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Wimbledon – What it Takes to Become a Grand Slam-Winning Tennis Player

TOPSHOTS Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after beating France's Richard Gasquet at the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, northern France, on November 23, 2014. Roger Federer gave Switzerland its first Davis Cup title by defeating France's Richard Gasquet in straight sets in the first of the final's reverse singles. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: - ORIG FILE ID: 535620561

You are likely to be one of many inspired tennis enthusiasts keen to pick up a racquet after viewing Wimbledon this year, in which case you’ll probably have an eye on your future in this wonderfully popular, competitive and enjoyable sport. Wimbledon came to a cracking finish mid-June this year with Novak Djokovic retaining the crown thanks to a four-set win over the man dubbed the greatest of all time, Roger Federer.

Modern day tennis has incorporated a number of specific skills that have been pushed to a whole new, unimaginable level thanks to the advanced skill levels associated with players such as Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Andy Murray.

The game is no longer down to specific enhancements in speed, agility or power and instead concentrated on exceptional ability in all of these skill groups. The very best tennis players will serve 130+ on occasion; possess the agility to glide across the court, the consistency to hit baselines regularly and the precision to hit match-winning shots even in the most disadvantageous of circumstances.

This is an accurate definition of current Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who possesses the ability to maintain incredible mental strength that allows for optimal results in every skill set. Some would say that reaching the daunting heights of Novak Djokovic’s level is incredibly unrealistic for a newcomer, but there’s no doubting what he would say to that.

Everyone starts out somewhere and with enough commitment to the sport, an enthusiastic tennis fan with an eye for the game and enough commitment to the cause can fulfil their potential and become very good players.

It’s a bit too early to start thinking about facing the likes of Novak and co. on centre court, but here are some helpful tips you can use to get your dreams of becoming a professional tennis player started!

Practicing Regularly

Practice is the only way you will get better at anything. In order to start competing and facing up to some of the many others who are hoping to compete, you will have to develop your talent as a player. It is believed that the amount of time it takes to become an expert in a sport is around 5 years. You should be looking to enjoy the time you spend practicing, so take your time with it and introduce a training schedule that will help you to improve.

Find a Mentor or Coach

There is only so much you can learn on your own when it comes to practicing. A trainer or mentor can help you to identify which areas of your game need strengthening the most and also guide your training regime so that you don’t get too lenient with yourself! If you’re hoping to become a pro, you might need to pay for a top coach with an exceptional history of developing talented tennis players.

Start Competing

Competing doesn’t necessarily mean jumping into national tournaments etc. Instead, consider joining a tennis club that incorporates players of similar age groups who are also looking to improve their game. Most tennis clubs will include players who are incredibly well trained and have been playing for many years and, even though you may lose more regularly than you win, you will learn far more from someone with advanced skill levels.

Wimbledon is a true inspirer of up-and-coming tennis professionals and is almost certainly the home of professional tennis. If you enjoyed the coverage of Wimbledon this year and feel rather sad to see it end for another year, don’t be afraid to pick up a racquet and head to the courts. There are plenty of opportunities out there for you!

Article provided by www.wickwoods.co.uk, a hotel, country club and spa based in Sussex with a great focus on tennis tournaments – set amongst many stunning views of the Sussex Downs.

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