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Virtual Tennis Classes - Improve your skills at home!


Learn & Practice skills at Home - Tennis Video Classes

Laura Kassirer

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Unlimited Access - 1 to 9 Video Tennis Classes

All Virtual Tennis classes are Instructed by Laura Kassirer, Former Wimbledon Player

Kids have the opportunity to improve and learn new skills by taking these classes at home.  Since they are not worrying about winning, or where their ball is going, they have the opportunity to focus on their technique and develop professional quality muscle memory.  Laura also teaches visualization and how to strategize through point patterns and focuses on building hand-eye, leg strength and physical fitness.  Most professional players grew up practicing  many of these same skills.  We recommend completing the classes in order and taking them from start to finish to build endurance and maximize the benefit.  We hope that when our participants return to the courts, they will continue to play with proper form and notice a huge improvement with the way they play the game, cover the court, plan out points and strike the ball.  Every skill we work on is designed to improve how they play on the court.

 

1st Story: I am not sure if you have heard of Victoria Azarenka.  She was the #1 professional female tennis player in the world and her ranking fell to about 20. She was having lots of trouble with her serve being unreliable and causing her to lose a lot of points at that time.  After about 6 months she came back to the tour and rose to #1 again as her serve had improved tremendously/. The commentators asked her what she did to improve her serve and she said she went home and practiced her ball toss.  This is a skill we are working on in each class.  Although your child can’t serve a live ball right now, they are developing the skills needed to serve well and consistently.

 

2nd Story: Nolan Ryan (considered one of the best pitchers ever) was asked how do you consistently pitch so well? How do you prepare? He said he uses a technique called Visualization.  This is another skill we work on a lot that it used by almost all elite athletes.  I am confident that your child can learn and utilize visualization to improve their tennis. 

 

3rd Story: An Olympic diver sprained their ankle 2 weeks before the Olympics and could not practice their dives in a pool. Instead they spent 15 minutes each day visualizing every element of delivering perfect dives. Without any live practice in a pool for 2 weeks they entered the Olympics and scored all perfect 10’s and won the gold medal. Again this came through practicing at home with visualization and not in a pool.  Visualization is so important and I am glad to have this time to teach this amazing skill to your child. Visualization can be utilized to practice any important skill throughout their lifetime. The mind really does train the body and this has been scientifically proven.  (I actually tell this story in one of the classes)

 

Final Story: I had just quit playing on the circuit and gave private lessons to adults in Marina Del Rey for about 6 months at the Marina City Club. I was giving one adult lessons who was in his 60’s and not very coordinated and moderately skilled. He came to me and wanted to beat a friend who beat him each week 6-0.  So I told him it would take too much time to change the muscle memory of his strokes. I would just teach him where to hit the ball and how to think on the court. We specifically worked on point patterns and understanding where to place the ball while playing a point. He played with me twice a week for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks he could beat his friend 6-0. Learning the strategy of tennis will elevate any players game. As the classes advance, I work with the kids on the mental game and teach them how to think on the court. This skill is invaluable.


Purchase 1 to 9 tennis classes.

We recommend that kids take these classes either in an empty garage; in a room with hardwood or tile floor; or outside in a front or backyard.  You do not need a tennis net or court for the tennis class.  Each child will need a tennis racket, hand towel and 6 tennis balls.  Class fee is $18 per class and includes unlimited downloads.


Beginners & Novice players should start with class 1.  Intermediate & Tournament players should start with class 3.

Virtual Tennis Class Descriptions - what you learn and practice in each class

Tennis Lesson #1

  • Introduction: Meet Laura Kassirer, former professional tennis player and 2 time All-American as a Freshman and Sophomore before turning professional.
  • Overview of classes + what you will need to participate
  • Importance of imagination / visualization 
  • Warm-Up + Stretch
  • Hand-eye coordination; learn to juggle
  • Footwork + importance
  • Review Groundstroke mechanics/ Swing like a pro — Forehand + 2 handed Backhand (start developing good muscle memory; use the proper grip)
  • Volleys — Forehand + Backhand + ready position (split step)
  • Serve — Importance of Ball Toss + Proper Serving Motion
  • Footwork/agility drills. First step; races - Meet Laura’s puppy, Bella.
  • Cool Down
  • Practice, practice, practice 

