The Fittest Sport – Tennis

The Fittest Sport – Tennis


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It is an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to the almost impossible question: “Which sport is the fittest?”

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It is important to note, by “best fit” we are not only referring to an athlete’s general fitness level, but their all-round ability, fitness, and skill their sport requires.

For example, a marathon runner runs 26 miles per event, but a soccer player runs an average of 7 miles per game—including sprints, constant changes of direction, tactical awareness, physically battling opponents, dribbling, and hitting a ball. kicking is involved. Comparing skill sets is an unfair competition.

In our seven-part series on The Fittest Sport, we take each individual sport and provide an in-depth analysis of what makes particular athletes more fit than the rest. We have analyzed:

10 best tennis players of all time


angelic-kerber-keber-kerber-wimbledon_3519743Tennis at its obvious requires a well-rounded athlete who is able to be as explosive as a sprinter yet have enough staying power to run a marathon five-setter.

Before we even consider the sublime dose of technical skill and hand-eye coordination required to actually hit the ball in a way that determines its flight, spin and accuracy.

Few other sports come to mind that demand that the athlete have many different physical and skill qualities to be successful.

Moreover, due to its physical demand, tennis has long been declared as the sport which leads to long life. We took a closer look at the facts to see if it was actually true – here are the results.


murray_muscleAt the top level, tennis players need to be in peak physical fitness. Unlike many sports controlled by a time clock, the duration of a tennis competition is unknown. On an average a match lasts from one to four hours.

But, a very famous match in the first round of Wimbledon in 2010 between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut lasted 11 hours – 183 games in 3 days!

According to Runner’s World, “The distance traveled depends heavily on the playing style and duration of the match, but competitive players can expect to perform around 5K shuffles and sprints chasing balls.

During that infamous longest recorded tennis match in 2010, it was estimated that John Isner and Nicolas Mahut each ran about six miles during a game of 11 hours and five minutes.

This variation in match length affects the physical profiles of players and consequently their strength compared to athletes in other sports.

The gold standard technique for assessing a person’s aerobic fitness is to measure their maximum oxygen uptake (VO.)2 Maximum).

Tennis is also one of the fastest sports

It measures the ability of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems to deliver oxygen to working muscles, and the muscles’ ability to use that oxygen to produce energy.

According to tennis perspective, maximum oxygen uptake (VO.)2 Max) Rafael Nadal’s 85.0 was eye-watering. To put that level of fitness into context, the highest maximum oxygen uptake ever recorded by Lance Armstrong was 84.0.

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Popular measurements of foot speed include the time taken to run a ten-meter run.

According to a study by the Australian Institute of Sport, “Australian female tennis players can break the tape for ten meters in about 2.01 seconds, with our notoriously fit and fast Australian women’s hockey team (Hockeyros) averaging 1.95 seconds for tennis players.” Not such a bad result.”

What do experts say

Gary Cahill is Tennis Ireland’s technical director and is under no illusions as to which sport boasts of the most deserving athletes.

Serena Williams“Tennis players are agile, powerful and require a high level of speed stamina. Our game is a combination of all factors and unlike footballers, a tennis player can play a match every day for five consecutive days during a regular schedule.

“It is not unusual for a player to run more than three miles during a five-set match, although in more extreme cases, players have run more than five[miles],” he said.

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Cahill is a true expert in tennis and has a very keen understanding and knowledge of how physically demanding and tireless the game can be on a top player.

“Recovery time is 20 seconds between points and it can often be followed by rallies of 25/30 shots so recovery time is minimal. Tennis players, although tired (after 4 hours), still can exceed 140 mph Serve at a higher speed.

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“So, we are the greatest,” he concluded.

MLJ Group founder and owner Sandy Mittleman is a manager, consultant and coach with a wealth of experience and knowledge in sports.

“To become a world-class tennis player, your physical and mental fitness must be at the highest level,” Mittleman said.

His opinion, like that of Gary Cahill, assures that tennis and the fitness of its top athletes surpass that of any other sport.

“Tennis is a unique sport that requires a unique fitness level and approach, athletes cannot train for a set time period of competition because without a time clock and with the different worldwide conditions of both the environment and the surface, Tennis is not. The fitness level of players can reach, match or surpass the level of all other sports.”

Tennis is also included in our list of top 10 most played sports

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