Marginal Gains:
Preparing for Competition

Nick Wheatley

Start your prematch warmup with a limited number of easy rallies.

In this series, we have looked in depth at the way you can use to strengths of your game in matches in ways that lead to winning that extra handful of critical points that are the difference in close matches. In this article, let's see how you can create additional marginal gains during your preparation for those matches. As the saying goes "If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail."

We could at this point delve deep into things like physical fitness, diet, and nutrition. This is not my area of expertise, and should you want to embark on a longer-term plan to make progress in these areas, there is a wealth of information elsewhere on this site and in the larger coaching world to help you do that.

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Nick Wheatley is an LTA Performance Coach and head coach at Hawker Tennis in south west London. His junior teams, the Hawker Jets, have won 44 competitions since formation, and over the last 2 years alone, his junior players have won 19 singles tournaments between them at county level.

He has been ranked in the top 75 nationally in 35 and over singles and in the top 5 in Surrey county. Nick has done video analysis for numerous players at all levels, including former British Top 10 player Marcus Willis.

His unique teaching video series, covering every aspect of the game, is available on his website

You can also contact Nick directly via the homepage of his website.

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