About Me

Tomaz MencingerHi, my name is Tomaz Mencinger and I am from Slovenia, a lovely small country right in the middle of Europe. Well, at least we like to think so…

Sports with balls were always very fun to me even from the early age of 7 when I started playing table tennis.

A few years later I started training volleyball and at around the age of 14 I started playing tennis with my dad and my friends.

Although I trained volleyball for 16 years almost professionally, I always came back to tennis in the summers.

Thanks to good hand-eye coordination and other skills developed in other sports I quickly improved in tennis and eventually completed my first certificate for a tennis coach here in Slovenia at the age of 23.

That’s when I started coaching and when my coaching development started.

The power of Internet convinced me to start my first website tennismindgame.com in 2005 where I focus more on the mental and tactical part of the game.

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I felt that there are enough tennis sites teaching tennis technique and that I can focus more on the psychology of tennis.

But after all these years I saw that there is a lot of information online that just keeps repeating itself and that there’s ton of talk about technique and mechanics and not enough talk about feel, timing, rhythm and ball judgment – which I believe are the key skills if one wants to play tennis well.

So FeelTennis.net was born.

Here’s where I’ll share my insights into tennis technique – especially the areas that are not so obvious and yet very important for playing well.

I hope we can discover more tennis secrets together and find a faster and a less confusing way to play tennis effortlessly and with more joy on the court.

I am open to all comments and suggestions so please share your thoughts on the articles posted on the site or reach me through the contact form.

You can also connect with me on Google Plus: +Tomaz Mencinger

Enjoy your game!

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(146) comments

jay December 22, 2012

your comment clarifying the “tossing the ball back” in topspin serve is about the best explanation of it that I have heard. Please keep up the good work.

– Jay (NTRP 4.0 player)

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Doyong Ahn July 10, 2013

hi^^! My name is Doyong Ahn and I am South Korean. I have learned your tennis lessons on youtube.

I started tennis about 40 years old and now my ages 47. I struggled to improve my tennis skill and my wife have same experience.

However I am happy because I have learned your tennis theory and I think I can play tennis better than before. It is amazing since i never expected this improvement.

Although there are lots of tennis lessons on the youtube and they are helpful, but yours are my favorite lessons. Your teaching makes me happy.

I cannot explain my thanks to you because of my poor english but my too big thanks. Thank you anyway. I hope that i could learn tennis at your court^^.

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    Tomaz July 11, 2013

    Hello Doyong,

    Thanks so much for this wonderful feedback! It gives me so much joy and energy to keep doing what I love.

    Stay in touch and enjoy the game!

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Chris George October 5, 2013

Hi Tomaz,
Thank you for your fantastic videos. As a 59 year old beginner, I have found your videos extremely helpful. Sharing your knowledge as you do is admirable.

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    Tomaz October 5, 2013

    Thanks, much appreciated, Chris! Stay in touch!

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      Charlie McGowan January 8, 2014

      Hi Tomaz, I have watched several of your videos and I love your method of teaching. I live in West Palm Beach, Florida and if you ever fly through here, I would love to schedule you for a few lessons with my son Philip.

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Philippe Grau November 21, 2013

Hi Tomaz,

I guess, I love (a lot) and feel (a bit) tennis but … you are killing me!!!

I would like so much to watch one video from you on talking about “breathing – relaxation – dissociation” in tennis

All the best

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    Tomaz November 22, 2013

    Thanks a lot, Philippe, I will keep your ideas in mind for future articles!

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john kelly November 22, 2013

momentum amplification……wow,awesome and immediate results: beautiful and consistent toss,

rocket launch racket position…..high serve quality. Allow the momentum…do not add movement.

nature and physics do it for you,is nice! makes me happy! thanks i owe you some tolars for sure

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    Tomaz November 22, 2013

    You’re very welcome, John, stay in touch!

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Stefano December 7, 2013

Thank you for your videos
I’ve now for the first time a very natural and powerful tennis
Thanks a lot
Stefano

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    Tomaz December 7, 2013

    Much appreciated, Stefano, stay in touch!

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Michael Lee December 12, 2013

Tomaz,

I just watched your videos on youtube. I am a 5.0 tennis player and have played 30 years. For many years I repeated motions but could not really articulate what I was doing or understand it. I just did it.

I’m a very tactile learner and many coaches do not know how to teach feel vs. repetition. You emphasize feel and it really resonates for me. Your pendulum video for serving, and the high ball swings are exactly what I discovered but could not explain.

With your videos, I’m able to connect the feeling I’ve had and now it’s easier for me to correct my game and keep it consistent.

You’re a wonderful coach and great teacher.

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    Tomaz December 12, 2013

    Thanks a lot for this kind feedback, Michael!

    Stay in touch!

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    Nina September 29, 2015

    Almost same story here. 5.0 women’s, division 1 college player. Have been taught by very strong technique/repetition coaches but it somewhat stifled me as an athlete physically and mentally. I think your videos are great and I am really enjoying being on the court because I’m seeing big improvements. The serve pendulum was so awesome. I was in the right spot with my arms but was putting it there manually a letting the racquet do the work with momentum. Working on intention vs constantly assessing if my stroke was “correct” has really elevated my game as well. Thank you!!!

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Raditya December 12, 2013

Hello, my name is Raditya and i’m from Indonesia. I have recently started playing Tennis regularly and struggle with consistency especially with my serve. But after i saw your video about how to effortlessly generate powerful serve, i begin to find that consistency. Your videos is by far the most helpful on the web. Thanks Mr. Tomaz!

