You may have read David Epstein's Range - How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World? A fascinating read if you get the chance.
Early on in discussing the two different routes Tiger and Roger took to the top of their respective sports, he writes:
'Eventual elites typically devote less time early on to deliberate practice in the activity in which they will eventually become experts. Instead, they undergo what researchers call a 'sampling period'. They play a variety of sports, usually in an unstructured or lightly structured environment; they gain a range of physical proficiencies from which they can draw; they learn about their own abilities and proclivities; and only later do they focus in and ramp up technical practice on one area.'
We of course are drawn to research and ideas that support our own view and experience, and it is very much my view and experience that multi-sport athletes in childhood and early teens go on to becoming better 'tennis athletes' and players later on. As a multi-sport athlete until late into my 'teens' I have always felt the benefit of this 'range' of physical experience on the tennis court - even if I never reached the elite level.
I'm not saying head off and join your nearest netball/basketball/football team (though bravo if you already play in such) but continue to spend time playing other sports, even if it's just a muck-around in the garden like today's video which continues to explore the 'R' and 'E' of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Enjoy!
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Continuing this little mini series on R.E.S.P.E.C.T and borrowing from other sports to improve our ability to be ‘ready’ to react with ‘energy’ in the feet. What better sport than basketball to help with this. Can u dribble? Can u defend? Have a go! @everyballtennis @haltonuk @prov3_halton @judejxmes #crosstrain #multisport #physical #range #basketball #physicalfitness #tennis #tennisexercise #tennisathome #everyball #stayhome #stayhealthy #basketballtraining