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Strong legs are essential for a successful tennis game. The legs provide the foundation for all movement on the court, from explosive sprints to quick changes in direction. Building strength, power, and endurance in the legs can help to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury on the court.

1. Squats

Squats are a classic leg exercise that targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. To perform a squat, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your hands extended out in front of you. Lower your hips back and down as if you were sitting back into a chair, keeping your chest up and your weight in your heels. Push through your heels to stand back up, then repeat for the desired number of reps. For added difficulty, you can hold dumbbells or a barbell at your shoulders or use a resistance band around your legs.

2. Lunges

Lunges are another effective leg exercise that targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. To perform a lunge, stand with your feet hip-width apart and take a large step forward with one leg. Lower your hips down towards the ground, keeping your chest up and your weight in your heel. Push through your heel to stand back up, then repeat with the opposite leg. For added difficulty, you can hold dumbbells at your sides or use a resistance band around your legs.

3. Step-ups

Step-ups are a great leg exercise that targets the quadriceps and glutes, as well as the calves and core. To perform a step-up, stand in front of a step or bench and place one foot on the step. Press through your heel to lift your body up onto the step, then step back down with the opposite foot. Repeat on the same leg for the desired number of reps, then switch sides. For added difficulty, you can hold dumbbells at your sides or use a resistance band around your legs.

4. Box jumps

Box jumps are an excellent plyometric exercise that targets the quadriceps, glutes, and calves. To perform a box jump, stand in front of a box or step with your feet hip-width apart. Lower into a quarter squat, then explode up onto the box, landing softly with your feet together. Step back down, then repeat for the desired number of reps. For added difficulty, you can increase the height of the box or hold dumbbells at your sides.

5. Single-leg deadlifts

Single-leg deadlifts are a challenging leg exercise that targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes, as well as the core and back. To perform a single-leg deadlift, stand on one leg with a dumbbell in the opposite hand. Hinge at the hips and lower the dumbbell down towards the ground, keeping your chest up and your weight over your heels. As you lower the dumbbell, lift the opposite leg behind you, keeping it straight. Return to the starting position, then repeat on the opposite side. For added difficulty, you can use a heavier dumbbell or hold a medicine ball in both hands.

Final thoughts 

Incorporating these leg exercises into your workout routine can help to improve your strength, power, and endurance on the tennis court. It's important to vary your workouts and incorporate a variety of exercises to target different muscle groups and improve overall performance. As with any exercise program, it's important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and difficulty as you progress. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.

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