How To Train Like A Division 1 College Tennis Player

How To Train Like A Division 1 College Tennis Player

October 15, 2019 7 By Stanley Isaacs


– Hey guys, Scott and Nate
from playyourcourt.com. Today we’ve got our good buddy Andrew here and we’re going to show you how to train like a Division 1 college tennis player. All right guys, so today
we’re going to jump in with our buddy Andrew
here and show you how a Division 1 college athlete trains. We’re going to give you
some two-on-one drills. Before we dive in, this
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equivalent of about a USTA 4.0. So, if you’re not USTA 4.0 and up, turn this video off it’s not for you. – Yeah guys, so what we’re talking today about are these two-on-ones, and we have it happen
sometimes by accident. You have a doubles match and
somebody doesn’t show up. Or maybe you just have three people that want to go play some tennis and you’re trying to
figure out what to do. Well, we actually use the
two versus one technique quite a bit through our academy
and through collegiate play. Andrew over here I’ve worked
with, I’ve had the pleasure of working with since he was a little guy, could barely get the ball over the net. Now the ball goes over the
net really, really fast. – I was going to say he’s got no problem getting the ball over the net now. – No, now it just goes by.
– He’s definitely not a little guy anymore.
– It goes past me, that’s the problem that I have these days. – You’re just so old. – Little older. – All right so, but what we
do is, through the academies, we all often went through this and we’d have these discussions of why, and so, I think in Scott and I, both of our experience in collegiate play, we had to utilize this
for multiple reasons. One, the access of
courts, not super limited, but it’s a whole lot easier when we put three people on the court, but the ability to really
make the game more difficult when one person is playing two people. Taking time away, shrinking the court. So, kind of the idea here is that if you can get good
at playing two people, imagine what happens when
you’re only playing one person. All right, so we’re going to be taking,
– Or, if you’re super out of shape, like me and you have a really hard time playing against one person,
imagine how great a shape you can get in if you train against two. – And that, we’ll be
the people or the two, we’ll be the two versus the one. So, we’re going to jump into these drills. The first drill that
we’re going to be doing is base line to net, okay? So, Scott and I are going
to be up at the net. We’re going to focus on volleying deep, keeping the ball predominately to Andrew. We’ll move around a little bit, but the emphasis really here is Andrew’s going to be working
on that quick unit turn getting the racket back, getting a quick split step and tracking and staying behind the ball. All right, so from there we’ll drop back to the base line and it’ll be a whole lot easier because it’ll have more time, all right. So, let’s take a look at that drill now. – Yup, let’s dive in.
– Now? Like right now?
– Yeah, right now works. – Right now, let’s go right now. So, guys in this first segment
what we’re going to focus on is keeping the ball deep back to Andrew, allowing him to work on the reaction time, unit turn, getting the racket back. Sorry, Andrew, pulling
you a little wide there. And focusing on the split step. So you can imagine if this
was actually a singles play, how much he’d be working and how fast, how big the pace would be that he would be having to contend with. So, as he gets loose we’re going to start playing away from him a little bit, and make it a little bit more difficult. – [Scott] A little bit too much, sorry. – Come on, Drew.
