Have you ever gone for a run in winter? If not, why not – is it the cold that puts you off, or perhaps the dark mornings/evenings? Before I went for my first run in the winter, I was a bit apprehensive. I knew I hadn’t enjoyed doing sports at school during the winter and I couldn’t see why it would be any different now. But I wanted to go running, as it is so easy to put on a pair of trainers, step outside the door and run. From getting my kit on to stepping out of the shower after a run, it usually…

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I spend quite a lot of time on Instagram. Too much time according to my partner, but then I do sometimes impress him with my knowledge of what is going on in the world of tennis, and that is all thanks to the numerous tennis-related profiles that I follow. So I thought I would put together a list of my favourite ones to share with you. Some inspire me to play better, others show me professional-level technique and footwork, whilst some just make me laugh out loud! Here they are, in no particular order.. functionaltennis The Functional Tennis Player shares inspirational videos…

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I am a bit rubbish at buying Christmas presents. I have given up trying to think of imaginative presents for my mum, 3 brothers and their other halves, 6 nephews/nieces, my partner and his 2 kids…and so most of them get a bottle of Italian wine (not the kids), some handmade pasta or an Amazon gift voucher. However, I do like to try and treat my partner with a special present to thank him for putting up with me all year. Now that we are both tennis lovers, I have been thinking about the best tennis-related gifts that I could…

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I recently organised my activewear wardrobe as it had got a bit out of hand after I took up tennis and started investing heavily in tennis fashion. I keep my activewear in a chest of drawers which has large deep drawers and although I would try and separate the sports bras from the leggings, and the racerback tank tops from the hoodies, it would inevitably all jumble up into a pile of mess after I rummaged through it for the nth time, late for tennis training, looking for a particular top to wear with my tennis skirt. I think I give the impression of being a tidy…

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My serve is by far my weakest shot in tennis. I have posted many practice videos on my Instagram account (which are also on the progress video section of this blog) and unlike some of the other shots, I don’t see much improvement in my serve. If I ever want to play well and win matches, I know I will need to have a much more powerful tennis serve. Whenever I start serving during my training sessions I start very poorly, but then my coach reminds me of all the things that I need to do and slowly, slowly, I…

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