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Frontiers in Sport Research, 2024, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/FSR.2024.060309.

An Exploration of Influences of Drill-based Practice Design on Tennis Player Development: Delphi Technique


Guoxin Sun1,2, Disaphon Boobphachart3, Goachagorn Thipatdee3

Corresponding Author:
Guoxin Sun

1A Doctoral Student, Curriculum and Instructional Development Program, Graduate School, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand 

2Faculty of Physical Education, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China

3Faculty of Education, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand


The study aimed to explore experts’ opinions concerning the drill-based practice design (DPD), and to propose a model of DPD based on the experts’ consensus to develop tennis players’ skills. The sample consisted of 18 China tennis coaches and professional athletes gained by purposive sampling. The instruments were a structured interview form, and a questionnaire developed by the researcher. The statistics employed for the data analysis was mean, standard deviation, and frequency. The findings were 1) The individual expert rated opinions towards the questionnaire at the highest level in 8 aspects of general concepts, pre-judgment and response, return of receive, baseline shot: ground stoke, backhand, volley, endurance training, and general opinions. The rests of 9 aspects of warm up, preparing posture, movement and footwork, service, forehand, smash, speed training, strength training, and flexibility were rated at a higher level. The total opinions of 17 aspects were at a higher level with the mean score of 4.48. The experts’ consensus occurred in 3 items of 7, 11, and 51, out of 79 items, in the aspects of warm-up, preparing posture, and backhand, and it did not affect the aspect level as a whole, 2) The proposed model based on the experts’ consensus, suggested by the researcher, consisted of three main factors of general concepts, practice procedures, and expected outcomes.


Drill-based Practice Design, Tennis player development, Delphi Technique

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Guoxin Sun, Disaphon Boobphachart, Goachagorn Thipatdee. An Exploration of Influences of Drill-based Practice Design on Tennis Player Development: Delphi Technique. Frontiers in Sport Research (2024) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 70-79. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSR.2024.060309.


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