The idea of a “triple counter” was made famous by a popular manga turned anime series entitled “The Prince of Tennis,” and now you too can learn how to hit a triple counter in tennis. Fuji Syuusuke devised the terminology when he used three amazing tennis moves to counter his opponent. The classic moves are described below so get your tennis shoes on and start practicing!
- “Swallow Return.” Fuji is most famous for this first tennis counterattack. When your opponent sends a ball with topspin at you, slice the ball back to get the ball spinning even faster than the original hit. The slice and topspin combined is a lethal assault because it should cause the tennis ball to roll as soon as it hits the ground such that there’s no way for the opponent to catch a bounce. The only way to respond to this hit is for your opponent to try to catch the ball before it touches the ground. Opponents can avoid this counter if they send over balls without spin. Even though you can spin it back, the velocity isn’t as high as a full-blown “Swallow Return.“
- “Bear Drop.” When your opponent is about to seal the deal with an overhead smash, summon all of your power by spinning a full 360 degrees and hitting the ball back before it lands on the ground. You’ll have to start as soon as you anticipate the smash and notice the direction in which your opponent’s racket is facing. When Fuji performs this counter, the tennis ball typically lands on the baseline at the other side of the court. Be careful when performing this counterattack because a super powerful overhead smash can be too difficult to return.
- “White Whale.” This third attack to complete the triple counter is really pushing the limits of fiction and what’s possible in reality. You’ll have to hit the tennis ball with such extreme backspin that it returns to you after hitting the ground on the other side of the court. Fuji even catches the tennis ball in his hand when this happens. To assist you in this radical hit, you’ll need a really windy day to give the tennis ball enough push. Instead of the dramatic return to your side of the court, you can also take advantage of the wind to have the ball spin to other areas, as long as it’s far out of reach of your opponent.