The professional tennis “offseason,” pitiably short as it is, ended long ago in Australia. Players who had just finished the indoor season, had a few weeks to go home, remind their wives, girlfriends and children what they look like, have breakfast, and hit the road again. For the average club player, at least those without quick access to an indoor court, that offseason lasts a little bit longer. Playing outdoors in the midwinter months of December, January and February and March, with their ball-busting temperatures and indifferent weather, is not for the faint of heart. Work on your tennis fitness instead.
Some players already use this break to work on their tennis fitness. But most use it as an excuse to be lazy (guilty as charged, officer). So in March, when the thermometer begins its edge back into playable digits, you find yourself in a woefully soft state, short of breath and flubbing shots all over the court. The second time out is often no better. A winter away from tennis takes a toll on the progress made last season and leaves you starting from behind for this season.
How can you avoid this? By making better use of the offseason. With a few weeks left before tennis really ramps up for the spring, you can still put yourself on proper playing footing by getting fit and getting hyped.
Using the winter for training gives you a leg up on the slouches who spent the off-season months curled up on their couch in a low-level hibernation. Andy Murray famously uses his own short off-season to build a baseline fitness level for the rest of the year. There are more articles about tennis fitness on the Internet than there you could ever find, but below are a few quality workout plans to help you along:
Motivate yourself than by watching awesome tennis highlights from years past. A few of my favorites: