Entries by Tamara Fields
Proper warm-up and cool down
Speed is a detrimental aspect for players as fast footwork enables you to catch the ball early and deliver good shots back. Speed training in tennis should be more dynamic and intensive. It is essential to start your workout with a proper warm up, building your way up. Integrate more dynamic exercises instead of static ones. Ensuring you are warmed up properly is critical to prevent any risk of injury. Since explosive running in pursuing the ball will involve significant muscle contractions, it is imperative you cool down after such contractions as or else it could lead to accumulation of waste by-products, lactic acid and affect muscle performance. Cool down should involve gradual low-intensity exercises, ending with typical muscle stretching.
Never train in straight lines
Tennis barely requires its players to run in straight lines as no ball served from the opponent will be straight. Tennis will need you to move in multiple directions with rapid speed and making shots. Training in straight lines is not practical for the game.
Train over short distances
Typically speed training involves sprinting minimum distances of 100m. But this is not the case in the game of tennis; as it requires you to run short distances, say about 5-10 m with explosive energy and speed. So, it is better to train your body and build up momentum in short distance practice.
Train your footwork
It is mandatory you train for foot speed as it is worthless if you are not able to reach your shots in time. In order for you to deliver shots, it is crucial you build up your foot speed. Many of the best players in the game possess remarkable foot speed. You can train for such rapid and explosive foot speed by integrating agility exercises such as ladder and cone drills.
Rest periods are important
Since enhancing foot speed will involve running rapidly and intensely, you are bound to get tired. You need adequate rest of minimum 1 minute between each exercise to rest your muscles. Failing to rest adequately and training with zero to little rest will take a toll on your muscles, disabling you from performing with maximum output and efficiency. Thus, tend to integrate small rest periods to enable you to play each exercise with maximum intensity and progressively build up speed and endurance.
Tennis is an Olympic sport, suitable for all age groups. This game remains favorite amongst youth and kids. Tennis can be an individual game and also can be played between two teams of two. The Tennis racket has a stick to hold and pave of net attached to it, which strikes the hollow rubber ball. The two player or two teams are separated by a net attached at a height with two poles, above which the ball must pass to reach the court of an opponent. This game turns into an exciting match which is enjoyed by both, the player as well as the audience.
The modern tennis commenced in England during the late 19th century. The game was inspired by outdoor lawn games like real tennis and bowls. The real tennis although is believed to belong its roots from northern France during the 12th century, the invention became noticeable when sir Louis X constructed indoor courts to play real tennis in Paris.
He never believed that such a surreal game as tennis is an outdoor game and therefore worked towards the same. This idea spread like a fire in a jungle and impressed the Europeans to the core. Louis X died a suspicious death after having too much wine, and because of the emerging controversy was named as the first person to play tennis. The real tennis was played using just palms; it wasn’t until the late 16th century until rackets came into existence. As the rackets came into evolution, real tennis lost its importance and evolved as lawn tennis.
The Tennis rackets used to be framed out of the woods till the late 1960s. The metal frames came into fashion when the famous player of USA Jimmy Connor played with the metallic racket. The last player to play with the wooden racket was blue-ribbon player Miloslav Mecir played during 1988 Olympics. Until 1972, when it was discovered that yellow is the brightest color and is prominently visible to the audience watching matches on TV, the ball used to be either black or white, depending on the background color.
The Tennis court is a rectangular field, which has 23,77 meters length and 8,23 meters width specifically for singles while 10,97 width for doubles. The two courts are divided by the net which is 1,07 meters from an end to another while 6,4 meters in the center. There is also a standard format for a racket, and the strings must be uniform and flat crossing each other forming the checks. It must not be more than 73,7 inches length and 31,7 inches in width. The weight of the racket also must be taken care of, as it might affect the player’s performance.
The match is taken care by 12 judges, judging for different categorical areas, the judges are; chair, network, serving, service, line, central line, court, and ball judges. Each taking care of their own set of rules and maintaining the dignity of those rules.