Ready for tennis camp? It is only one week away from the annual (my fourth) adventure of going to the John Newcomb Fantasy Tennis Camp outside of San Antonio. Am I ready?
Well, like the pros point to majors in their training, so have I. Over the summer, I started thinking about what I needed to do to get the most out of the week â€“ and NOT get injured.
TENNIS: Most of the summer, there was a good cadre of players (Thanks to all my New Hampshire buddies!) to run me around the tennis court five-six times a week, mostly singles. I donâ€™t think my game got any worse this last year; and actually tried to work on some of my weaknesses with some challenging drills and competitive matches. We shall see.
CONDITIONING: In addition to the tennis, weight training was part of the ritual â€“ with an objective of working out two times a week; mostly upper body exercises to build some strength and endurance. My brother had given me a yoga DVD and my son gave me one on Pilates; so I have been doing stretching and core strengthening on a regular basis â€“ it really seems to have helped the on-court movement and reaching.
EQUIPMENT: My racquets are all freshly strung, three new pairs of New Balance shoes are going to be unpacked and broken in this week, and I even have a fresh supply of Thorlo tennis socks to soften the impact of those Texas hard courts.
To all those who will be there: See you soon! To those not having the first-hand pleasure, if you are interested, check out the daily diary starting in one week.