2021 TopCourt In-Depth Review: 6-months Later

TopCourt launched the next "MasterClass for Tennis"

A tennis project backed by the Bryan Brothers, Lindsay Davenport, Genie Bouchard, Sloane Stephens, and other world-class players. Tennis drills and instructions are demonstrated by some of the best players and coaches in the world. For 2021, we see even more old-school veterans and coaches are teaming up with next-gen and undiscovered raw talents.

Marriage of Tennis and Tech

The fundamental way we enjoy our sport got redefined. 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 born as 2020's game-changer of the year.

As the #1 TopCourt Ambassador, we offer advanced access to go in-depth with extra Q&A's on team meetings for industry insights, suggestions. It's been my goal to help reshape how the World learns and sees tennis.

TopCourt's tennis platform is designed to bring the player and fan onto each pro's tennis court.
The Hollywood production value adds to an All-Star lineup to set the new gold standard. We are excited to have access to the largest pool of 40+ online tennis stars in the world with that talent list growing every month. We will provide their latest updates and previews monthly (below).

Our Tennis-Bargains Exclusive Preview -
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Two main reasons why we the fans attend pro tennis events

Going to any Major like the US Open, I value these 2 bucket list experiences above all else:

1) Watching the 5th set Grand Slam match live on center court
2) Seeing and *listening* to the Tennis Pros prepare and practice from courtside

For #1, we have ESPN and Tennis Channel for all the big match coverage on our TVs.
For #2, the US Open and other big events continue to bar eager fans from their grounds.

Spector sports have been fundamentally changed. We missed all those special moments of exhibition genius and unscripted, off-camera candid insights outside the stadium. Until tournaments can safely reopen, the demand for sports experiences will be greater than the supply of limited seats for avid fans.

TopCourt's newest episodes are available now:

  • Iga Swiatek (2020 French Open Champion)
  • Andrey Rublev (winner of 5 Tour Titles in 2020)
  • Aryan Sabalenka (Top 10 in singles and doubles)

Great Angle: the view of tennis from up close and personal

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

You are invited to be there as the "fly on the wall"
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 the only taking the private lesson.

TopCourt offers 40+ different pros and coaches
All gathered together, then filmed and mic'd up for one reason - to show you their inner game and experiences that shaped them. Each pro has a different skillset and background. Their unique personalities make the campus of TopCourt so diverse and wide.

Upfront and Center is exactly where TopCourt puts the viewers for every video.

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 is 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 enough to absorb a few key ideas. You feel motivated to then go out to implement, without feeling you have to binge-watch it all in one sitting.

Best Episodes of TopCourt (so far)

Best Drills: Bryan Brothers - Doubles Volleys (side to side)
The 16-time GS champions and GOAT of doubles. Great drone footage, clear ideas.

Best Stories: Lindsay Davenport - "Top of the Mountain"
Origin story. World #1, Olympics, Grand Slam Champion, Mom

Best Instruction: Monica Puig - Backhand & Footwork
Very easy on the ears and eyes. Covering A to Z: Grip, Preparation, Shoulder Turn, Stance, Split-step.

Best Background: Fernando Verdasco - The Spanish Way
Growing up in Madrid, Success in Juniors on Hard Courts, Facing Rafa, Davis Cup Champion.

$0 payment for the first 14 days, no chargeMy TopCourt Free Trial Offer

Just as with every tennis product that has ever been reviewed on Tennis-Bargains.com, we put our personal money at risk first before we ever ask our readers to take the dive.

TopCourt will even send you an email notification 2 days in advance of the trial expiration to remind you, in case you are not happy before the 14 days are up.

No obligation to pay, if you are not happy at the end of the trial. 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.

TopCourt takes our Game Changer Award of 2020

We have been reviewing online tennis courses for over 10 years. Since the days of Fuzzy Yellow Balls, this idea of learning tennis ideas online is not new.

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. If you really love pro tennis content, go with TopCourt. You won't regret it. At Tennis-Bargains, we stand by the products we recommend and hold those standards high.

Running Plays from the Pro's Playbook

On TopCourt's show court, you learn straight from the pro's own descriptions as he/she demonstrates. It covers not just the nuts and bolts technique, but also the inner intent behind maximizing each shot's potential.

On TV, viewers get fixated on a great play. Then at best, we see one slow-motion replay of the last winner. But does anyone explain the subtle mental mechanics that go into constructing that point? The scoreboard does not tell the whole story. Now, when you see that glamourous play (the Flash), you begin to recognize some of the preparation (and Dazzle) that goes into setting it up.