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    Tomaz December 12, 2013

    You’re very welcome, Raditya!

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vimalan paramasivam February 9, 2014

Hi Sir, I am from India. I play golf regularly here and started to learn playing tennis recently as my 9 year old son has been training in tennis for the last 2 years. I studied golfswing for years and find amazing similarity with tennis swing. Your training methods are very simple and relevant for learning tennis in relaxed enjoyable way. I am improving tennis and also trying to show your instructions to my son to enable him to form very strong fundamentals essential for taking game to higher levels.

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    Tomaz February 9, 2014

    Thanks, Vimalan, please stay in touch!

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Brian Eckert April 1, 2014

I am a tennis pro and coach here in Michigan and I’ve found myself struggling to convey the principles that your drills focus on. Footwork and athleticism can carry you far, but to master the game, this touch is essential. I appreciate your drills and I hope you don’t mind if I share them with my kids!

Thank you and best wishes,
Brian

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    Tomaz April 2, 2014

    Thanks a lot for your feedback, Brian.

    Of course, share my drills and experiment with them, you’ll surely come up with more ideas on your own…

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paul marshall May 18, 2014

hi Tomaz,

i started learning to play Tennis about 21months ago and have found your site very helpful.

I.ve been struggling with my return of serve and the coach explained it is a unique movement unlike the forehand or backhand strokes.

I consider the traditional way of teaching Tennis very slow and inefficient.

Firstly why do coaches teach a forehand first when you start the game with a serve or return?

If my central nervous system has learnt a backswing first and then I,m taught the return then the obvious problem is adjusting to a shorter backswing for the return.

After months of being taught footwork,forehands,backhands ect I said to the coach ‘ Let,s play some games”

Of course as soon as we started playing games I was totally lost.

I mentioned to one coach that for the next six months all I want is to practice is serves and returns as these two movements are the basis of the game.

People seem to blindly follow traditional methods without questioning them and i.m certain
that students of Tennis can learn a lot faster by being taught from the very beginning of the game with serve and return rather than ground stokes.

Look forward to your thoughts Tomaz,

Regards,
Paul Marshall

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    Tomaz May 28, 2014

    Thanks for sharing, Paul.

    We start the game with the serve and return only when we play points. Most recreational players just want to learn to rally mostly.

    Secondly, we hit 5-10 times more forehands and backhands than serves, hence we teach them more.

    Thirdly, on recreational level the serve is usually quite slow so you can simply use your forehand or backhand to return it.

    I disagree that the return is a unique movement. It’s based on the forehand and backhand and usually just slightly shortened.

    Hope that helps!

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John July 6, 2014

Great videos. Super helpful!

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Anthony Puissant August 2, 2014

Hi Thomaz,

Your videos are of exceptional quality. Because you are filming from different angle views it allows to really understand the 3D dimension of tennis. Your explanations are simple and easy to understand. You vulgarize well scientific concepts and your demonstrations are effective. It makes the learning so natural.

Branding: You insist a lot on playing the natural way which you said means playing tennis should seem effortless. In North America, I feel Tennis is being coached in a totally different way. It North America, we hear TV commentators talk about tremendous racket speed when it fact the truth lies more in exceptional rythm and tremendous (body) momentum.

Since in volleyball their is no racket being used, I believe your history as a former professional volleyball player helped you realised that the power in tennis do not come from the racket neither from the technique used. It comes from a natural movement.

My review conclusion: Thomas Menzinger, former professional volleyball player and actual tennis coach in Slovenia, shows quick tennis lessons through high quality videos demonstrations and drills with concise and accurate explanations to make your game better and more effortless.

Best of luck,
Anthony Puissant

Montreal, Canada

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    Tomaz August 3, 2014

    Thank you very much for this feedback, Anthony. I am certain that volleyball gave me a lot of skills that transfer really well to tennis – like being very balanced, moving to the ball with the legs and not with arms, “spiking” the ball every day at least 200 times, etc. I think besides soccer it’s one of the best sports to develop tennis skills (unknowingly).

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Venki August 7, 2014

Hey Thomaz,

My name is Venki and I learned tennis when I was 21 for 3 months, after I never gave it more than 1 month at a time in summers.

So whenever I start playing, I would be the worst player and rapidly become a good player by the end of the month and the story repeats every single time I take a break for more than 2 weeks.

I started watching youtube videos on Tennis from last 2 months they helped get a good serve.

I started watching your videos since last 2 weeks and they are amazing, those helped me understand that I didn’t know the technique and feel of the game. I played volleyball when I was a in my highschool so I was able to pickup the game if played regularly but never learned the technique.

I am watching your videos everyday even before entering the court I am confident I can get better. Hands down best teaching.

Thank you very much!!!!, this is a great great help.

Where are you teaching your classes now??

-Venki

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    Tomaz August 7, 2014

    A fellow volleyball player, how cool, Venki. Yes, just learn as much as you can visually without too much thinking and your volleyball skills will kick in and enable you to play tennis really well.

    I am teaching in Slovenia but will travel to the US in October 2014 for a couple of conferences in Tucson and San Francisco.

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Vasu August 7, 2014

Your videos are just amazing and I really appreciate it.
Please do a video on how to hold a racquet.

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    Venki August 24, 2014

    Hey Tomaz,

    I got a better serve after watching you videos, thank you very much. However, I am unable to toss the ball correctly every single time.

    Some times I am tossing the ball correctly only once every 5 or 6 throws, this is messing up by serve rhythm.

    Can you make a video on drills to help get a better, consistent toss. That will be amazing!!

