Planning on coming back to tennis

Daniel Andrade

Professional
I'm planning on coming back to tennis, it's been almost 6 years without regular training and I want to come back hard in 2021. I'm planning to play next thrusday against someone strong even if I get destroyed, just to play tennis again.

I'm planning to hit the ball as hard as I can as long as the ball is in a neutral position, and also I will try to hit it hard by releasing my body and my arm instead of muscling it up. Is that what you guys do?
 
I'm planning on coming back to tennis, it's been almost 6 years without regular training and I want to come back hard in 2021. I'm planning to play next thrusday against someone strong even if I get destroyed, just to play tennis again.

I'm planning to hit the ball as hard as I can as long as the ball is in a neutral position, and also I will try to hit it hard by releasing my body and my arm instead of muscling it up. Is that what you guys do?
If I had been away for 6 years, my first time out would be an easy, non-scored hit with someone who knew my situation [so he doesn't get upset if I don't try for certain shots]. I certainly wouldn't hit the ball as hard as I can.
 

Cobaine

Semi-Pro
Like the posters above said, go easy. Focus on moving fluidly (as that’s probably what’s going to the worst after so much time off) and hitting consistently to big targets.
 

Slowtwitcher

Hall of Fame
What these guys said. I got back to tennis after 25 years o_O and probably because I'm old and picked up a PD with fb poly, I completely destroyed my arm.

After lots of theraband stuff, after 9 months of being back I'm almost pain-free. Remember that rotator-cuff muscles usually don't get worked at all with normal activity or even if you weight train.
 
What these guys said. I got back to tennis after 25 years o_O and probably because I'm old and picked up a PD with fb poly, I completely destroyed my arm.

After lots of theraband stuff, after 9 months of being back I'm almost pain-free. Remember that rotator-cuff muscles usually don't get worked at all with normal activity or even if you weight train.
My first time back after 2 months [not years] out and I couldn't serve; the rotator cuff couldn't handle it. it took another few times out before it became comfortable again.
 

papado

New User
I'm 2 months into coming back from 12yrs off--pretty sure my rotator cuff is all jacked up so please take it slow :)

Make sure to stretch and warm-up before you go on the court and again I would specifically focus on shouler/wrist/arm warmup, stretching, and some light strength work (rotator cuff exercises with bands, etc).

Currently I'm still in the spot where I'm overthinking and a little hesitant (scared of missing easy shots) so I would agree you should try and be relaxed, even occasionally try and swing 'free' but you'll have to get your timing back first!
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
I'm planning to hit the ball as hard as I can as long as the ball is in a neutral position, and also I will try to hit it hard by releasing my body and my arm instead of muscling it up. Is that what you guys do?
You are ready for the next baseball season where the idea is to hit home runs out of the field into the stands. Too bad in tennis the point is to keep the balls within the court and not hit as hard as you can. 60-70 mph and 2000 rpm might be a better target for groundstrokes than 100 mph and rising as it hits the fence.
 
it's been almost 6 years without regular training...
Hopefully you've maintained your conditioning in the interim by doing some Pilates and Fartleks.
I want to come back hard...
Stick a couple of those little blue pills into your Gatorade for endurance and strength.

I'm planning to hit the ball as hard as I can...
YES! That's how Rafa does it AND so can YOU!--VAMOS!
Is that what you guys do?
YES! That's how we roll here! Wear a body-cam during your match so we can give you some free advice. Make sure you warm-up with mini-tennis--the hard version--hit the ball as hard as you can into your opponent's body at the net so he respects you.
 
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