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World TeamTennis Tips - Warming Up

Elaine Wingfield
Elaine Wingfield, Director, WTT
Collegiate Competition.
This World TeamTennis Tip was provided by Elaine Wingfield, Director, WTT Collegiate Competition and rules aficionado.

The warm-up time between sets in WTT has recently increased from three to five minutes.  As always, court monitors at the USTA Campus Championships will hold firm with this time.  Here are a few suggestions that will help you maximize these two extra minutes and your overall warm-up:

  • You are given a can of three balls for each court.  This doesn't mean that you can't use a few more of your own balls for the warm-up, though, thereby decreasing the amount of time spent picking up balls and increasing your hitting time.
  • Sometimes court monitors will give you a two-minute warning during your warm-up and other times they will simply tell you that your five minutes are up.  Have your team come up with a routine for warm-ups - like in other team sports.  One teammate or your coach can time how long you hit ground strokes, volleys, overheads, and serves.  After you get the routine down, you'll be surprised by how accurately you'll be able to gauge time while warming up, even without someone timing you.
  • Many times, prior to the singles sets, only one player from each team goes onto the court.  This is a great opportunity to have a teammate warm you up.  The extra player in the warm-up gets the same benefits of hitting some balls and will be more ready to play if a substitute is needed - or can just get a little more warm-up time in before playing mixed doubles. 

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