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Are you built for tennis?
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Venus Williams
Venus Williams was born for tennis
Got the perfect build for tennis?

Dr Kevin Thompson, physiologist at the EIS, explains the physical characteristics that make up the ultimate tennis player.


Height is helpful
It's an advantage to be tall if you're a tennis player, but not essential. Extra height makes it easier to reach the ball and produce a high serving speed.

Justine Henin-Hardenne
Henin-Hardenne is shorter than most
But don't worry if you're not that tall - world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne is just 5'5".

When it comes to physique, top tennis players have a bit of everything.

They need to be quick and agile to move around the court - and powerful too.

They also need plenty of endurance to cope with a game that might last a couple of hours or more - often in hot conditions.

Good flexibility is also important, as is a lean frame to help them move as efficiently as possible.



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Justine Henin-Hardenne Height: 5"5'
Amelie Mauresmo Height: 5'9"
Anastasia Myskina Height 5'8"
Lindsay Davenport Height: 6'2"
Kim Clijsters 5'8"


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