THE PERFECT PARTNER
When It Comes To Finding A Match On The Doubles Court, Opposites Attract.
In doubles, understanding each other's temperaments and respecting differences can produce successful combination. Here are 5 types of polar-opposite pairings that can win together.
PLAYING TENNIS INVOLVES MORE THAN SIMPLY YOUR ARMS & WRISTS
It involves a series of complex movements that start with your feet and ends up swinging a tennis racket.
It requires a honed and well trained muscular system to perform with the required power and speed needed. This is true at whatever level of tennis you are playing because the same muscle groups are used.
The series of movements performed in tennis is called the kinetic chain. Firstly your feet movements used to jump and run are the first link, followed by the rest of the chain with your legs, hips,trunk, arms and lastly your hand.
If you consider the complexity of stretching and movement of the muscles when playing tennis then you will appreciate the importance of warming up thoroughly and to gently prepare the muscles by stretching them properly.
The muscles used in the kinetic chain are mostly used as impact, due to the nature of the sport. Completely different than something like swimming and running.
Below features the muscle groups in order that they are used in tennis action, starting with the lower muscles and then utilizing the upper body and arms in the hitting of the ball action.
Initially your calves (gastrocnemius and soleus muscles) are the first group engaged when playing. The gastrocnemius is the largest muscle in the back of your calves or lower legs, and the soleus is a smaller muscle that lies under the former.
Next in the link are your calves or upper legs, these muscles are the hamstring and your quads at the front of your thighs. The power and energy is then transferred to the next link which is the gluteus maximus and medius otherwise known as your butt muscles.
The abdominals, obliques, latissimus dorsi and erector spinae muscles are the next major muscle group in the kinetic chain. The abs which are famous for your “six pack” consist of the rectus abdominis which runs from the ribs to the front of the pubic bone and the transverse abdominus which wraps around the midsection.
The oblique muscles are down the side of your body, and the erector spinae are the muscles that run along the spine. The lats or latissimus dorsi muscles are the largest muscles in the back and together with the abs they support the torso as a whole.
Upper Body Muscles
The kinetic links of the upper body include the major muscles of the chest, shoulders, upper back and arms. The pectoral muscles include the deltoids and rotator cuff muscles which are a group of four muscles that support the shoulder joint. The main muscles used in your upper back are the rhomboid and trapezius which leads to the next link of your upper arm including biceps and triceps. Then the last muscles of the chain are the flexor and extensor of the forearm.
4. The Forehand And The Backhand
Each player will have their preferred shot on the outside part of the court, the better forehand in the deuce court; the better backhand in the ad. It won't be easy for your opponents to pick on weaknesses.
1. The Leader & The Follower
Two leaders is a recipe for disaster; only one player can lead at a time. If you have a strong personality, take that quality serious. Followers don't control the emotional flow of the match like leaders do, and are happy to bring stability.
It will develop your child's self-esteem and confidence. Gestures such as a high-five from a teammate, pat on the back, or a handshake, when the lesson or match is over, helps build confidence. Also words of praise or of encouragement from the coach or players help build self-esteem. This also helps them learn to trust their own abilities and push themselves in their pursuits. And ask them whether they enjoyed it or not, rather than whether they won or lost.
Playing tennis helps children develop social skills which would benefit them even when they grow older. Playing tennis teaches them about teamwork and cooperating with others. They learn to interact with people from different ages. It also helps to give children a sense of belonging and give them the opportunity to make friends.
In tennis your child would need to follow a set of rules, take orders and accept decisions made by the coach. By listening to the coach and peers, children will learn an important life skill which would help them through their career and life. Tennis additionally develops sportsmanship at an early age, it instructs kids to adapt and comprehend the defeat and how to win at it. Above all it empowers FUN while you are doing an activity.
BENEFITS OF TENNIS FOR KIDS
There are several benefits of playing tennis for kids, such as having a healthier life, gaining more academic integrity and improving medical fitness. Allowing children to participate in outdoor extracurricular activities, such as tennis, help them explore and develop skills which are considered beneficial throughout their lives. By participating in tennis, children are exposed to various mental, social, emotional, physical and educational benefits. Some of these benefits are:
2. The Emotional And The Stable
If you are an emotional player, you would be well served to find a more stable partner. Too much or too little emotion in tennis is a dangerous combination. The stability keeps your team balanced.
3. The Baseline And The Volleyer
One player will be the setter, and the other player the finisher. It's a lethal combination.
5. The Right And The Lefty
This is the absolute ideal combination. Neither player will have to serve into the sun, and your opponents will be forced to return two different types of serves. When choosing sides, the lefty should be on the deuce side so the forehand volleys are in the middle. This will increase your chances at poaching.