Tennis: Experience and Freshness

Freshnesh Decides

At Tennis tournaments, physical and mental freshness decide between victory and defeat. This freshness seems to be the basis for top performance.

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Successful Players at the Grand Slams are Older

Because tennis has become so physically demanding, professionals pay more attention to their bodies than before. Viktoria Azarenka (26) believes: „You eat healthy and work a lot on your fitness because it can simply prolong your career.“

The oldies are „en vogue“ in New York. Including Roger Federer, four of the eight quarter-finalists were 30 years and older – in the women’s, a quartet in the round of the last eight was 32 years or older. „30 is the new 20“, Serena Williams (33) said some time ago.


Long-term Quality with Good Planning

Former professional player and psychologist Eva Pfaff sees mental freshness as one of the main reasons for the success of Williams & Co. „Sometimes they had breaks or injuries prolong their time on tour. They are happy to play again, because they were forced to take a break“.

Pfaff also believes that long-term quality can be achieved with good planning, not with quantity – that is, a high number of tournaments. „Individual pacing is important in all ages. Smart players regroup from time to time, to come back fresh and eager to play.“

According to a survey conducted by USA Today, the average age of the top ten men in 1992 was 23.2 years – currently it was 28.6 years. The last teenager to win a grand slam tournament was Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2005. Coach Nick Bollettieri does not believe that a young player will climb a major summit again in the near future. „Experience has become too important“.

Eurosport.com – 9/2015