How to prepare for returning to tennis

26/03/2021

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Tennis is coming back. From 29 March, England will join Scotland and Wales in re-opening outdoor tennis for everyone (yippee!)

There’s never been a better time to get on court – tennis is a great full body workout that helps keep us physically and mentally fit.

Many of us, though, will be playing for the first time in a while (or ever), so before you do, here is all you need to know ahead of your return to tennis.

Fitness

Tennis is a great cardio workout, but it can also improve our strength, speed, agility, and co-ordination.

But we’ve all been there – you’ve been off the court for a while and the fitness levels are starting to waiver slightly in your first match back.

Well, have no fear because we have a whole host of tennis-themed exercises and fitness sessions you can do at home, that will have you sprinting around the court in no time.

Whether you want to break a sweat with tennis HIIT or get loose with some yoga exercises, here’s just a few examples of how you can improve your fitness at home.

Skills

Want to brush up on your volleys? Perfect your serving action? Or improve those groundstrokes – no matter where you are, there’s always an opportunity to get better at tennis.

Learn some new shots – and tricks – with our range of home skills sessions for different ages and abilities.

Start getting outside

Even though we can’t get on court until 29 March, there are still ways you can get your tennis fix in the great outdoors.

Here are a few exercises and games you can do in lockdown with a member of your household, or one other person, in your local park.

 

Selecting equipment

The equipment you need to play is often easy to come by and doesn’t need to be expensive. All you need to start tennis as a beginner is a pair of comfy trainers and a racket.

Try to use a racket with the correct grip size – when holding the grip you should be able to fit a finger in the gap between your fingertips and the base of your thumb. You could build this up with an extra grip. If the racket frame is made from one piece of material, ideally graphite, it’s more stable.

If you’re a veteran in the game, you might consider refreshing your strings to get some added power on those shots too.

For wheelchair tennis players, make sure that your chair is all set up properly ready for action - you can find out more information in our handy guide here.

Guidance

While it’s exciting that we can get back outside and play from 29 March, it’s important to make sure you keep yourself safe, as well as the others around you.

Social distancing must be maintained at all times both on and off the court. Make sure you only use your own equipment and that you are washing your hands thoroughly on a regular basis.

If you have symptoms, you must stay at home and seek professional medical support.

The LTA’s Open Court programme for disability tennis will also resume across England and the rest of Great Britain from the 29 March. You can find more details about the programme and getting back to tennis here.

If you don’t feel ready to return to court just yet then don’t worry, we also got you covered. Our Tennis at Home Hub will keep you entertained and active until you feel safe to get back out there.

For more information on the return to tennis across Britain and how you can stay safe on court please head to our coronavirus guidance page.

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