Anthropometry and Tennis

Apart from skill (which is a very important ability), the relative importance of the physiological parameters such as speed, agility and endurance differ in their contributions to making a champion tennis player. Body size and composition is often rated very low in importance for tennis players, however it's role is not insignificant.

Tall players with a good arm length can reach more areas of the court with ease. We have listed the height of all Wimbledon winners over time, and have shown that their average height has increased. It is useful to measure Height and Arm Span in tennis players.

Body fat can be measured using the skinfold method. If this is not available, monitoring body weight changes would give an indication of body fat changes, assuming no change in muscle mass. Excess body fat would affect the tennis player's ability to move freely around the court, and the extra weight will increase fatigue.

Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes

Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the tennis participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The tennis players were of taller than the average Olympian, though of similar weight.

Sport Age Height (cm) Weight (kg) BMI
OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports) 26.1 176.9 72.8 23.3
Tennis (all players) 27.1 180.1 72.9 22.4
Tennis (females) 25.8 173.6 64.5 21.4
Tennis (males) 28.2 186.6 81.2 23.3

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