Roger's Warm Up

Analyzed by John Yandell

Does your warmup look like Roger's?

Ever go out to play a match and in the warmup your opponent is blasting at top speed from ball one? Or maybe you are that player?

How important is the warmup? If you watch the top players they almost all start slow, build rhythm and confidence, and speed up from there.

Miss Roger? I do. But here is one more great lesson from him that applies to all players, from footage we shot a while ago in Montreal. It's also the way some players play in an entire practice. The obvious contrast is Roger versus Nadal.

The words that seem to apply here: relaxed, slowly building, fun, almost joyful. So take the time to really look at, even feel the clips. They are in 8 to 1 slow motion. Let them soak into your brain and body by osmosis!

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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