It’s taken my a little while to write about it but back in August I went to Atlanta, Georgia, attending the Master Tennis Performance Specialist certification workshop with the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA)
The venue for the course was The Marietta Country Club and the hospitality they showed us was first class.
‘The 3 day workshop, with over 22hrs of learning, was led by Dr Mark Kovacs, Executive Director of the ITPA and a world respected authority in the field of Tennis-specific fitness and research.
The workshop covered a huge amount of information, ranging from the effect of physical training on the tennis strokes, to movement based techniques, screening & assessing, injury prevention ideas, recovery strategies, tennis-specific endurance training, strength training, planning & periodisation for the tennis athlete, and a whole lot more. The wide range of knowledge of the participants led to some very interesting discussions and it was great to share ideas with people from around the world.
We were lucky enough to have Robbie Ginepri (career high 15, 2005 US Open semi-finalist) come and have a Q&A with us and offer his insights and experience into life as a professional player. It was interesting to hear him say that he felt it was the physical work that he put in that helped him the most when transitioning from the junior game into the pro tour.
After the Q&A we went on court where Robbie was thoroughly put through his paces in a movement-based session for us to observe and offer feedback on.
Overall it was a great experience and I’m excited to come back and bring this information back to the players I work with.
The MTPS Course participants plus Dr Mark Kovacs (far left) and Robbie Ginepri (far right)