my strokes (5.5) if interested

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TonLars, May 6, 2007.

  1. Coolio

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    Hi Tony,
    Just wondering what does a hard week of training involve for you?
    Hours on Court a day?
    Hours in Gym a day?
    How many days a week for both gym and tennis? (I presume you have a rest day)
    Do you have legs, core, upper body on different days?
    Just interested in what a player your calibre goes through to elevate his game.
    Thanks, good luck getting that point!
     
  2. TonLars

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    Hey!
    Yes it depends on what time of the year it is of course. During the summer I am playing a tournament every week and so I am not doing off court hard workouts much, but rather practicing on court and sometimes taking a day off.

    Otherwise during the winter when I don't have a lot of tournaments, I am usually playing nearly every day (6-7 days a week) for 2-4 hours, and then working out off court probably 5 days a week. I would usually do an upper body workout every other day, and then sprinting, cardio and core 2 of every 3 days.

    Most people doing what I do are more or less playing full time and are younger, whereas I am 30 and have a full time tennis teaching job (as well as having been in a relationship and married altogether for 10 years, no more however). So that makes it a challenge to have energy to do all of that in between work, as well as there are not really any players in my area that are at my level for match play, but I work hard and have improved every year through my twenties.

    The biggest thing is these full time playing kids are chasing a dream and playing these futures tournaments all year around, presumably without funding issues (since you only lose money playing them), whereas I will play maybe one of those per year. Instead, I schedule Open events that are typically around the same level in the later rounds as a Futures qualifying, but have much better prize money to win in addition to being usually over 3 days and therefore more economical and easily planned for travel-wise. I usually win these tournaments, or if not, at least get to the semis or finals, so it can be a nice little reward for playing.

    I would have loved to do the full time thing, but I would have needed someone who believed it was worth it to fund me for that. I suppose I could have pushed for it as other people have made it work, but I more or less went along with the conventional wisdom and did what I have been. I don't really have any regrets because I am not delusional in thinking I could have been a top 100 singles player ("making it"). I still can improve a lot and would like to keep at it and even pursuing tougher tournaments, so it will just be a matter of staying healthy. Unfortunately, whether it is as a result of all the stress I have had in the last year, or simply getting older and putting in so much tennis and working out, I have accumulated quite a few injuries and it is becoming a challenge. I am definitely going to have to incorporate some things into my time that I really did not when I was younger, such as stretching, massage, etc. For now, just trying to find a balance between getting healed up and also continuing to practice on court.
     
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  3. crash1929

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    hi tony great playing.

    it would be great if you chimed in on technical questions etc that 4.5 adn 5.0 players ask on this forum.


    based on the above looks like you are pretty busy though.
     
  4. TonLars

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    I dont want to be too sappy or anything, but I was just reading through a lot of the posts in this thread today from like several years ago (I do a lot of this sort of thing lately as I like to look back on when things were better for me in the past).

    And I just want to say a big thank you to all of the many people who were so encouraging and supportive all that time, even back in 2007-2009 when I was still developing and improving a lot into the player I eventually became. Most of such people I have never met and only see your username on a tennis forum, whereas others I have met in person and even hit with and turned out to be great people. It just means a lot to me that there actually are good people in the world that make an effort to be friendly or helpful. There are too many names and I don't want to forget anyone so Im not going to make a long list, but I just want to make sure you realize that I appreciate it. I don't post here a lot anymore but I will still check in from time to time, maybe more often now than I had been.
     
  5. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Well said Tony

    Best wishes, it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but I've followed you all the way as you unfailingly come across as one of the good guys.

    Been terrific to see your steady improvement, too.
     
  6. MethodTennis

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    Had a wee look saw your retired playing for a point. Unlucky mate. Are you going to keep trying to get one? It's no easy task when you're not funded to play tennis doing that. I see you've qualied 3 times what's the closest you got to a point? How many futures events have you played at in qualies all in?
     
  7. BounceHitBounceHit

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    Hey Tony!

    I said it then and I'll say it again now: you have ALL the skills necessary to compete at the highest level. Had you been born in CA, FL, or TX, who knows!? :) However MN is a tough ask for a tennis player.

    It was a pleasure to meet you and HONOR (I mean that sincerely) to hit/play with you a few years back. I am definitely coming to Minneapolis to work with our mentor there this fall and want to get out there every day with you if possible!

    Best,

    BHBH
     
  8. NLBwell

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    TonLars,
    Haven't seen any news from you. Hope things are going well in all parts of your life this year.
     
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  9. TonLars

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    Thanks friend. Life has been tough the last 2 years, but im finally starting to pull through. I am playing well and looking forward to a good summer of tournaments. I had an exhibition match against James Blake back in April, and I have the US Open sectionals next weekend. Hope everyone is doing well
     

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