concentration. Learn how to use that to your advantage or cut it short.

 

Tennis Fitness - Speed and Quickness

Tennis Fitness for the Love of it: A Mindful Approach to Fitness for Injury-free Tennis
Tennis Fitness for the Love of it: A Mindful Approach to Fitness for Injury-free Tennis

If you love playing tennis, one of the most frustrating things is to be unable to play because of injury. Gain some practical advice, in this book, on how to adjust your training to the requirements of your own body (since our bodies are different) while achieving maximum tennis fitness that will improve your game performance.

 
Think to Win: Strategic Dimension of Tennis, The
Think to Win: Strategic Dimension of Tennis, The

Learn from Allen Fox, a former Davis Cup winner, how to play smarter and work less at doing it while exhausting your competition!

 

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The Art of Doubles: Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills
The Art of Doubles: Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills

Playing doubles is very exciting! But it requires lots of team work and covering for each other. Although you now have some help on your side of the court, you now have to anticipate the moves of two (2) different players, personalities and their respective playing strengths. This book is a great practical guide, whether you’re just beginning to play doubles games or want to sharpen your doubles play for club, national, regional or international play.

 
Tennis:Winning the Mental Match
Tennis:Winning the Mental Match

Improving your mental game is probably your best strategy against your opponent, especially in competitive play, since you may both be at the same level of physical fitness and conditioning.So your mental strategies is what is sure to give you an edge in the end.

 

SPEED versus MENTAL TACTICS

If you had to choose between SPEED and MENTAL TACTICS in tennis, which one would you choose?

SPEED! I'd be Jack Flash.

SPEED! I'd be Jack Flash.

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    • Richard 3 years ago from Hampshire - England

      Can I cheat and pick both? Haha I'm with you on the speed side actually! I like your thinking!

    • Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Speed, speed, speed! I'd play so fast that my opponent wouldn't have time to think or even "know what hit him or her"...ha...ha...ha

    MENTAL TACTICS! I'd love the surprise on my opponent's face each time.

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      World-Class Tennis Technique
      World-Class Tennis Technique

      Learn some winning tips and techniques from the shared research, knowledge and experience of some of the world's top experts in biomechanics, tennis technique, and coaching, including former world-class players, national coaches and past and current Davis Cup Captains.

       

      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!

      Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master
      Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master

      Brad Gilbert has been called "the best in the world at the mental game of tennis".Why not learn from the best and see some of the unconventional strokes and mental moves he's put down to beat some of the world's best tennis players!

       
      The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
      The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

      Have you ever been playing a match where you lost the 1st game and the 1st set?Well if this has happened to you, you already know that such beginning losses have a negative effect on your play and could lead to costly mistakes as you lose focus and start panicking as you try desperately to get back on track and in the lead.According to Timothy Gallwey, "Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game. The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played not against, but within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety."Find out from Gallwey's how you can "get out of your own way to let your best game emerge" no matter what happens.

       

      Advanced Tennis Serves : Tossing a Tennis Ball for a Power Serve

      Complete Conditioning for Tennis
      Complete Conditioning for Tennis

      This book targets serious players. That is, those tennis players who are playing for school, their clubs or individually at the national, regional and country level(s).Chris Evert, a former Tennis Champion, describes this book as, "… a great resource for players of all levels. The DVD serves as a very practical and user-friendly companion piece to an excellent book."

       
      Professional Tennis Drills: 75 Drills to Perfect Your Strokes, Footwork, Conditioning, Court Movement, and Strategy
      Professional Tennis Drills: 75 Drills to Perfect Your Strokes, Footwork, Conditioning, Court Movement, and Strategy

      As a Tennis Coach, this book is an excellent guide for training a tennis team, doubles partners or an individual for school, national, regional or Olympic championships. Juniors, Seniors, Men, Women.

       

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      Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion
      Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion

      Learn how you can improve your and your team’s or double partner’s “strength, power, speed, agility and endurance” to play your best game under every condition. There are more than 50 exercises with fully illustrated with step-by-step photos for ease of reference and understanding.

       
      Stretching for Everyday Fitness and for Running, Tennis, Raquetball; Cycling, Swimming, Golf, and Other Sports
      Stretching for Everyday Fitness and for Running, Tennis, Raquetball; Cycling, Swimming, Golf, and Other Sports

      Stretching is not just important for the game of Tennis. It applies to any sport that you play.As a Sports Coach or as a tennis player who plays another sport in addition to tennis, this book looks at effective stretching across all those other sporting disciplines. Each sport uses different muscles, so coaches and athletes will benefit from targeted stretching techniques for specific sports.

       

      What level of Tennis Player are you or the Tennis Player in your life?

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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 3 years ago from GRENADA

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

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          Mary Norton 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

          I'm lucky if I hit the ball.

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          Jack 4 years ago

          I'm an intermediate tennis player.

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          Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

          @DuaneJ: Thanks for visiting and sharing Duane.

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          DuaneJ 4 years ago

          Cool. Nice to see this because I love tennis!