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Tennis Footwork Drill For Kids


Tennis Footwork Drill For Kids
To Develop Speed Around The Tennis Court

Utilizing a fundamental plyometric exercise, this simple tennis footwork drill for kids and adults is designed to develop speed around the court. The drill goes as follows:

  • The player stands alongside a 6-8 inch plastic cone.

  • Player then jumps sideways with both feet over the top of the cone.

  • Immediately upon contact with the ground, the player jumps over the cone back to the starting position.

  • The player continues to jump sideways over the cone for a total of 12 contacts with the ground.

  • Perform 3-5 sets of 12 repetitions, with 1-2 minutes rest between sets.

    Warm Up

    Before starting this exercise, make sure that you are properly warmed up. Even though this is a very basic plyometric drill, there is still enough impact to cause stress to the ankle, knees and lower back.


    When performing the jumps, rebound immediately and explosively upon contact with the ground and back into the jump phase. The whole idea is for the feet to have as little contact with the ground as possible. When performing the drill, it’s helpful to imagine that the ground is on fire and that you’re wearing bare feet.

    This exercise develops the thigh abductor muscles, stabilizers of the knees and ankles, and develops explosive power throughout the legs and hips.


    Also, never perform this drill on a hard surface. Gym mats for indoor training and a smooth stretch of soft grass for outdoor training are recommended.

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