So far, we have learned that the ideal body for a tennis player is not necessarily a very ripped physique with lots of muscle mass. So, what is the best body type for a tennis player? There is no right answer to this question, as it can really depend on the type of player and even the type of match they have to play.
Generally speaking, a tennis player should have powerful and well-developed legs, a strong core and a lean upper-body. Because powerful and well-developed legs allow for a solid base of support and a lowered center of gravity.
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Competitive male tennis athletes maintain body fat <12% and have maximal oxygen uptake values >50 mL/kg/min, and as high as 70 mL/kg/min. Results from lactate testing in tennis players are inconclusive as some studies have shown increased levels, whilst other studies have shown little or no change.
This is called somatotyping. Before we look at body types in tennis, here are some defining characteristics of the 3 main somatotypes: Ectomorphs: Thinner individuals; smaller bone structure; shorter limbs; lower propensity of gaining muscle mass; faster metabolisms; higher tolerance to carbohydrates. Mesomorphs:
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A tennis player will want to have a combination of both, as there is a constant stop and go motion on the court. They need to have the acceleration to go from side to side to hit a ball, but they also need the endurance so they can last the whole match.
If you watch tennis players both off and on court they don’t slink about or slouch. They stand tall. They are confident. Their shoulders are back, their hips are in line with their ears and boy don’t they look 10 times better for it.
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