Developing a top tennis player – The ITF guidelines


 

If you go to the International tennis federation‘s web site you will find ”

DEVELOPING TOP JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS
By Habtu Afework (Ethiopia)

AGE SPECIFIC GOALS

6-8 years old
· Main objective to develop interest
· Introduce the general idea and rules of tennis. Install sport discipline.
· Practice On a mini tennis court.
· 3-4 sessions a week, each session not longer tan 45 minutes. Group lessons.
· Introduce group / team competition. Different drills with points and games.
· 50% tennis – 50% other sport. Soccer, handball, basketball, swimming, etc.
· Note: Ah ball games must be in mini courts using plastic junior balls.

9-11 years old
· Main objective to develop technique and tactical skills
· Use proper tennis courts.
· All strokes should be learnt. Execute all spins.
· Develop basic court movement.
· 1 hour 3-4 times a week.
· Singles and doubles strategies and match practice.
· Tournament rules and regulations.
· Competition singles and doubles.
· 70% tennis 30% other sport

12-14 years old
· Main objective to technique and tactical interpretation and to develop physical
fitness and mental toughness
· Develop style of play.
· Video analysis of all strokes & Review

· Play on different court surfaces (hard, clay, etc.)
· On and off court conditioning. Introduce proper warm-up and cool down.
· Introduce sport psychology (mental efficiency) play to win.
· 2-3 hours a day, 4-5 times a week group lesson.
· Competition singles and doubles.
· 85% tennis 15% other sport
· Note: Based on the standard of fitness, testing methods need to be applied 2-3
times a year in order to assess the weaknesses.
· Before the beginning of the training term (or year) the coach should obtain a
medical certificate from each player e.g. Certification from General
Practitioner.
15-16 year old (intermediate level)
· Further development of all basic strokes
· Specific training methods to measure the fitness level
· On and off court fitness programme
· Preparation for high performance level
· Special emphasis on match situation practise
· Practise on different court surfaces
· Group and tailor made – training session
· Mental toughness training
· 3-4 hours training a day 4-5 times a week
· Competition singles and doubles

16-18 year old (advanced level)

· Development of individuals best level
· Specific training methods to measure the strokes and fitness level
· On and off court fitness programme
· Increase the training volume and intensity progressively
· Stabilise the strokes technique and improve the best result for a longer time
· Special emphasis on serve, return and match practise
· Mental toughness training
· 3-4hours a day 5-6 times a week
· Competition singles and doubles

In addition to the Age Specific Goals, there is other useful information in the report.  See the whole article – HERE

 

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