2021 TopCourt Review: MasterClass of Pro Tennis

TopCourt is "MasterClass for Tennis"

A tennis streaming platform backed by the Bryan Brothers, Lindsay Davenport, Genie Bouchard, Sloane Stephens, and other world-class players. You will see tennis drills and instructions explained by the best players and coaches in the world.

Hollywood production quality. Starring today's top talent in tennis.
TopCourt is the official e-learning partner of the ATP and WTA.

2021 features even more tennis stars, veterans, and coaches team up with next-gen future talents.

Forbes Magazine announced in June that TopCourt has officially partnered up with the ATP and WTA. Venus Williams and the Bryan Brothers are among their growing list of grand slam investors.

2021 TopCourt Stars: Alexander Zverev, Felx Auger-Aliassime, Grigor Dmitrov, Frances Tiafoe

Marriage of Tennis with Tech

The fundamental way we enjoy our sport has been redefined with covid. Indian Wells was canceled, and suddenly the tennis world found itself having a LOT of extra time on its hands. Equipped with 4K cameras, drones, and a tech-savvy team (led by Harvard and other college tennis alums) - TopCourt was the game-changer of the year.

As TopCourt Ambassador, it's been our mission to be part of reshaping how the World learns and enjoys tennis. When the fans cannot go out to see the pros, streaming allows the pros to come to the fans. Everyone can learn from Gold Medal Olympians and hear their story and struggles told from their own words. See all of TopCourt's Latest trailer clips

TopCourt is designed to bring the Player and Fan together on the same tennis court.

Hollywood production value sets up an All-Star lineup for the new gold standard. Each month we are excited to see new videos from more than 50 online tennis stars on the ever-growing talent list. TopCourt is owned by professional players, taught by professional players, designed for tennis players.

3 Big reasons why tennis fans attend pro tournament events

When attending Tennis Majors like the US Open, I value these 3 experiences above all else:

1) Matches - Watching the Big 5th set Grand Slam match live on center court
2) Practices - Seeing lively Tennis Pros prepare from courtside
3) Personalities - Raw human emotions. Feeling the thrill of victory and the anguish of defeat.

For #1, ESPN and Tennis Channel bring all the big match coverage onto our TVs.
For #2, big sporting events continue to limit eager fans from their grounds.
For #3, players' unfiltered emotions and personal stories animate the fans

Spector sports have been fundamentally changed. In 2020, we missed all those special moments of exhibition genius and unscripted, off-camera candid insights outside the stadium. TopCourt allows touring pros to share their favorite tennis drills and documentaries directly with their fans.

Exclusive 1-on-1 instructional format

  • Entertainment: Hottest pro players on both the men and women pro tours.
  • Education: Drills, Exercises, and Instructional episodes all in 4K format.
  • Experiences: Hear the game in the player's origin story in their own words about their mindset and personal struggles from each tennis journey

Craving Close-Ups Camera Angles

The unique first-person experience makes TopCourt so different and special. It is unlike any TV camera angle. You literally feel like you're so much on the court you will get hit by the shots.

We witnessed one of their film operations for a special live behind-the-scenes peeks in March and October 2021. The experience was unmatched and builds a great case for upgrading to their Gold Membership.

Overhead drone shots, intimate camera angles, and personalized commentary from the pro speaking directly to you, as if you're the only one else there. The one and only taking the private lesson, which sets it apart from most others - giving TopCourt the feeling of a personal conversation

Pro players gathered together, then filmed and mic'd up for one reason - to show you their inner game and key experiences that shaped them into who they are today. The perspective as a "fly on the wall" allows home viewers to witness those rare golden moments in the interviews.

Each tennis player or coach offers a different set of skills and training regimens. Unique personalities and life perspectives make the campus of TopCourt very diverse and cross-generational.

The TopCourt driver's seat is front and center

Watching the Lindsay Davenport documented series is like following a well-choreographed story with each chapter of her career. During her drills, you never feel the pro is holding back or the shots she explains are too imposing to try yourself. The edits are well done with many enhanced cues (such as the mini-court icon at the bottom revealing where the player and each ball bounce are placed).

You get the benefit of all their combined years of experience on tour, which distills differently with each pro's own style and humor in their teaching role. Chapters are bite-sized to absorb a few key ideas. You feel motivated to then go out and implement. No need to binge-watch it all in one sitting.

TopCourt eclipses the competition with its massive talent team

Top ATP and WTA players and coaches include many former and future Grand Slam champions. Nearly every player is a current or former Top 25 player with multiple tour championships.

"Amateurs practice until they get it right.
Pros practice until they can't get it wrong."

For each player, tennis is their livelihood. Their skills are the trade secrets of their craft. Each has honed in their skills for years before they put their earnings on the line against the best competition in the world.

Learning every pro's personalized playbook

The Bryan Brothers give you their secret sauce recipe and all the ingredients that go into a world-class volley. The #1 doubles team in history guides players through the plays, drills, and moves that got them into the record books.

At home, audiences get to see great plays. On TopCourt, they are shown how plays develop.

