Winter Tennis: A Survival Guide

It’s cold. It’s dark. Winter, frankly, can be tough on our tennis games.

But it doesn’t have to be.

After a long season of sprints and slides during tournament and league play, winter in the northeast can be just what your tennis game needs. So instead of letting your game get cold, work this winter on recovering from a long season and prepping for what’s to come.

After all, this winter won’t last forever.

1. Get the rest you need – Spring, summer and fall can be busy enough. Add in hours of tennis each week, and many of us are craving a break. Get the rest you need by cutting down on the physical demands of being on the court, even if that’s just for a week or two. You’ll feel better the next time you step on court.

2. Do some cross training – Stamina, strength and hand-eye coordination are some of the bedrocks of good tennis players. Cross training can help tennis players build other muscles and develop skills that translate to the court.

3. Set goals – When your summer or fall season ends, it’s fresh in your mind. Take some time to consider how you’ve been playing and what your goals are for the next year. This might include winning a championship, improving your serve, or having more fun on the court. Whatever your goals, make a note of them, and check back on them from time to time during your busy tennis season.

4. Gear check – Time for a new racquet? That old pair of shoes ready to be replaced? Save a few dollars to replace the gear in your bag that needs to be replaced. You’ll enter the spring looking good and feeling confident with nice, new gear.

5. Find a team or a tournament – If you’re used to playing in tournaments, consider joining a team for the winter months. And if you’re used to playing on teams, give a tournament a shot. Tournaments and leagues run all winter long, and both give a fresh perspective on the game and could show you another side of the sport you’re not used to.

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