    Thank you,
    Venki.

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      Tomaz August 24, 2014

      Thanks for the feedback, Venki! I will keep the tossing drills in mind.

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jose November 7, 2014

Hello Tomaz!!

Just seen your vídeos about tips on youtube about serve as the important to be on the edge and the vídeo about mistakes with drop raquet on serve!WOOOOOOOW!!! I have been for more than 4 years studing tennis and i have never seen so powerful explanations and tips and you are spot on!!i have exactly the problems with drop the raquet as you explain and now after long time i know how to solve it!!thank you so much!!you are by far the best teacher on web!!

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Bernd November 20, 2014

Hello Tomaz,
many thanks this is the best tennis teaching approach I have ever seen. Especially how you teach the Service motion is incredibly innovative. With your drills I have substantially improved my service in a couple of hours. I have completely understood THAT THE KEY IS PRONATION!!! The biggest mistake of us recreational players is the desire of control and, thus, we actively trigger pronation rather than we let it happen. Thomaz you have changed my tennis mind. I have closed my eyes and learned to swing towards the ball and not hitting it. Now Slice, Topspin Serves with high power and precision, no problem at all! I have learned to let the kinetic energy flow and everything happens automatically. First, I forgot the ball, secondly after including the ball, I forgot the target, then everything was very easy!!. The major mistake of classic tennis teachers: they try to teach the motions to hit a ball that is aimed to a small target. This is very difficult and frustrating for most tennis students. Good for the teacher’s wallet and bad for the students!
You are by far the best tennis teacher! Many thanks for this amazing website!
All the best!
Bernd, Vienna, Austria

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    Tomaz November 20, 2014

    Thank you very much for sharing your progress, Bernd! And pointing out one more time the keys to learning tennis better!

    Stay in touch!

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Brian December 19, 2014

Hi Tomaz,

I came upon your youtube channel based on someone’s recommendation on a tennis board. Wow, I’m so glad I found it! It literally changed my tennis game! Your drills and lessons are just awesome. I tried your forehand drills, they were spot on. Serving drills also, especially the pronation. I’m still trying to feel comfortable with keeping my racquet on edge, but I think I’m getting there 🙂

Thanks for doing all of this great service for all of us out there trying to better our tennis game, even at a late age of 48!

Thanks,

Brian.

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    Tomaz December 19, 2014

    You’re very welcome, Brian, thanks for stopping by.

    Stay in touch!

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Alex April 9, 2015

What can I say. Your site simply rocks or probably “Dobro pečen” would work better here.

Love all the insights of the true coach. It’s a joy to see how you find all the different ways to improve yourself as a coach and tennis players around the world.

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    Tomaz April 9, 2015

    Much appreciated, Alex, stay in touch!

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Bruce hawkinson April 18, 2015

Hello Tom,

I came across your videos accidentally a while back when searching for some Nick bolletteri video clips.
I love your calmness, your presentation and how well you break things down and explain the different parts of any particular stroke then sew it all back together. Much easier to absorb and understand than anybody else in my opinion. I think I watch at least 30 minutes each morning and also in the evening nearly everyday. I Teach part time on the side and often use your approach as opposed to others,,, just wanted to shout out a big thank you I i will for sure send a paypal donation for your efforts

Thanks
Bruce

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    Tomaz April 18, 2015

    Thank you, Bruce, much appreciated!

    Planning to have a busy year so more videos on the way, stay in touch.

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George Konstantinidis April 27, 2015

Dear Tomaz,

I have been playing tennis since 1981.
I live in Athens, Greece. I learned most of my tennis when studying in the States. I am in my late 40s, playing avidly and still learing.
I have to teel you that your teaching method stands out from most out there on youtube.
You have a very unique style on how to correlate stroke fixes with simple everyday references.
I have passed though Ljubljana on two different occasions while travelling to Austria. Your country has a very beautiful landscape.
Keep up the good work.
Sincerely,

Dr. George Konstantinidis

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    Tomaz April 27, 2015

    Thank you for this wonderful feedback, George!

    Do email me next time you pass through Slovenia so we can have a hit! 😉

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richard j simpson May 4, 2015

Awesome videos

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Harun Asad May 16, 2015

Tomaz- I am so grateful for your site and what you are teaching! So often I am thinking I want to play much more effortlessly and experience the joy that brings on the court and perhaps more importantly after playing (i.e. much less pain and soreness!). I have felt it here and there but I didn’t know how to repeat it consistently. I will be focusing much more closely to minimum effort and sweeping. Thank you!!!

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    Tomaz May 17, 2015

    You’re very welcome, Harun! Cheers!

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Hissaan Haqqani May 20, 2015

Dear Tomaz,

What a wonderful website you have! I also liked tennismindgame.com as well and can not thank you enough for all the drills and valuable feedback you give. It certainly made tennis effortless and more enjoyable for me.I was actually trying to find a way to help with my one-handed backhand (I was lost, had no clue about things like isolating shoulder, following the line and initially beginning with short back swing etc) and your videos on Youtube (one where you helped Helmut) helped me alot! I simply wanted to come here and tell you that your videos a great asset for any level player and they were very easy to understand and you explained the principles wonderfully.

Thanks again and if you’re ever here in USA, and decide to come up north towards the Chicago area, I would love to host you and hit a few balls with you.

Best wishes and regards, coach. God bless.

Hissaan

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    Tomaz May 20, 2015

    Much appreciated, Hissaan. Subscribe to my newsletter and you’ll know of my whereabouts and whether I happen to travel to Chicago.

