What are the best exercises to improve agility, coordination and reaction in tennis?

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  1. messtograves, 10 March, 2010

    A lot of sprints that do not go that far, but you have to stop and start a lot. You can run the lines on the court. Jump Rope . It is a great way to get light on your toes and improve your endurance. Do some sprints that have you change direction, kind of like you do when you are playing a match. One is called the Star run. There is a coach who works with a lot of the top players named Pat Etcherberry. He has written a few books on just tennis specific exercises , they include a ton of footwork drills. He is the best. You can do most of them by yourself. Go to Amazon and pick one up or try your local bookstore.

  2. kwenzini, 10 March, 2010


  3. churie78, 10 March, 2010

    ‘Splat the rat’ at most good village fetes.

  4. Phoenix, 10 March, 2010

    Ballet and yoga

  5. njd3vils, 10 March, 2010

    Get a reflex ball

  6. digitsis, 10 March, 2010

    I have been taking cardio tennis, more for my fitness and endurance but I have noticed a big improvement in my foot work. Look for a cardio tennis program in your area. And play lots of tennis – the more practice the more you improve.

  7. TommyM, 10 March, 2010

    You can find many drills with Z-ball or running around the cones, jumping over small hurdles, …

    But what I would suggest is that you play different sports that would improve those skills like:

    – table tennis
    – soccer (especially with a tennis ball)
    – badminton
    – volleyball

    These sports will help you develop the skills in a more natural and complete way than if you isolate them in a specific drill.

  8. tennisfaf, 10 March, 2010

    TommyM has a good point. Especially badminton is very good for reaction speed.
    Messtograve also have a good answer, Pat Etcherberry do have very good footwork and reaction drills.

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