In a video for The Players’ Tribune, Monica Puig gave Oklahoma City Thunder player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander an introductory tennis lesson, providing forehand tips everyone can use:
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WATCH: Puig gives tennis lesson to Oklahoma City Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
No matter how good an athlete you are, the learning curve for tennis is steep.
Published Jun 22, 2021
1. “Pretend that you’re making a C with your racquet,” Puig said, ensuring that Gilgeous-Alexander would make contact with the ball on the upswing.
2. “See if you can keep the ball on the strings as long as possible,” she added.
Puig also gave her playing partner a rapid-fire quiz, which wound up with a slightly embarrassing ending. Out with a shoulder injury, Puig will be unable to defend her Olympic gold medal this summer. The last time the 27-year-old took the court was at Roland Garros in 2020, taking an opening-round loss to 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani.