“I really feel match,” Tiafoe advised reporters at his post-match information convention Monday. “Like my health is stable proper now. I’ve slimmed out loads. Actually put the time in with that.”
Wayne Ferreira has pressured health since changing into Tiafoe’s coach in February 2020, however this 12 months, Ferreira and others on Tiafoe’s workforce have seen a shift in the best way Tiafoe has devoted himself to damage prevention stretches and workouts within the gymnasium. Consistency has been key, his workforce says.
“I believe he simply has a a lot better day-to-day routine,” Ferreira mentioned. “Even earlier than matches, he’s doing somewhat exercise.”
Along with Ferreira, Tiafoe is commonly joined on the highway by Bret Waltz, his bodily therapist, and TC Costello, his energy and conditioning coach.
And whereas most individuals don’t have a tennis coach, a bodily therapist and a private coach, Costello believes that Tiafoe’s routine will help tennis gamers of all ranges. Beneath are three workouts that Costello mentioned are a part of Tiafoe’s coaching program.
Drugs ball workouts are a staple of Costello’s coaching for tennis gamers. The day after Tiafoe beat Nadal, Costello had Tiafoe do half-hour of sunshine medication ball work and motion drills earlier than Tiafoe went on the court docket to hit for half-hour.
“For tennis, I actually, actually love doing medication ball work, to work on energy,” mentioned Costello, the senior director of athlete growth on the Junior Tennis Champions Middle in Faculty Park, Md., the place Tiafoe educated. “It’s so much like tennis — throwing a medication ball — that it interprets so properly to the game.”
To correctly carry out this drill, discover a wall you can throw a medication ball in opposition to. Costello recommends utilizing a medication ball weighing between 4 and eight kilos or one that may be thrown with “most intent.” It will probably’t be too heavy otherwise you gained’t be capable to throw the ball that onerous, he added.
Subsequent, stand along with your ft parallel to the wall, which in tennis is known as an open stance. Deliver the drugs ball to 1 facet along with your knees bent, and cargo from the leg closest to the ball whereas driving the ball with as a lot pace as potential into the wall, Costello mentioned. Repeat this movement with the drugs ball 5 occasions. Take a three-minute relaxation after which do one other set of 5 earlier than switching sides for 2 extra units of 5.
For the closed stance, flip your physique and ft sideways to the online. Load on the again leg and drive ahead. Do two units of 5 repetitions on both sides whereas taking a three-minute relaxation between units. This train can be finished with somebody tossing the ball to you. In that model, catch the drugs ball after one bounce, load and drive from the again leg whereas throwing the ball again.
“The important thing to that drill is to throw the ball as exhausting as potential, and drive from that again leg and be sure to’re getting that hip by means of and transferring your weight and driving that ball with as a lot pace as potential,” Costello mentioned. “As a result of that’s the way you develop energy. If you happen to simply undergo the motions, and evenly throw the drugs ball in opposition to the wall, you’re not doing something.”
Tiafoe is thought for his pace. He can chase down photographs and hit winners together with his quickness.
One of many footwork and agility drills that Costello likes entails response time. Take 4 cones and put them about 10 ft aside within the form of a sq.. Stand within the center. When working with Tiafoe, Costello will level to the cone that he needs Tiafoe to maneuver towards. Tiafoe will then take fast steps towards the cone after which return to the middle of the sq. earlier than shifting on to the following cone Costello calls out.
“Having a reactionary [component], the place I’m pointing in several areas to maintain the participant engaged interprets to tennis since you don’t know the place [opponents are] going to hit the ball,” Costello mentioned.
For quickness and pace, do three units of this train for 20 seconds every time, with a minute relaxation in between. It will probably final somewhat longer if finished as a conditioning drill.
“The actions are similar to tennis, and I would like [tennis players] to remain actually low, and be fast, go down, contact the cone, come again to the center, react to wherever I say it’s,” Costello mentioned. “If it’s one of many cones within the again, turning these hips actual fast and pushing again, so the actions are much like tennis, so that you’re getting somewhat little bit of quickness, foot work, agility work, but additionally reactionary work, too.”
A powerful, secure core is vital for tennis gamers at any stage. Costello prefers coaching the core by means of anti-rotation, anti-flexion and anti-extension workouts. One train that he recommends is often generally known as the Pallof press.
“As a result of it’s an anti-rotation drill,” Costello mentioned. “It’s working all of our core muscular tissues.”
This may be finished both with a band or cable machine. Stand straight and pull a band that’s tied securely towards the middle of your physique after which in, barely beneath your chest. Prolong your arms out straight after which again. Maintain your core tight and engaged. The purpose of the drill is that whereas the band or cable is pulling you in a single route, you aren’t letting it transfer the middle of your physique. “You’re making an attempt to maintain your core as secure as potential,” Costello mentioned.
Do three units of two 12 repetitions. There are variations of the drill the place an individual is kneeling or in a lunge place.
A part of the explanation that Tiafoe has been profitable this 12 months is as a result of he’s been extra constant in making use of himself to his health, Costello mentioned.
That features vitamin. “He’s simply being a bit smarter with what he eats,” Costello mentioned, whereas including that Tiafoe doesn’t adhere to any particular diets. (“Morton’s Steakhouse,” Tiafoe mentioned when requested by a reporter on what he ordered with Uber Eats earlier this week. “I’m nonetheless consuming properly. Don’t fear about that … We nonetheless getting them good eats. It’s simply within the crib.”)
His success shouldn’t be due to a “magic drill or something,” Costello mentioned; as a substitute it’s about his dedication to all issues required of an elite athlete.
“Doing all the things with 100% engagement, whether or not it’s the warm-up, whether or not it’s the cool-down, whether or not it’s damage prevention work, small workouts to maintain the shoulder wholesome, doing that with 100% engagement, and doing it persistently,” he mentioned. “That’s been enormous for him this 12 months.”