– Oh, yeah. this is just rude, here you go. – That’s rude too. (laughs) Oh, it’s so rude. Let’s go ahead and address this, This is why we can’t have. (all laughing)
Ah, that was the most rude. So, this is where we’d have Andrew do a whole bunch of burpees
for disrespecting the coaches. So, Andrew, we’ll play to five here. First ball, be nice. We’re still focusing–
– Starting now, 0-0. – We’re going to go no drop shots here. We’re just going to work on depth. Oh, 1-0 Andrew. – 1-0 bad guy, I got– (Nathan and Scott talk over each other) No, I’m not ready. I’m going to make a ‘tweener and you’re going to get us a high baller to get on 2-0. – Yeah, yeah. – Perfect. I feel like we’re being too nice. – 0-3
– 3-0 – Kid is shaking it to us. – Should not be losing this. Failed to mention that we’re only playing this singles court, young Andrew. I made a rule about no drop balls. – That wasn’t a drop ball,
it was an angle ball. – We won’t tell him. – Careful with that ball, Drew. – Ready? – All right, 3-1, the young guy. Oh, that’s a generous feed. – 4-1 – 4-1, championship point. I got the feed. – Do something more productive than I did. Swear words. All right, so Drew takes that down and that is our first exercise, okay? – Pretty good warm up over there? Heart beating? All right, so now we’re going to go back to the base line and at this point he’s going to have a whole lot more time. He’s just not going to take more time, ’cause as humans that’s what we do, right? – Yup. – I only got five minutes, I’ll get my shoes on in a minute. – Press like he’s pressing right now, but with way more time to do so. – All right, so we’ll
take a look at that now. All right guys, so this one, Andrew is going to be
focused on going crosscourt while Scott and I are only
allowed to go down the line, and just going to have
to get a lot of movement, possibly cutting off the corners, and defending coast to coast. – [Scott] Time to get meaner. – So, you can merely
see how this simulates. Just feel like playing a doll, somebody is just covering a ton of court. – You can immediately see
why we put the young, fit guy on the other side of the net. Looks awful over there, buddy. Who’s going to miss? Don’t be that guy. Don’t be that guy. That was in. That was a wide. Definitely a wide. So guys, you can see there Andrew’s getting a phenomenal workout, defining a ton of court and
really working on control here. We’re not trying to hit on the line, we’re actually trying to
keep the margins fairly safe. Occasionally we make a miss, we just keep playing, right? So, on this next drill
Andrew’s going to be going down the line only. We’re going to be doing crosscourt. – This is going to be much worse for him. – Yeah, because, I mean, we’re getting the longer part of the court, right? The lowest part of the net, but same idea here. We are going to crosscourt,
he’s going down the line. Let’s jump into it. All right Andrew, play with some height, keeping it away from that line ’cause we’re going crosscourt. – Shaking a lot of this. Shake you very much Nate. Guys, you can see we’re being pretty nice, lot of movement on that side of the net. If you want to work a nice cardio workout, all the while improving
your footwork and timing this is your drill. Sorry Andrew. – That’s good though, buddy. That is some good hustle. – One more, one more. – Yup, here we go, back to it. – That’s too nice. All right let’s get him moving. There it is. – Play it. Come on, you’re there. One more, dig it out, dig it out. – You’re there.
– Dig it out. – Old guys win. All right guys, so those two drills Andrew is 100% ready to
roll from the base line. We had him taking his time
away with the volley’s and then we’ve got him moving, working through the
cross course in the down down the lines. Really difficult drill,
this is higher level. Here’s the thing though,
but you can scale it so, maybe you aren’t playing at an open level, you’re not collegiate
or whatever it might be. Just slow the pace down, right? Give everybody time to recover
and still practice these. – We’ve got to point out here too. This isn’t necessarily
good decision making in this drill; like, if
we’re pulling Andrew out wide on every single
ball it’s not correct, strategy wise, to go down the line when you’re out of positions. So, take this for what it’s worth. This is a footwork drill. This is a drill to get you your reaction time up from the base line. These decisions aren’t necessarily something at scale into matchplay, the footwork and the intensity
is what we’re looking for. – Yeah, that’s a good
point to make there, Scott. So, now that he’s all warmed up we’re going to get him in attack mode. This time we’re going to be
feeding him an approach shot. So, as he’s moving in, with Scott and I both being on the court, there’s really nowhere to hide. He’s going to have a
