Fit and Fun

How important is fitness for tennis playing kids? What should fitness focus on?

Well, the answer depends on what level of tennis your child wants to play. If the child plays recreational tennis for keeping fit, he/she doesn’t need additional fitness training. If the child participates in any level of competitive tennis, fitness becomes the differentiator in most cases. Fitness is a big component of any sport, be it Formula 1 or tennis! So, if your child plays competitively, what aspects of fitness need to be improved?
Tennis requires coordination, balance, flexibility, reaction, speed, stamina, strength, and agility. These can be achieved only to a certain extent through match play. To be able to improve competitively, we need specific routines enhancing the key skills. Therefore, choosing the right fitness routine is very important. Many people make the mistake of training young tennis players like they would an adult. This leads to injuries at a young age.
It is very important to calibrate the right level of strength and fitness training for juniors. Players under the age of 16 should stay away from weights and heavy lifting. Alternatively they should use body weight exercises, resistance bands and medicine balls. The basic drills for juniors would be Lunges, Squats, Bending, Pull and Push and Rotation. These along with jumping rope, agility ladder, double side step, short sprints develop speed and agility.
TAMS Fitness program:
At TAMS, we have trained fitness coaches to help our kids develop the optimal fitness for success. Speed, reaction and agility improve the most between the ages of 8 and 16. These skills are developed only to a certain extent by playing matches. If the child needs to keep playing competitively, enhancing these skills are very important.
Our fitness routine provides the right thrust to improve these skills by focusing on fitness as a whole, with the right mix of drills for  upper body, lower body and footwork. Exercises that improve explosiveness of start, improve speed of footwork and improve agility are regularly done. For the upper body, medicine ball, resistance band exercises are done under the supervision of the fitness trainer.
Fitness drills are done as small groups to keep the fun factor going. Kids thoroughly enjoy doing these routines as they challenge each other in the group.
Here’s a look at some of the drills for speed and agility.

You are welcome to drop in to know more about our fitness program!


November Updates!

Our kids are making a splash in all levels of tournaments across the country!

ITF Guwahati – Chandrika Joshi had a stellar run to the semifinals of ITF tournament held in Guwahati in November. She played fearless tennis to overcome a third set deficit of 1-5 against Mubashira Anjum Shaik in the quarterfinals, to win the match in the final tiebreak! The score was  6-4.3-6.7-6(3)!

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Manasvi Vardham reached the finals of singles and doubles in AITA U-14 TS7 tournament held at Elite Tennis Academy. Well done Manasvi!







Nithilan won the U-12 boys title in the ITL tournament held at True Bounce tennis academy. Congratulations Nithilan!




Well Done!


Quarterly Tournament round-up (August – October)!!

TAMS kids have performed excellently well in tournaments both national and international, in various age categories in the last quarter. Here are some quick highlights and results:

IMG-20171112-WA0011Manasvi Vardham won her first U-16 title at AITA U-16 TS3 tournament held at Fortune Sports Academy in October in Bangalore. She won the final defeating Kushi Vishwanath where she came back from a set down to win in three sets 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)!! This tournament saw Manasvi fighting all the way and included a hard-fought semifinal win of 9-6. Great Effort, Manasvi!




Charan Vardham reached the finals of AITA U-12 CS3 tournament held in Bellary in August. He lost to a strong opponent Prateek Alum but not before he gave a good fight and took the second set to a tie-breaker. The score read 0-6, 6-7(5)! Well Done, Charan!




image1image2Rurik in Australia – Rurik Rajini participated in u-10 and u-12 tournaments in Melbourne, Australia in October. He did a splendid job in winning the u-10 4-0, 4-0. He just lost only one game in the entire tournament where he played 6 matches. He also reached the semifinals in the under-12 category the following week!!


image3Rurik reached the finals of the Under 10 tournament conducted on Sat Sports on 18th October losing to Rethin Pranav 4-2, 5-3!






Aditya Narayanan won boys U-10 title AITA tournament held at Noah Sports, Bangalore, in August. He kept his poise and beat Gavin Wahengbam in a come-from-behind victory with a score of 2-4, 4-0, 4-2! Awesome, Aditya!





IMG_20171114_141952Arjun Sriram in Mauritius ITF – Arjun Sriram came from qualifying to reach semi-finals of ITF U18 Mauritius Open, in Mauritius, in September! En route to the semi-finals, Arjun saved 4 match points in his quarterfinal against Hugo Brungs of Sweden and won the nailbiting match 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(1)!! Arjun lost to the eventual winner 6-3,6-3 in the semifinal! Wonderful effort in only his second ITF, Way to go Arjun!


Great show kids!