Want to move better on the court? If the answer is yes, then you should start with your hips. Your hips are one of the foundations of movement. They are important for nearly every athletic movement you need in sports. The problem is, most of us have stiff hips and when you look at the average persons lifestyle it's not too hard to see why. We sit, a lot. Watching tv, sitting at a desk, doing homework, in school, etc... We live in a world where you are seated a lot of the time which in turn stiffens up the hips.
Due to the nature of the average persons everyday life, stiff hips are normal and must be corrected. Performing simple hip mobility exercises each day (5-10min) can help greatly improve your hip mobility and strength. With this improvement you will also see on court performance improvements.
With strong and mobile hips comes a strong and mobile tennis player. You can perform hip mobility exercises before, during or after your workouts as well as on off days. One of my favorite routines to do before a lower body lift or just on an off day is strength coach Joe DeFranco's Agile 8. You can find this movement series on many different fitness sites as well as Joe DeFranco's own website athttp://www.defrancostraining.com/ask_joe/archives/ask_joe_08-10-03.html.
Perform hip mobility/strengthening exercises each day and you will see a huge performance in your tennis game.