difficult ball coming back where he’s going to have to play a volley and work the point. So, we’ll jump into that now. So, this first drill
Andrew has been instructed to work at about 70%
and we’re going to play that first ball back to him. So, we’re kind of working apart, we’re kind of feeling this out here. We’re going to work through
four hands back hands. After a few, we’ll get little bit more aggressive. (Scott and Nathan talk over each other) – New leg. – Super important point here, it’s no fun or, you’re not
going to make any progress just ripping winters past your homies. So, you’re going to see Nate and I purposefully giving him
some balls to play here. – Oh yeah? Picking on my bum knee. (Scott laughs) All right guys, so this one we’re being a whole lot more aggressive, not nearly as friendly with
the targeting and pace. But, we’re still playing
the singles court. So shrinking the court on him. Ah, get in there. All right once. – 2-0 young gun? No that, 1-1. (Scott and Nathan talk over each other) – [Nate] Give him points, Scott. – Oh no. – All right, 2-1 young gun. – Feeding. That’s rude, in front of all your friends. – That’s right, in front
of the whole internet. That’s going to be a problem. (Nathan laughs) – All right, 2-3, right? – Here we go. – Oh, come on. – Oh, let’s go. Well played, sir. – All right, 3-0. Nay. – 4-3. Game point, old men. Good decision. – Why would I try to do that? What about you? – Sudden victory. Fun fact internet, Nate
has a two handed back hand. (Nathan laughs) For all, sudden death. There it is. Ah, come on. – Old guys prevail. – All right guys, so a
couple different variations of that drill, as you can see here. The first version we’re not
going to be quite as competitive. It makes no sense for you to get out there with your buddies if them
to hit an approach shot and you to just rip a
winner down the line. That doesn’t help them, it
doesn’t really help you. So, you just need to
start more cooperative and then at the end we’ll have some fun, then we’re going to let Andrew
go a lot more aggressive on his approach shot. We’re going to go full
throttle and try to pass him and get that more competitive
vibe at the end there. – I think the big part there too is like, allowing the timing and the tempo, right? Like, if you’re getting
out there and being– – Got to ease into it. – Yeah, I mean, we call singles the shrink the targeting, right? To make it a little bit
more difficult for him. If it’s in the ally, play it man. Get as many reps here as you possibly can and work on that targeting. – For sure. – This next drill we’re
going to have Andrew work on his overhead. This one’s pretty simple. Scott and I can only lob. That’s all we’re going to do is lob. Andrew’s just going to
have an overhead frenzy and hope that we basically survive. So, what we’re working on is– – Offense, defense. – Yeah, but we’re working on the slob. You’re going to see a lot of chip, a lot of slice slobs, hence the slob. You’re going to see
just a ton of overheads. Let’s jump into that now. – Game on. – We’re going to start here at a 50% tempo and just going to loosen up that shoulder. We won’t make the lobs too difficult. Once that shoulder gets loose, we get a little bit more competitive. – [Scott] Still being pretty nice. All right. – Well that wasn’t nice at all. All right Andrew, same game. So this time we’re going
to go to five, okay? Still, ah, we’ll give you alleys here. – Oo, that’s a horrible idea. – It’s a horrible idea,
no alleys, here we go. – [Scott] Singles court. I wonder what it’s like to be fast, comment below and let me know if you are. It’s kind of a lob. It’s kind of a lob. It’s kind of a lob. There it is. Out, nice try.
(Nathan laughs) 0-2. – [Nate] 0-2. – I don’t feel good about
our chances of winning this. – That’s a good ball. – Hold on, I got a feed for him. 0-3, you ready? – Oh yeah. – Oh yeah, get some of that. – Oo on the board. Go up with that little
defense up ahead there. – 1-3, defense wins ball games. – Problem, nice shot. Well, this was an overhead drill. That’s pretty good drop alley. – 1-4.
– Championship point. He won’t do it. (Nathan laughs) – He did it. – All right guys, so we
had a ton of fun today. Pleasure for having Andrew out here, been working with this
young man for a long time and it’s fun watching his game develop. We’ve done a lot of these
drills collegiality. He’s working through these
quite a bit, as well. Next time you have three people, whether plan to it or not, get out there and run
through some of these. Then when you get out in
there and you play singles you’re going to be amazed at how effective your shots are because
there’s not two people on the court defending it. So, these two versus one drills
with a collegiate player. Good times today, Scotty. – For sure. Yeah guys, as always,
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