    Enjoy the game!

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Ben Lin May 21, 2015

Hi Tomas,

I live in Taiwan and started learning tennis playing at age 50 (end of 2013) with my coach who is my classmate from childhood. I also played volleyball in my high school years, and table tennis from childhood. So I learned tennis playing fairly quickly with my great coach.

I discovered your wonderful video on improving slice serve feel from Youtube just a few days ago, and I could not stop looking for more of your videos. Then here I am on your website to thank you for the insights and fluent and clear demonstration as well as explanation. I found all of your videos very well thought out and easy to follow.

Just take the slice serve video as an example. Before watching your video, I was taught and practiced slice serve in two training sessions, but I just couldn’t get the feel of slicing the ball and never tried slice serve in playing matches with my friends. I watched your video twice before playing with friends yesterday, and then practiced your half grid and full grid low toss drills for just a few balls during the warm up. Then we played matches and suddenly I could make slice serve for my 2nd serve and even got a couple points out of my slice serve. This is a miracle to me!

I also like your explanation on mental parts very much. Not many coaches can address, not to mention to explain, this non-obvious factor so clearly. When I watch your on-line videos, I almost feel that I have your presence in my training session. This is so wonderful!

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    Tomaz May 21, 2015

    Thank you very much, Ben. I hope to share more useful drills in the future so please stay in touch and share your thoughts in the comments of the future posts…

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      Ben Lin May 29, 2015

      Dear Tomaz,

      Do you have plan to include techniques and tactics for doubles? For our club players, the most games we play are doubles and it is a good social event for most of us.

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Cari May 22, 2015

I love your website! I have looked at so many other sites on Youtube and taken lessons with several ‘pros’. Your teaching method and instruction has been BY FAR the best I have received. I can’t pull myself away from the computer!! Thank you so much for helping all of us play better!
Cari
Healdsburg, CA

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    Tomaz May 22, 2015

    Much appreciated, Cari, stay in touch!

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J from USA May 25, 2015

Hi Tomaz! I just want to let you know that you are my favorite youtube tennis instructor! I wish you were near me so I could take lessons with you. Keep the good work and enjoy the Summer!!

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    Tomaz May 27, 2015

    Thanks, J! Summer is the main tennis season so that’s my busiest time which I will definitely enjoy!

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Paul May 25, 2015

Hi Tomaz,

I just want to thank you for all the great videos. First I watched Yellowfuzzyballs, which are also very good, but I like your very intuitive (the feel;-) coaching style.

Currently trying to improve the tough backhand returns and deep balls on the backhand.

Thanks so far for all the great lessons.

Kind regards of a fan,

Paul

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    Tomaz May 27, 2015

    You’re welcome, Paul.

    Keep it simple and work at low speed at first when dealing with the types of incoming balls you mention.

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Boo July 2, 2015

The tennis technique secrets that you share to the world is the most wonderful tennis! I do love it Thomaz, million of million thanks

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    Tomaz July 2, 2015

    Thanks, Boo!

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Daniel July 12, 2015

Dear Tomaz,
there are a lot of really good tennis teachers out there in the www.
And I think I know them all.
Very good and decent people who really give their best.
But you are in a league of your own.
You not only really “feel tennis”, but you understand it to its core like noone before you.
And fortunately you feel like sharing this gift.
Your insights of the mechanics of this sport are invaluable.
At least to me. But to many many others too, I’m sure.
Thank you so much!
You are a true Jedi knight of tennis.
I wish you all the best
Daniel

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    Tomaz July 13, 2015

    Much appreciated, Daniel, feedback like yours is what gives me energy to spend lots of time working even on one single video article. More on the way…

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athena cajas August 30, 2015

Hi Tomaz,
This is Athena Cajas from HoustonlTx. We have written via email about 6 months ago as I want to recomend for you to come to Texas sometime when we have our USPTA event. I hope that it willhappen someday as I think you are the best at explaining and giving examples on how to “feel” in tennis. I wanted you to know that I was teaching summer tennispcamps where I was mainly in charge of 5,6,and7 year old beginners. I tried to use some of your examples as much as possible. I will continue to do so. Iam planning on buying your beginner tennis course as a guide to experiment with your ideas with students that I will be teaching this fall. I will put out your name to our USPTA coleagues/and/or those in charge at my current club.Thanks again for sharing your knowledge,Sincerely,Athena Cajas

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Tim Cai August 31, 2015

Hi Tomaz,

I have gone through about half of your tennis videos so far and i am enjoying them very much. You made me look at tennis from a whole different point of view. I love the way you explain the theories of tennis in terms of physics, math, geometry and other scientific terms. I am an civil engineer and have been playing tennis for 20 years, and just made so much sense to me. Your videos are the gold standard among all the online tennis videos, and i am looking forward to finish the rest of your video. I truly hope these videos will improve other people’s game as for me. Keep up the good work!

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Kevin Connors September 23, 2015

I started playing tennis a couple of years ago at age 65 and I played my first USTA match last Sunday. Though I have taken lessons with local pros, I can honestly say that 90+% of my technique and 99% of my mental perspective has come from your online coaching. Even not winning 6-3, 6-4, with the right frame of mind, feels like joyful progress and not like losing.

I work out most days in addition to practicing using a program developed by a trainer to prevent injury and hone balance, strength and endurance. I am 20 pounds lighter than when I started and physician and chiropractor have pronounced me healthier than ever. I certainly am happier.

Thanks for what you do – nobody else does it.

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    Tomaz September 23, 2015

    Thank so much for this kind feedback, Kevin.

