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Tennis Footwork

Quality tennis footwork could be the most critical element to help you win more matches. You have to get it right! Have you noticed how well Roger Federer moves? It can be hard to understand how smooth and graceful he moves when you watch on TV but when you see him glide around on court in person, you can truly appreciate why he is regarded as the greatest mover in the game. As tennis trainers we appreciate what these tennis pros can do and how hard they work out for tennis.

While we can’t promise you’ll reach the same standard as Federer, there are proven ways to improve your footwork on court. We’d like to share the ‘Tennis Fitness, Martin Method” tennis movement patterns that we use daily with the players who work with us. Firstly it's important you understand there are six types of footwork steps used on the tennis court. Once you understand this, you can then plan your tennis training around the footwork steps you feel need more...

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When Should Young Players Start Tennis Strength Training?

The most common question we get asked as tennis strength and conditioners is, "When can my daughter or son, start tennis strength training and what strength training should we do?"

One of the biggest misconceptions people make is to train young tennis players like they would an adult.

Tennis training for kids should be totally different than for adults.

This can be dangerous and often leads to tennis injuries. Players under the age of 16 should steer away from weights and heavy loading. Alternatively, they should use bodyweight exercises, resistance bands, and medicine balls (5-10% of their body weight).

At ‘Martin Method Tennis Fitness’ we recommend all young players aged 16 and under start out by performing these 6 fundamental movement patterns - Lunge, Squat, Bend, Pull, Push, and Rotation. When young players can consistently complete all the 6 movement patterns, with good form, only then should their tennis program progress.

Performing these basic fundamental ...

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