The ATP/WTA pre-season is a 3~5 week block that takes place for nearly all professional tennis players during the months of November and December. These are critical weeks as there are no sanctioned tournaments taking place and your true progress can only be seen once you hit the hot Australian summer courts. It's common to have a group of professionals, with similar rankings, get together at an academy and use each other as motivation.
We have been fortunate enough to have a member of the ReString family spend time with a few professional players during the 2023 pre-season block, spending 3 weeks with those at the top of the game.
A typical day can include approximately 5 hours of tennis, 1-2 hours in the gym, in addition to any physical therapy/recovery sessions.
The picture featured on our blog is with Despina Papamichail, who has a career high ranking of No. 147, with 15 singles and 35 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.
Our training blocks with Despina lasted 2~2.5hrs, with a lot of focus on baseline hitting. An average practice would include 6-7 baseline drills, focusing on depth and change of direction. Each exercise was executed for 15 minutes, with short breaks every 30 minutes.
It was a true pleasure for ReString to be a small part of Despina's journey on tour, and truly thank her for this opportunty!
We wish her the best of luck during the United Cup next week, where she will play doubles with Stefanos Tsitsipas, at the Australian Open, and the 2023 season.