Pro Tennis Player Stroke Library

Welcome to FYB’s pro tennis player stroke library! This area contains video of the top players on the ATP and WTA tours hitting in high definition and slow motion.

These videos were filmed at the 2009 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA, and at Washington Kastles and Philadelphia Freedoms World Team Tennis matches. At the BNP Paribas Open, FYB was able to film most of the tennis players in the top 10 on both tours. Some examples, as you can see below, include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, and Daniela Hantuchova. At recent World Team Tennis matches we added Serena and Venus Williams, as well as some former players such as Andre Agassi and John McEnroe.

So how should you use the Pro Tennis Player Stroke Library?

In the tennis lessons section, we present the forehand, backhand, serve and other shots in a way that’s designed to get you to understand what the fundamentals of each shot are. Once you’ve got a handle on those fundamentals, you can use this stroke library to compare what you know with what the top tennis players are doing. What you’ll find is that despite the fact that each player’s strokes look a little bit different, they all do a few things — the fundamentals — the same.

Should you copy what your favorite tennis player is doing?

The answer is, “it depends.” You can get yourself into A LOT of trouble by trying to copy your favorite player. For example, you shouldn’t copy Andy Roddick’s serve just because you think it looks cool. You should be copying the underlying fundamentals of the shot. In a sense, you’ll be copying all tennis pros if you do this — not just Roddick. It’s VERY important to understand that the idiosyncrasies of each player do not affect their execution of the fundamentals. Roddick’s abbreviated backswing doesn’t get in the way of the fundamentals. The problem most club-level tennis players run into when they try to copy a particular pro’s idiosyncrasies is that they do so in a way that DOES interfere with the correct execution of the fundamentals. That’s what you need to work very, very hard to avoid. With that in mind, we can definitely learn from watching the pros!

NOTE — THE LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Will, I found your forehand lesson helpful. thanks. I searched your site for “custom grip” but didnt find anything. I have found that minute changes in grip shape (for instance, holding a forehand on bevel 3 then switching to bevel 7, ie the other side) is enough to materially change not only the “feel” of my shot but the placement as well. I find difficulty also switching between my supposedly identical racquets when a string breaks. Do you have any insights on this subject? Is there a customizing service for grips which might reliably eliminate this problem? thanks

  • Anonymous

    hey will,

    i was wondering if you might be able to put up some pro strokes of Pete Sampras, and check out his serve. Thanks, John

  • Anonymous

    Could you, by any chance, please put up Lleyton Hewitt???

  • Anonymous

    Pete Sampras?

  • Anonymous

    john isner?????

  • kris

    Please do a Sampras section!!!

  • Anonymous

    ROGER FEDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • forehnd

    grigor dimitrov ?

  • Anonymous

    Viva Fed…..

  • Anonymous

    Viva Fed…..

  • Alex Baker

    Dude, get some taylor dent or micheal russell

  • Bayohh

    Carla Suarrez Navarro…awesome backhand and uses a more extreme grip which we don’t get to see too often, same with Nicolas Almagro

  • Bayohh

    Carla Suarrez Navarro…awesome backhand and uses a more extreme grip which we don’t get to see too often, same with Nicolas Almagro

  • eddai

    where is Pete??!!!!!!!

  • eddai

    where is Pete??!!!!!!!

  • jul!a

    Ferni Verdasco rock!

  • goran

    Could you post some ivanisevic’s serves?

  • jay

    I agree.
    He is a rising star!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think Ernest Gulbis would deserve to be in this library. He’s got a fabulous technique (especially the serve) and will soon be in the top 5 no doubt about it

  • Anonymous

    Nalbandian and Justine Henin are worth a spot in this library cause they have sublime backhands! So much to learn of!

  • Sidd

    Really want to see some of rising star, Ernests Gulbis. Amazing strokes and form, I’ve got to say.

  • limpinhitter

    I know what you’re talking about. It’s true that the Western and semi-western grips make it easier to handle higher bouncing balls, but more difficult to handle lower bouncing, skidding balls ie: flat or sliced balls. Also, the timing and set up to hit against a low, driving, flat or underspin skidding ball is very different than the timing and set up to hit a high bouncing heavy topspin ball.

    For me, the key is to BEND MY KNEES more, and get down to the ball. This will help you time this kind of penetrating shot, and makes it easier for a semi-western forehand player to get under the ball as must be done with that grip.

    However, if the ball is very low, ie: a foot or less off the ground, sometimes the best way to handle it is to slice under the ball. The reason is that there’s no room to get sufficiently under the ball in order for for a semi-western grip forehand to sweep up on the ball and get it over the net. It’s a shot many western and semi-western forehand players don’t have, but should have, for these situations. Like anything else, practice it until you have it.

    Hope that helps.

  • Jay

    I’d like to see some Ernests Gulbis strokes too.

  • glou

    berdych and soderling for their magnificent forehands please

  • nadal

    Soderling, Klijsters, and Henin , please.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2C43BWAEYJB4MUCDTBDN4JLQO4 SOKOLOWSKI

    Come on Ali stop it with your Gulbis! Gilles Simon is the one who deserves to be here and you know that!

  • pistol pete

    come on PETE SAMPRAS?

  • Asivcova

    azarenka please? :)

  • Rudra

    They post the Gilles Simon one but it is on the FYB youtube channel if you look it up.

  • Michael

    Hey Will,
    Would you mind putting John Isner or maybe perhaps Nicolas Mahut? They really are some rising stars.

  • Lilslimu

    William sisters, specifically Venus’ kick serves please.

  • Bruhaspathy

    You got to put Pete Sampras Section buddy.

  • vasu

    Yes.thats one thing missing here

  • Snok

    Söderling Please

  • PAULSHEN733

    WHY NO SAMPRAS?

  • Pat

    Its not that easy to film Sampras, you realize he’s retired right…..

  • Mattdoggs007

    Stanislas Warinka too!

  • Briancopelandsr

    This is the kind of videos and examples i”ve been looking for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/licoaldo Luiz Armando

    Phenomenal library. But you should add David Nalbandian. His style is beautiful and very effective!

  • Dianna C

    i would like to see some justine henin please, especially on her backhand!

  • Andy Sneed

    Yes you have to add David Nalbandian’s strokes asap.

  • peter

    juan carlos ferrero please

  • joe

    james blake

  • jordan

    Can you have Soderling??

  • Sokolowskiarnaud

    Hello, what about Grigo DIMITROV??

  • Tcranenj

    David Nalbandian’s backhand please!

  • Jason

    I would love to see more pro strokes. Especially the slow motion. Thanks, and I love the site

  • Cookiez300

    Sam Stosur’s Kick Serve please

  • Cookiez300

    Sam Stosur’s Kick Serve please

  • peter

    robin soderling

  • peter

    robin soderling

  • Chris

    yess Lleyton Hewitt plz. it looks sporty when he hits ;)
    i would really appreciate some of his strokes.

  • Abhidelta

    soderling please

  • Ace

    Why aren’t Venus and Serena on your Pro Tennis Player Stroke Library list???

  • Adizzy

    Especially Sampras’ serve. Please.

  • jacob

    hey will, great site here, i think pete sampras and james blake would be a good addition to this library because of the technique on jame’s forehand, and of course the best serve of all time

  • George

    great site with great resources. Caroline wozniacki would be a good addition to the library. Very technically sound game and she’s fit which doesn’t hurt.

  • JR

    where is henin and clijster

  • http://twitter.com/geebusmcneesus Gee Man

    If you could add Soderling that’s be great! His strokes look a little unorthodox, but my stroke seems to resemble his the most :S

  • KD Guest

    —first off i hope you may flipping the racquet over on your forehand and not changing arm/wrist position. plus, if your racquets are the SAME model, with the SAME strings at the SAME tension, then its all in your head.—

  • KD Guest

    —true her backhand is effective, but how is her fitness gonna help you if you watch her?—

  • KD Guest

    —it sounds like you just want any old one hander on the site. should be fed, haas, blake, gasquet (probably the best), wawrinka, fernando gonzales, kolschreiber, and henin should be fine—

  • Mattdoggs007

    add some Stanislas Warinka please!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2C43BWAEYJB4MUCDTBDN4JLQO4 SOKOLOWSKI

    What about Michael Llodra? His volley is so impressive!

  • Pistol Pete

    Where is Pistol Pete?

  • John

    Hey fellas – can you put in your gallery a lefty who uses a single handed backhand.

    Tennis sites seem to forget that there are left handers out there

    Great work

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2C43BWAEYJB4MUCDTBDN4JLQO4 SOKOLOWSKI

    You mean John Mc Enroe?

  • Knguyen

    Very helpful to wacth and to learn from the Pro.

  • Jordanban12

    I agree, I have the same motion as Soderling. Particularly on the forehand

  • krystos

    Good Instructions BUT very annoying inturruted commercials. i am not going to view your site. Waste of time.

  • jacob

    Im sorry, but this website really isnt worth while without sampras, soderling, berdych, and blake.

  • Evanoff75

    I’d like to see Pete’s serve in this library.

  • HH

    I’d like to see Henin’s and Schiavone’s backhands here.

  • Gsidak

    How about an analysis of J. McEnroe’s game. Why was he so successful despite poor fundamentals?

  • GSidak

    Sorry about the last comment…I didn’t search far enough. You have examined McEnroe and explained that he was fundamentally sound…he just looked unconventional.

  • Jennifer N

    I’d like to request Kim Clijsters, please!!!

  • Jennifer N

    I’d like to request Kim Clijsters, please!!!

  • drexcito

    Stan Wawrinka, please. Amazing one-handed backhand!