    I am really happy to hear that you’re enjoying tennis so much at 65, it is a sport of a lifetime…

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jesiboy September 25, 2015

hey, Tomaz! your site is a great help for me and my family, I am a self taught player started at age 19
and trying to improve through magazine and videos and lately you tube. Today at 55 yrs of age I am
still want to improve! your instruction and clear explanation makes a lot of sense. thank you!!!

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Lourens October 13, 2015

Hi Thomaz

My name is Lourens i am a play and stay tennis coach in South Africa looking to do my tennis instructor course next year.

I’ve been watching your video’s for some time now and i must admit, the ball toss video’s for the slice serve has helped me a lot, as well as the dealing with high backhands video.

Thank you for all the effort and enjoyment you put into your video’s.

I truly believe you have the best tennis website ever.

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    Tomaz October 13, 2015

    Thanks, Lourens.

    I hope to post a few more technique videos in the future as that’s one of the things a fresh coach needs from the start.

    Stay in touch.

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Blue October 16, 2015

Wow, so much invaluable information! I’m just starting but the classes can be so costly, that I’ve been searching for website like this since ever. Thank you for all the lessons and advice.

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Vishal SAXENA October 17, 2015

Tomaz I am from Australia we have a very active tennis scene here.I have seen tons of tennis video but I feel you touch points which are the most critical for rec players or even aspiring pros…..keep up the great work you are doing.
Could you please do something on footwork and playing shots that land close to your feet

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Gary October 31, 2015

Tomaz: I am almost 70 years old and played tennis for 40 years. As I got older I lost my reflex and eye sight to a point where I lost my steady ground strokes. Needless to say I took lessons and followed many videos to no vail till I saw your lesson titled sweep the ball and it inspired me to shorten my swing, locate the ball, accelerate on contact, turn sideways and hit the ball in front of me. Your explanation made so much sense that I am now able to play almost daily and most of all enjoy the game. Thanks to you there is hope for old people like me. You are the best and many thanks.

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    Tomaz November 1, 2015

    Much appreciated, Gary, I am very glad that you’re enjoying the game of tennis again. Stay in touch!

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Nate Mack December 24, 2015

Tomaz,

I’ve been.playing tennis in Atlanta, Ga for over 20 years and I learned the game during the end of the Lendyl and the beginning of the Sampras era. I just had wrist surgery because I could no longer hold my racket without excruciating pain. In my absence from tennis I”ve been perusing You Tube in an effort to see if there was anything new in the game. After watching your video instruction I see the game has totally changed which explains why my game has struggled for so long. I’ve been amazed how my competition strikes the ball so effortlessly while I’m muscling the stroke. My outdated game requires me at 59 years old to be in top condition in an effort to compete. I love your language in describing the game, for instance you say that you have to feel the stroke and be aware of what feels right. In an easy to interpret fashion you teach how to hit with feel, how to develop the right contact point, how to watch the ball from my opponents racket so I can get to the ball early, And you are so correct in saying that intention is the most important factor in developing consistency. You will not believe how long I have been playing tennis and working much too hard to compete. After reviewing 100 video’s on You Tube I will tell you that you are the by far the best. I am scheduled to be in a cast for a couple months but I am clear that I will take 6 to 7 months of no competition to implement your philosophy of tennis, Thank you, Nate Mack.

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    Tomaz December 24, 2015

    Thank you so much for this wonderful feedback, Nate!

    I am really glad that you’re finding the posts here useful.

    While you’re in the cast you can visualize what you want to achieve as visualization is very powerful!

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gonul February 1, 2016

Hallo Tom
I’m also be a coach,and still try to learn and understand tennis better.I’m really happy and lucky to find your site, thanks for all the work and advice,every detail on it are very helpfull.

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Athena Cajas February 5, 2016

Hello Tomaz,
This is Athena from Texas again. Great video,as usual. We will be having our semi annual USPTA conference in a few weeks,and Iam putting your name in the hat. If you have any plans to visit your friend in Houston,let me know and maybe we could organize some kind of conference at my club, thanks, Athena

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    Tomaz February 6, 2016

    Thanks, Athena. I won’t be in the US any time soon, perhaps later in the year or next year!

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      Athena Cajas February 6, 2016

      Ok,lets keep in touch. Would love to have you here,Athena Cajas

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Dan February 13, 2016

Hi Tomaz, great ideas and philosophy about a great game. Basic question that I have not seen on your website and only one other place – where do you recommend hitting a tennis ball [in particular on groundstrokes]. Do you recommend hitting on the top of the ball, the middle, or the bottom – the left side or right side, assuming a right handed tennis player? I think this is an interesting question bc we are told to ‘watch the ball’ – I have found it useful to try to hit the ball in a particular place on the ball for groundstrokes (and that has helped). The other tennis instructor recommended hitting on the top third of the ball and left side and this has helped me. Thanks for any response and I look forward to more great ideas from you. Dan

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    Tomaz February 16, 2016

    Thanks, Dan!

    To me we’re approaching a very dangerous teritory with getting so analytical and detailed. If you’re thinking where to hit the ball can you still maintain clear intention of how you want to play it?

    I doubt it.

    I’d rather have the intention determine for you unconsciously where and how to hit the ball. It’s not only where you hit the ball but in which direction you then brush it or pull over it.

    As I describe in this article about power, the swing should be inside out so that means you would aim at 7 or 8 o’clock on the ball and pull over towards 3 o’clock and then change to 11 o’clock.

