Tennis Footwork – 5 Drills To Improve Your Footwork and Movement. Tennis is a game of movement and having good footwork will allow you to get into the right position to hit the best possible shot but also help you recover back into a good position on the tennis court that will reduce the amount of space your opponent has to hit their next shot in to.
There are many good ball strikers in tennis, but there is a big difference to hitting a shot on the spot, with little or no movement required to the ball, compared to hitting a ball on the full run.
If you study the best tennis players in the world, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, they all have exceptional footwork which allows them to use their weapons on the tennis court.
Imagine Federer with poor footwork, he wouldn’t be half the player he is. Think about how often Nadal is saved in a tennis point by his fast footwork and chasing down balls that other players would simply let go of. Djokovic’s incredible movement and balance allows him to hit winners on the full stretch, how often have we seen him hitting a down the line backhand winner whilst on the full sprint?
In this video, Top Tennis Training coach Simon Konov will show you five tennis footwork drills that will help you improve your footwork and movement on court.
Drill One – In this drill you’re working on side shuffle steps, small adjustment steps and a quick change of direction. You’ll need two cones, two water bottles of two ball cans to set up this drill.
Place the cones five steps apart. You’ll be performing figures of eight around both cones. Go for 6-8 repetitions per set and try to do three sets.
Drill Two – Split-step training drill. In this drill you’ll use the baseline as your guide, start with both feet in your normal split-step position behind the line and jump over the line into a forward split-step, then jump back over the line. This counts as one rep, go for 10-20 in a row and do three sets of this drill.
Drill Three – Tram to tram explosive jumps. This drill will help you improve the explosive power in your legs, especially for the first push from a wide ball when you need to cover a good amount of distance with that first recover step. Start on one foot on one tram line and jump onto the foot on the other tram line using your legs to balance the body. Hold the position for a split second and then return to the starting position. That counts as one rep, go for 6-8 on each leg per set and do three sets in total.
Drill Four – Crossover and sidestep. This drill will help you improve your recovery from a wider ball.
Drill Five – Fast feet over the baseline. Using small, quick steps, go over the line with both feet and return.


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  1. I did 6 sets of each exercise for 1 minute each and had a hell of a workout. These exercies are legit, thanks simon!

  2. Hey Simon!

    It's soooo much helpful! I appreciate your efforts a lot! Thanks a lot bro!

    Have a great time ahead always!

    All the very best!

  3. Thank You!! Great workouts ! I was loocking for the video I sought before .. the one with the resistant bands to work the shoulders muscles.. what the title of it ? Thank you again guys!!

  4. Great drills and very valuable information!! I will include these in my training routine straight away! 🙂

  5. Nice drills thank you. What I haven't seen from any of the coaches is how to move diagonally backwards. Also it would be great if you covered some point play analysis on when to use the drop or gravity step and when to use the X-over step.

  6. The King is Effortless Elegance, Rafa is Power, Djoker is Flexibility.
    If they're on the Top 3 (injuries apart) since years, it means they all have footwork at its best…anyways, Djoker is astonishing: I call him "Mr.Fantastic"

  7. Great drills to cover the court from side to side! Thank you. More drills for vertical movement footwork (short and deep balls) and net approach steps required!

  8. Hi Simon, thanks for all of your lessons. They have been very helpful. I was wondering if you had any tips for attacking weak second serves? I try to attack the ball but it either goes in the net or goes out. Thanks!

  9. Hey guys
    Thanks for the great👍 vids
    Will you please make a video on how to get good topspin and power
    Thank you 🙏

  10. Pls can you do a video on how to stay mentally strong in tennis matches🙏
    Thanks for the best tennis YouTube channel ever 😻

  11. A couple of those drills have you moving your legs but your body stays in the same place. What's the point?


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