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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Conditioning for Sports Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 Pap/DVD edition (August 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736069380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736069380
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book and DVD package is a must for players who want to take their game to the next level. My own training program is based on most of the drills and exercises outlined in this book and DVD."

James Blake
Professional Tennis Player

“This is a great resource for players of all levels. The DVD serves as a very practical and user-friendly companion piece to an excellent book.”

Chris Evert
Former Tennis Champion

"This book covers it all. Anything you ever wanted to know about training for the sport of tennis is right here."

Patrick McEnroe
U.S Davis Cup Captain
Tennis Analyst, ESPN

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"This book covers it all. Anything you ever wanted to know about training for the sport of tennis is right here."

Patrick McEnroe Professional tennis player Tennis analyst, ESPN

"This is a great book with extremely helpful information for players of all levels—from beginners to professionals."

Mary Joe Fernandez Professional tennis player 1992 and 1996 Olympic gold medalist

"Finally, a training book that’s tied directly to tennis performance. The USTA’s conditioning program combines the best in exercise science with the best in on-court skill development."

Pam Shriver Tennis analyst, ABC Sports and ESPN Former professional tennis player

"This is the most comprehensive conditioning book on tennis currently available."

Lindsay Davenport Professional tennis player --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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The explanations are very clear, simple.
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The chapter on how to prevent tennis injury is also excellent.
Gaetan Lion
This book is for serious players in good shape already.
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By S. Dohring on March 9, 2002
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I gave this book 4 stars mainly beause here is nothing out there like it. Power tennis training is not even close to the coverage of this book. This book is for serious players in good shape already. I would say it is designed more for Juniors and Satalite hopefulls than the weekend player. If your working on the gut and hoping this will bring your game up you need to do more work before getting started on this book. It has great streching tips and fantastic agility drills and explains how to train based on playing tennis. What it contains is very good. The training programs however are written by people with no real world lives. They are all pros or have been around pros without I would suspect a normal 9-5 family and job. It references a lot of weight training equipment that must be in a nice gym. It covers and gets into more tournament fitness building strategy rather than an average weekend game. A modified version for the average guy would be nice. A very big dissapointment was nutrition. I was really hoping to learn when to eat, what to eat before a match etc. This book covered nothing about nutrition. It talked about water and sodium, thats it. If your really into tennis and run three times a week already and work out some, you can benefit from this book. The fitness test is good and gives you goals to shoot for but you better be self motivated. If they add two more chapters; nutrition and a modified weekend players life, home workout system this book would be perfect.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By uwk@moe.edu.sg on May 9, 1999
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Most conditioning methods recommended by even some of the leading lights in tennis have been a regurgitation of methods which was non-progressive and relied heavily on `past, successful experiences'. Afterall, he won with those exercises and practices, so I don't see why .... This book stays closely to the latest research so that the exercises thus recommended are safe, time-saving, objective and practical - the last a criteria for adaptation into actual court strategy w/o too much of a hindrance. Language is simple. Coaches worth their salt should have a serious look at it before dismissing it as another scientific hoodwink by a bunch of scientists who'd never played the real game, except after work.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2000
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Paul Roetert was formerly the Head of Sport Science for USTA Player Development in Key Biscayne. He has been instrumental in advancing US tennis scientifically and shows why here. This book was created for the tennis player and coach and perhaps is the best book on the market regarding conditioning for tennis (there are 3 or 4 other inferior books). For myself, I think it is a bit basic (a primer) and doesn't cover enough scientific applications and how to scientifically create a conditioning program. Anyhow, I think that is for the German DTB (e.g., look up Richard Schoenborn books). Otherwise, Paul and Todd (a top trainer) would limit their audience. The authors produce an excellent resource for most serious players perhaps applicable to all. This book should rank among the top ten tennis books written in the past decade.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By XB on May 9, 2008
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What a book! According to me, it is the best book to help an independant player to progress by himself. The explanations are very clear, simple. And the CD is fabulous: fabulous to watch the exercices, fabulous to avoid wrong positions, wrong movements,...Thank you very much for this conditionning Bible.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Insana on February 16, 2008
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All books on conditioning will get you into shape, but THIS book was the best for tennis I have ever come across. As a 4.0 level player, I was looking for a book that gave me step-by-step instructions to beef up my conditioning - while focusing on the tennis side in a big way. I leafed through this one in the bookstore, and liked what I saw. Upon reading it cover-to-cover, it was EXACTLY what I wanted, and got me excited to play again! I've never seen the in-depth, attention to detail, and one-step-at-a-time coverage this book has.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Siddireddy on January 15, 2013
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If you want to improve your game, you got tons of drills in this book which will take your game to the next level. Impressed with the drills and also the description of various components of the game and conditioning for the human body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Prems on January 6, 2013
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I am fitter, faster, stronger, more agile, more disciplined after reading this book. This book has information anyone could use whether you are just starting out as a 12 year old kid or a 55 year old who plays on a weekend or top 10 player in the world.

For some people this book might feel like an overload. But that is not a bad thing. There are sections for speeed, agility, power, core stability, flexibility and injury prevention. Most exercises have pictures and the DVD has vidoes of most exercises. What more could one ask for?

If you think the book has too much information just go through the sections that you want to improve upon. Incredible value for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorrie P. on March 21, 2010
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My take was that this book was REALLY comprehensive and covered every aspect of conditioning you can imagine. Major chapters include:

-warm-up and flexibility training (includes all the major stretches)
-agility and footwork (specific drills to improve your footwork)
-speed and quickness (more drills to increase your speediness)
-core training (a lot of tennis moves depend on a strong trunk)
-strength and power training (exercises to increase your upper and lower body strength)
-aerobic training (ways to increase your endurance)

Also included, a short section on injury prevention - only a page and a half on tennis elbow though (suggest Treat Your Own Tennis Elbow for more on that).

Just a ton of information here and I can't see anybody who plays tennis reading this book and not coming away with at least a few nuggets of wisdom. Get this book if you want to get in better physical shape to play tennis or if you're a coach and want more training tips and ideas.
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