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IVGID Tip: Layering for cold tennis mornings

Serena Quarelli, Director of Tennis at the Incline Tennis Center, dressed for playing tennis on a cold morning.
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The leaves are starting to change and the mornings are getting cooler, but we still have plenty of classes and tennis fans playing at the Tennis Center.

Just like any sport you have to dress in layers when playing in cold weather and do a good warm-up jog and stretch.

It’s very important to warm up slowly on these cold mornings.

Start with short court, take a few extra overheads, get those feet moving, and make a few slow and easy serves.

Now for those who want to stay in shape up here in the winter, fear not as there are plenty of ways to keep your tennis up.

First, get in a class that gets your heart rate up like Zumba or spin class.

Working on your core is essential for tennis and skiing and there are classes galore for targeting the core.

Yoga and Pilates combine core strength and flexibility, and Novak Djokavic and Roger Federer are perfect examples of how flexibility can help your tennis game.

There are also indoor tennis drills and classes you can take once it gets too cold to play outside. The Incline Recreation Center will be offering an Indoor Cardio Tennis class that include drills, tennis specific exercises and point play.

Another use of the gym is to take a low pressure ball and hit on the wall. You can do that by yourself or with a partner. Hitting on a wall is a wonderful way to learn consistency, the number one way to win a point. This drill also helps improve preparation, form, focus, and stamina.

Take advantage of fall tennis with 50 percent off court fees for the last few weeks of the season, starting September 20th.

The Tennis Center will be open until October 15th and the courts will remain open until the snow flies. Visit InclineTennis.com or call 775-832-1235 for more information.

“Tip of the week” is a weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Serena Quarelli, Director of Tennis at the Incline Tennis Center.