"The biggest mistake that club players make on their return of serve is that they try to do too much with it. Get the ball back in play!
The return of serve is already a difficult shot. It comes at you at different speeds, different angles, and with different spins than other shots. Don't make things worse by forcing spectacular returns.
One winner can't compete with two or three misses. Your opponent should have to work for their points, not have them handed to them.
So chip it, slice it, punch it. Do whatever you have to do to get the ball in play, and start the point. Your competition will never miss if you don't give them a chance to.
Keep this mind the next time you're staring down the barrel of a serve and you'll be breaking them in no time."
--Keith Fox, USPTA Certified Pro Instructor
Springton Tennis Club, Springton, PA USA
"Pro's Corner", Newsletter Jan.- Feb. 2013