Re: How many hours do the tour players train daily?
During the off-season, a workhorse like Jim Courier used to get out of bed and then just hit balls for an hour before breakfast with his hitting partner. After breakfast he would work on his fitness for a couple of hours and include a weights session after a cardio workout. After lunch, Jim would head to the court again and do drills with his coach and hitting partner. After a mid-afternoon snack, Jim would then play practice sets, either with his hitting partner or against a fellow pro player. After that, it was dinner and then early to bed to do it all again the next day for six days a week.
Jim was a crazy guy but that regime sounds stupid. Not only does he risk injury doing so much work every day but he leaves himself susceptible to weakening his immune system. But that was his routine for years, so what do I know.
Martina Hingis, on the other hand, trains for two hours with her coach and hitting partner in the morning after breakfast. After a mid-morning snack, she then spends a couple of hours working on her fitness. After lunch, she would alternately play a few practice sets against whoever is available at Saddlebrook or participate in some other activity to take her mind and body off tennis for awhile, to keep herself fresh for the next day of training. Martina also trains six days a week during the off-season. Most of the women stick to this kind of schedule. Some women choose to work out in the afternoon rather than the morning but the amount of work they put in is still the same.
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