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Aerobic Fitness for Tennis: Testing and Practical Application - Part 2

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Aerobic Fitness for Tennis: Testing and Practical Application - Part 2

Specific tennis fitness tests that take into account technical efficiency, have been validated scientifically (part 1) and could be considered gold standards’. But these tests are exclusively reserved for players in well-structured centres because of the detailed methodology necessary for successful execution.

For years, national federations have used the multistage fitness test (or 20m shuttle run test) to evaluate aerobic fitness due to its practical implementation and ease of use. However, though it involves change-of-direction (COD) movements, it’s still a continuous incremental test and does not represent the intermittent characteristics of tennis play.

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The Importance of Aerobic Fitness for Tennis - Part 1

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The Importance of Aerobic Fitness for Tennis - Part 1

A tennis match is characterized by intermittent exercise, alternating short (4–10 second) bouts of high intensity and short (10–20 second) recovery bouts, interrupted by several periods of longer duration rest (60–90 seconds). The running activities of players encompass high accelerations and decelerations but low velocities reflecting the intermittent play involved in tennis, which does not allow high velocities to be reached (Hoppe et al, 2014).

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