Tennis is becoming more and more popular every day. It is true that simple training is not enough. You may be as talented as you want, but if you don’t want to work on your performances with an expert, in smaller groups, specifically according to your needs, with the emphasize on the areas that are the weakest part of your overall tennis features, your chances of going higher will remain at minimum forever. It is not talent what creates an amazing tennis player, talent is only 5-10%, depending on the country you are playing. However, if you want to be the world popular tennis player, private tennis lessons are an indispensable part of your training process; other than having the best tennis racquet.
Here is my list of the biggest advantages of private tennis lessons.
1. Focus on the specific feature
No matter how good you are, you can always be better. In the process of sports specialization, even when you are a veteran, your technique may not be at the top level. Why? Because the striking technique is corrupted when playing at maximum speed due to forced movements. So, for example, if you two-handed backhand is the best strike you have in your repertoire, why should you focus it more? Your opponent will know your vulnerabilities, and he will play constant drop shots to call you on the net. Or he will simply aim for your forehand (this was the problem of Rafael Nadal when he was younger). Good individual coach, with the good individual approach, will focus on your vulnerabilities and correct it to the maximum. You will have more chances of earning a victory.
2. Better physical preparation
There is a big problem nowadays, but the situation definitively becomes better. Many players simply hate to go to the gym and strengthen the parts of the body that are their weakest parts. For example, if your stamina is not good, your endurance will be worse and worse as the match develops. If you go to the 5th set, an opponent will demolish you.
However, running endless circuits is not the solution. Do you really have a long time running in tennis? Absolutely no! Many points last no more than 30 seconds, in the situations when you run at maximum speed for 5-7 steps, with sudden directions changes. The focus should definitively be on the agility training, followed by reaction time improvements. A tennis player who changes the direction faster definitively has better chances to return the bigger number of balls. Just take a look at Rafael Nadal, he is physically the best tennis player in the world, alongside Andy Murray. He is able to change direction so suddenly, and he always returns one ball more. It is so difficult to obtain a point versus Nadal since you always need one backhand, forehand, drop shot or volley more. Footwork is also a very important part of training. If I mention a fact that Novak Djokovic does 8-10 steps when positioning for the basic forehand or backhand, what do you think, how many steps will he do when an opponent’s shot is very hard or very difficult to be returned?
If it is about gym training, the specific focus should be on the areas that are on the biggest stress during the match. Also, if the player is injured, an injury specialist should work with him, in order to rehabilitate the player and give him an opportunity to strengthen the muscles. Injury recovery is not only a recovery, it is a prevention of future microtraumas and ruptures. Good rehabilitation is not only when your player returns to play, it is when your player never has any similar type of injury unless the situation was unavoidable. For example, it is well-known that Andy Murray had articulatio talocruralis (hock, ankle joint) problems when he was younger due to sudden slides and direction changes. However, his strength and conditioning coach did an amazing job by using resistance bands in his training, by giving him wonderful exercises that strengthened the muscles around his joint, and he is less injured now. He is even in the top 3 players.
The main focus, if the player is not injured, should be on the hamstring, and adductor strengthening, due to the balance ratio of quadriceps – hamstring and abductors – adductors. Adductors are on the biggest stress during tennis matches due to sudden slides. Also, core strengthening and core stability are crucial. If your player needs stronger strikes, better focus on 8-12 repetitions, with the break of 90-120 seconds between sets. However, if you want to build endurance, 20-30 repetitions with smaller weight will be ok, but the rest periods between sets have to be smaller.
3. Season goals
Before you even start to work with a private coach, you should wonder what are the plans for your season? Which tournaments will you visit, how difficult are your opponents, who will you play with? When should you reach the peak of your sports form? This is why private lessons are incredibly important.
An educated coach, who understands the process of sports form, will be able to time the peak of your sports form for the most important competition, like Grand Slams for the top players. If your form is far from good, you will show fatigue, nausea, apathy, nervousness, insomnia… Private lessons are very important to avoid this situation. Better form for the proper tournament means the chance for better results.
4. Psychological aspect
Generally, tennis players travel a lot. It is very difficult to be apart from family. Many players suffer depressions and anxiety. It is hard to stay focused when you constantly change the place where you sleep or the city you are in.
A good private coach can develop an amazing psychological connection with the player, by helping him resolve his problems. Or, at least, the player will have who to talk to. As funny as it looks, but mental health is a very important link to the success. If player’s mental health is bad, his results will drop sooner or later. The good individual approach enables the coach to talk to the player, help him resolve his problems, give good advice and improve its results. Everybody from top 20 players, male or female, are taking individual psychologists with themselves, as a part of their team.
A life coach is also a good option. Players have to be protected from insanity when too much money starts to be earned. Someone should definitively be there to pinpoint on the crucial facts.
After all, a combination of this four things creates the difference between the professional player and a wasted talent. Better start taking private classes as soon as you can and increase your chances of becoming professional tennis player!