Players use a tennis racket, with the aim of hitting the ball. In the past the rackets had a wooden frame, later in light alloys, now in pure graphite or mixed with kevlar, fiberglass, tungsten or basalt, with a monofilament string joined in different points of the frame, so as to form a network. The aim of the game is to hit the ball to ensure that the opponent, placed in the other half of the playing field, cannot hit it again after the first bounce (the obligation of the first bounce is only in response to putting into play from the serve) of the opponent.

It could be considered a complete game were it not for the asymmetrical development of the body since, in addition to physical strength, precision, dexterity, coordination and endurance, fundamental (especially if the sport is practiced at a competitive level) are also the tactical and mental acumen: most of the players in the world “top ten” are in fact followed by a staff that includes, in addition to the main coach, a psychologist factor, a nutritionist, specialized coaches who occur the various strokes and of the tactical approach in the field, an athletic trainer and a manager.

A good player stands out for his completeness in 4 different factors: physical, technical, tactical and mental. The latter is probably the most complicated to train and develop, as only by playing many matches you learn to manage tension, your feelings and emotions.

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Samuele Bicchieri, Desirèe Panarello


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