Virtual Tennis | YMCA DC

Virtual Tennis

While we all work together to keep our community and our loved ones safe, we want to make sure you are also keeping in tennis-shape with a few fun, creative, and challenging exercises!
Each week will be sharing tennis tips and fun activities from our partners in tennis to keep everyone in the family active, regardless of age or skill level.
Please check back often for new content and email [email protected] with any questions.

HOT HANDS

Try adding movement to make it more challenging. Passing tennis balls from left to right or right to left with your partner will help improve your hand-eye coordination and reaction time.

EDGIES

Edgies works on your grips, specifically a continental grip. Using your racquet with a continental grip, try and see how many times you can hit the ball using the outer edge of your racquet. You got this!

BALL DROP

The USTA’s Leah Friedman demonstrates “Ball Drop,” an activity you can do to improve a player’s speed and reaction time on the court.

JACKS

With this activity, you can play with friends or on your own to improve consistency and control. Work to bounce the ball up on your racquet, or even do a trap, to see if you can achieve 10 in a row. To work on forehands, hold the racquet palm up. To work on backhands, hold the racquet palm down.

DOUBLE VOLLEY

Try this activity at home or on the court to work on hand-eye coordination and control. To make it more challenging, try spreading  your arms out wider or letting the ball bounce higher. Try to see how many you can get in 30 seconds.

BODY VOLLEY

See if you can master this activity called “Body Volley.” You bounce the ball off the racquet and then off a body part to work on hand-eye coordination and your creativity. Challenge yourself and see how many you can get!

CRISS-CROSS

Watch as the USTA junior player shows you a challenging activity that you can try in the backyard or any flat surface. Players will be work on improving their hand-eye coordination while working independently.

PLANK PASS

Grab a partner and try this activity to work on hand-eye coordination, core strength and shoulder stability. You can start by passing the ball back and forth on your hands and knees. Once you have built up the strength, try moving to a full plank position. Be sure to listen to your body and take breaks as needed.

BACKSPINNERS

Learn an activity called “Backspinners” to gain control of the ball, utilize your continental grip and work on creating backspin. You can use a red, orange, green or yellow ball, and try it in the driveway, parking lot, tennis court or anywhere you can play.

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