Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807
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Lista wydań / Vol. 10, No. 2/2015
Relationships between Physical Characteristics and Ranking of Young Tennis Players

Rok wydania:2015
Liczba stron:8 (5-12)
Słowa kluczowe: tennis fitness speed strength anthropometry endurance
Autorzy: Ayelet Dunsky
Life Science Department, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Israel

Alon Eliakim
Life Science Department, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Israel; Child Health and Sport Center, Pediatric Department, Meir Medical Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Adam Hophy
Life Science Department, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Israel

Yoav Meckel
Life Science Department, Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Wingate Institute, Israel


The purpose of the present study was: 1) to determine young tennis players’ fitness and anthropometric characteristics; and 2) to determine to what extent these characteristics relate to the players’ national ranking. Forty young (age 15.1 ±0.4) trained male tennis players, who were ranked from 1 to 40 in their age group in the country’s youth tennis players list, were tested for speed, speed endurance, flexibility, strength, specific agility and quickness, aerobic capacity, height, and weight. Significant correlations were found between the players’ ranking and speed (r = 0.430 – 0.475), specific agility and quickness (r = 0.626), speed endurance (r = 0.562), strength (r = –0.416), aerobic capacity (r = –0.581), flexibility (r = 0.352), height (r = –0.443), and weight (r = –0.293). Stepwise regression analysis indicated that specific agility and quickness accounted for almost 40% of the players’ ranking, while its combination with the players’ height accounted for 56%. The results imply the overall importance of anaerobic capabilities and tennis-specific movements to the young tennis players’ ranking. The results also emphasize the importance of tennis-specific tests to the young tennis players’ performance evaluation
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