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Excerpt — Tennis Anatomy

Proper movement skills are vitally important for success on the tennis court.

Being able to move well on the court is a huge component of successful tennis. If you can’t get there, you can’t hit the ball. This oversimplifies the game, but there is a lot of truth to it. We recommend you work on movement skills daily.

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Tennis defined by four distinct playing styles

Do you know what your playing style is? Do you like to come to the net and put the ball away with a volley or overhead? Or are you the type of player who likes to outlast your opponent by never missing a ball? Or do you like to hit the ball hard from the baseline, trying to dictate points and go for winners?

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Why volleys are still a crucial part of the game

Being fit enough to endure a long match while pressuring your opponent could be the difference between winning and losing. Coaches know that good volleys are hit with the feet as well as the hands. You have to be in proper position to volley well. Therefore, training the legs is probably the most important activity you can participate in to become a good volleyer.

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The importance of shoulder movement to tennis

For a tennis player, the shoulder is one of the most used (and sometimes overused) areas of the body. Typically, this makes it one of the most injured areas, especially in competitive tennis players.

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