The year has been long and busy, so here's a countdown of the Top 15 instruction tips we have to offer.

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To return a first serve confidently, begin with a good starting grip. Place your top hand in the backhand position and your bottom hand in the forehand grip so you can easily swap between a forehand and backhand. Choose a ready position where you feel comfortable handling the first-serve pace you’re facing. Think defensively and don’t take a huge wind up since the first serve will give you enough power to just send back over the net.