Great Britain’s National Governing Body of Tennis, the LTA, has developed official training videos to ensure all tennis-goers can stay in shape whilst the country goes into COVID-19 lockdown.
Although the official training videos have been designed by LTA coaches and fitness experts, they’re suitable for all ages, abilities and genders.
With the majority of sports fixtures facing cancellations, the LTA want to keep the British tradition of summer tennis alive with these at-home exercises that are perfect for including younger members of the family.
Grab yourself a partner, a racket and a ball and start passing the ball between you on the ground. Make sure you keep swapping hands and always stop the ball in front of you. Challenge yourself and see how many you can get up to.
This is a great game that can be played indoors. Stand opposite your partner with a ball holding it out in front of you. On the count of three, you’re both going to drop the ball and try to catch your partner’s after the bounce.
Hand Ball Rally
This rally is a great way to practice your shot positioning, changing from side to side to hit the ball back to your partner using your hand. Always make sure to swap over after five shots, so both players have a turn at both hitting and receiving.
Stand facing your partner a few metres apart. Your partner should now underarm throw the ball to you whilst calling out ‘right’ or ‘left’. You then have to move and catch the ball on your racket after the ball has bounced standing on one leg only – which leg depends on whether your partner has called ‘left’ or ‘right’. Then bounce the ball and throw it back to your partner whilst still standing on one leg.
High Five Rallies
With a partner, drop the ball and after the bounce, gently hit it in the air for the other player to catch on their racket; that is then a rally of one. On the next go, see if you can both hit it to each other before catching; that’s then a rally of two. Test yourself to see how many shots you can get in one rally.