A fantastic picture taken down at Halton by my good bro Steve James. Mother duck and her 12 babies have re-positioned themselves on-court safe in the knowledge that no tennis is being played! Amazing how quickly nature recovers its territory during these times.
Speaking of re-positioning and recovery, here's a little video on perhaps the most common lateral movement pattern when recovering from an 'out-wide' shot.
A few stats on footwork and movement (Tennis Science: Optimising performance on the court)
- 80% of movement in tennis is lateral
- Players change direction on average 4.2 times per point (can be up to 15!)
- Players in a competitive match at pro level can run anywhere between 1-5 miles in distance
- Most movement is within a 2.5 - 4.0 metre radius
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So here’s one common movement pattern in how to recover laterally from a wider ball. How much distance can u cover in this ‘cross-over step/side-step/sidestep’ combination? Good ‘P’reparation for your next shot begins with effective recovery/repositioning from your last shot. Be brilliant at the basics through r.e.s.P.e.c.t! @everyballtennis @haltonuk @prov3_halton #everyball #respect #workhard #learntennis #tennisplayer #stayhome #keepgoing