Tennis - Doubles

Tennis - Doubles Fitness Training

Tennis - Doubles Description

Doubles tennis is similar to singles tennis except that there is a "team" of two people on each side of the net. Doubles tennis is a fun way for individuals to exercise. Skill, quick reactions, foot speed and muscular endurance are important requirements for doubles tennis. It is important to warm-up and stretch properly before beginning to play. Court positioning is an important part of doubles tennis. To learn how to play doubles tennis, consult your local tennis professional.

Tennis - Doubles Warnings

  • People suffering from chronic shoulder, wrist, elbow, lower back, hip/pelvic, ankle, knee or calf injuries should seek medical clearance before playing doubles tennis.

Tennis - Doubles Risks

  • Muscle strains of shoulder, groin, back or calf
  • Lower back, knee or ankle sprain
  • Elbow injuries: lateral ("tennis elbow") or medial epicondylitis
  • Shoulder impingement from overuse or poor form
  • Achilles tendinitis, ruptured Achilles tendon
  • Dehydration from outdoor play in the heat
  • Muscle cramping from dehydration
  • Calluses from racquet handling
  • Hand, finger or foot blisters
  • Eye injury or facial bruising from ball impact

Tennis - Doubles Equipment required

  • Amateur competition on local, national and international levels
  • Professional competition on national and international levels Equipment needed
  • Racquet: available in variety of sizes, grips and construction materials (see equipment section)
  • Tennis balls: be sure ball still retains bounce
  • Courts: indoor or outdoor; soft court, hard court, or grass
  • Clothing: should be comfortable and allow freedom of movement; if playing outdoors in hot weather, wear light colors for heat reflection
  • Protective eyewear (optional)

Tennis - Doubles Applicable substitutions

  • Singles tennis
  • Squash
  • Paddleball
  • Handball
  • Racquetball
  • Badminton

Tennis - Doubles Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • United States Tennis Association (USTA): 707 Alexander Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540, (609) 452­2580
  • U.S. Olympic Committee: 1750 East Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909, (719) 632­5551
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): 6201 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66211-2422, (913) 339-1906


Cardiorespiratory: Interval

Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 2
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Body Fat Recution 1

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 2
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 0
  • Coordination/Skill 3

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, calves, chest, shoulders, forearms, obliques, lower back and rotator cuff Assistance muscles: biceps, abdominals, triceps, serratus anterior, latissimus dorsi and trapezius

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.035 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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