Tennis players are always changing the surfaces they are playing on and the majority of those surfaces are hard, so working in the pool keeps the body loose.
When most people think about combining tennis and water, painstaking rain delays instantly spring to mind, but not for coach Andrew Fitzpatrick. While Andrew’s world revolves around the tennis court as one of the pro tour’s youngest and most innovative coaches, the 27-year-old is no stranger to encouraging his players to hit the swimming pool to help them find an extra edge.
Andrew’s work in the water is just one in a series of non-tennis exercises he builds into the training regimes of his players to improve their performances. And it seems to be working. Since becoming coach for British number-three Naomi Broady in 2015, Andrew has masterminded her meteoric rise from 250th in the world rankings to a career-high 79.