September 9, 2017
Recently Roger Federer shed some light on his foundation for playing great tennis during an interview after his loss to Juan Del Potro in the US Open Quarter Finals this year. Roger said throughout the tournament he didn't feel right with different aspects of what makes his game click. The interview continued with some insight with what he considers the three "pillars" that are fundamental to playing great tennis. Let's dive into each one and see how you are doing with these three pillars.
Pillar #1: Physical Well-Being
The first pillar is probably the most important in a two week tournament. The physicality of pro tennis nowadays is extremely tough on the body and having the ability to play long matches over the course of a two week span is very difficult to do. This also relates to recreational players as we want to perform well during our weekend tournaments, adult league matches, and our every day practice matches.
To do this, your body needs to be able to sustain long periods of interval training where you will play points of high intensity followed by moments of rest. It is also important that injuries do not come about during your matches. The preparation to get your body physically ready for tennis matches seems to be often forgotten. We tend to worry about our forehand rather than our ability to play back-to-back matches or how to sustain high levels of play. Let's look at some important training tips to keep you fit on the court.
Play with correct form: Ensuring that your technique is correct will keep your body from breaking down during matches. This involves using the stronger parts of your body such as your shoulders, stomach and legs rather than your arm. If you are having trouble with th