Tennis is a sport that requires mastery of a lot of variables like mental focus, confidence, endurance, speed, quickness, power, explosiveness and experience. All of these are visible on the surface, but in the underlying areas where people don’t always focus, recognize, or are aware of, are key physical necessities like proper mobility, stability and flexibility.
At the highest levels of any sport, victory and defeat come in inches, hundredths of seconds and split second reactions. Just watch an NFL football game on Sunday and witness how a wide receiver will leap and outreach a perfectly thrown and almost perfectly defended ball from the quarterback, and beat the defensive back to win the game with just enough time on the clock to kick the field goal and end the game.
In a tennis match, there are many times when a player has to make an incredibly athletic play similar to a professional football player in the way of body control, stability, mobility, flexibility, core strength and general power. If there is any lack of one of these variables making the play can be next to impossible and mean defeat, once the opponent figures out that you can’t make that play and exposes it over and over.
Many times athletes have to stretch the outer limit of their god given ability to make these unbelievable plays. This skill can require years of detail oriented sports fitness training in order to get into these extreme athletic positions. Once in these extreme positions, the athletes have to have enough stability and power to make an amazing athletic play from these compromised positions.
This characteristic, attribute and uncommon ability is what wins championships, creates space between rankings and can actually generate incredible amounts of revenue for the right athlete with elite god given genetics.
Most athletes focus on skill training (tennis athletes are notorious for this while neglecting many other facets like strength, diet, optimal body composition and peak athletic fitness.)
Football players are notorious for focusing solely on strength, power and explosiveness, but usually fall short in mobility, stability and flexibility.
Baseball players are like tennis players and most really miss the point on strength and explosiveness training. This is surprising even though the steroid era showed that by adding lots of power to the skill equation, this equaled a huge increase in home run production.
In tennis, Serena William’s crushing 120 plus mile per hour serves, devastating return of serves, amazing strength plus her incredible mobility, stability, speed and agility, she has a lethal combination of skills.
In the game of tennis, you need to have a full arsenal of training, not just more stroke mastery and match play. For instance, if you go to most tennis clinics, academies, and the like, you see a massive focus on hours…