Easy Five Training Method Improved the Technical and Tactical Performances of Young Tennis Players

Mohamad Rahizam Abdul Rahim, Lim Boon Hooi, Nguyen Van Bac, Pham Thanh Anh Khoa, Phan Danh Na, Rajesh Kumar and Sri Sumartininggsih

An athlete’s success or optimal performance during competition is the ultimate goal of any coaches. This paper presents the effects of Easy Five training programme on technical and tactical performance of young tennis players. The main objective of this study is to find out a suitable solution in order to improve the performance of young tennis players. A total of thirty young tennis players (n=30) were recruited in current research and were randomly divided into two groups (Experimental and Control groups) with each group consists of fifteen players (n=15). All players were tested on their technical and tactical variables such as groundstroke depth, groundstroke accuracy, volley depth, serve, agility and International Tennis Number (ITN) total score. The Easy Five training intervention was implemented to the experimental group and control group went through tennis match play for 8 weeks. These methods correspond with the objectives of this study which focuses on the technical and tactical performance of all the players and examining the outcome of an Easy Five on the performance of the young tennis players. A mixed between-within subject analysis known as split-plot ANOVA (SPANOVA) was applied to answer the research questions. The pairwise comparison within group test of pre-test and post-test results indicated that there was a statistical significant difference in the performance of experimental group in groundstroke depth (p = 0.001), groundstroke accuracy (p = 0.001), volley depth (p = 0.001), serve (p = 0.01), agility (p = 0.001) and International Tennis Number (ITN) total score (p = 0.001). Current results affirmed that players from experimental group exhibited an enhancement in all of the technical and tactical variables and also validate the positive effect of Easy Five training intervention. On the other hand, the control group revealed a slight advancement in agility performance with (p = 0.01). The pairwise comparison test between experimental and control groups exhibited a statistical significant difference between the two groups after 8-week intervention in groundstroke depth (p = 0.01), groundstroke accuracy (p = 0.01), volley Depth (p = 0.01) and ITN total score (p = 0.02) but showed no significant difference in agility and serve performance which dictate the optimistic effect of intervention training programme engaged in this study. Current findings revealed that the Easy Five which reflects the game conditions training approach is a practicable method in designing a training programme as it shows positive effect on the performance and provides significant recommendations to coaches and players about designing an effective training programme.

Volume 12 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 1353-1361

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12SP5/20201895