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The sport of tennis involves many aspects of performance, including strength, power, speed, coordination, agility, flexibility, and endurance. Training to maximise performance in all these areas simultaneously is a difficult task.
These principles of training provide guidelines the player can follow to increase the chances of receiving maximum benefit from training.
Speed & Agility Training
A tennis player must be able to respond to different sorts of signals, move quickly, with constant changes in direction in order to become a successful athlete. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to combine speed and agility training.
Power is a quality that is associated with speed of movement. In tennis, the emphasis is on the “first step” and quick change-of-direction, early set-up, etc. All of these terms relate to the ability of the player to overcome the inertia of their own body/weight and to initiate movement. The faster athletes do these things the more impressive they are.
The tennis players who can apply their strength most effectively are the ones who can hit the ball hardest and serve the fastest. This is why power as well as strength is important. Using a system of training known as “plyometrics” best develops power
Stabilisation strength refers to the muscles and systems that support each and every joint, as well as make up the core/pillar strength.
Core strength refers to over 35 muscles that attach to the “lower core” lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and the “upper core” spine, ribs and scapula region. When activated, and recruited properly, the stability of the upper and lower core form the foundation to all movements
The role of aerobic and anaerobic endurance is particularly influential in clay court tennis and yet further pronounced among baseline players and those with energetically complex techniques (i.e. players who play with considerable spin and use aggressive body movement).