Effective tennis footwork doesn’t just happen. There are athletes who have more natural movement and co-ordination than others.
Take Lleyton Hewitt for example. I remember asking him one day if he ever did any tennis footwork drills when he was young, he said never.
It just came naturally to him. For most players, during their developmental phases, their footspeed and lower body coordination seem way off.
I cannot count the number of times I have heard a parent or coach say, their kid is slow to react, their footwork is bad and their coordination is out.
They look lazy on the court. Seen or heard that before?
If you are reading this thinking, yep that’s my kid or kids, you are not alone. To briefly explain this, it comes down to a few things;
Bones, muscle tissue, connective tissue, and neural pathways are developing. We cannot expect a half-built race car to fly around the track.
Most young players do not work at high enough intensities to encourage quick coordination...
Watching their favorite professionals claim big wins on the world's most famous courts is inspirational for many club level players but it is the hard work behind the scenes that might provide the most powerful lesson. Giselle Martin, fitness trainer to Casey Dellacqua shares her tennis training diary from Birmingham to show how hard the professionals work at their preparation.
The grass court season officially begins for Casey Dellacqua in Birmingham. With a big day in both singles and doubles, we are up at 7 am, have breakfast at 8 am and are ready for our scheduled pick up at 9 am.
And this is where we face one of our first challenges of the short grass court swing. In England, the rules won’t allow you to hit before 10 am, which means we need to be extremely organised to ensure everything runs smoothly. Accordingly, we squeeze in a warm-up in the gym, including some shoulder rehab exercises, at 9.30 am.
With grass court time so limited, there...