Today’s Athletes and tennis players are extremely fit and therefore it is necessary
to be at peak fitness in order to compete successfully.
Obviously, the fitter you are ( and this incorporates all areas of fitness Strength –
endurance – speed etc.) then the better you will be able to compete.
The level at which you play will determine how fit you need to be, someone at
the top of their profession, competing against the world’s best, will need to be
fit enough to play a full five set match at the highest level. If you are playing club
or league matches, these will normally be 3 set matches but with the proability
of two rubbers during the match i.e. 6 sets, then equally the fitter you are, the
better you will perform and also you will enjoy that much more.
Whatever level you are playing, I maintain that you will still need to go through
the same sequence of training schedules, the only difference is the intensity you
will be required to sustain and the hours needed to meet the required level.
It is most important to understand that purely playing tennis will not get you into
top condition – even if you are just playing tennis at a social level, I would still
advocate some form of training and this will help you to avoid any unnecessary
stress or the possibility of injury.
Before starting your fitness training it is essential to do a good warm-up, for
social tennis players who are doing some form of fitness work out, the pre game
warm-up on court, is often sufficient, but keep in mind how strenuous the game
is likely to be.
At the end of the work out or game, flexibility stretches should be carried out,
this again will guard against strains and injuries.