How do you practice?

TeamOB

Professional
IMO there are three main ways of training in tennis:

1. Drills. Cross-court, Down-the-line, volleys etc.

2. Point/match play

3. Off-court work. Lifting, stretching etc.

My practices are typically centered around #2. I don't really like drilling (I find it rather boring) and am not a big fan of the gym. Most practices I warm up with some simple drills. My typical ones are: 50-in-a-row in every direction (XC FH, XC BH, DTL FH, DTL BH), then some volley drills and serve warm up. This typically takes about 45 minutes. After this, I sometimes work on some specific thing that I struggle with (typically my return, which is my worst shot). After this warm-up I get into some hardcore point/set play. Lots of baseline points, games to 15, and at least 2 practice sets per session. I typically play points for 2-3 hours per practice. My off-court stuff is generally very light. I haven't actually worked out in over a year (I find working out painful and boring). I do stretch and roll out on a foam roll after every practice though. It feels refreshing and supposedly helps prevent injuries. How do you practice?
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
IMO there are three main ways of training in tennis:

1. Drills. Cross-court, Down-the-line, volleys etc.

2. Point/match play

3. Off-court work. Lifting, stretching etc.

My practices are typically centered around #2. I don't really like drilling (I find it rather boring) and am not a big fan of the gym. Most practices I warm up with some simple drills. My typical ones are: 50-in-a-row in every direction (XC FH, XC BH, DTL FH, DTL BH), then some volley drills and serve warm up. This typically takes about 45 minutes. After this, I sometimes work on some specific thing that I struggle with (typically my return, which is my worst shot). After this warm-up I get into some hardcore point/set play. Lots of baseline points, games to 15, and at least 2 practice sets per session. I typically play points for 2-3 hours per practice. My off-court stuff is generally very light. I haven't actually worked out in over a year (I find working out painful and boring). I do stretch and roll out on a foam roll after every practice though. It feels refreshing and supposedly helps prevent injuries. How do you practice?
I usually do fast feeds two or three times a week. I get a good cardio workout, work on groundstrokes, volleys and overheads...and hit balls in real match play situations. Only problem is when a lot of people show up. Then you're standing around too much.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
On a related note, is it true that many, if not most, of the top tennis pros, never jog/run as part of training? Also interested in insights on non-pro jogging/running or refraining from the same.
 

TeamOB

Professional
On a related note, is it true that many, if not most, of the top tennis pros, never jog/run as part of training? Also interested in insights on non-pro jogging/running or refraining from the same.
I never run as a part of training except for an occasional jogged lap for warm up. Most of my leg work comes during point play and as sprints run by the loser of sets/games.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
I never run as a part of training except for an occasional jogged lap for warm up. Most of my leg work comes during point play and as sprints run by the loser of sets/games.
Thanks for the comment – I was making an argument along these lines to someone just the other day. A tennis match involves so much running, there hardly seems a point to running outside of tennis for the sake of tennis.
 

Supertegwyn

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the comment – I was making an argument along these lines to someone just the other day. A tennis match involves so much running, there hardly seems a point to running outside of tennis for the sake of tennis.
I've heard Ferrer runs a lot outside of Tennis but I can't remember too much specifically.
 

dr325i

G.O.A.T.
I never run as a part of training except for an occasional jogged lap for warm up. Most of my leg work comes during point play and as sprints run by the loser of sets/games.

I do believe the pros do cardio training for endurance and some jogging every day.
Any serious player should. I don't and I can feel that after two hours in texas weather
 
I go to a squad thing where there's match play drill etc, play just hitting with one friend, play practice matches with others, hit agAines a wall
 

colowhisper

Semi-Pro
I have recently been on a kick to work on speed, agility and footwork: Speed ladder, drills hitting full strokes agaist the wall (instead of ball machine), sprints, and HIIT. It has made a HUGE difference in my game. I run around to the inside out forehand much better, can back pedal to hit better overheads, feel in position for most shots, etc. It's fun to be fast!
 

Ducker

Rookie
xcourt dtline games and match play about 5 days a week mostly in the evenings. Weight training and jump rope around noon 5 days a week.
 
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