Yoga the key to tennis longevity
Tennis is a demanding game on the body, requiring a stable base to strike powerful shots and dynamic movement all around the court.
This is no more so evident than at the elite level where players play best of five-set matches, often just days apart.
In order to prepare their bodies for these challenges, more and more players now practise yoga and pilates. These activities comprise exercises that have been shown to boost mental and physical well-being.
Andy Murray is just one player who has talked about yoga’s role in his tennis conditioning:
“I don't think I looked after my body as well as I should have done. That was something that changed a few years ago. Now that I have been looking after my back, doing more different types of stretching and injury prevention work, it’s no issue whatsoever.”
But yoga is not just for the elite. It can be practised by people of any age, has classes suitable to any fitness level, and can make day-to-day activities much easier, particularly those requiring flexibility, balance or strength.
Our founder Annabel Croft, a former British number one tennis player herself, is such a big believer in the health benefits yoga can bring that we incorporate it into our tennis holidays programmes in Portugal.
So if you are a yoga-lover or would like to try it out, why not pay us a visit?
Benefiting from the Algarve’s 300 days of sunshine a year, we welcome players all year round who wish to play and practice tennis on holiday.
We have five floodlit courts – two clay and three hard – as well as one padel court, and our qualified coaches provide a range of courses for both adults and children which are a great way to improve your tennis. All of this is surrounded by the landscaped gardens of the resort and the beach a short walk away!
If you’d like to improve your tennis on holiday in Portugal, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org