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6 Ways to Alleviate Pre-Match Jitters

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/14/17 9:00 AM

Most athletes are all too familiar with having "butterflies in the stomach" before a big game. The anticipation and heart-pounding excitement you can feel before engaging in competition is perfectly normal, but if left unchecked, it can spiral into nervousness and anxiety. If you're tired of feeling like a bundle of nerves before every tennis match, below are some tried-and-true ways to alleviate those pre-match jitters.

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Topics: Tennis

Where to Start? From the Couch to the Tennis Court

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 8/31/17 9:00 AM

Have you been thinking about taking up tennis? It's a good choice, as tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. Perhaps you feel a little uncertain about where to start, especially if you haven't been physically active in a good while. The good news is that tennis is a very beginner-friendly sport, and there are plenty of resources available to help you develop your skills. If you're ready to try your hand at this fun and addictive sport, below are some simple steps to help you transition from couch to tennis. 

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When to Add Strength Training to Your Child's Tennis Routine

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 8/15/17 9:00 AM

It is a well-known fact that strength training is one of the best ways for tennis players to improve their power, control and athleticism. While strength training is commonly recommended for adult tennis players, what about for children? Is it safe, or will it cause problems down the road? Fortunately, the latest research has shown that strength training is not only safe for kids when done properly, but it can also be very beneficial to their overall body development.

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Attending a Professional Match: 10 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 7/27/17 9:30 AM

Any hardcore tennis fan will tell you that attending a professional tennis match is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. Whether you're venturing out to Western & Southern Open or another high-profile tennis event, below are 10 things to keep in mind to help you get the most out of your experience.

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Love: 5 Ways Playing Tennis Together Can Improve Your Relationship

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 7/18/17 9:30 AM

Most people know that playing tennis is a great way to stay in shape, but did you know that it can be a great relationship booster as well? For many couples, the word "love" is not only a part of the tennis scoring system, but it's also a by-product of playing this fun sport together! Spending time on the tennis court as a couple is an engaging and invigorating way to connect with your significant other, and as numerous studies have shown, there are several relationship benefits that can be experienced as well. Below are five ways that playing tennis together can improve your relationship. 

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The Secret to Winning in Doubles: Controlling the Net

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 6/29/17 9:30 AM

Although doubles tennis obviously shares a lot of things in common with singles tennis, in many ways it's an entirely different animal. There are certain elements of doubles tennis that require a completely different approach to strategy and tactics, and many times what works well in singles tennis might not work at all on the doubles court. One of the biggest differences between singles and doubles tennis strategy is how the net is played.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Defensive Backhand

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 6/15/17 9:30 AM

If you want to become a well-rounded tennis player, you're going to have to spend some time adding defensive shots to your arsenal. After all, nothing is worse than losing to an opponent because they discovered a weakness in your defensive strategies. One of the most important shots to develop along these lines is the defensive backhand, as you will probably have to use it in match play more often than you would like.

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Are Your Strings Holding You Back?

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 6/6/17 9:30 AM

There are all kinds of factors that can influence your performance on the tennis court, but what often goes overlooked is the impact that your racquet strings can have on your game. Although this might seem like a minor detail, you would be surprised at how much of a difference a small adjustment in string tension can make, or how choosing the right gauge (thickness) can noticeably boost the responsiveness of your racquet. You wouldn't want something so seemingly innocuous as your racquet strings to hold your game back, so keep the following points in mind to ensure that your string setup will work in your favor. 

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Get Back on the Court Faster with These Foam Roller Exercises

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 5/25/17 9:00 AM

If you're an avid tennis player, no doubt you're all too familiar with aching muscles. Using a foam roller is a great way to "work out the kinks" by applying pressure to these muscles in a process known as "self-myofascial release." While some have regarded foam rollers as cute cylindrical torture devices, it's hard to deny that they can bring some much-needed relief to sore muscles. Below are four excellent foam roller exercises that will help you shorten your recovery time so that you can get back on the tennis court faster.

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5 Ways to Create and Maintain Momentum during a Match

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 5/9/17 9:00 AM

If you take the time to study a decent number of professional tennis matches, you will begin to see how momentum swings can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a match. Almost without fail, there will be at least a few critical points during a tennis match where a player can capitalize upon this powerful force to get into a rhythm that is difficult for their opponent to break. When this starts to happen, it's almost like the player with momentum has the Midas touch – simply put, everything just seems to go their way. Not only are they aggressively constructing and winning their points, but their opponent seems to be more and more prone to unforced errors. So how can you create this seemingly magical force known as momentum, and once you have it, how can you maintain it? Below are some tried-and-true tips to help you leverage momentum in your tennis matches for maximum benefit. 

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