You can’t prepare for any match without first understanding your own game.
What’s your best shot?
Where do you like to serve?
Do you usually play a dropshot from your forehand or backhand?
What are your strengths and what type of shots do you have trouble with?
This section is great for you and your coach to fill out together - it’ll give you a real understanding of your game, what you’re good at and what you need to improve.
The main part of the journal - this is where you plan your tactics for the match you are about to play and analyse the match afterwards.
Keep it simple - write in keywords.
Use the tennis court diagrams to draw out your tactics, the patterns of play will you try to use, where will you try to serve, what part of the court will you return to.
Opposing Player Scout:
Have you opponents that you play regularly? A big rival? A player that you know you will come up against as you go deep in a tournament?
Analyse their game in the Opposing Player Scout section. Go watch them play a match and note their tactics. If you do this well, you will be ready for them when you play them.
Fill in your short, long and medium term goals and tick them off as you achieve them, add new goals when you need to. Goals provide us with focus, direction, motivation and a measure of progress. All top athletes and successful tennis players write down their goals, so you should too!
Keep a record of all the tournaments you play throughout the year.
You and your coach can use a whiteboard marker to draw on the tennis court on the back cover! Work on match tactics, coaching drills, court positioning or anything else that needs explaining. Use a damp cloth to wipe it clean so it’s ready to use again.