Finally starting to feel confident on the tennis court? Bored of thrashing your dad every Sunday? Maybe it’s time you took your tennis to the next level. Use these tips below to take the first steps from amateur to serious tennis enthusiast:
How many times to you play a fantastic shot only to be blindsided by a rapid return because you were too busy admiring your handiwork? There’s no room for self-congratulation in tennis (unless perhaps you’re Serena Williams) once you’ve made the hit – react! Get on your toes and move your feet.
Build a consistent style of play
Amateur players are more scattered with their style of play – to really improve your game you need to focus on one or two shots and make them brilliant. When you’re practicing, choose the two shots you’re best at and keep working at them until you’re confident with them. That way, no matter what ball is fired at you, you know you have a solid option to get it back over the net.
Take your nutrition seriously
To really take the game seriously you need hydrate and refuel like an athlete. Tennis can be a long game, and you’re often out in the heat of the day – so maintaining your blood sugar and hydration levels are vital in sustaining optimal performance. Take a tip from the pros – sip water at every changeover, and take a bite of a protein bar at every other changeover. This should get you through the game on top form.
Practice your ball toss and serve
Struggling with your serve? It may be down to something as simple as tossing the tennis ball incorrectly. The good news is that it’s a simple issue to fix. You should practice tossing the ball repeatedly without actually hitting it. That way you can analyse the precision of your toss and your ability to toss it consistently. The ball needs to go straight up in the air and land about 18 inches in front of your landing foot.
Kit yourself out
To play the part, you need to look the part. Give yourself an extra boost of confidence for your first competitive game or tournament with some crisp, new tennis whites. Skirts, skorts and dresses are popular and allow for great flexibility of movement. Choosing the right racquet is important as well – if you can get it strung by a professional, even better!