After defeating Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open on Monday night, Novak Djokovic thanked the members in his box, who consisted of his family, friends, coach, physiotherapist (physical therapist), and fitness trainer. Despite having a shoulder injury going into the tournament, Djokovic went on to claim his 3rd Grand Slam title this season while only dropping two matches the entire year.
What is Novak doing differently?
He has changed to a low carb, gluten-free diet, he spends hours in a CVAC pod (pressure chamber used for recovery), and he has teamed up with tennis professionals, physical therapists, doctors, nutritionists, sports psychologists, and fitness coaches to maximize his physical and mental capabilities. This type of “team approach” has allowed Djokovic to have one of the greatest years we have ever seen.
In fact, this “team approach” is becoming a popular trend among the top players in the world. When you look at the top four tennis players in the men’s game today (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray), you can’t help but notice the one thing they all have in common– an entourage of professionals in their box.
How can you take a “team approach” to improve your tennis game?
You can start by speaking with qualified professionals in their respective fields. Here at Baudry Therapy Center we offer a tennis fitness program that focuses on developing the physical aspects of your tennis game. You can enhance your shot making capabilities and footwork by improving your flexibility, strength, coordination, power, agility, and endurance. In the process of improving your performance, you will also decrease the risk of common tennis injuries.
A physical therapist or fitness coach is a vital aspect of the “team approach”. Stay tuned for more posts discussing other aspects, including nutrition, hydration, tennis instruction, sports psychology, and more!
Kevin P. Dessauer, PT, DPT