Coaches Blog

My Kalamazoo Preview; NCAA Goes No-Ad in Team and Individual Championships

August 5, 2014

Haha......so much for college being the path to pro tennis

One of the best Kalamazoo tournaments in years begins this morning with two rounds of doubles, with all singles first round matches in both the 16s and 18s scheduled for Sunday. My preview is available this morning at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Despite all the excitement of this week, a real spirit-dampening press release was issued by the NCAA …
http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com

“If You Don’t Like Us, Find A Way To Get Rid Of Us!”

August 5, 2014

Just stumbled upon this: perfect explanation of why US tennis is going nowhere …

“If you don’t like us, find a way to get rid of us!” That was Patrick McEnroe’s response to a parent’s question regarding the 2014 Junior Competition Changes at last summer’s Girls 12 Nationals in Atlanta, and it was really the beginning of my extensive coverage of the new calendar that USTA was planning to implement beginning January 1, 2014 …
http://parentingaces.com

Johan Kriek on Progress and Regress in Tennis

August 3, 2014

If one wants to succeed in tennis..... and not only tennis

Junior tennis mentoring is very challenging even in the best of times. The kids brains are not yet fully developed yet and we as coaches are trying to instill beliefs and knowledge that require “high level” thinking. But it has to be done from an early age. I am going to touch on …
http://www.johankriektennis.com

Beleiving in Yourself

August 3, 2014

As competitors we are all told, “It is crucially important to believe in yourself.” Our coaches regale us with tales of how great tennis players believe in themselves and how this belief carries them past obstacles and leads to victory in major championships. We are admonished that unless we believe in ourselves, we can work on our strokes and conjure up cunning game plans all we like. Victory will, nonetheless, remain elusive. In fact, if we don’t believe in ourselves, we are exhibiting the dreaded “loser’s mentality.” …
http://www.tennisconsult.com/