Originally Posted by newpball
Interesting, assuming you are not 6''8' your BMI is good, you are in you prime and you seem to be in a decent condition!
3.0-3.5, that does not indicate explosive footwork action. It does not seem to be related to the running around the court because you run and I assume you do not have the same problem with running.
Where is the pain and stiffness? In the calves?
Any problems with the knees?
How is your flexibility?
What kind of court surface do you play on?
Do you wear quality tennis shoes?
Hmm, I see you opened another topic about being a slow starter.
Perhaps your problem is that you only play matchplay tennis and nothing else. Playing matches is usually done with a different intensity than just practicing or hitting some balls.
One thing to try would be to allocate some time doing hitting and practicing sessions, say twice a week.
It may very be the case that your body, and legs in particular, will acclimatize better during matchplay once you do that.
Great questions! I'm learning a lot just by answering your questions.
- I don't have any problems running. I do a mix of fast paced running (~7.5mph for 15 minutes in 5 min breaks + 1 min walk) or medium paced (6mph for 30 mins). No problems in those. Can run these on consecutive days without any problem.
- No problem in knees (being a Rafa fan these days I am happy!)
- The main pain point is in the hamstring area, and sometimes (rarely) in the calves
- Flexibility is decent
- Hard courts
- Quality tennis shoes. But I can see that my feet are rugged up after playing with minor blisters (can't call them blisters, but not exactly great either). But these happen only in a long 2+ hr match. Not in my regular practice session (1hr)
But I agree I need more practice sessions during the week other than match play.