I want to mention this at the top: this is one of the best videos we’ve ever made. I knew it was going to be good when we were filming it… then I watched the finished product and — wow — there’s a lot of value packed in here.
A little bit about Yann Auzoux: he’s a 2008 and 2010 Washington Post coach of the year. He played Davis Cup for Cameroon and was on the junior French National Team. And he’s a really, really good coach.
In this video Yann and I discuss and demonstrate modern tennis footwork, i.e. the footwork patterns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and other top pros are using to move around the tennis court. Yann shows us how players of any level can apply these patterns. In fact, this is stuff you should be learning right out of the gate.
Two quick key takeaways from this video. First, movement is now a weapon, just like your serve or your forehand. Proper footwork allows you to take time away from your opponent and get him further and further out of position over the course of a point.
Second, modern footwork helps you prevent injuries. These footwork patterns are low stress and low impact. You won’t beat yourself up moving around the court if you can master this stuff.
Please let us know what you think of this video in the comments below! If you like this stuff, we’re keen to produce similar videos… but we need your feedback and suggestions! Thanks!