In our ‘Training Tips’ series, Luke Saville reveals why having respect and good manners is important on the practice court.
Melbourne, Australia, 11 May 2023 | Leigh Rogers
Luke Saville, a former world No.1 junior and two-time Grand Slam boys’ singles champion, is one of Australia’s leading players.
The 29-year-old has excelled at doubles in recent years, achieving a career-high ranking of world No.23 and representing Australia at the Olympic Games and in the Davis Cup competition.
Saville, currently ranked world No.86 in doubles, is now making singles his priority. In the past 10 months, his singles ranking has soared from outside the world’s top 1000 to verge on a top-400 return.
In our Training Tips series, Saville reveals a positive attitude on the practice court is the key to his success …
Do you have a favourite time of the day to practice?
I’d say morning. I’m an early riser and a bit of a morning person. So I like to get my work done and then shut it down and enjoy the rest of the day, or do what I have to do to prepare for the next day of training or matches, or whatever it might be.
How many days a week do you practice?
Five to six. I usually take at least one day off after training throughout the week.
How many hours a week, on average, would you practice?
I’d say about 15 hours on court roughly, then I do a fair bit of stretching and running which adds up to a couple of hours a day as well. So, all up it would be a 30-hour training week I’d say.
Do you like to split your practice sessions up or complete them all close together?
It just depends probably on how I’m feeling that day and when my coaches can see me. Usually I like splitting it up, but sometimes I’ll do longer sessions because that is what is required in longer matches. You need to be able to stay focused and concentrate over a sustained amount of time, as you never know how long a match can go for.
Do you have a favourite part of your game to practice?
I’ve got my strengths and weaknesses, so try to dedicate more time to my weaknesses and working on those ones. My strength is probably around the net, I feel very comfortable around there, and hitting some big groundstrokes is really enjoyable for me.
Is there a part of your game that is your least favourite to practice?
No, not really. I’ve got to keep working on my serve. You never probably do enough on your serve I’d say, so I’ve got to keep trying to mix in that….
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