Do you want to improve your stamina at the end of a tennis match? My good friend (from Connecticut, Naples, and Newk Camp) Rich Tarantino recommends working hard at the end of your practice sessions and matches.
Rich feels that you want to push yourself at the end of play to build up your conditioning for “when it really counts.” So if you are practicing with a friend – or playing a friendly match – recognize that you have 10-15 minutes left in your time on the court and make an overt effort to stay on the balls of your feet and try to run down every shot you can.
But also be careful NOT to push yourself to the point of injury. If you feel something in one of your key muscle groups, that is not the time to push harder; because that could cause a minor injury to become a major one.
But if all feels good – even though you may be feeling somewhat fatigued – pushing yourself is a rewarding experience unto itself (and makes that after-match beer taste even better!).
What do you think?
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