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James Blake's service return tips
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James Blake offers his service return tips
Hi, I'm James Blake and this is my guide to the return of serve.

Watch my masterclass:

Try and see if you can read your opponent's serve.

Do they toss the ball differently when they serve out wide or do they have patterns that they follow? If you can figure that out then you'll have a big advantage.

If your opponent has a second serve that is attackable then you can really hit that and get in, chip and charge and get to the net or just try and hit an outright winner.

You want to try and play to your own strengths, whether that means running around and hitting a forehand or backhand. Personally I like to hit a lot of forehands.

You can judge by your return whether you want to move in or stay back. Is the return deep enough to get in or do you need to stay back and defend?

The surface will also have an effect on your decision.

On clay you're most likely to stay back but on grass you want to get in much more.

So there's my tips. Get out there and do your best.



James Blake facts
Born: 28 December, 1979
Birthplace: New York
Lives: Tampa, Florida
Titles: 1
Did you know? At the age of 13, Blake was diagnosed with severe curvature of spine, which meant he had to wear a back brace 18 hours a day
In May 2004 he broke his neck in a collision with a net post during practice for the Rome Masters.



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