Beyond the Spotlight: a Human Story

Interviews conducted brilliantly and background stories that reveal the human and young person behind the superhero costumes the players wear on the court. If 2020 has given us anything, it is the appreciation for connection. This has become TopCourt's signature recipe.

Be it their parents or coaches' influence at an early age or a major turning point in their career, we see what fueled them early on. The interviews and stories on TopCourt take you beyond the spotlight. Very much like ESPN's 30 for 30 series, it adds a lot of humanity to the player's hidden obstacles encountered in their journey.

Another big bonus is that fans also get to relive the drama of their biggest wins and losses. Truer to life than any tennis biography. In this relaxed filming setting, they can speak with a little more zen-like clarity from the heart; sharing their life's ups and downs with tennis since childhood.

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.

Don't we all secretly want 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 last year's US Open practice, it wasn't always 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, it is nearly impossible at these noisy events to ever catch all the tips thrown around in a drill or understand the coach's subtle advice to their player. 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 all over youSee TopCourt's Latest trailer clips

With COVID-19's impact on tennis - we found a better way - a safer way for fans to "be there"

Presence - the Power of Professors

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

April 2019, I was standing on a clay court and gawking at Rafael Nadal's preparation for the French Open. Those few precious moments alone is like a Catholic meeting the Pope. Holding my breath in awe to witness a few moments of glory with the Master of Clay.

An hour passes by but time feels so slow on that single square-foot of real estate. It's worth my flight ticket halfway around the World. Last year, I stumbled on the luck to find myself on the same court as Rafa (twice) - first at the Barcelona Open and again in Mallorca at his academy with Naomi Osaka the week after. For that rare opportunity in his native home, I would gladly travel back to Barcelona or Mallorca without hesitation.

My Spanish is not that great - but somehow I understood. Watching Moya and Nadal dialogue back and forth through every tennis ball is like being in a trance. Being there within earshot of your tennis idol will exceed your greatest expectations and 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.

When you get to hang around the top ATP pros on a regular basis, you also begin to receive what I can only describe as a "visceral education thru sheer proximity".

On TopCourt, Fernando Verdasco retells his personal memories facing Rafa. He recalls the pressure of playing his best against Nadal at the semi-final of a Major in the 5th set. From all his childhood struggles in the juniors to heroic Davis Cup glory days inspired by "Yes We Can" in 2008. He shares insider stories that are simply not broadcasted on TV. The personal memories of glory and defeat.

As a tennis coach, journalist, and photographer, I have covered a lot of pro events in my life.
Over the years, even I started to prefer arriving early during qualifier matches or the early first-round days. All the top players are still loose and comfortable. Teams are relaxed and jovial. That's where 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. You're away from the media attention and outside the pressures of center court coliseum matches - it gives you everything else that is not already available on TV.

TopCourt is about an Academy

Top ATP and WTA players and coaches include many former and future Grand Slam champions. Nearly every player I watched has been in the Top 25 of the world with multiple tour titles.

The TopCourt pros practice their craft until they can't get it wrong. For each of them, it is a matter of their own survival. Each must hone and master each set of drills before they will dare put it on the line against the stiffest competition in the world.

Here are some of the top players:

- Genie Bouchard
- Fernando Verdasco
- Monica Puig
- Bryan Brothers
- Lindsay Davenport
- Taylor Fritz
- Belinda Bencic
- Sloane Stephens

Top Coaches paired together with Rising Star Players

Brad Gilbert (August)
Brad recounts his coaching experience with his former #1 students: Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray. Brad gives out on-court coaching tips and advice to Eugenie Bouchard.

Paul Annacone (September)
A former coach to Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, he works with Taylor Fritz to give you the American Dream Team of player-coach pairing. Taylor has reached his career-high ranking this summer.

Who's Next?
Every 2-3 weeks, fans can expect another player video chapter released including former champions in the line-up:

- Sofia Kenin - 2020 Australian Open Champion
- Bianca Andreescu - 2019 US Open
- Petra Kvitova
- Nick Kyrgios
- Chris Evert
- Venus Williams
- Nick Bollettieri
- Amanda Anisimova
- Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
- Sam Querrey
- Elina Svitolina
- Jelena Ostapenko
- Tommy Paul
- Reilley Opelka
- and many more

The Value of an Annual Membership

The price is $180/year, 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?

The Gold Membership gives even more perks and a chance to see the tennis stars privately in person if you upgrade.

