My previous practice hours blog post discussed the recommended training regimen for players who aim to compete at the collegiate and professional levels. The information in this particular post will address the beginner and intermediate pathways for players who wish to enjoy tennis in a slightly less competitive manner.
On average, less than 5% of all American high school boys and girls tennis players go on to play collegiate tennis (NCAA Division 1, 2, and 3, as well as NAIA and Junior College). The number of professional tennis players competing on the ATP, WTA, and ITF Futures circuits is even less. Therefore, most kids are on the pathway to become anywhere in the range from a recreational player to a high school JV/Varsity player. Those players may go on to play for their intramural or club team in college, and compete at various USTA NTRP levels as an adult (typically between 3.0-4.5). Below I have included the typical playing regimens for these different pathways. Remember there is no right or wrong pathway - align with the one that most resonates with your goals and that will make you the happiest!
I hope this post provides clarity to anyone who has questions regarding this topic. Want to discuss this further? Leave your comments below..I look forward to hearing from you!