Since the timing of the split step depends on the contact point of the opponent, practicing the movement cycle is usually more effective in a live ball format.
The drill focuses on short diagonal sprints forwards and backwards with quick changes of direction. The coach has absolute control…
Footwork training is essential in tennis and using elastic resistance is an effective way to improve speed, agility and strength. Here we see an elastic belt in action.
For this drill the player start on the middle of the baseline and runs to the singles sideline as if going to hit a shot. He then recovers back to the middle.
The children put their racquets on the ground in a circle around another racquet with 12 balls, two balls per player.
The coach calls the color of the cone that the player should touch. After 3 touches he feeds a short ball, which the player has to hit over the net with solid technique.
The players move as quickly as possible between both cones following a figure 8.
The players mirror each other and move laterally along the side line. One player sets the tempo and the other has to match it. Players should vary their speeds.
The following drill helps improve players’ speed and agility. It is important that players run in every direction: forwards, backwards, sideways and even diagonally.