On TV, we often watch a slow-motion replay of the brilliant winners. But we miss the subtle mental mechanics that go into constructing that point. The scoreboard doesn't tell the whole story. As a great coach once said, "See the flash but study the dazzle".

Beyond the Spotlight - a Human Origin Story and Childhood Connection

Interviews reveal the background stories of each player. It features them as the human and young person behind the superhero costumes the players wear on the court. If 2020 has shown us anything, it is the appreciation for deep and genuine connection - a TopCourt signature recipe.

We see what fueled the athletes early on - be it their parents' or coaches' influence at an early age. Maybe it was a major victory that was the turning point in their career. The interviews and stories on TopCourt take you beyond the press spotlight.

Very much like ESPN's 30 for 30 series, it adds a lot of humanity to the hidden obstacles encountered along each player's journey. Fans also get to relive the drama of their biggest wins and losses. Truer to life than any tennis biography. In a relaxed filming setting, they can speak with more zen-like clarity.

Away from the constant pressures of competition and probing media at tournaments probing for a sound byte or misquote, the players have the time to reflect deeply and showcase their favorite memories and moments with their fans.

Fans would huddle into crowded stadiums - longing to train, feel, and hit like our tennis heroes
For the lucky few in the crowd who managed to squeeze into a front seat at the US Open practice, it has not always been comfortable. I remember waiting around P1-P5 all day long patiently in a queue. Rows of heads peek behind a wall of fans for a quick glimpse of one or two favorite stars.

Unfortunately, I felt it was nearly impossible at these noisy events to catch any the tips thrown around in a drill or understand the coach's subtle advice to their player from a distance.

Even when I could hear over the crowd noise and see the action, it would be really nice for once not to risk being suffocated by a giant tennis mob crowding over you*

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No obligation to pay, if you are not happy at the end of the trial. Full 30-days to cancel.

More players and episodes will be available each month, so stayed tuned as we announce updates.

First, use our TopCourt Free Offer for 14 days to test drive the site. For a limited time, see if you enjoy the pros available currently with no risk.

We have been reviewing online tennis courses for over 10 years. TopCourt kicks it up 2 notches to make it entertaining and inspiring the whole way. It is simply unmatched by the depth of the talent and quality of the footage. With each new pro that signs up, you get more value for your money with unlimited access.

If you enjoy good journalism, it's worth paying for a subscription to the New York Times or the Washington Post. For pro tennis content, go with TopCourt. You won't regret it.

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During covid-19, we needed a better way - a safer way - for spectators and fans.
We partnered with TopCourt to share the tennis experience and our love of "being there".

Presence of Touring Pros (the Professors of Tennis)

"The real teaching by Masters is not with words; it is with Presence."
Don Miguel Ruiz

Although I understand very little Spanish - somehow standing there with Rafa - I felt I could understand him. The dialogue of Moya and Nadal rallying back and forth is spoken without many words. Every tennis ball sequence is a sentence echoing a verse. A practice session is an hour at the tennis opera.

Being there within the earshot of your tennis idol will exceed your greatest expectations and be worth the journey. I have seen the fans in each country he plays waiting there for hours with parents, friends, family all squeezing their heads to see him at the players' entrance. I managed to be on the same court as Rafa (twice) - first at the Barcelona Open and again in Mallorca at his academy with Naomi Osaka the following week.

"Watch and Learn" is a new trend with e-learning

Watching these MasterClasses, you can read so much more from their body language than a book. Your education over time is supplemented slowly through constant exposure.

After hanging around the top ATP/WTA pros on a regular basis long enough, you begin to absorb subtle tennis nuances through observation. It feels like learning through osmosis by way of sheer proximity.

This new form of conveying tennis knowledge is for all of us who have already tried hiring a coach to remind us to bend our knees and watch the ball. TopCourt brings a new approach to connect with professionals who can help you reach that next level.

Robert Greene in his book Mastery, explains the concept of "mirror neurons".
Mirror neurons give us the ability to place ourselves in the skin of another and imagine their experience. Through continual exposure to people and by attempting to think inside them we can gain an increasing sense of their perspective
- Robert Greene, Mastery

Speaking as a tennis coach, journalist, and photographer, I have covered a lot of pro events in my life. Over the years, I found myself arriving early during qualifier matches or during the early first-round days. The reason was that all the top players are still loose and comfortable. Teams are relaxed and jovial. That's when you learn the most.

When revisiting any of the four Grand Slams, if I could only be there for just one hour, I would beeline straight to the practice court of Federer or Nadal. Hanging out off the side of any Indian Wells practice court during a couple changeovers simply feels relaxed and natural to watch the action at eye level.

The TV broadcasts tennis from a much more elevated height. This shows the whole court in one frame but often hides the true sense of the ball's pace, arc, and spin applied by professionals to the ball. Also by spending time studying only the lower body and most notably the movement of the feet among TopCourt players, you can better appreciate the all-important footwork aspect.

Basic Membership vs Gold VIP Membership

The monthly price is $15/month, but for a limited time - we as official TopCourt Ambassadors can provide our own free 14-day trial link this week exclusively to our fans. Interested to try?

Upgrading to the Gold Membership gives even more perks.

