Optimizing tennis player equipment

In tennis, there are:

RACKET SIZES

TENNIS COURT DIMENSIONS FOR KIDS

COURT SURFACES CATEGORIES

TYPES OF SHOE INSOLES

CHOICE OF EQUIPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT: A DETERMINING FACTOR IN TENNIS PLAYER PERFORMANCE

At the M2S laboratory at Rennes 2 University, we investigate the effects of equipment and environment on tennis biomechanics. The equipment used by the tennis player (racket, strings, chair, balls, playing surface, shoes, etc.) plays a considerable role both in terms of performance and injury risk. For example, in children, the size of the court and the height of the net influence the performance and biomechanics of the serve. Finally, the type of surface has an influence on physiological demands (heart rate, oxygen consumption, lactatemia).

A partnership with Wilson

In 2019, at the M2S laboratory, we worked with the famous equipment manufacturer Wilson on optimizing the characteristics of tennis shoes to improve players’ movement performance and limit the risk of injury to the lower limbs.

A partnership with the Ille et Vilaine tennis committee

In 2021, we collaborated with Nicolas Cantin and the Ille et Vilaine tennis committee to analyze the influence of racket size, net height and court dimensions on the serve biomechanics of young competitors aged 8 to 12.

Results

Main results

Reducing serve distance and net height is an effective training strategy for optimizing young players’ serve biomechanics and performance (ball speed, trunk rotation and leg action) without overloading the joints.

Our results encourage coaches and parents not to increase the racket size of young tennis players (8 – 12 years, local competitors) too quickly.

The torsional stiffness of a tennis shoe has no effect on the duration of a player’s stance or speed of movement. On the other hand, stiffer shoes increase the maximum angle of ankle inversion during lateral forehand movements, and can increase the risk of ankle sprains.

Studies

Infographies

Studies

Publications

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