Think about this; we often wait for someone to tell us what we need to change, whether it is a coach, parent or friend. You will always find someone to give you tennis tips, advice or their opinion right! What about if you tried to dig a bit deeper yourself and started to work things out for yourself, find what you need to change or focus on.
We all have areas of strengths and weakness; that’s human nature. Finding what you feel needs to change to make you a better tennis player, maybe the most important tennis tip and easier than you think.
Realistically who knows you better than yourself? If you don’t feel you know yourself well enough, then you need to start spending time getting to know yourself, work out what makes you tick and what you need to change to make you better.
Answer me this question “What is missing in your tennis game? What’s the one thing you know you need to do to make things better, take your time and think about it before you answer...
One thing I have found over the years watching countless matches, practices and taken plenty of tennis workouts, is that most players don’t breathe as good as they could.
It sounds boring right, and you are probably thinking how much would it really benefit my tennis if I breathed a little better, if that’s you then buckle up, I’ve got some good info coming right up!!!
Breathing is an involuntary action taken by the body that means your body does it, without you having to think about it. Scratching your nose is a voluntary action because you need to think consciously about it and then your body communicates and makes it happen.
Because breathing is done subconsciously we grow up not realizing or appreciating how important it is, for many of us it’s like our parents, we often don’t appreciate them or what they do for us until they go on holidays!
Have you ever been winded, lost your breath, been held under water or been really sick with cold and...
There are few players who step on the court without a match plan in mind. To make the most of your training time, that same structured thinking should reply to your fitness too. The best fitness strategy is a balanced one. Getting balance into your tennis fitness plan will improve your performance, help keep you injury free and give you the variety you need to stay motivated. Here is a rundown on how to do it.
Build up your fitness by completing a variety of tennis training. This will ideally incorporate:
• Cross training
• Strength training
It is always best to attack your weakest link first. Fitness testing is the best way to find out what requires the most attention. Many people do very little to improve their tennis fitness, they think hitting more is the key, which is far from true. If you are...
I have wanted to write this blog for a while now, but I was not sure how to go about it. As much as I want to help young athletes develop and become healthier, I also know some things are challenging to educate people on. Times change, we learn and we should get better!
Supplementation for young athletes was once regarded as taboo and potentially dangerous. I have to admit before I got educated with current scientific research, I was sceptical and believed that supplementation for young athletes was unnecessary.
How my thoughts have changed now…
There are lots of myths around about supplementation for young people; they don’t need supplementation support, it can stunt growth, can damage organs. Some people even think of it as cheating.
I now disagree with all these claims. Especially now I have found a product range that is clean, safe and designed for young athletes.
What is supplementation? Supplementation defined; “Something added to complete a thing, supply a...
TRAIN LIKE A PRO, PLAY LIKE A PRO….. It’s our slogan at tennis fitness. But what does training for tennis like a pro really mean?
We have copped some criticism (just a little) for our brand tag, some people have said it conveys the message that all players of all ages should do the same tennis exercises and loads as pros. Well, that’s not what we encourage and not what our brand tag represents.
Pros train hard, recover well, prepare for tennis with purpose, are consistent and are committed. We have not met one yet, that hasn’t followed those principles.
Some obviously at different levels to others, but they all possess the ability to be able to get done what needs to get done and they do it with consistency.
Training for tennis like a pro takes years to master. These players condition their bodies to the workload that is required to thrive. They learn how to recover effectively and work out what specific tennis programs suit them and how they can get them...
When we talk about tennis training milestones, tennis fitness testing helps in finding out what physical milestones are important for each tennis player and what milestones are going to motivate them the most. Everyone has different goals, strengths and weaknesses. Working towards something that you would consider a milestone is what it is all about, that’s how you keep yourself moving forward and motivated. Things like finishing off a three-set match feeling strong, getting to balls you never dreamt of, hitting the ball with more power and control, remaining injury free for the calendar year, playing 10 tournaments in a row etc. the list could go on and on. Set some targets and put a plan in place to achieve them.
Here are some tennis exercises to help you improve your physical condition and get you one step closer to reaching your milestones. They will get you stronger, quicker and more powerful, most importantly you can do them, again and again, to see how much you have...
On tour the majority of players have a team around them (coach, tennis trainer, partner, friends) then they have a close group of players they rely on for support, encouragement, a laugh and above all tennis results.
It's extremely important for them to have this "team" dynamic. They not only rely on others for feedback, motivation and support, but it's equally important for them to be able to help and support others themselves. This brings them satisfaction and a feeling that they are in touch with their loved ones and friends.
Have you ever asked yourself " who's in my team" and "Whose team am I in" it's important to know because they are the people you need to spend time with, listen to, communicate with and respect. As they believe in you, you too should believe in them, it is a two-way street.
To have a successful team respect for each other is paramount, it is what underlies all your decisions and beliefs in each other. Young players need respect for their parents first...
1. Bad Punctuality
Being consistently late for tennis training has a lot of negative ramifications for your game. First of all , your coach or tennis trainer will get frustrated and can lose motivation to help you, hit your potential. You will be embarrassed and may go into to a shell and lose confidence. The most important point is that you may lose precious time that you could have used to improve. If you consistently show up 5min late for 1 year, that adds up to a lot of missed lessons, costing you money and the chance to become a better player. The thing with punctuality is that its about attitude and you can control when and where you are going, so control what time you get yourself to tennis training and be ready.
2. Listening To The Wrong People
Getting advice from the right people is crucial for long-term success in tennis. Too many people listen to, other parents, friends etc. that really don't know what they are talking about. Getting advice from people who have...
The right attitude can make all the difference if you’re struggling for self belief.
Motivation can wane when a player is struggling to see consistent improvements, in their tennis training both on and off court.
A plateauing game – or even worse, an tennis injury – are often turning points that lead a player to question their processes.
When this happens, we like to remind the player of one of our favourite quotes: “Champions do not become champions on the court. They are merely recognised on the court. They become champions in their daily routine. Players do not really decide their future. They decide their habit, then their habits decide their future.”
The quote is a powerful reminder of the importance of being proactive with good tennis fitness habits to become a...
There is one thing that has been on my mind for a while. I have been looking over all the content and information the ATP and WTA put out, along with looking through various tennis websites. I have been looking to see what direction everyone is taking, especially regarding social media and getting more interaction and education from the BEST (players, coaches and organisations)
I have a feeling tennis may be getting left behind in this area, a lot of other sports are really utilising their athletes and the sports they play to promote their game......
I hear stories from coaches in Australia all the time, they are concerned by the numbers who are playing tennis compared to 10 years ago.... I cannot comment on that. I know Tennis Australia have put a lot of time and energy into tennis junior development over the last 5 years, we will see the fruits of their efforts within the next 5 years. On a larger scale I would love to see tennis evolve as a power house social media driver, it...