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On Court Tennis Conditioning

Running sprints and intervals at seperate times of the day than your tennis practice is effective, but nothing really compares to conditioning during practice. It’s good for several reasons:

1) It gives us a sense of fatigue that we’ll feel during the match

2) It’ll give us a good idea of how we’ll feel during a grueling match (so we’ll be used to it)

3) It allows us to practice Focusing.

Number 3 is the kicker. When we’re tired, it’s easy to lose focus. When we practice WHILE we’re tired & huffing and puffing it allows us to practice pushing through the pain of fatigue for mental focus.

Here’s a quick drill we can do, very similar to the Tennis Court Drills in yesterday’s blog post, except we’ll be using a partner to feed us some balls at the end of each rep.

Here’s the Drill (You’ll need a partner on the other side of the next with some balls):

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1) Start at the baseline (A)

2) Sprint to the Tee (B)

3) Shuffle to either the right or left singles line

4) Shuffle to the opposite singles line

5) Shuffle back to the Tee (B)

As you’re reaching the Tee, you’ll begin back pedaling to the baseline. As soon as you begin shifting directions, your partner across the net will feed you an over head.

Complete 8-10 Rounds alternating groundstrokes & overheads.

As you become more and more fatigued, you’ll notice your focus wavering, this is when we should concentrate the most in an attempt to hit the shot across the net. It’ll pay off big time when we’re in a crucial match.

To add difficulty, set up cones on the opposite sides of the net to target your shots.

Good luck & if you like this post, please click the “Like” button below.

’til next time, train hard & win easy!

Todd Scott

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3 Responses to “On Court Tennis Conditioning”

  1. joseph says:

    I sprint off court. I do 2 sets of five(5) 440 yds with with a jog in between the five(5), then I do 40 yard sprints. Nothing on the court can compare.

    the design: five sets
    1. One(1) 440 yds at 90 seconds (1.5 minutes)
    2. One(1) 440 yds at 120 seconds (2.0 minutes)
    3. Repeat 1. & 2. five times
    4. Finish
    5. Rest(do not sit down) walk around for 15minutes.
    6. DO 50 yard spint (as fast as your legs will carry you.
    7. Rest for 30 seconds
    8. Repeat 6. & 7. five to ten times.
    9. Rest until you feel you have recovered.
    10. GO TO THE TENNIS COURT AND PLAY A MATCH.
    11. GO HOME TO STRETCH SOFTLY AND SLOW FOR FLEXIBILITY, THEN TAKE A HOT BATH

    ONCE YOU CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING THIS WORKOUT
    THEN ONE PERCENT OF NONE-PRO PLAYERS ARE GOING TO
    BE ABLE TO HANDLE YOUR PHYSICAL GAME.

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  3. Taton Noël says:

    Vous apportez un plus à mes entraînements.
    Merci

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