Matchpoint Tennis Championships: Complete controls for PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and game tips for beginners

Matchpoint – Tennis Championships from Kalypso Media is the latest tennis video game to be released. Tennis games have had a checkered history, with some of the most memorable being unrealistic (like Mario Tennis). However, Matchpoint offers a more realistic version of tennis that is both fun and challenging. Matchpoint also includes a career mode so you can fight your way to becoming the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams.

Below you will find complete controls for Matchpoint – Tennis Championships on all consoles. Gameplay tips will follow, focused on beginners to tennis or tennis games.

All Matchpoint Controls – Tennis Championships

Stock PS4 and PS5 nintendo switch Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Move and aim L LS L
Change camera D-Pad down D-Pad down D-Pad down
Flat shot and serve X (hold for power, including services) B (hold for power, including services) A (hold for power, including services)
Top Spin Shot and Kick Serve Circle (hold for power, including serves) A (hold for power, including services) B (hold for power, including services)
Slice the shot and serve Square (hold for power, including services) Y (hold for power, including services) X (hold for power, including services)
Lob and underarm serve Triangle (hold for power, including services) X (hold for power, including services) Y (hold for power, including services)
Volley modifier R1 (hold) R (hold) RB (hold)
Cushioning modifier R2 (hold) ZR (hold) RT (hold)
Pause Choice + Menu

Note that the left and right thumbsticks are designated L and R respectively for PlayStation and Xbox. For Nintendo, the left and right sticks are designated LS and RS, although the right stick is not used in the default setting for Matchpoint – Tennis Championships.

Beginner Tips for Matchpoint – Tennis Championships

Serving an ace.

Below you will find tips for tennis beginners and Matchpoint – Tennis Championships. However, with the challenge of the game, the tips should prove useful to tennis and tennis video game veterans.

1. Play Tutorial in Matchpoint – Tennis Championships

The tutorial is a step by step introduction on how to play Matchpoint. It will provide you with all the basics of gaming, but all the advanced tactics and strategies will be left for you to discover elsewhere. Nonetheless, understanding the basics of the game will help you as you embark on your own career, exhibition matches, or online. You will also get a trophy or achievement for completing the tutorial.

The white circle indicates your shot and serve power. The more it is filled, the more power you will have.

Remember that in tennis, points are earned and awarded with a score of 15, 30 or 40. In theory, you can win a match with four points. However, if both players reach 40, you enter two and the winner must earn two consecutive points to win the game. Six games must be won to win a set, but if both players reach five games each, then the “win by two” rule applies. If both reach five sets each in the final set, a tie-break will occur. Most competitions will be best of three sets, but some will be one and some will be five sets.

2. Improve your skills with practice and training

There are two different ways to improve your skills in Matchpoint outside of the tutorial. In Practice Mode (pictured), you’ll practice against a ball thrower that will shoot the ball to different areas of the court, including lobs and drop shots. Although the origin of the bullets is the same point, it will help with your reaction time as the bullets shoot out at random intervals.

Training mode is more focused. In Training, you can choose from one of the seven areas listed above. You will go through different exercises for each module. This is where you can learn more advanced tactics to help you, especially as you embark on your career. The beauty is that you can select the area you think needs the most work – or none if you’re confident in your skills. The other benefit of these mods is that you will become familiar with the same tactics that the CPU and other players will likely employ against you.

3. Mix up your blueprint selection and placement

Hitting a backhand winner down the line with Nick Kyrgios.

When playing tennis in real life or in video games, it’s best to have a variety of different strokes and placements on the court to keep your opponent off balance. If you keep hitting the same type of shot in the same area, you’ll just be in a seemingly endless volley with your opponent until they decide to outsmart you. Go between flat, top spin and slice shots, hitting the opposite side on each swing to run your opponent back and forth.

When your opponent approaches the net and decides to pressure you, you have two options. First, you can send a lob over his head, with enough power that he can’t react in time. Second, you can send a powerful strike aiming to the back of the yard which, given enough power, will overtake them.

The post-game screen.

If the opponent is playing along the baseline, press the soft shot modifier (R2 + X, Square or Circle or the equivalent on Switch and Xbox) and do your best to drop it just beyond the net. If done correctly, the ball will bounce twice before it hits, awarding you the point. Sometimes it’s not just about power.

4. Proceed gradually and do not skip events in your career

For the best success in your career, don’t rush or skip events when possible. You will see what you have planned, sometimes more than one thing, which will force you to choose one. You will also see what types of rewards you can earn if you emerge victorious from the matches. Training has no rewards, but you will improve your meager skills, which start in the 20s. At first, it may be best to skip exhibition matches and focus on training your skills in order to get the most out of real tournaments, where the rewards should be better.

Serve the match-winning ace in the initial tiebreaker you are forced to play when you start your career.

That said, even if you win matches and tournaments early on, don’t push your luck by entering tournaments with players much higher ranked than you. Especially against those in the top 50, you’ll likely find it very hard to defeat them easily, likely needing every set for a win, but just as likely to lose in straight sets. Try to enter tournaments that you can win, targeting those with a gap of around 30 ranks between you and the top (or bottom) of those entered. Once you approach the top 100, make sure your attributes are significantly upgraded before entering these tournaments.

With complete controls and game tips for Matchpoint – Tennis Championships, you can now turn yourself into a tennis star. Make sure you practice enough to be confident in your skills before playing your career or online. Now go serve some aces!

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