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The Top 5 Tennis Components for Young Year-Round Players to Focus On

11/14/2016, 5:00am PST
By Kelvin Cech


Looking for the ultimate list of tennis skills and techniques your young tennis playing son or daughter could use every single day this winter tennis training season?

Look no further. 

There’s more to tennis than possessing the hardest serve or the most accurate forehand shot. Yeah, your work with the racquet will go a long way toward defining how successful you are in the game, but the shots you take in matches are a result of hard work during training. 

It’s also important to recognize that since tennis is a year-round sport for most serious youth athletes, some days it’s going to be a grind. 

Here’s five elements to focus on if you want to maximize your training. 

1. Footwork

This one goes without saying. Whenever I talk to Fabio Walker footwork is the first training component that comes up. Like skating in hockey or swimming in … swimming, footwork is the foundation upon which every tennis player is built. Quickness, agility, power - the more organized your feet, the faster you’ll get to loose balls and the less time your opponent will have to recover.  

2. Emotional Control

I just wasted an hour surfing “tennis player freaks out” videos on youtube and it was an hour well-spent. Try for yourself. Keeping your emotions in check as a young athlete is important because it keeps focus on the task at hand: training and trying to win matches. Losing your cool is an inefficient use of your energy. And it’s embarrassing. Also hilarious. 

3. Time Management

Can anyone give me an accurate count on just how many different kinds of shots tennis uses? There’s a lot to work on. Plus, young tennis players usually have to deal with school, homework, and asking their parents for money. It’s a lot of work! The point is that just because you’re a serious athlete doesn’t mean the rest of your life stands still.

4. Personal Style

What type of game do you like to play? Power? Finesse? Tactically sound? Setting goals and then working towards them as a young player is a sneaky way to keep focused during a long season of training. Plus, everyone plays better when they’re confident and comfortable within their own personal style. 

5. Opponent Analysis

While it’s important to focus on yourself when you’re young and learning the game inside and out, it’s also important to start getting comfortable with the type of game your opponents play. It’s a lot to focus on in a match, but analyzing your opponent and looking for holes in their game gets easier with time. 

Up there in the title you’ll notice the word ‘focus’. That’s because nothing helps a young tennis player more than their ability to focus. On their training, on their in-game play, and on every other little detail that makes them unique. 

And yeah, it’s a tall order. Tennis is a mentally taxing sport, but so is life, and both go a lot smoother when you’re completely present, both body and mind. 

The body might be swinging the racquet, but the brain is calling the shots. Pretty cool, huh?


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