[photos taken at last year's U.S. Open]
Late August means one thing for tennis enthusiasts throughout the world: the time that their favorite players compete on the storied courts of the U.S. Open. For Boca West tennis players, the U.S. Open hits even closer to home as our touring professional, Christina McHale, will compete for the eighth time.
Christina will compete as both a singles and in the doubles with Heather Watson as her partner. The duo made it to the second round in the 2014 open and Christina has progressed to the third round twice in singles, 2011 and 2013.
Currently ranked 63, McHale has been on the tour since 2010. In a recent interview with New York Tennis Magazine, Christina offered her fitness tips for tennis players:
Q. What are your top five fitness tips for tennis players?
No. 1 — Core. Everything starts with the core, and although we are rotating a lot, working on building core strength is critical.
No. 2 — Speed and endurance. Working on speed around the court is a must, as is endurance training with short sprints and footwork drills.
No. 3. Hydration. Staying hydrated is important at all levels, but especially if you’re playing in hot climates. Dehydration is dangerous, so stay hydrated with plenty of water and/or energy drinks.
No. 4. Flexibility. Stretch every day. Tennis players must be able to get full rotation on strokes and easily move around the court. Look at Serena’s splits, for example.
No. 5. Variety. Tennis can feel quite repetitive on the court. Add in other sports to vary your training, such as warming up by kicking a soccer ball.
So join us at we cheer on Christina McHale at the U.S. Open. And for you tennis players, don’t forget to stay hydrate, work on your core and stretch! Can’t wait to see you on the courts.