Listen and accept suggestions that you’ve violated a rule. It’s to your benefit.
Face the player who will hit the ball, not the non-volley line. You will be in a better position to hit the ball.
Keep you paddle high, near your waist/chest. It’s easier to react to hard shots at you.
Keep the ball in play. 75% of all rallies are won or lost because of unforced errors, many of them at the baseline. Don’t try to hit the ball right at the sidelines; the odds are too much against you. Let your opponent make the mistakes.
Return serves soft and deep, that gives you time to get to the non-volley line.
Return your baseline shots with your forehand and to the center line as often as you can.
Use your forehand as much as you can, few people have as good a backhand as their forehand.
Don’t short hop the ball at the baseline. Stand back a little to get a higher bounce.
Keep both feet behind the baseline when serving or receiving a serve; remember that both the serve and the serve return must bounce before you can hit the ball.
Don’t try to power the ball, location is much more important.
Don’t try to make a lot of “sideline” shots they are a low percentage shot. Just try to hit to open areas.
Always make note if an opponent is right or left handed. Avoid hitting to their strong side.
Try to stay in the middle of your side of the court. Don’t take your partner’s shots away.