    As you can see it starts to become complicated as that’s only my mental image of a swing path on the forehand and it happens in a split second but if you try to do it deliberately with your racquet you may mess up your strokes.

    So proceed on your own risk.

    My advice would be to imagine the ball flight and how much you want the ball to spin. That’s how we play in reality. Your subconscious needs to figure out the rest.

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Matjaž March 24, 2016

Tomaž pozdravljen,

super razumljive razlage posameznih udarcev tenisa! Priporočam vsem tenisačem, ne glede na predznanje. Hvala!

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Bruce Williams April 2, 2016

Your YouTube video, “How to serve in seven steps” was very helpful to me. Great job and thanks!

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Roger April 10, 2016

Tomaz, I’m 39 and I’m playing tennis 06 months ago. I started to follow your videos on YouTube channel and the improvement in my game was substantial.

After 10 days eating your videos, I won a tournament in my club, in 4 matches lost only 8 games. “INTENTION”.

Congratulations. You are the best! Thank you.

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    Tomaz April 11, 2016

    Great to hear, Roger, thanks! Yes, intention is the key to finding flow in matches…

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Helmut April 23, 2016

Hello Tomaz,

some month ago I’ve discovered your homepage FeelTennis
I like it verry much. It helps a lot understanding what’s important in tennis.
Thank you verry much.
Greetings from Nuremberg
Helmut

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    Tomaz April 23, 2016

    Thanks, Helmut and greetings to Germany!

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Major sher shah May 5, 2016

your way of imparting tennis skills is just awesome but it will be a treat to be with you in the court and getting lessons from you live. just splendid

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Sinan May 14, 2016

Hi Tomaz,
My name is Sinan from Turkey. I have almost watched all of your trainning videos and have great help from them thank you very much.

I am 37 years old and I am working as an instructor Captain for Sunexpress airlines.
Before that I worked for almost 10 years as an flight instructor and even before that, I was teaching Classical Guitar .

I believe that you are a great instructor it is amazing how you can simplyf the tasks.

I really want to meet you and have some lessons for me and for my son who is 3 years old.

Hope to see you soon

Regards

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Luke Gilbey May 16, 2016

Hi Tomaz,

Amazing videos, your instruction has helped me to improve my game and also to help me in coaching my girlfiend.

Keep it up!
Luke

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ian whitfield May 21, 2016

Hello Tomaz,

I stumbled upon your videos this weekend and I’m thrilled. You nailed it, most instruction on the internet is for beginners and also repetitive. Your training is both thorough and very helpful (new insights). I am looking forward to watching more and applying … if it stops raining here in Calgary, AB Canada!

ps … it’s too bad you are not closer, I would hire you as my coach!

Ian

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    Tomaz May 21, 2016

    Much appreciated, Ian!

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Hello Tomaz…I love the way you explain tennis slowing things down or explaining what is not so obvious.

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    Tomaz May 25, 2016

    Thanks, Alfred, more videos on the way!

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Robert Franicevich May 24, 2016

Thank you so much, Tomaz. You are the best on-line coach out there. I’m a recreational player, 4.0 and you have helped me a lot!
Keep up the good work, and thanks SO much!
-Robert

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    Tomaz May 25, 2016

    Much appreciated, Robert!

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Yun May 25, 2016

Hi Tomaz, thank you for your wonderful youruve videos on tennis. You are gifted in explaining the different aspects of tennis well- with great clarity and great thoughts. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your love for tennis.

I am motivated to try out your sharing in my tennis games.

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    Tomaz May 25, 2016

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Yun.

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Dima June 1, 2016

Dear Tomaz, your written and spoken English is outstanding. You may laugh, but I understand your videos better than videos made by native speakers. Where did you learn and practice English? Dima from Ukraine.

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    Tomaz June 2, 2016

    Thanks a lot, Dima!

    Maybe it’s because my grandmother was an English teacher. 😉

    No, what really helped me was living abroad. I lived in Thailand for a year working in an international tennis academy where I spoke English all the time and later I lived in Singapore where I had to speak English all the time too.

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Subhra June 17, 2016

Hi Tomaz,
I am from Singapore.
I am new to tennis and saw your videos. Really loved the way you describe how to play in different situations. I am now using your advised techniques and trying to follow. I really liked the effortless playing of tennis.

Thanks
Subhra

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    Tomaz June 18, 2016

    Much appreciated, Subhra, perhaps we’ll cross our racquets one day.

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Ray July 19, 2016

Hi Tomaz, I love your videos. Your explanation is clear, easy to understand and easy to follow too. You give details that most coaches don’t give. Keep up the good work and good luck for you!!

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    Tomaz July 19, 2016

    Much appreciated, Ray!

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Jawahar Namburi July 23, 2016

Hi Tomaz,

Nice to meet you here, of late I’ve been watching your videos on you tube and I find them to be very useful from technical and mechanical point of view. you have been very thorough and extremely narrative in all your lessons which is good and useful for me and I believe to all of tennis players.

I’m yet to watch your videos pertaining to tactical and mental aspects of the game. I’m a 52 year old guy with great passion for the game and I always want to improve on a daily basis.

I’ve watched the videos about service motion, ball toss and the different kinds of serves. those lessons are extremely useful and I’ll definitely try to implement during practice.

Last but not least, yes, Slovenia is a beautiful country in the middle of Europe. Initially I thought you were Spanish. Please Keep on posting videos about the mental and tactical aspects of the game.

Best wishes
Jawahar Namburi
Hyderabad India

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    Tomaz July 23, 2016

    Thanks a lot, Jawahar.

