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Louise Reynolds

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

Promoting health and happiness, one shot at a time

Hawke’s Bay born and raised Louise Reynolds runs a boutique tennis fitness programme amongst the vines in Havelock North. She also offers one-on-one coaching for those looking to fast track their tennis improvement.

The Reynolds family is well known in the tennis community.

Youngest Finn has recently made his Davis cup debut and has also held a world junior ranking.

Louise’s other son Rob is a successful tennis coach who has played interclub in Germany and various Futures events. It’s fair to say that sport is a big part of her family’s life.

“For me, my greatest satisfaction comes from seeing all levels of tennis players improve their technique, fitness and confidence whilst having fun. I feel gratefulto be able to do what I love and share my passion with others.”

Louise provides an inclusive space where people of all abilities can progress their tennis journey, More importantly, it offers the chance to enjoy some fresh air and exercise away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Pre-game preparation is important.

“I believe every game should start with a proper warm up. I do a lot with resistance bands, lunges–both sideways and forwards, heel raises and exercises to strengthen the hips and shoulders. I always build towards high intensity exercise and vary the pace according to my class ability”.

Appropriate footwear is also key.

Louise believes many of the foot and ankle injuries seen in recreational tennis are “almost always” shoe related. She suggests a typical example would be wearing running shoes on court, catching an edge and rolling your ankle.

So, what advice would she give to both experienced players and those starting out?

“Remember to play because you love it. Enjoy your journey, whatever your goals are. Trust what you've learnt and play bravely"

If you've picked up a tennis injury, or feel something is holding you back, talk to one of physios.

There's also a great blog about tennis elbow with four strength and flexibility exercise you can do anywhere.

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