Ways to practice tennis without a partner?

So I’m joining my schools tennis team this spring and want to get some practice in beforehand. But my only buddy who’s any good can’t practice with me all the time.

Know any exercises I can do when I don’t have a partner to practice with? I have access to a tennis court.

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  1. Terry C., 07 May, 2010

    Uh…There are 2 logical ways to do it without a partner…

    1. Use a tennis backboard…Most public tennis courts would have one somewhere…or hit against the wall at the gym at a public school…


    2. If you have money to spare, buy/rent a tennis ball machine…


  2. Joelouis, 07 May, 2010

    find a wall. highschools gymnasium external walls are usually pretty good for that

  3. Paperboy, 07 May, 2010

    rent or buy won of those tennis ball shooting machines.

  4. LakerDerek, 07 May, 2010

    Step 1

    Warm up your body completely before practice to prevent injuries.

    Step 2

    Place 3 empty tennis ball cans at the deepest corners of the court inside the box edges. These will be your “targets” when serving. Place yourself on the other side of the net and aim for the cans.

    Step 3

    Place your tennis balls behind you on the court. One after another, serve the balls to the empty court until you’re finished. Then collect the balls and move to the other side of the court. Tennis is a very aerobic activity, so continued movement helps build your stamina.
    Step 4

    Use your racket to hit the ball directly up in the air. Try to keep the ball airborne by bouncing it continually off your racket. Once you reach a rhythm, spin your rather on alternate hits so your using both sides of the racket. This drill will help increase your dexterity.

    Step 5

    Perform some suicide runs to improve your footwork. Stand outside the sideline on one side of the court. Sprint to the center line, tap it with your hand and return to the sideline. Then sprint to the other sideline, tap it with your hand and return to your original sideline. Start with 5 minutes and work up from there.

    Step 6

    Practice against a wall. Any wall will do, but a tennis practice wall is best. Work through a series for forehand and backhand movements.

    Step 7

    Practice against a ball machine. This gives you the added benefit of having an “invisible player” on the court while still allowing you to workout alone. You can practice a variety of shots and foot movements, too.

    hope i helped =]

  5. mirzsmj, 07 May, 2010

    You really cant…you have to have someone to play with. Thats the only way to get better. Hitting against a wall is nothing like playing someone else.

  6. Boris in da hizzle, 07 May, 2010

    c if you can rent a ball machine at your local tennis club, and maybe check if you can get a lesson or two just to get a 2nd opinion. other than that, hit against a wall and do regular exercise like running.

  7. Ala, 07 May, 2010

    I had the same problem some time ago. I went for tennis holidays for 1 week and met great people whom I meet now on a regular basis. Go for 1-2 week tennis holidays, relax, meet people and you will play better. If you want, you can find here some info on tennis resorts (some of them are really not expensive at all):

    Hope you enjoy it and meet great people. Cheers, Ala

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