Next week the top tennis players in the world will be in New York for the annual U.S. Open. These athletes have it all: strength, power, speed, and agility.
Tennis is a lifetime sport offering players of all ages an opportunity to improve cardiovascular fitness in a social environment. There are numerous opportunities at every level to enjoy the sport from casual games with friends to competitive matches through schools or organizations like the U.S.T.A. (United States Tennis Association).
Players spend hours improving their tennis strokes: forehands, backhands, volleys, overheads, and serves. However, it’s also important to develop speed and agility on the court. You can have the most beautiful strokes in the world, but to use them you have to be able to get to the ball!
AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) defines agility as the “ability to change the body’s position and direction with quickness and accuracy” and is a skill-related component of physical fitness.
Improve your tennis agility on the court through ladder drills. The Smart Agility Ladder is a portable system featuring flat, hard-plastic rungs for safety and versatility. It’s also available in a double width.
Tennis actions occur in the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes, so choose ladder drills with forward, backward, lateral, and twisting movements including:
- Run Through
- Fast Feet
- Icky Shuffle
- Hop Scotch
- Quarter Turn
- Lateral Shuffle
- Lateral Cross-over
Work on your form first and then add speed. In no time, you’ll be climbing the ladder to success on the tennis court!