Novak Djokovic’s incredible flexibility helps him stay injury free and hit effective shots on the run.
So you just finished your second match of the day with more tournament action scheduled for tomorrow morning. What steps can you take towards recovery?
Arguably the most important action you can take is to sneak in all important cool-down stretch. This will help to ensure that your fatigued muscles do not remain stiff going into the next day of competition. Research has shown that static stretching performed after an activity can often be more important to athletic performance over time than when done before exercise. Yet it is important to get your stretching in very soon after the workout while the muscles are still warm. Below are five of my favorite stretches that you can do even before leaving the courts!
(NOTE: The stretches below should each last a total of 1-3 minutes)
Tennis Buddy will help you connect with a new tennis partner in minutes!
One of the biggest problems in tennis is not having a partner to play with. In fact, 65% of all tennis players named “not having a tennis partner” as the main problem for why they don’t play as often as they’d like.
Sophia Vogt, a former Division-I collegiate player, faced this very problem during a trip to Europe. Wishing she could have found advanced players in the cities she traveled through, she realized that almost every tennis player in the world has the same problem.
This led her to the creation of Tennis Buddy, a new mobile app that shows all available tennis partners in the area filtered by age, skill level or gender. Since last fall, the app has received strong interest with 7,000 tennis players in more than 15 cities having joined worldwide. However, for Vogt this is just the start. Her goal is to revolutionize tennis as we know it by connecting millions of players in cities all over the world.
By being location-based and mobile, the app is able to match up players with a “request to play” broadcast sent out to all players within a 5-mile radius. Vogt explains: “The broadcast is what makes our app so fast. With an average response time of 8 minutes, the broadcast instantly gives our users several hundred nearby players at hand, just at the press of a button.”
Give it a try today!
Roger Federer has switched to a more modern-style player’s frame that’s more forgiving and easier to use.
Roger Federer‘s new prototype racquet is a perfect example of how the MODERN PLAYER’S FRAME is becoming more and more popular in the game of tennis. He’s shed his traditional midsize Pro Staff for a more powerful and forgiving 98 square inch frame.
Modern player’s frames possess a slightly larger head size and a crisper, livelier response, similar to the more modern “‘tweener” frames like the Babolat AeroPro or Pure Drive. At the same time, they retain the classic precision and feel of a more traditional-style racquet like the Wilson Six.One or Pro Staff. They are ideal for the intermediate to advanced player that appreciates the classic touch and feel but just wants something a little more forgiving in order to help keep up with the modern game.
Here are my 5 current favorites: