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Do players at the top level expect a short serve and then adjust when the serve goes long, or vise-versa? They always seem to be able to receive short serves off the bounce.
I've found that the only way I'm able to receive a short serve off the bounce is if I'm looking for the serve to be short. If I don't do this, I'm unable to get to the ball until the top of the bounce, making it much harder to control a short receive. But this makes it hard to adjust to a long fast serve.
Additionally, most players at my level don't serve short, so I really won't have a lot of use for the skill of receiving short serve off the bounce until a few more level increases. How to approach this?
I think the key is not expecting but watching that will give you the best chance to cover any serve that comes.
Try to focus carefully on the ball when it is in the servers hand. From there you will get the best information as to whether they are going to serve short or long or anything in between.
Also make sure you practice your footwork for these movements. The faster you can move to the different positions the quicker you will get to the bounce of the short ball or to the long serve as well.
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