It’s Raining, What to do?


The rainy season is well and truly on.

Until the beginning of August, our academy would probably have lost a maximum of three sessions due to rain.

However, since the past week, there has been a constant downpour; as a result of which I and the AUDA-NEO-PITA academy kids have not visited the tennis courts for the last six days!

(Source of the pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9205272@N07/5494475147/

The picture above belongs to Leslie Gordon)

Rains can be frustrating for tennis playing kids. These are kids who run on a very tight schedule and then due to rains, they seem to have a lot of spare time at their disposal. And what do you think happens?

They don’t know what to do with their free time.

And so they figure out and exercise the worst option: Watching TV.

But that is not what you are supposed to do.

Here is a list of things you can do to utilise your time effectively, in case of rains:

I have divided the options into three parts:

1. Tennis-Specific

-  You can practice the toss for your serve. Have a target for the place where the ball should land (a circle or a spare racket will be useful). Also have a target for the height of the toss.

-  You can do practice swings for all strokes (preferably in front of a mirror)

-  You can watch tennis matches or tennis videos. – On TV or on the internet.

-  Utilise the time away from tennis to analyse your game. What have you been struggling with lately? What do you need to improve? How will you get better?

From the above mentioned point, it follows that you should make a plan.

2.  Tennis fitness

From my experience, I can tell you that your tennis fitness is surely one of those aspects that can really improve by leaps and bounds.

Why: In the rainy season, the player is quite fresh since tennis practice is off on a rainy day. Hence, zero tiredness. Hence when it comes to fitness, one can work harder, put in more effort, intensity, more time, etc.

Here’s how:

– Strength: You can always work out in the gym.

In case you do not have access to the gym, you can also do push-ups, pull-ups, resistance tube exercises. You should work on the abdominal muscles doing crunches, leg raises, etc.

– Endurance: You can keep strengthening your aerobic base by running on a treadmill for a longer period of time (at a good speed). You may also try cycling.

And of course, skipping is always a good option and is always available.

– Flexibility: Flexibility can show a marked improvement, even if you do one good session a day. Keep doing the floor stretches and you will see the result when you get back to the courts.

3.  Most important!

Not playing tennis gives you ample time to focus on your studies. Use this time wisely. Finish your course. Well, even go beyond what is being taught in the school.

If you use the time wisely, you can reduce the pressure of the oncoming exams with the result that you will not have to miss tennis during the exams.

That’s what you should aim for- no more missing tennis due to exams. Prepare hard, work harder.

Chak De!

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