With no fans allowed into the US Open this year, this was the closest experience we can offer to replicate the experience from a professional tour player's practice.

As our valued reader, we have been so proud to offer our free trial - as the #1 "TopCourt Ambassador" since its June launch. We signed up with our own company credit card to test the sauce and it doesn't disappoint.

Comparing the entire field

Reviewing every product firsthand is the only way to give the Tennis-Bargains seal of approval - on every racket, string, ball, event ticket, or tennis gadget.

If we did not put up our own money to research and try it first, we would not expect you to do so either.

At any later time, if a better product eclipsed it or felt it hasn't lived up to hype or expectations over the long run, then it would not stay on this site very long. Its strong core team was founded by pro tennis players, designed for tennis players.

Is TopCourt worth the $15/month membership?

It depends on your goals as a Fan and/or as a Student of Tennis. Will your favorite players appear on the site? Do you enjoy tennis documentaries and instructional videos such as On Court with USPTA?

For the 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.

Value of the Team
They have signed up over 30 instructors and still growing. Viewers are paying less than 50 cents a month per pro and the value only gets better with each new pro joining. The price of one US Open ticket is often more expensive than a year's subscription and I doubt anyone can see that many players in one day.

Streaming content is hot right now. If you want some first-hand insights about the players, then likely you can consider it as another kind of Netflix or Hulu or ESPN/Disney+ streaming service. Disclaimer, I only pay for Netflix but recently have been cutting back on other media in order to go outdoors more.

Membership vs Rental Pricing
Do fans want to sample the widest collection of players, or if they only want to view the content of just one coach on another platform? (Serena on MasterClass, Agassi on Udemy, Sharapova on theSkills).

Compare a NetFlix subscription with a one-time Amazon Video / Google Play rental.

Personally, I think it is actually fine to try both - especially with the free trial periods to test the waters before committing. For myself, I have watched every single TopCourt video published to date. There is plenty to choose from and I ever don't feel stuck if I am in the mood for a different title or episode.

The membership also makes sense for me as a coach and as a hardcore fan because I enjoy knowing I have a full library available and can even recommend specific videos in the tennis collection at any time to a new student.

For Aspiring Tennis Students:

Doing the math, a tennis lesson is typically around $50-65 per hour. TopCourt is $15 per month - definitely a very good value for a year's worth of access anytime and anywhere. I see it as a perfect complement to live instruction these days during covid.

Knowing that the Bryan Brothers have a much better volley than me - I can free my own ego to admit it and refer them to the best. I also find that some students are much more excited and eager to attempt a certain drill if they watch it being performed well by the best #1 doubles team in tennis history.

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. Once you consider the 40+ solid professionals in the TopCourt lineup, this price pays for itself - and you get more value per dollar each month it grows.

In 3 hours of coaching time, I can expect optimistically to tweak a few fixes on your shots. That's ideally if you find a tennis coach who is relatable AND you go home to practice what they teach you. Check out our tips for getting the most out of TopCourt and other distance learning videos.

Would your personal tennis coach ever take a set from anyone on the TopCourt team?

As a USPTA coach, I will provide my own honest opinion about 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.

TopCourt just has a lot more variety of talent at the ATP/WTA Pro Tour level - the very best out of the best. From each pro's 3 drills or lessons, I would say expect about 2 out of 3 to be moderately useful and accessible for both juniors and adults. Take your time to go through and review the videos before and after you play.

I would watch the Stories and Training videos before viewing the Drills and Instruction sections so that you get some background on the TopCourt coach and their mindset.

YouTube Tennis Channels
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 tour level.

It doesn't mean the content is bad, but sometimes the explanations and view the watcher sees are actually not explained in full. Sometimes steps are skipped without the best viewing angles. Other times, they gloss over or oversimplified topics so it fits into a video.

There are some notable exceptions to show you one stroke really well - for example, Tour-level forehand (Rick Macci), just look at those basic videos first.

When you understand the basics of tennis and are ready for something more modern and demonstrated by a 2020 pro then look at TopCourt.

I would not recommend a brand new beginner to hop onto TopCourt and expect to improve right away - lots of practice on the court is more valuable. For every 1 hour lesson, expect to perform 2-3+ hours of practice for maximum results. If you have some time and the drive, then videos can be a great way to quickly enhance your game without a personal coach.

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

Compare TopCourt to other Online Tennis Videos

*NEW* See our direct comparison of TopCourt vs TheSkills 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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