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How to Take Up the Sport of Tennis With Longevity in Mind

by Larry Hart

If you love the sport of tennis but have never taken part, you may already know that it is one of the most physically demanding activities around. While you may classify yourself as in pretty good condition and are thinking of picking up a racket, you must pay attention to some fundamental exercise principles if you want to enjoy your time on the court. What are the key factors to consider as you start your journey?

All-Round Fitness

Many people looking in from the outside think that mobility and flexibility are by far the most important attributes when it comes to tennis training. Certainly, those factors come toward the top of the list, but you will also have to pay attention to core training, endurance, cardio and weights if you really want to strive for mastery.

Current Condition

Of course, you have to consider your current physical state and need to come up with a plan. You cannot attack this without preparation, as you will inevitably pick up injuries and put yourself out of contention.

Available Time and Equipment

Think about how much time you have to devote to the sport and how much of that you can commit to training. Do you have access to good equipment, whether at home or in the gym and how do you feel about taking on a personal trainer?

Strengths and Weaknesses

Analyse your strengths and weaknesses, and don't forget to take into account any injuries that you may be carrying. You need to tailor-make your training regime around these important principles and remember that you must balance time on the court with time training. Otherwise, you may burn out and fail to progress.

Diet and Hydration

Don't forget your diet, which is almost equally as important as proper training. You will need to commit to healthy eating and drinking plenty of liquids each day. Focus here so that you can recover from your active tennis games as well as your workouts, and you should also set aside time for stretching.


Many people in your situation will do this several times a week as a dedicated activity, more than what you might do each morning or before you enter a gym.

Reviewing Progress

When you draw up a plan, give yourself deadlines.

  • Don't overextend but take the time to review your progress on each important date.
  • Are you making enough progress and still enjoying your activity?
  • Is there anything that you could do better as you move on to your next stage?

The Takeaway

Tennis is a tough sport, and if you want to succeed it'll require dedication. You may also benefit by working with a tennis coach who may have some additional tips and tricks to help you. 

For more information, contact a company like Netsports that offer tennis lessons.