It Takes More Than Talent!
Tennis is a very physically demanding sport and to make it to the top of the game it takes a great amount of training and dedication. With the highly demanding physical side of the game it is essential that players have their own strength and conditioning programmes so you can improve your speed around the court and stay strong and injury free.
A tennis match can last anywhere from 1 hour to the longest ever match which was recorded at 11 hours 5 minutes. Each game having explosive shots and changes of direction, so you have to be in prime physical condition. You should have a programme that focusses on the key areas of tennis, which should be worked on weekly. These are
It is simply not enough to hit tennis balls to progress in your game. International, National and county level tennis is extremely competitive and one way to get an edge over the opposition is to work hard on the physical side of your game.
If you have two players of equal skill level one that works hard on their strength and conditioning and the other that does none. Which player do you think stands the better chance of winning?
The strength and conditioning programme should work alongside your tennis to make sure everything you do transfers to your on court training.
A common misconception around strength training and junior athletes still exists today. Strength training will NOT stunt an athlete’s growth it will actually enhance and help the athlete improve and reduce the chance of being injured. As a tennis player you should be able to control your bodyweight in some key major movements.
A good starting point is to see if you can perform the following exercises with your bodyweight.
Your preparation as a tennis player is Key. Make sure your working hard on the Technical, Tactical, Physical and mental side of your game, but more importantly have fun and enjoy the process of training hard and giving your best!
Joe Wear is a Strength and conditioning Coach based in Newcastle upon Tyne whose proven strategies from the past decade of coaching can help you re-gain your fitness, lose weight and get back to your best! Joe is certified by two of the leading strength and conditioning organisations in the world the United Kingdom strength and conditioning association (UKSCA) and the National strength and conditioning association (CSCS). He is a former professional footballer with Hartlepool united and achieved his exercise and sports science degree whilst on a football scholarship at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.