Good Warm up exercises before playing Tennis

A lot of tennis players pay strict attention to their warm-up exercises while some others just do a few chest twists and muscle releasing movements before a tennis match. Doing a planned series of warm-up drills, which also includes cardio and dynamic stretching exercises, is quite beneficial for both professional and amateur players. Warm up exercises for tennis should be done for at least 10-15 min prior to playing or practice.


There are a variety of tennis exercises that help in reducing injuries and assist in developing functional flexibility, range of motion and balance. The range of tennis warm up exercises includes:


1. Cardio Cardio exercises should be done for 3-5 minutes. Skipping or running can be done for cardio. The main purpose of cardio warm up is to increase your heart rate and circulation, thereby increasing the length of muscles and preparing the joints for exercise.


2. Muscle Activation – To overcome any muscle imbalance or any instability issues around certain joints, it is important to excite the correct muscles and push them to work during exercise. This can be achieved through muscle activation. Some useful activation exercises are Four Point extension, Supine Bridge and Shoulder External Rotation.


3. Range of Motion (ROM) – Tennis exercises are a great way to move joints and lengthen muscles. ROM exercises can be considered as exercises for an active stretch or loosening up of the body. The main benefit of ROM exercises is that they help in the movement of the whole body rather than just isolating a specific area or muscle, which is mandatory to do before playing any sport, especially tennis. Some of the best ROM exercises are Sumo Squat Lift, Lunge Twist, Thread The Needle and Spine Flexion.

4. Shadowing – This is the final phase of the warm up schedule. Shadowing imitates the movements that are performed on the tennis court. Shadowing gets the nervous system working and ensures that your body follows specific movement patterns. Shadowing exercises for tennis can be used to help you in preparing mentally for practice or play. The intensity of shadowing should increase every 20-30 seconds; so that you feel yourself ready physically as well as mentally before you start your session or match. A tennis player should do shadowing for at least 2-3 minutes (20-30 sec on: 20 sec off x 3-4 sets) alternating between forehands, backhands, overhead, volleys and serves.

5. Stretching – Stretching is very important after playing tennis. Players can feel tired and fatigued after playing tennis for hours, if they don’t follow a regular stretching program, it can have a long-lasting effect on their tennis fitness and performance. Once the match is over, players need to do a steady jog until their breathing has slowed down and they feel close to a resting heart rate. Then they should follow their stretch program, holding stretches for 30 seconds to 1 minute, targeting tight areas throughout their body.

Following these warm up steps that are specific exercises for tennis, will ensure you are ready every time you train, practice or play.


Visit from Northwood Tennis club

The club had a busy week last week with Northwood tennis club from london visiting the club and playing friendly games against  club members. Four hours of tennis was followed with a barbecue and a few glasses of wine. An enjoyable night with great tennis .

I also believe there were a few pool champions hovering around the pool table…enough said!

The players at Northwood I talked to remarked on the great condition of the courts and the beautiful setting of the club.

lets hope we see you all next year in sunny Spain!

Improving your technique

A problem that people have when learning how to play tennis is learning how to improve their technique. This can be done by learning what you are doing first and then lots and lots of practice.

If you are not sure of what you are doing then working to follow a few small tips will   improve your overall game greatly and allow you to play a much better game.  Having a good hitting technique is not the only thing that you need to play a good tennis game.

Your first step is going to be the tried and true tip of practice and practice some more. If you never practice your technique then it is not going to improve no matter how many books you read or how many tutorial videos you watch. Learning how to improve your technique by reading some books and articles can be helpful, but you must take what you have learned and actually put it to use on the tennis court in order to actually reap the benefits that are available to you.


Your next concern should be making sure that you are using a tennis racquet that is appropriate for your skill level as well as physical size. If you are using the wrong racquet then no matter what you do there will be no way for you to hit the ball effectively. If you work very hard to ensure that you are hitting the ball then you are certain to ensure that you are making progress. A good appropriately sized racquet will make it much easier to hit the ball and ensure that you are able to play the best possible.


For actual tips, you want to always hold the racquet as if you were going to hit the ball with your palm for a forehand swing. This will allow you to easily get the grip on the racquet you need to connect squarely with the racquet. If you hit from the side your ball is likely to land in the alley and unless you are playing doubles this is not a god idea at all.


