Working on your fitness can really improve your tennis game. The workout below targets each of the main areas involved in the game so you’re in top shape when you step on court. Repeat the workout twice a week for the best results, resting for 30-45secs between sets. Start with a warm-up of marching then jogging on the spot and stretches for the upper and lower body.
Forward and Side Jumps/hops – 2 sets.
Arrange 5 low hurdles in the floor roughly 1.5f apart (you can use cones or any other markers if necessary). Jump over each hurdle with feet together, using your arms to add momentum, jumping again as soon as you land. Turn to your right and repeat the course, jumping sideways, leading with your left shoulder, and then repeat leading with your left.
Lunge and Twist – 2 sets of 12 reps (6 each side)
Stand with feet together holding a medicine ball or weight level with your chest. Take a large step forward with your right leg and extend your arms out in front of you. Rotate your torso to the right and then back to the centre. Bend both knees to perform a lunge, making sure your front knee is behind your toes. Quickly straighten your legs, jumping up and bringing your left leg forward and right leg back. Turn your torso to the left and then back to centre, lunging and jumping again. Continue, alternating sides to complete one set.