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How to get ready prior to a practice session or before competition starts

Posted on August 26, 2014 in Strategy and Tips

Tennis has become so physical that going out there and just being able to hit the ball nicely is no longer enough. You have to be able to cover the whole court and change direction within a couple of milliseconds. Your hand-eye coordination has to be very good otherwise you won’t be able to handle the speed of the serve or the groundstrokes of your opponent. Therefore, it is important to be ready when you step onto the court.

Whenever I am at home playing or teaching in a club I notice that most of the players don’t take themselves seriously enough. Tennis is an individual sport and you are responsible for yourself. There is no substitute for your position as there is in team sports. There is no tie. There are a winner and a loser.

Having said that, doing some extra things will allow you to get the maximum out of your game. Warm-ups and cool-downs are very important. They help you create routines and send out signals to your body; hopefully, the right signals. Taking an extra 15 minutes before and after a practice session will help you to be more successful on the long term. No matter which level of tennis you are playing, it will have an impact on your game.

Djokovic, Hantuchova and Murray stretching before hitting the court. Photo courtesy of Ray Giubilo

Djokovic, Hantuchova and Murray stretching before hitting the court. Photo courtesy of Ray Giubilo

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4 Ways to improve the power of your racket

Posted on June 10, 2014 in Strings

The racket you have right now can add more power to your game. All you have to do is make sure you are getting the most from it. Read on to find out how you can tune up your racket and power up your game.

Babolat VS Thermogut and Wilson Natural are used by a number of ATP and WTA pros to add power and comfort to their rackets.

Babolat VS Thermogut and Wilson Natural are used by a number of ATP and WTA pros to add power and comfort to their rackets.

1. String tension

Nothing makes a racket play better than a nice, fresh string job. To add power the first thing to consider is your choice of string tension. Lower tensions are going to allow the ball to sink into the stringbed and launch back out with more energy. Conversely, a tight tension will be more board-like and will flatten the ball, robbing it of energy. Your racket should have a recommended tension range printed on it (usually inside the throat of the racket, sometimes inside the hoop). If the range is say 23-27 kg (50-60 lbs), staying in the 23-24 kg (50-53 lbs) range will offer you the most power. Just remember for more power, string low.

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How to Choose a Tennis Racket: Racket terms explained

Posted on March 14, 2014 in Rackets

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Picking out a new racket for yourself or a loved one can be daunting. With 20 different brands and hundreds of different models, choosing the right racket can make one’s head spin. Kind of like what happens to me when I walk into a perfume store or cereal aisle. At Tennis Warehouse, I think sometimes, we forget not everyone is as into tennis as we are. Our everyday tennis vernacular isn’t very everyday and common to most recreational players. So I want to break down racket terminology in layman’s terms in hopes of clarifying what makes rackets play and perform the way they do so you can make a more informed decision before buying your next racket. (From Tennis Warehouse Europe I hope.)

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