For a good backhand, you need to hold the racquet with either one hand or two depending on how you are most comfortable. If you do hold the racquet with two hands you need to ensure that you are not overlapping your hands as this will cause you to tilt the racquet slightly which will again hinder your technique and likely result in numerous balls that go out into the alley. You need to also ensure that you are not using a racquet that is too heavy; if you are, it will pull down either forward or backwards and make it difficult to get a good solid square connection to the ball.


Your stance is also going to be very important. If you are standing around casually slouching when the ball is coming at you and slowly yawning as you lift the racquet you are not going to get the impact that you need. You are likely to not care about your technique either. However, since you are reading this you are telling yourself that you do care about your technique, which means you care about your stance as well. Ensure that you are properly balancing the weight between your legs to get the best results possible.


The last step is to always ensure that you watch where the ball goes. If you are wrong about where the ball goes and are having to suddenly bolt across the tennis court to barely touch it with your racquet you are not going to have as good of a return as if you had anticipated exactly where the ball was going. The skill of always watching the ball will involve a bit of careful planning and practice both on the court and off in order to be truly successful at improving your technique.


ITF Tournament on coast this week

If you ever fancied playing some tournaments along the Costa del Sol  then why not consider playing in an  ITF Seniors event at one of the clubs on the coast.

At present Puento Romano  Tennis club in Marbella is hosting an event and Tony is playing today in the quarter finals singles.

Our club Forest Hills in Estepona will be hosting an ITF tournament at the end of Jan 2018- 23-28th .      so Keep  those dates in your dairy.

Will keep in touch with more news.


Fitness Training to Improve Your Tennis


Tennis is a  difficult sport to master.

While the Nadals and Federers of this world may make it look like a walk in the park, a close game of tennis can push the body to extreme levels of exertion.

For club players, the step up in  fitness can make a major difference in  tennis performance. Tennis is a sport that relies on short, sharp sprints and also constant changes in technique. Focusing just on your racket technique will not allow you to move to the next level.

Ok so With that in mind, I have written up an article on some simple exercises and agility drills that you can include  in your training regime to improve your speed and  also agility on court.


1. Pogo jumps

This is  a great exercise to introduce at the beginning of a  workout. The exercise  involves jumping vertically, springing up using just your ankles. When you are in the air, pull your toes up towards you.

Make sure that  your heel never touches the ground when doing this exercise, keep your knees locked and maintain a straight posture.. You can extend theis exercise by jumping from side to side…

2. The plyometric lunge

This is used to increase your explosive power. It involves taking the normal lunge exercise to a  higher level of intensity and yes this is very challenging. Doing this will not only increase your power but it will also develop muscular endurance through your hips and thighs and also help to improve your overall bodily control and coordination.

3. The star jump

This jump will help you develop power through your torso and also improve your vertical jump. It is a perfect exercise for hitting those high shots when you get stuck close to the net. When you do  this exercise try  to spend as little time in contact with the ground as possible


4. Lateral movement.

Starting at the service line, make three rapid lateral steps and then touch your hand to the ground on the final step.Repeat this to the left. Repeat this drill between 10-20 times.Gradually reduce the amount of steps and work primarily on speed.  Increase the amount of steps to focus more on endurance and fitness.


5. Backwards / Forwards

Beginning on the baseline, sprint as fast as you can to the net and then shuffle backwards. Carry out these sprints at a maximum intensity 10 times and then rest for 2-3 minutes before starting the drill again.

Now before you go running off with renewed enthusiasm …….

6. Before You Begin

It is important to consider that, as with all training, you should take adequate time to develop a strong core level of fitness and an  overall strength before beginning.
Medium to long runs will start to  develop the kind of fitness and endurance  you need in a competitive tennis match. If you are cannot  complete 5-10k runs with relative ease it is very unlikely that you have got the fitness to keep you going through a tough three-set match.
You will also need to have a firm base in strength training so that your body is conditioned enough to be able to handle the  demands of a rapid direction change, jumping and short sprints, then we have serving and returning the ball at high speed.

Hope this helps!

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