    More videos on the way of course. As for mental and tactical tips, please head over to http://www.tennismindgame.com which is more focused on that part of the game.

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      Jawahar Namburi July 23, 2016

      Hello Tomaz,
      thanks a lot.
      Jawahar.

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Phil Daniels July 25, 2016

Hi Tomaz,

Thank you very much indeed for your carefully explained tennis videos.
I’m doing my best to learn from them.
I hope the summer is lovely in Jesenice this year!!

Thanks again and very best wishes,
Phil

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    Tomaz July 25, 2016

    You’re very welcome, Phil, thanks for the feedback!

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Thanh Nguyen July 29, 2016

Tomaz,

After viewing many of your videos, I feel as if I now know the “magic behind tricks”.

Thank you for breaking down and explaining the process into easy to understand videos.

My tennis game now feels right and my body doesn’t ache and pain like it did before after watching and understanding your videos.

Your domain name, FeelTennis.net makes me aware that I need to:

Feel Tennis (fluid motion and awareness)
. (dot) don’t hit
the NET

Best regards from Vietnam!

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    Tomaz July 30, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your very clever interpretation of the FeelTennis ideas, Thanh! 😉

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Fatih July 30, 2016

Hi, I’ve been watching and enjoying your videos and finding them very instructive. And it would be so nice to have a couple of lessons with you.

If you happen to be in Turkey by any chance, I would love to meet you. Take care.

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    Tomaz July 30, 2016

    Thanks, Fatih, much appreciated!

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Debbie August 5, 2016

Thomas,

I have watched many, many of your videos. Whether it pertained to learning to serve, or any other stroke you have been able to “open my eyes” so that I can see why I wasn’t effective in my stroke.

You bring a picture that my mind can relate and absorb, which is an extraordinary quality for an instructor. You have made me see the picture, now I have to practice to execute.

I am sharing your instructions to couple of friends.

Thank you for opening the door, it’s my job to keep it open and improve.

Regards,

Debbie Cziprusz

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    Tomaz August 5, 2016

    Thanks for letting me know, Debbie, I really appreciate the feedback!

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Thomas DAmore August 16, 2016

Tomaz is the best out there, bar none. His straight forward, grounding instructions really make a difference in this world of online video instructions.

Tomaz breaks it down so we understand and brings a very unique and special way of instructing. This was also called out in a leading Tennis Industry (USRSA/ article ;

http://www.tennisindustrymag.com/issues/201607/index.php
Page 57 of this PDF.

Tomaz, thanks for all you do and you make a big different in peoples tennis game and life!

Cheers,
Tom
Pelham, New Hampshire, USA

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    Tomaz August 16, 2016

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback and for sharing that link, Thomas, really appreciate it!

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Doctor Steve September 9, 2016

Hi Tomaz,

Thank for these great tools. May I ask a question about your mini tennis video?

When warming up at the service line, I am used to using only my volley (continental) grip.

Are you changing grips when you play mini tennis?

Thanks again,

Dr. Steve

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    Tomaz September 10, 2016

    Thanks, Dr. Steve.

    I personally am changing grips as I play mini tennis as I basically want to get the feel for my groundstrokes.

    You can play with a continental grip if you specifically want to get a feel for slices and volleys.

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Jean-Pierre Muchuba September 21, 2016

Dear Sir
I watch a lot of your videos.
You are a fantastic coach and teacher.
I’d love to travel one day for some tennis lessons with you.
Kind Regards
Jean-Pierre

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    Tomaz September 21, 2016

    Thanks for the kind words, Jean-Pierre, keep in touch.

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Luiz Coelho September 27, 2016

Tomaz,
My name is Luiz Coelho and I am an amateur tennis player from Brazil.

I would just like to thank you for the videos and the way you present them. My tennis career is similar to yours, as we both started playing with 16, but I did not become a tennis coach, instead I went to the university to be an engineer.

We have tennis chats here and I always recommend your tennis lessons because they have something different to add to everyone’s game.

Congratulations!
Best regards

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    Tomaz September 27, 2016

    Thanks so much for the feedback and recommendations, Luiz. Keep in touch!

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Anna Shapiro October 7, 2016

Your site is amazing. I realized how many bad tennis habits I picked up in high school and now trying to relearn how to play correctly in my late 20s. Very superb tutorials — I’ve only watched one video (many times :)) and already feel much more better about my forehand swing.

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    Tomaz October 7, 2016

    Thank you very much, Anna. glad to hear that you’re already on the right track!

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Eric October 22, 2016

Your video on serving dramatically changed my game. Now my friends can’t even hit it back sometimes!

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    Tomaz October 22, 2016

    That’s great, Eric! Thanks for the feedback!

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Jost November 13, 2016

Hi Tomaz
I’m a passionate recreational tennis player, aged 51, from Switzerland. I began playing tennis late, at the age of 42. I had lots of tennis lessons with severel tennis teachers in my “career”. I play a lot of tournaments. I’ve watched your videos on the internet a I must say you’re way of teaching and explaining tennis is just brilliant. You teach very important things that other tennis coaches don’t. I try to get your tipps in my game and since I do so, my game has much improved. Greetings from Switzerland. Jost

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    Tomaz November 14, 2016

    Hello Jost,

    Thank you very much for this kind feedback, I really appreciate it!

    I’ll keep updating the site with new videos and courses so keep in touch and share your feedback in the comments too sometimes if you find something useful!

