Gave Your All On The Tennis Court? It’s Time to “Treat Yo’ Self!”

Playing tennis is a great way to work every inch of your body (plus, it’s pretty fun). Jumping, cutting, smashing, and twisting; playing tennis is a great way to work every inch of your body (and did we mention… it’s also pretty fun). It’s a game that requires strength, power, flexibility, speed, and agility.

How can you become a lean, mean, bright green tennis machine? (Watch out Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams!) We’ve put together a few important things for you to remember if you want to reap the benefits on the court, and there is only one phrase you need to remember… say it with us now… “Treat yo’ self!”

 1. Massages. Why? Because it feels pretty darn AMAZING. Those 30-minute (or even 60-minutes!) sessions aren’t just for people who love to be pampered. Their advantages reach far beyond that with benefits that include: augmenting flexibility, dilating the blood vessels, improving circulation and flushing-out toxins that can cause muscle swelling and soreness. And, hey, if Wimbledon winner Andy Murray can do it, why can’t you?

2. Physical Therapy. Fact of life: injuries happen. Yes, even for a fine physical specimen such as yourself. Whether a sprain, strain, tear, separation, rupture or an ailment ending in “-itis”, it’s important to take proper steps on the road to recovery. Physical therapists are a necessary tool for evaluation, treatment and education (and since we like you so much, Elite members are entitled to a FREE injury assessment at our S.M.A.R.T. clinics!).

3. Nutrition. Food fuels your body (we know, you’re thinking “thank you Captain Obvious!”). After all that court time you put in, your body’s energy gauge is probably hovering near empty. Pre-, during- and post-match nutrition is critical to your performance as a tennis player–or any athlete for that matter. As tempting as fad diets and theories on sports nutrition may sound, you may consider consulting a dietitian (like Elite’s own Rita Larsen) to learn how to fuel your body, lose weight and healthy eating.

To learn more about the most extensive tennis program in Wisconsin (hint: it’s at Elite Sports Clubs) click here. And for more ways to “Treat yo’ self” visit our website.

What ways do you “Treat yo’ self” after a day on the court? Tell us in the comments!

6 Reasons Your Child Should Play Tennis

Boy with tennis racket

Tennis benefits not just the physical but also the psyche. In an article titled, “Why Play Tennis?” by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional, Dr. Groppel discusses 34 reasons to play tennis. Elite Sports Clubs has highlighted 6 reasons for your children to play tennis. Read the entire article [pdf].

  1. General body coordination.
    Players have to move into position and then adjust the upper body to hit the ball successfully.
  2. Develop social skills.
    Interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides on the court and after play.
  3. Cross-training.
    Tennis is a physically demanding sport that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
  4. Plan and implement strategies.
    Players naturally learn how to anticipate the opponent’s moves and plan counter moves.
  5. Gross motor control.
    Movement and ball-striking skills that require control of the body’s large muscle groups.
  6. Bone strength and density.
    Tennis strengthens bones of young players and helps prevent osteoporosis in older ones.

Learn more about tennis at Elite Sports Clubs for you or your child. Elite offers lessons for youth players of all ages and skill levels. Register for youth tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs.

What do you think has been the best benefit of your child playing tennis? What does your child think is the best part of playing tennis? Tell us in the comments!

Elite in the Community: Music Festival & 5K Trail Run

Last weekend Elite Sports Clubs once again had the opportunity to sponsor and participate in the Gathering on the Green music & performing arts festival and Run on the Green 5k Trail Run/Walk & Youth Fun Run in Mequon.

On Friday night we hosted a booth before the ABBA tribute show and demoed some of the exercises we can now offer using the new outdoor boot camp facility at Elite Sports Club-Mequon.

On Saturday morning we helped put on another successful year of Run on the Green, featuring a new double loop route through Rotary Park. Runners experienced paved, grass, and gravel trails; along with musical performing acts from K-Nation along the way. Not to mention the Jimmy Luv’s bloody marys post-race!

To wrap things up on Saturday evening before the final orchestra show featuring the great grandchildren of the Von Trapps, plus musical fireworks; we set up a QuickStart 10 & Under Tennis court in the children’s area for kids to play and learn about tennis.

All in all, it was another successful year. The weather was great, we met a lot of fun people, and got to show of all the cool stuff happening at Elite. We are really enjoying getting out into our communities this summer!

Youth Tennis Progression: How to Become a Top Junior Tennis Player

Varying Levels of Youth Tennis Players Progressing your child’s tennis game can be a daunting task. Elite Sports Clubs, through its 26 years leading Wisconsin junior players to the top, has a suggested progression for your child. We provide two paths, one for the 10 and under tennis player and another for the 11 and over tennis player. Each path offers 9-10 steps with the ultimate goal of collegiate tennis. Most junior tennis players do not exceed step 4. These steps should be guidelines as each child is unique and you should consult their tennis professional for more personalized advice.

Ages 3-10: The path to becoming a top junior tennis player

Step 1 Attend a group tennis lesson once per week.
Step 2 Add an occasional Elite QuickStart Tournament or play with your child. For ages 7 and older, your child may attend a Junior Tennis Party.
Step 3 Attend two tennis lessons per week. Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.
Step 4 Increase frequency of your Elite QuickStart Tournaments or playing with your child.
Suggestion: QuickStart Tournament at another Elite Sports Club, or challenge ladder.
Step 5 Attend three tennis lessons per week. Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.
Note: You may want to consult your tennis professional about an invitational tennis class at step 5.
Step 6 Attend more advanced Elite tennis events.
Suggestion: Non-Ranked Rookie Tournaments.
Step 7 Get your child a 10 and Under USTA (United States Tennis Association) membership. Ask an Elite Tennis Professional for details.
Step 8 Start playing 10 and Under USTA Tournaments. This may be an overwhelming experience. Use Elite’s Tennis Professionals to assist you.
Step 9 Receive an invitation from the USTA Competitive Training Center when your child receives a top Wisconsin state ranking.
Note: The next progression is post QuickStart level.

Ages 9-18: The path to becoming a top junior tennis player

Step 1 Attend a group tennis lesson once per week.
Step 2 Add an occasional special Elite junior tennis event or play with your child. Elite recommends your child participate in a Junior Tennis Party.
Step 3 Attend two tennis lessons per week. Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.
Step 4 Increase frequency of your special Elite junior tennis events and/or playing with your child.
Suggestions: Doubles Tournament at ME or NS, Challenge Ladder at ME or WB, or Non-Ranked Rookie Tournament.
Step 5 Attend three tennis lessons per week. (Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.)
Note: You may want to consult your tennis professional about an invitational class at this point.
Step 6 Get an USTA (United States Tennis Association) membership. Ask an Elite Tennis Professional for details.
Step 7 Start playing in USTA Tournaments. Discuss with a tennis pro which tournaments your child should play.
Step 8 Tennis specific conditioning to increase strength, on court quickness, and injury prevention. Step 8 can be introduced at any level of tennis player.
Step 9 Play tennis four times per week.
Step 10 Receive an invitation from the USTA Competitive Training Center when your child receives a top Wisconsin state ranking.
NOTE: The next progression is Midwest, National USTA tournaments, playing 5 days a week.

Ready to get your child started in youth tennis or would like more advice on the steps to take? Please out this form and you will be contacted by one of Elite Sports Clubs experienced tennis professionals.

Elite Sports Clubs also offers year-round youth tennis lessons. We have the largest junior tennis program in the state of Wisconsin. Register for youth tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs.

You can also check out our racquet sports calendar to view all tennis-related programs and events.

Did you play tennis as a child? What do you think most benefited you then (and now) in improving your game?