- Include a good five to 10 minute warm-up (especially on cold weather days) and a good stretching session.
- Choose a racket that is the right size and weight and had the appropriate string tension. A good racket is light and stiff, which will reduce the vibrations and impact forces transferred to the arm.
- Keep the racket dry during play to avoid blisters.
- Choose racket grip size carefully. If the grip is too small, unnecessary strain will be placed on tendons in the forearm. To determine the appropriate grip circumference, measure from the lower crease line in the middle of the palm to the end of the middle finger.
- Pick tennis shoes that have the right combination of cushioning, support and protection against ankle sprains. Footwear should have the following five features:
1. Insoles and cushion to support the foot.
2. A heel counter to keep the heel from moving around.
3. Thick rubber outsoles that are enhanced near the toe.
4. Reinforced mid-foot support.
5. A wide-toe area, allowing the foot to spread out.
- Avoid running shoes and other footwear not designed for tennis. Replace shoes when they become old and less supportive.
- Keep a first aid kit with you on the court. Stock it with antiseptics and bandages for cuts, blisters and minor abrasions.