 

Tennis Lesson #2

  • Laura’s introduction
  • Warm-up
  • Game Scoring - How to keep tennis score. Kids need to be able to remember the game score / Server always calls score first.
  • Hand-eye coordination skills with side-stepping and while keeping score. Builds hand-eye, fitness and concentration. Encouraging kids to keep practicing skills they can’t do right away. 
  • Tennis trick: picking up the ball with the racket
  • Groundstrokes; reviewing proper technique and emphasizing keeping head still through swing. Learning to move to the ball with the racket back. Footwork
  • Learning to hit a short ball. Importance of brushing up quickly and bending knees when moving forward for a short ball.  (This swing is different from hitting near the baseline)
  • Practicing follow through (wiping up to hit top spin) against a wall to develop feel and control.
  • Volley Practice with footwork - Developing muscle memory and proper technique
  • Learning to practice volleys against a wall.
  • Serve - Ball Toss practice and proper stance and technique;  serving to deuce and ad service boxes.  Importance of keeping chin up when serving.
    • Using tennis scoring with serve and how to play a game
  • Return of Serve - getting ready to receive a serve; how to move to hit a return.
  • Footwork/agility drills. First step; Follow the Leader working of footwork and endurance.
  • Ends with a funny story about scoring during cool down

 

Tennis Lesson #3

  • Laura’s introduction
  • Warm-up / using Game Scoring while warming-up
  • Reviewing lines on a Tennis court + court positioning
  • Hand-eye coordination skills while moving. (building focus and ability to think ahead while watching the ball). Staying low while moving makes you more agile. More advanced challenges.
  • Groundstroke Warm-up / playing behind the baseline + moving forward to hit a short ball (approach shot)
  • Volley Warm-up with footwork.
  • Visualization + Point Patterns with groundstrokes at baseline; approach shot and volley and visualizing where you are hitting the ball. 3 shot point pattern (building mental game)
  • Crosscourt vs down-the-line / understanding how to build a point; footwork with visualization and shot selection. 5 shot point pattern.  Continuing to build visualization skill and mental game while playing and moving.  Always think about where you are hitting and how to cover the crosscourt shot from your opponent.
  • Serving Practice - Ball toss with serving motion and visualizing serving to both service boxes (deuce and ad). Reviewing proper stance to set up to serve to each service box.
  • Combining serve with first groundstroke after the serve. Visualizing where you are hitting. Know where you will hit the first groundstroke before you serve. Learn to think while playing!
  • Return of Serve - How to return a powerful serve; Know where you are hitting your return before your opponent serves.  
    • How to move after hitting the return of serve to play the point.  (left or right of center - always cover the crosscourt)
  • Working on control and feel - hitting against the wall with follow through
  • Footwork Drills - First Step quickness and agility; Races
  • Story about how your mind can train your body through Visualization.
  • Cool Down

 

Tennis Lesson #4

Today’s focus: Visualization and Endurance

  • Laura’s introduction + review of tennis court + visualization
  • Warm-Up
  • Hand-eye coordination skills (more challenges) - work on reactions.
  • Building muscle memory while aiming groundstrokes with visualization.
  • Groundstrokes and Movement while visualizing playing from behind the baseline
    • Rhythm of playing tennis
    • Reviewing the need to hit more topspin when you get closer to the net (hitting a short ball)
  • Point Patterns - visualization - training your mind and body
  • Serving - rules of serving - reviewing rules:  faults, lets, foot faults.  Ball toss and motion- building muscle memory
  • Wall Practice - Play with a partner if possible.  Work on reactions.
  • Footwork drills: working on agility; quickness and endurance / sidestepping
  • Cool Down

 

Tennis Lesson #5

Today’s focus: Building Muscle Memory (establishing professional quality habits) + fitness, concentration & footwork. Focus on playing with proper form.

