“You need to be able to adapt quickly to the surface as it changes with weather conditions during the match,” says Erwan Nicholas, JMT Technical Consultant and LTA Performance coach. “Dry weather will speed up the bounce of the ball, while wet weather will slow it down.

“Being versatile and responding to the ever-changing bounce and trajectories is a necessity in this world of dirt!”

Top tip: Try mixing up the slice, top spin and flat shots while rallying with an opponent who shouts out the effect you have to do.

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