It is possible to get back to playing tennis after a break, even if it has been how many years. If you were at a high level before, you may have developed a good foundation of skills and understanding of the game, which can help you regain your proficiency more quickly.
However, it is important to keep in mind that there may be a period of adjustment to the sport after such a significant break weather you are a professional, an amateur or an intermediate tennis player. Here are a few suggestions to help you get back into tennis:
- Take it slow: Don’t try to rush things and play a match or 2 hours of intense tennis. Instead, do a 30-minute session. The objective is regain physique and momentum.
- Warm up well: We want to warmup the muscles and joints to prevent injuries, which happen a lot after coming back from a long break. There are good exercises to accomplish within 5 or 15 minutes:
- Running the lines
- High knees
- Leg stretches
- Arm stretches
- Find a cooperative partner: Preferably, don’t play with a coach who would just toss balls at you, but find someone to hit with.
- Start easy: Begin from the service line with simple controlled shots. The goal is to keep the exchange going to find a good rhythm. Don’t start with heavy
- Have a fun near the net: Play some net games with your partner for example, slices only, slices or top spin to the cross service box. Eventually, make it fun with a score objective. This helps you control the ball and hit over the net while building momentum.
- Refine your technique: Take some time to work on the fundamentals of your stroke technique. Focus on proper form and mechanics, and consider working with a coach who can provide guidance and feedback.
- Improve your fitness: Assess your fitness level and create a training plan to improve your cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility. Incorporate exercises specific to tennis movements and footwork.
- Practice regularly: Consistency is key to getting back into the swing of things. Aim to practice regularly, even if it’s just a few times a week. This will help you regain your rhythm and muscle memory.
- Set realistic goals: Have realistic expectations about your progress and avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Celebrate small victories and focus on enjoying the process of getting back into the sport.