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Tennis Tips For Players and Coaches

At Tennis Fitness we are all about education. We don’t know everything, that's for sure, what we have learned along our journey, we like to pass on. We encourage you to do the same! 

We wanted to give you some useful Tennis Tips as well as other helpful tennis information on how you can get the most out of yourself, your coach, and your team. Give them a go and we are sure you will feel the difference!

 Tennis Tips

Tip 1 – Tennis Warm-up 
If you are not warming up before practice or matches you are costing yourself both time and money. An effective tennis warm-up before the start of practice will save you both time and money, here is why. If you walk on court ready to go, instead of warming up with your coach, you will get up to 20% more out of the session.

You might waste 10-15min warming up with your coach, that time could be used more productively. We always have our players implement their tennis conditioning drills into...

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The ‘3 Minute Secret’ to Winning More Tennis Matches

Tennis is one of the most competitive sports played by millions around the world and one of the toughest sports you can play both physically and mentally. Tennis matches put huge stress on a player’s body.

When the body is under stress for long periods the player’s hormonal balance can be thrown out. This imbalance can affect the player’s game in many negative ways. Hormonal imbalances can cause fatigue, slower recovery, lack of mental clarity, tennis injuries, poor decision making, inflammation, aches, and pains- all of which reduce tennis performance considerably.

We often see players who manage physical stress quite well. Many players have recovery strategies in place which may include tennis massage, physiotherapy, tennis nutrition and supplementation plans. However, we rarely see players who are managing mental and emotional stress levels effectively. Most players don’t realize that mental stress can have the same effect on the body as physical stress....

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How Should Tennis Training Differ From Surface to Surface?

Just as court surfaces differ throughout the world, there are different courts that you might encounter as a social player. Altering your tennis training according to the surface you’re currently or preparing to play on, is a smart way to train for tennis. This will get your body better prepared and lessen the chance of tennis injury. So how should training for tennis differ from surface to surface? To understand this better let's take a look at some key characteristics of varying court surfaces. Synthetic grass

  • Low ball bounce, fast court, poor traction underfoot.
  • Average point = 3–5 seconds.

Clay

  • High ball bounce, slow court, poor traction underfoot.
  • Average point = 6–10 seconds.

Hardcourt

  • Medium ball bounce, moderate-fast court, good traction underfoot.
  • Average point = 4–6 seconds.

Grass

  • Low ball bounce, fast court, Moderate traction underfoot.
  • Average point = 3–5 seconds.

Tennis Information

Here are our tips on preparing for each surface. ...

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Tennis - Why Are You playing?

We can't answer that for you… but we can tell you why we as tennis fitness trainers, devote so much time working with and helping tennis players be the best they can be……

  1. Tennis players are a special breed. They get addicted to the great game and cannot get enough of it. As tennis fitness trainers this motivates us so much, when we see the passion there, we want to add to it. We have found it to be a good life lesson "find your passion, pursue it and people will add to it"
  2. We love the complexity of tennis. Physically it challenges not only your physical structure (muscle, organs, tendons etc) but also works the different energy systems (Aerobic, anaerobic) the body has at its disposal……. To be constantly improving you need to work on your tennis speed as well as, strength, agility, flexibility, recovery, nutrition, hydration, power and aerobic endurance, there is a lot of bloody things you can do. Finding the starting point or the priorities to...
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A Simple Tennis Tip

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...

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Best Tennis Fitness Plan

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 apply to your tennis fitness training. 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.

Training plan for tennis

Build - Build up your tennis fitness by completing a variety of tennis training. This will ideally include:

• Cross-training
• Strength training
• Cardio
• Agility
• Speed
• Core

It is always best to attack your weakest link first. Tennis 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...

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Tennis - Building Self Belief

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, tennis injuries – 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 favorite quotes: “Champions do not become champions on the court. They are merely recognized 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 training habits to become...

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Is Tennis Keeping Up?

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 tennis education from the BEST (tennis players, tennis coaches and organisations)

I have a feeling tennis may be getting left behind in this area, a lot of other sports are really utilizing 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...

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Junior Tennis Players - Must Read

Have you ever wondered what your junior tennis player is thinking? Have you really put yourself on their level and realized they are looking at things from a different perspective? It is an effective tool to help create change.

Junior tennis players are told what to do all the time and don’t get me wrong, direct instructions (technical, motivational, physical) are important and have a massive role in a child’s development and learning capacity. However I find it extremely important for tennis educators (tennis coaches, parents, tennis trainers, mentors) to get on their level (put yourself in their shoes), then encourage them to think for themselves (tennis preparation, tennis recovery, time management, respect for others, etc) these are the things we need kids to be aware of for themselves and not be told all the time, understanding how they think and operate will help make this happen. Learn to do it!

Having Tennis Strength and Conditioning Trainers for over 20...

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Tennis Training - How Hard Pros Train

Training For Tennis

How Lleyton Hewitt's unprecedented 20th straight Australian Open tilt this month will be the culmination of a brutal summer regime involving some 800km of high-intensity hitting, running, swimming, boxing and strength tennis workouts.

Long revered as one of Australia's most supreme athletes, Hewitt has worked ferociously on his game and tennis fitness for almost six hours a day, six days a week - virtually non-stop - since early November in preparation for his Open swan song.

Attacking every session as if it were his last, the indefatigable former world No.1 has worn out a queue of hitting partners since commencing his exhausting eight-week block and left his decade-long conditioner in awe.

"In terms of endurance and durability playing professional sport at the highest level for 20 years, there wouldn't be many athletes who could match it with Lleyton for intensity on a day-to-day basis," fitness trainer Nathan Martin told AAP.

"He never gets sore. He turns up...

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