Tennis stars’ training routines

Djokovic in a fascinating squash-on-a-tennis-court routine:

Andy Murray: ‘My body feels like a machine’
Guardian
7 July 2012
Andy Murray talks about his training regime, his body and the strengths of some of his opponents from Roger Federer’s athleticism to Novak Djokovic’s ability to do the splits

Federer on court, training with & without racket in hand (for an explanation of some of these moves, see A Comprehensive Roger Federer Training Routine):

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  • JP  On February 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Andy Murray is as fast as Usain Bolt, says his fitness trainer Jez Green ahead of the Australian Open
    Telegraph
    10 Jan 2013

    During extensive testing on his winter training block in Miami, Andy Murray turned in record scores on every front. Not only has he added 3lb of muscle over the past 12 months, but his cardiovascular scores are also up and he can sustain a pulse rate of 200 beats per minute.

    “Andy is moving towards his physiological peak from the ages of 25 [which he is now] to 28,” said Green, a former competitive kick-boxer who travels with Murray to most of his tournaments. “I’ve been training him for five years and I still find it hard to believe all the things that he can do. He is naturally fast but he is also so strong: on his best day he can do 27 pull-ups, and push 500lb on the leg-press. It’s usually very difficult to put on muscle and improve endurance, as they counteract each other in training. But Andy has improved endurance statistics and put on 3lb of lean muscle.”

    He could also probably run a 53 seconds 400 metres if he trained for it. He is a big powerful guy, whereas Novak Djokovic has a wiry strength; his flexibility is extraordinary.”

    Andy has lazy speed — by which I mean that he doesn’t look as if he’s moving that fast, but it’s actually deceptive. He’s been clocked at moving at 10 metres per second over very short intervals, maybe even as short as a single step, which is as fast as Usain Bolt. I’m not saying that he is that fast over 100 metres but he has great acceleration when he is chasing down a drop shot.”

    Even more valuable than his flat speed is the ability to stop and turn so quickly. He’s putting three times his body weight through his legs in that moment, so they have to be seriously strong. But above all he is fast with his eyes: he picks up the cues so quickly and he knows where the ball is going that much faster than almost anyone else. All the guys in the top 10 have that ability to some extent.”

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