Most interesting is the chance to ask your questions to the pros and even attend a VIP private filming event in person.

Without fans at the 2020 US Open, this was the closest experience we found to replicate that experience from a professional tour player's point of view.

In March and October 2021, we took the dive and attended a behind-the-scenes look at the magic that goes into making these high-quality production videos.

The interviews are the most original and authentic looks at the players. It gives them their true voice to express memories and moments. They can be open and speak their own truth, while shielded away from the media buzz spotlight at tournaments that fuel the 24/7 news cycle.

TopCourt is worth many times the $15/month investment in yourself

If you are a Fan or Student of Tennis, you will learn something new. Other considerations are if your favorite player appears on the site's lineup? Do you enjoy tennis documentaries and instructional videos?

Tennis Fan:
TopCourt is loaded with all the extras. If you already subscribe to the Tennis Channel or TennisTV and want more exclusive content (not just match play), then this gives you private content and personalized access.

Over 50 instructors and still growing, viewers are paying less than 50 cents a month per pro (or less with more pros joining). The price of one single US Open ticket on Ashe is often more expensive than a year's subscription. Plus, I doubt anyone can watch as many players in one day as on TopCourt.

Learn some new tennis skills and hear some first-hand stories from the players. Hardcore tennis fans will find this is the service for you. I personally consider it as another kind of subscription just like Netflix or Hulu or ESPN/Disney+. It does not overlap with Tennis Channel+ or TennisTV.

Tennis Students:
TopCourt is $15 per month. Doing the math, a private tennis lesson is typically around $50-65 per hour. Definitely a very good value for a year's worth of access anytime and anywhere. When coaching, I see it as a perfect complement to live instruction during covid as assigned "homework".

Knowing that the Bryan Brothers have a much better volley than me - I can free my own ego to refer them to the best. My younger students are much more excited and eager to attempt a certain drill, as they watch it being performed well by the best #1 doubles team in tennis history. Just as Michael Jordan reminded us to eat our Wheaties.

A perfect complement to your tennis learning and entertainment

Students can learn by seeing, hearing, and doing. TopCourt gives one added teaching tool to help advance the progress. One inspiring story shared by a teenager (Iga Swiatek or Leylah Fernandez) who gets to or wins a grand slam a few months after our filming could be the key difference in motivating a young child to work hard at tennis. Hearing peers accomplish this incredible feat is a priceless gift.

TopCourt's one-year subscription will cost less than 3 hours of coaching time.

If you take private tennis lessons, those hours start to add up. The average price to hire just one certified teaching professional to work with you is anywhere from $40-$65/hour. Once you consider that TopCourt gives you 40+ professionals in the TopCourt lineup, this price pays for itself - and you get a campus of instructors. There is added value per dollar each month it grows bigger.

As a USPTA coach, I will provide my own honest opinion about private tennis lessons. If I give lessons in ideal conditions and can cover just the forehand OR serve in just 3 lessons, we are both happy and that's a great success. But realistically that is pushing it even when coaching a talented athlete.

When I teach, I am lucky if I can tweak a few fixes for your shots in 3 hours' coaching time. That's in ideal conditions if you find a tennis coach who is relatable AND you go home to practice what they taught. Video learning is much different - I have written up some tips for getting the most out of TopCourt e-learning.

TopCourt just has a lot more variety of talent at the ATP/WTA Pro Tour level - the very best out of the best in the World have been hand-picked to show you the ropes.

Ask yourself: Could your tennis coach ever hope to win a set off against anyone on TopCourt?

My favorite order for watching the TopCourt videos

1) Stories and Training videos to get background on the TopCourt coach and his/her mindset
2) Instructions section for an overview of each highlighted stroke 
3) Drills for some original ways to practice and get repetition

YouTube Tennis = Mixed Bag of Alternatives
YouTube has a lot of free content but their creators' quality advice can be very scattered. YouTube allows anyone in the world to claim they can teach you tennis, even if they themselves have never played at the professional tour level.

It doesn't mean that all YouTube content is always bad - but sometimes the explanations and view the watcher sees are actually not fully explained. Intermediate steps are skipped. The technique may not be perfect and the viewer makes visual assumptions without the best viewing angles. Many times this can lead to bad habits. Other times, they leave a big gap to gloss over or oversimplified topics so it fits into a hurriedly edited video.

Purposeful practice with precise technique on the court is what improves your game.
For every 1 hour of video, I prescribe students to commit to 2-3 hours of practice time for maximum results. If you have the drive, these videos can be a great way to quickly enhance your game without a personal coach. Watch, learn, do - repeat.

With a no-risk free 14-day trial - why not see if video instruction can inspire your tennis game?

Quality Curated Instructors vs YouTube's Homemade Tennis Videos

TopCourt is all about tennis and the pros of the game. See our direct comparison of TopCourt vs YouTube or one of the many other online programs. With so many options out there, we want to do the research for you before you invest your money and time in the best product for your style of learning.

During this covid-19 lockdown in the winter, we need to find more ways to motivate ourselves and practice the right habits. Even if it helps you visualize your game or perfect swing better for the Spring, you will be one step closer to bouncing back strong once we all get back on the courts again!

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