My (Howard) main driver as a physical coach is to make the player as efficient as possible. By that, I (Howard) mean to use the lowest amount of energy even at the highest impact or highest speed actions. The more efficient we can make tennis players, the less energy they’re going to use and therefore the less impact on the body.
So, for example, the technology on Andy Murray, and a young British kid, similar situations. The younger kid shows higher impact forces, higher slowing down forces. Is that because he’s moving quicker or is it that Andy is moving more efficiently? It’s probably Andy’s moving more efficiently.
We’’re trying to really make this efficient athlete, doing the least amount of toll on the body as possible, because we know, tennis is becoming faster, quicker and more explosive. I (Howard) see it going more and more like Basketball, bigger players, stronger players, more athletic players.