Pros Practicing @ Tournaments often nonchalant?

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  1. VictorS.

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    I've gone to a few Pro Tennis Tournaments, and I'm always struck by how nonchalant many of the pros practice. I certainly do not question the work ethic of a pro tennis player because I'm sure they put in hours upon hours of work. In addition, I'm guessing that they often want to "save their legs" for the real matches. That's why you'll see sloppy footwork perhaps. Also, I'm guessing that playing these tournaments can be extremely stressful. To get out on the court & goof around a bit maybe relieves some of the stress. Agree/Disagree?
     
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  2. Breaker

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    Odds are they just use those practices to get warm for the tournament and get into a groove with their serve and groundstrokes, nothing too serious especially in the earlier rounds since they know that they'd need to peak for their matches. Also the stress and saving legs bit is probably true.

    The "intense" training that I guess you expect is probably seen when no fans are around during the off season/during weeks that they aren't playing tournaments or Davis Cup.
     
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  3. Kobble

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    I agree. I watched Blake and he was hitting very unimpressive. A lot of player take power off their serve, too, when playing points. The point is to work your way into a ralley, I guess. On the other hand, you have guys like Safin and Agassi who will hit pretty big in practice. Agassi would serve under 110 mph, but would hit like it was a match off the ground. It depends on the player.
     
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  4. Skppr05

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    also provides a good chance to get acquainted with the tournaments surface, bounce, atmosphere etc.
     
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  5. Max G.

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    The 'practice' you see in a tournament isn't real practice. They just want to stay in a rhythm. They don't want to tire themselves out, they don't want to be trying anything new, they just want to be ready for a match the next day. Get acquainted with the conditions, too.

    I don't think it's to relieve stress or goof off.
     
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  6. nickynu

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    If you get the chance to see Verdasco practice at a tourney let us know if it changes your opinion
     
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  7. svijk

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    Don't see any point to this post, who would disagree and say goofing around does not relieve stress. Thats why its called goofing around...ITS NOT STRESSFUL !!
     
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  8. VictorS.

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    You just answered the question, smart guy. If you don't see any point to this post than you should ignore it, no?

    I personally find observing the practice habits of professional athletes interesting. Going to pro tourneys, this is what I've noticed.
     
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  10. TheNatural

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    nah disagree. the practice sessions ive seen in the tournaments vary from light hits to intense drilling or practice sets which are very similar to real matches.
     
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  11. crazylevity

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    It depends.

    If a player is having a day off and hasn't had much to do, he might up the intensity of the practice. But chances are, a lot of the 'practice' that you see is merely a warm up for a match later in the day, or if the player has had a tough match the day before, he/she would naturally tone it down.
     
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