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Get Ready For The Tennis Season With These 5 Tips!

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

Here are five ways you can get your body into tip-top shape before the tennis season.


1. Improve Your Cardiovascular Endurance


Tennis requires you to maintain a cardiovascular endurance level over an extended period. By improving your cardio endurance, you can increase your chance of coming out on top during a long match.


Here are a few ways you can improve your cardio at home:


  • Go for a long cycle

  • Go for a long run

  • Online Workouts


2. Develop Speed and Agility


Tennis is a game that requires speed and agility around the tennis court. Improving your speed and agility will significantly improve your tennis court movement. This will help you reach more shots and pressure your opponents into making more errors.


Here are a few ways you can improve your speed and agility at home:


  • Short sprints of 10m (multiple times)

  • Side shuffles 3m wide (multiple times)

  • Jumping lunges



3. Develop Your Core Strength


Improving your core strength is extremely important for all shots in tennis. Having a strong core helps with swing momentum, rotation and help protect your back and shoulders.


Here are a few ways you can improve your speed and agility at home:


  • Planks

  • Oblique twists

  • Weighted swings


4. Improve You Tactical Awareness


Start by learning basic patterns of play, to help improve your game for when you get back onto the court. An excellent way to start is by analysing your own game to see your strengths and weaknesses.


Here are a few things to think about when planning for your next match:


  • Think about your opponent's Strengths/Weakness

  • Create a pattern of play that works with your game style.



5. Increase Your Flexibility

There are many great benefits to improving your flexibility. Once you start developing your strength and flexibility, you will be able to withstand more stress. This will result in fewer injuries and less pain in your muscles and joints. Improving your flexibility is an ongoing process that will increase your longevity in the sport.


Here are a few ways you can improve your flexibility at home:


  • Try Yoga by following a YouTube plan

  • Try Pilates to strengthen and improve mobility

  • Increase your range of movement

  • Decrease the risk of injury


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