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joseph glavin November 21, 2016

I am a retired lawyer and have been playing tennis for many years. I have studied the game from every angle and I have seen and experimented with many of the theories of both the technical, analytical and tactical game that the internet makes available as well as having taken lessons from time to time and I have qualified as a teacher in one of the well-known teaching organizations.

I write this simply to tell you that none are as good as your lessons. You present the stroke extremely well and in an uncomplicated fashion.

We never can learn enough about the game and it is important to review even the most basic strikes from time to time because mistakes seep in if we do not.

I am fascinated in the way your lessons on the internet present not only the stroke production itself but a clear explanation of the reasons for each step in the process.

I am a doubles player as most people my age are so I look forward to any lessons in the strategy of the game you may discuss.

While tennis is a simple game in theory, putting the technical learning one may have acquired to work in a competitive setting is important so I hope the strategic lessons may be forthcoming.

Thanks for what you do and please keep it up.

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    Tomaz November 21, 2016

    Many thanks for this wonderful feedback, Joseph, I really appreciate it.

    Yes, it’s not easy to break down a complex stroke in a tennis into simple understandable chunks but it’s necessary to really get a clear picture of how the strokes work.

    Keep in touch, more videos on the way!

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John November 22, 2016

Tomaz,
You’re my favorite on-line tennis coach! I’m 59 years young and after a few decades of very little tennis, I’m only now paying close attention to the finer points of serving and groundstrokes. Your videos are extremely helpful, and really like the way that you verbally (and visually, in slow-mo) breakdown what you’re trying to explain. By the way, I live in the USA, and your English is superb!

Wish that my local coach was as good as you! Keep it up.

Thanks,
John

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    Tomaz November 22, 2016

    Thanks so much, John, it really motivates me to keep planning and recording new ideas from this wonderful sport that we all enjoy.

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Mumtaz Hussain November 28, 2016

Hi Tomaz

Thanks for your website and videos. I have never played tennis and have taken an interest. I have played badminton on and off but not on a professional level.

I would very much love to meet you however I am in Scotland. Do you ever visit Scotland?

I enjoy your tips and advises.

Thanks

Mumtaz

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    Tomaz November 28, 2016

    Thanks, Mumtaz!

    Badminton skills will surely help you progress fast in tennis.

    No plans for Scotland but if you ever travel through Slovenia let me know…

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BORIS December 8, 2016

Hi Thomas, how are you.I think a you are probably on of the BEST tennis coaches. You have this super ability to explain things and motivate people to try implement your instructions.

thanx boris

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    Tomaz December 12, 2016

    Thank you very much, Boris, keep in touch!

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Ross Donald December 27, 2016

Hi Tomaz

I have watched many of your tennis videos on YouTube, and must congratulate you on your tuition methods.
I have picked up a few tips to work on, and can’t wait till the next time I’m on court!
If I manage to get a job, I’d love to join your paid courses.

Thanks again
Ross

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    Tomaz December 28, 2016

    Thanks a lot, Ross.

    Subscribe to my newsletter here on the site as I always give subscribers a discount when I launch a new course!

    Cheers, Tomaz

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tom fairfax January 14, 2017

Hi Tomas,

Thanks so much for all your videos. They are easily the best available online and better than live coaching in my opinion/experience. I just read your article on learning to accept mistakes as a statistical part of the game and it is excellent. As with all players I get a little (or sometimes very) tense when serving out a set/match.

I feel like tennis is easily the most difficult for dealing with this sort of tension. In a frame of pool or a soccer match it is a lot easier to control the body and do what is required to play as you did when you got yourself into that winning position.

When I really want to win the match against a better opponent and I attempt to stay relaxed and attack, my second self always seems to get in the way and I stop watching the ball and make simple errors or consistently miss by a very small margin (which I also see the pros doing on every level). I use the breathing techniques Jeff Greenwald describes in his book but still manage to dog set point after set point.

Do you have any specific advice/philosophies/thought processes for this end game strategy? In table tennis over time I taught myself to just put all my energy into intense focus and attack (possibly even upping the attack) but it is so much easier for the mind to co-ordinate the body to do this in that game and many others in comparison with tennis.

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Peter January 15, 2017

Hey Tomaz,
Just wanted to say of all the videos I’ve watched online, and classes I have taken, none helped me as much as your 7 Steps to a Serve video. Thank you!

I started recently at 43 years of age, and I love the game. I only wish I started younger!

Too bad you are not in Edmonton,Canada!

Great stuff Tomaz. The serve was a mental obstacle for me and after your video I’m finally starting to get it!

Peter Kosson

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    Tomaz January 15, 2017

    Glad to hear that, Peter, thank you very much for the feedback!

    Keep in touch, there will be more useful content in 2017!

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Matt January 29, 2017

Awesome serve video -very well explained. I can tell by accent that English is not your first language, but your word choice is remarkably minimalistic and precise – just great. I wish I was in Slovenia, not California, or I would love to get lessons from you!

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    Tomaz January 29, 2017

    Thanks a lot, Matt. I’ll try to share more videos in the future as that’s probably the next best thing I can do if I can’t coach in person.

    Keep in touch, cheers.

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Katia February 18, 2017

Hello Tomaz, your basic forehand lesson opened my mind. Your approach to the fundamental principles of tennis is quite different from what is usually found on internet. I started learning nearly three years ago, and I don’t have a good forehand yet. Watching your lesson was a sort of illumination! Today I’m going to play, I look forward to putting in practice your tips!
Grazie e buon weekend!

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    Tomaz February 18, 2017

    Thank you, glad to hear that, Katia!

    Take it easy though, it takes some time before we turn the practice into a match!

    Keep in touch…

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