Yuta Kuroda, Kazuki TAKIZAWA, Masao MIZUNO


This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between serve accuracy, strength and agility performances, and the rating of perceived exertion (RPE) during on-court tennis-specific tennis test in collegiate level tennis players. Eight Japanese collegiate male tennis players, who participated in the All Japan Tennis Championship for university students, were the participants in this study. All subjects underwent tennis training program and were measured serve accuracy, RPE, grip strength (as an index of strength performance), and the time required to perform the spider run (as an index of agility performance). Neither maximum grip strength (51.3 ± 4.7 vs. 51.3 ± 6.0 kg, mean ± SD) nor spider run time (15.89 ± 0.82 vs. 15.77 ± 0.76 sec) was affected by the tennis training. The mean number of successful serves tended to decrease after the training (6.9 ± 1.6 balls, p = 0.09). Post-training serve accuracy was inversely correlated with the post-training RPE (rs = -0.81) (p = 0.01). This study demonstrated that strength and agility performances were consistent during the 80-minute training period. It was found that serve accuracy is associated with perceived exertion but not strength and agility performances in collegiate level tennis players.


muscle fatigue, serve performance, exercise intensity, strength, agility

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