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Introducing Inspired by...: Analysis and coaching from LTA experts


'Inspired by...' is a brand new video series, exclusive for Advantage members - bringing you expert analysis of the top British pros and giving you coaching tips and tactics to help improve your game.

Hosted by sports presenter Kate Mason, in each episode the LTA Performance team will show you clips and highlights from the top performers this grass court season with each show focusing on a particular theme, before National Tennis Centre coach, Matt James, jumps on court to show you how you can play like a pro.

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Episode one - How to approach the net like Andy Murray


In the first episode Kate is joined by Performance Analyst Tom Callingham and Matt James to look at Andy Murray's approach to the net at the Surbiton Trophy.

After looking at Andy's excellent performance, Matt will take you through some key pointers on how to perfect your volleys.

Episode two - How to hit a slice like Dan Evans


We take a look at Rothesay Open Nottingham champion Dan Evans and the different ways he uses slice to both attack and defend in points. Looking at one of the true masters of the slice, Tom Callingham breaks down some key points that helped Evans to the title and how he uses variation to construct winning rallies.

We then head down to the court where Matt takes Kate through the three main components to hitting a perfect slice when you're on court.

Episode three - How to plan your serve and third ball combination


We examine how Rothesay Classic quarter-finalist Katie Boulter and Ilkley Trophy finalist Jodie Burrage use their serve to dictate points. Focusing on the serve and third ball combination – a key match analysis topic in the elite game – LTA Performance Analyst Toby West breaks down some key ways the two players try to take control early in their points.

We then head down to the court where Matt guides Kate through the ideal serve and third ball strategy for her game.

Episode four - How to master your return of serve


What are the two most important shots in tennis? Your serve and then your return. In this episode, we take a look at some of the standout British players of the summer - including Cam Norrie, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter - and examine their different approaches to hitting the return.

From body position to target zones, LTA Performance Analyst Toby West runs you through the different ways the Brits look to react to their opponent's serves, and then Matt shows you the best technique to improve your shots.

Episode five - Tactics to playing doubles like Lloyd Glasspool

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From Joe Salisbury clinching the world No.1 spot and Neal Skupski climbing his way into the top five to Lloyd Glasspool posting his second Tour-level title; Britain’s doubles stars continue to capture record-extending victories as they produce results week in, week out.

You’ve watched them on TV, you may have even watched them live, and now you’re wanting to put your skills to the test on court, right? Well, LTA Performance Analyst Dev Sharma takes a look back over performances from the newly crowned Hamburg European Open champions, Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara, as he breaks down everything from the net player’s position on serve to best practices on return.

Episode six - how Andy Lapthorne uses different bounces to attack or defend


This episode switches our attention to the wheelchair tennis action this summer – focussing on Andy Lapthorne’s triumph at the British Open. LTA Analyst Dev Sharma analyses the footage from the British No.1 and how he used one or two ball bounces in big rallies to stay on top in the final.

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