It's with great pleasure that I introduce Pat Etcheberry and his
new tennis fitness training series to our TennisOne readership.
Pat has achieved near legendary status in the field of sports fitness and movement and the name Etcheberry is synonymous with success in the sport of tennis. Having trained nearly two-dozen champions, Pat's players read like a Who's Who of tennis, including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Martina Hingis, Jim Courier, Sergi Brugeura, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Mary Jo Fernandez, Ken Flach, Mardy Fish, Iva Majoli, Gabriela Sabatini, Robert Seguso, and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
Whether you're playing tennis at the club level, or aspiring to the
college or professional level, you can learn and apply the secrets of
tennis training from one of the sport's greats. Stay tuned for Pat
Etcheberry's insights each month on TennisOne!
Kim Shanley, Publisher, TennisOne
Pat Etcheberry: Physical Conditioning and the
In the modern game it is widely accepted that physical conditioning is very important for success on the tennis court. As recently as ten years ago many people did not accept this as fact. At that time very few tennis players were trained as athletes.
Today a player wouldn't have a chance of winning if they showed up for a tournament out of shape. So, as the physical demands of the sport have changed, so have the methods and modalities of training a tennis player. The training program that I have developed and modified over the many years of working with top tennis professionals is very tennis specific. You cannot train a tennis player the same way in which you would condition a football or a basketball player. A conditioning coach and tennis coach must have a good understanding of the physical needs that are unique to a tennis player.
Click photo: Justine Henin-Hardenne talks about Pat Etcheberry and the hard work she put into her tennis game.
Players need to understand, and coaches need to
emphasize, how being physically fit effects their confidence and mental toughness as much as it does their endurance, speed and mobility on the court. By strengthening a person physically, I believe they can also be strengthened
Over my career many people have asked me how I became
involved with the sport of tennis and had the opportunity to train so many A-list tennis players. Even when I was competing as an athlete myself, first as an elite soccer player and later as an Olympic track and field athlete, I knew that someday I wanted to coach other athletes. I was keenly aware of the importance of being physically fit and I knew that a good conditioning program could always make a player better.
I spent 27 years as the head strength and conditioning
coach at the University of Kentucky, coaching all varsity sports, both men's and women's. While there, I began doing consulting work for the Nick Bolletteri Tennis Academy. Eventually I left the University of Kentucky to train and travel with Andre Agassi. Since then I have been fortunate to be able to work with such players as Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Sergio Bruguera, Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin Hardenne, Gabriela Sabatini, and many more.
Click photo: Jim Courier talks about the inside out forehand drill Pat Etcheberry developed specifically for him.
To design a winning conditioning program that is sport specific, you must be able to analyze the needs and physical requirements of the sport. I became a student of the sport of tennis by studying the top players extensively and talking with them and their coaches about their specific needs. I set out to become an expert on movement, footwork, strength, flexibility, and all other components of a great tennis player. I studied the movement and footwork of the top players, compared to the length of the matches, the number of matches played in a given week, the strengths and weaknesses of different players, etc.
My program has been developed and modified over the years.
In addition, the program is adapted on an individual basis taking into account each players strengths and weaknesses; you don't want to train a baseline player the same way you would a serve-and-volley player. For example, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier worked with me at the same time. However, they needed different programs due to their different physical needs and styles of play. The same was true for Mary Joe Fernandez and Jennifer Capriati.
When training players in any sport, but particulary in
tennis, I work on his or her strengths, but focus even more
on their weaknesses, as that's where they have the most
room for improvement. The training is such that anything
they could face on game day couldn't be any more
challenging than what they have been through in training.
Thus the body and mind adapt and respond appropriately at
the crucial moments.
Jim Courier's inside out forehand drill under match conditions.
Finally, a player's motivation, drive, perseverance, and character can determine the degree to which he or she will be successful. When I evaluate a player, not only do I look at their physical possibilities, but also their desire to be the best. Are they willing to do the work required to be the best? Their answer is not always yes. There have been many players who were not the most gifted physically, but who made up for that with a toughness, a heart, a work ethic that took them to the top. For me, Monica Seles, Jim Courier, and Justine Henin-Hardenne immediately come to mind.
My philosophy seems to have worked over the years. By evaluating each of my players both as athletes and as unique individuals, and then customizing their training program to fit their skills and personalities, together over the years we have won more than 100 Grand Slam Championships and Olympic Medals.
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The Etcheberry Experience DVD
For more than twenty years Pat Etcheberry has been providing athletes from around the world with the winning edge. We call this the Etcheberry Experience, and players with an Etcheberry experience have hoisted Championship Trophies at over one hundred major championships, including 28 Australian Opens, 18 Wimbledons, 22 US Opens, 22 French Opens and 15 Olympic medals.
And now it's your turn! This is your chance to experience the same drills, exercises and words of tennis wisdom that Pat gave to Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Hingis, Jim Courier, Justine Henin-Hardenne, and others, that helped launch them on their incredible careers. For the first time, Pat Etcheberry shares his training secrets in a series of DVDs for players of all ages, their coaches, and trainers.
One Step Open and Closed Stance Drills
Pat Etcheberry has achieved near legendary status in the field of sports fitness and movement and the name Etcheberry is synonymous with success in tennis. Whether you're playing tennis at the club level, or aspiring to the college or professional level, you can learn and apply the secrets of tennis training from one of the sport's greats. TennisOne is proud to bring the Etcheberry Experience to you in this insightful video series. Click here for dial-up connection.
Effectiveness of Modern and Classical Approach Shots
One of the major changes in the modern game has been the approach shot. The classic down-the-line approach allowed the attacking player to better cover the court than the crosscourt. The player generally hit underspin and moved through the ball. Although much of the classical game remains true, due to powerful groundstrokes, there have emerged other options. Doug Eng examines the effectiveness of the approach in the modern game.
Should You Elect to Serve or Receive?
From the local park courts to elite tennis clubs and on up to the professional level it seems automatic, you win the toss and you elect to serve first and notables like Jim Courier and Pete Sampras could not agree more. Yet there are some very convincing reasons to consider choosing return of serve to start a match and Paul Fein presents the case.
ProStrokes Gallery: David Nalbandian - Serve
This Argentinean has had many stellar performances. Nalbandian wins on versatility, on a balanced game, on excellent movement, and primarily on shot selection and smarts. Rather than a big forehand or blistering serve, he is known for excellent court position and a counter punchers knack. Simple grips, simple strokes, there is much to admire here. New this issue, the Nalbandian Serve.
Virtual Tennis Academy
Current professional tour coach, Heath Waters and wife, top 100 and former no. 33 in the world ranked tour player, Lindsay Lee-Waters, are proud to release the first predominantly all streaming video based e-learning tennis instructional website at www.virtualtennisacademy.com
Subscribers will receive personal video tennis instruction directly from Heath and Lindsay as well as mental coaching, sports performance training, and much, more from a hand chosen team of experts currently working with professional tennis players on tour. Now anyone in the world, no matter what level, can receive the same world class training the world's best tennis players receive right from the convenience of their own home.
Jeff Greenwald - Fearless Tennis
Feel you're playing tentatively and know that you have greater potential than you're demonstrating in tournaments? This one of a kind, double- CD audio program, FearlessTennnis: The 5 Mental Keys To Unlocking Your Potential, will help you compete with confidence, close out matches and is a great way to get the mental edge en route to a tournament.
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