  • drexcito

    Stan Wawrinka, please. Amazing one-handed backhand!

  • mr.replacement

    Robin Soderling, please!
    (especially the serve!)

  • Whoami

    Ferrero should be there, a great player for us to mirror.

  • Miguelp_d17

    i would like to request pete sampras pleasee!! :)

  • Aventinus

    Great job with the videos! Federer’s backhand video, the one that is shot from behind, really helped me to improve my footwork and positioning relative to the ball, and achieve much better contact.

  • Yoshi

    Thomas Berdych please!

  • Max Cancilla

    Indian Wells 2011?

  • Poncho

    Alexandr Dolgopolov pro strokes please

  • Mark

    Yep, I saw Will and Adam there!

  • Chris

    in a ninja vid u stated u got hewitt hitting? any idea when this is coming on? thats the one i am wanting the most.

  • Michalkurcin

    James blake pro strokes please

  • Damian

    indian wells 2011? come on will…

  • chrissarmiento14

    I know I’m not the only one that’s requesting Venus and Serena

  • CHARLIE

    you need to get some videos of JOHN ISNER!!!!!!!!!

  • Charlotte M.

    where is kim clijsters ? she’s the best

  • John

    requesting ur indian wells vids…i mean its been a while since the tournament and u even stated in ur vid u got new strokes coming :/ dont let us down will

  • Limpinhitter

    Seconded! Where ARE the 2011 IW vids? Will? Anybody in there?

    [Crickets]

  • Matt

    new hi def vids would be awesome.

    i would love to see some HD Raonic action!!!

  • Schroederz33

    why is there agassi and theres no samparas, best serve ever! 

  • Limpinhitter

    2011 Indian Wells vids?   

  • Mx-chriz

    actually i’m done for, we have the middle of the year und not one of the new announced vids so far?? rly let me down :(

  • Kazi

    he wants to be staring at her

  • tennisfan1

    Hello, I liked your instruction videos. Do you have a video on how to put away short high balls (balls that bounce in or around the service line), both on the forehand and backhand side(the way federer does). Thanks!

  • Quemonque

    would be nice to pro strokes for sharapova.

  • Chuckmyers2010

    is there a reason for never covering nor mentioning Venus or Serena, the top rated American players of the past decade?

  • Gothpoodle

    Can we get some pro strokes from soderling please?

  • Dev D

    Hi. Will. The site is grt 4 a recreational player & person learning to play at advanced age. I hav watched a no. of slow motion videos of pros like Roger, Roddick etc. I  observed that the  pros after completing the C, on a forehand shot, after dropping the racquet, when swinging the racquet to the contact point, the head of the racquet goes back sharply and the wrist seems to be leading. My question is how is this executed whether it is due to inertia on swinging the racquet forcefully or the wrist is bend backwards to create that extra swing speed.

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    can you upload sampras strokes too?

  • Deryk

    where are the 2011 indian wells videos?????

  • Willsbastos

    Suggestion: new Novak Djokovic videos…

  • Willsbastos

    Forget, my bad 

  • Chrissarmiento14

    VENUS AND SERENA! I’ve been waiting forever and this page hasn’t even changed! Come on! I’d rather have them than the majority of the players you already have up there!

  • Cds

    Are there any rules of thumb to determine whether to let a shot go when playing the net? In other words, is there a tell to know if it is going long?

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  • joker

    hahahahahaha blake, berdych, soderling, hahahaha!!!!

  • bob

    can you add some lisicki, pavlyuchenkova, zvonareva and azarenka pro strokes please

  • Max Park

    would love a section on Hingis!

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    thx

  • Noah Morrow

    What about Tomas Berdych?? He’s cool.

  • Noah Morrow

    What about Tomas Berdych?? He’s cool.

  • Chris Sarmiento

    On the paragraph above, it says you’ve “added Venus and Serena” and their not even on the list. What’s up with that?

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  • Millie

    where do u sign up to win the free trip the the aussie open?  Dont see a tab for it

  • Donna

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  • t phan

    Cool?  like the way he refused to shake hands at the end of a match?

  • Lindac

    where can I see a replay of the Austrialian mens final?

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  • Noah Morrow

    No I don’t like his adittude. But his strokes are nearly perfect.

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  • J Westeinde

    add dimitrov very skillful player 

  • jr30

    can we get a past justine henin video….. to me i think she has the best one handed backhand that is really off the book

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  • mkao

    It would be awesome to Jerzy Janowicz’s serve!

  • mkao

    It would be awesome to Jerzy Janowicz’s serve!

  • bfoura

    Would love to see some video clips from Sampras.

  • Taylor Jones

    Where is Pete Sampras? One of the greatest servers of all time, with a completely unrivaled 2nd serve. Would love some video, Will. You are the man!!

  • Fay

    Please Show what the different grips are please??

  • Davossss

    Add Bernard Tomic plz