  • Laura’s Introduction
    • Going over the parts of the racquet: head; 2 faces; throat; handle and butt / How to start a match to choose who serves first.
  • Warm-up
  • Hand-eye coordination skills with footwork and leg strengthening movements
  • Groundstrokes - visualizing while hitting -How to aim crosscourt and down-the-line
  • Volleying- reviewing proper grip ; split step after each volley - Volley agains the wall
  • Serving - toss practice / stance; swing; game scoring
    • Utilizing visualization to play a game while serving.
  • Working on reactions, footwork, hand-eye and focus - Play Coach Says!
  • Footwork Games with hand-eye / races
  • Cool Down!
  • Laura’s dog Bella and Rachel’s dog Riley join us during the cool down

 

Tennis Lesson #6

Today’s focus: Importance of being fit and developing strong leg muscles + toe-raises + squats and bending low incorporated into all activities.

  • Laura’s introduction / reviewing the tennis court and how to play a game
    • Talking about importance of being fit and developing strong legs and core
  • Warm-up and leg strengthening exercises to build calf muscles
  • Hand-eye coordination skills with footwork and leg strengthening movements
    • Tennis trick - 2 ways to pick up the ball with your racket
  • Groundstrokes - Muscle Memory - bend your knees - focus on proper technique
    • How to bend low when hitting a low ball
  • Volleying - Muscle memory + visualization + footwork
  • Point Patterns - focusing on movement, bending the knees and shot selection 
  • Serving practice and point patterns
  • Footwork drills with squats - First step - Work those legs
  • Cool down

 

Tennis Lesson #7

  • Laura’s introduction / reviewing different equipment for kids and what we recommend for age / level.
  • Warm-up and leg strengthening exercises to build calf muscles
  • More advanced Hand-eye coordination skills, focus and work on strategizing.
  • Groundstrokes - Muscle memory; keep feet moving; bend the knees; point of contact; strategize; focus!  Windshield wiper drill (side to side) - Shot selection!
  • Volleys - Get low - Get Ready in between each volley - Leg strength
  • How to call a line when playing a match / Sportsmanship / How and when to request an Umpire during a tournament
  • Serving practice; ball toss + throwing the racket at the ball + keep your chin up 
    • Working on the first shot after your serve / visualize where you are hitting the ball / Be consistent
    • Return of Serve - Game + reactions from both service boxes
  • Footwork drills with squats - First step - Work those legs
  • Cool down

 

Tennis Lesson #8
Today’s Focus: Staying focussed on the ball while moving and strategizing. Learning to do several things at once while staying focussed. Continuing to build professional quality muscle memory; leg strength, agility, concentration and mental game.

  • Introduction and Review on what we have learned so far
  • More advanced Hand-eye coordination skills with footwork.
    • Being able to focus on the ball while moving (challenging your mind and focus)
  • Introducing concept of hitting the ball on the rise.
  • Groundstrokes practice / movement / more challenging point patterns and visualization
    • introducing the concept of running around a backhand to hit your forehand (proper footwork)
  • Approach shot /volley
  • Ball toss - while in position to serve to deuce and ad courts
  • Serving practice; ball toss + throwing the racket at the ball - visualizing serving to both service boxes and placing your serve (think about how you want to set up the point before each serve)
  • Return of Serve - reaction game
  • Footwork drills with hand-eye / races / Bella visits again :)
  • Cool down

Tennis Lesson #9

Today’s Focus: Endurance and staying focussed on the ball while moving and strategizing. Practicing several things at once while staying focussed. Continuing to build professional quality muscle memory; leg strength, agility, concentration and mental game.  Adding weapons to your game!

  • Introduction and Review on what we have learned so far
  • More advanced Hand-eye coordination skills with footwork.
    • Being able to focus on the ball while moving (challenging your mind and focus)
  • Working on running around your backhand to hit forehands. Practicing quickly moving backwards.
  • Groundstrokes practice / movement / more challenging point patterns and visualization / Anticipating your opponents shot selection. 
    • introducing the concept of running around a backhand to hit your forehand (proper footwork)
    • Strategy to set up your ability to wrong-foot your opponent. 
    • Much more challenging point patterns. Expand your mind!
  • Approach shot /volley
  • Ball toss
  • Serving practice; ball toss + throwing the racket at the ball
    • Point patterns with Serving
    • Plan our your serve and first shot.
  • Footwork drills with hand-eye / races / squats / backwards movement
  • Discussing how to practice and train to become and elite player!
  • Cool down