As a tennis fitness coach or trainer, it is important to be constantly learning and growing, without this approach, not much will change. We call this the “Growth mindset”. We strongly encourage everyone to have a growth mindset. We know as Tennis Fitness Coaches we need to be constantly looking for ways to benefit our players, this means being open, willing to try new things and being creative in what we do.
The past 6 months has seen some changes for us. One of the changes involved developing a structure that gave us clear guidelines on Tennis Footwork and Court Movement. We called this our “7 Tennis Movement Principles”
We did this to give us clear definition on what we teach our athletes. We have found it has given athletes more confidence in what they are doing and helps educate them on the importance of breaking down movement and focusing on weaker movement patterns.
To keep it simple, we highlighted 7 areas that effect overall movement, then...
Having a dynamic, confident first step is important if you want to develop a fast movement around the court. This doesn’t come easy to many players. In fact, it is the area that most players struggle with, even if they don’t realize it.
The way you start your movement dictates how effective you carry out the rest of the movement and the speed you do it at. If I had to choose 3 on-court areas to focus on for any player,
I would choose -
Considering the majority of distances, we cover on-court fall under 7metres per change of direction, we need rapid acceleration, controlled deceleration, and quick response. This is a given.
The simple fact is if we cannot improve these 3 areas we won’t improve our court movement. Due to the short distances...