Astra Sharma provides insight into her training routine as part of our “Workout Tips” series.
Astra Sharma has reached impressive heights in her career.
The 27-year-old from Perth was ranked 84th in the world in singles and 91st in the world in doubles. Her most notable court appearances include reaching the 2019 Australian Open mixed doubles final, as well as winning one WTA singles title and three WTA doubles titles.
The hardworking Sharma played tennis at a US university and majored in medicine, health and society before turning pro. Last year, she also completed a master’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology.
In our Training tips Sharma shares insight into her most important lessons and exercise routines…
What is the most important lesson you have learned from tennis?
I think it has to do with professionalism. You have to do everything right to get the most out of everything, and if you put in the work you will see some kind of result. It’s not always about winning or losing, but definitely about how you feel.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?
Be really gentle with yourself. You can often get caught up in anything and beat yourself up. But you have to be your best friend because life on the road can be lonely and difficult.
What is your preferred practice time?
Generally late in the morning. If I’m at home pre-season, I usually train from 9:00 to 11:00 or 8:00 to 11:00 because that’s when most of the others are on the court. But if I had a choice, it would be 10:00 for me.
Do you have a favorite part of your game that you want to work on?
I really like working on my cut and drop shot. Tactile things are always fun.
What is your least favorite part of the practice?
What I dislike the most is off-field conditioning.
What advice would you share with aspiring tennis players on how to get the most out of a training session?
Keep it short and sharp. Sometimes I feel like we’ve set a time to practice, which can actually be counterproductive. If you feel you’ve done enough, don’t be afraid to get off.
Do you remember the first professional player you had the opportunity to train with?
I think it was Casey Dellacqua.
If you could pick anyone from tennis history to coach, who would it be?
I’d like to hit with Justine Henin. She was my idol growing up.
Finally, if you had five minutes left in your training session and you could do anything, what would you do?
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