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Bill Tym On Winners!

Every time Coach Tym writes an email I get a little giddy! I see it in the inbox and I know it will be good. I know there is going to be something pertinent in the text of his comments that I am going to be able to take away and use later. He is on my list of coaches to visit and spend some time with.  I am always learning and he is always teaching and as long as he will keep sending me emails I will keep putting them up for others to see. He is a one-of-a-kind coach and he is a treasure! Everyone should read more from Coach Tym!

 

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The Raindrops Fell And Tournaments Went To Hell!

Back when I was growing up USTA tournaments were played out to the end and they meant something to play. It was almost like the United States Postal Service–rain never stopped the postman and it did not stop USTA tournaments from being completed. If a tournament had to be finished on Monday or the following night or even a few nights later the officials, players and parents did what it took to get it done. Because USTA tournaments meant something and they were special events to be played and to be won.

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Trophy Kids Are In Tennis Too

I cannot remember who sent this to me but I found it to be oh so true! It was probably 4-5 years ago when I first read this article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal in October of 2008 and so I actually kept the article and then had my secretary at the time type it up nicer for me so I could share with my friends in the East Cobb area of Atlanta. Here in this area we have so many people new to wealth and they lavish on their children and do their best to live up to this article.  Read more…

Bill Tym: On The Serve

I have long read about and listened to certain great coaches of the game of tennis. Legends of the coaching world like Tom Stow, Jack Barnaby, George Basco, Eleanor ‘Teach’ Tenant are just a few I can name. All of these aforementioned have long passed away. I was lucky enough to have taken from one of the great legends of tennis coaching growing up–Jim Leighton.

But listen! One of the true great coaches of my time has to be Bill Tym. And at 72 he is still very much alive and kicking and teaching up in Nashville, TN. Here is a great email he recently sent to some of his students. It says it all and it is the way it should be. I asked him if I could reprint it and he gave me permission.

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We Are Back

Been away for a while but we are back and I will try to get blogging again on this site. Went away from it and came back to look at some of the stuff and I do think it is a pretty good site. This week we might even be able to get back on the radio with a guest appearance hosting the Bruce Lipka Show.

10 And Under: Success or Failure–A Cross Section

This weekend in Georgia proved to have some of the best weather in all of 2013 to date. It also proved to be one of the busiest weekends for USTA junior tennis tournaments in the Atlanta Metro area. Coachjpweber.com did a survey and can provide a cross section view of how the 10 And Under tournaments are fairing in the Atlanta metro market.

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Importance Of A Journal To Improvement

I like to have my young players keep a journal. I think it can work for players of all ages. I like the idea of the journal being a place where the young players can write anything they wish regarding their tennis games and preparations. They should use the journal to write about what they ate before the match; what they did in preparation for the match; how they felt before, during and after the match; what tension the racquets were strung; name of their opponent; what did they do against a certain opponent; their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.

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Make Good Contact with the Ball First

One thing I find with nearly every beginning adult and junior player is the question, “How do I employ strategy and aim the ball to this side or that side of the court?”

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Cross Court Is The Best Strategy

One of the best tennis coaches I have ever known and learned from was Coach Jim Leighton of Wake Forest University and the Old Town Club in Winston Salem, N.C. In the early days, as legend has it, on any given Sunday you could find Dennis Van Der Meer or Vic Braden sitting in the shop discussing tennis technique and strategies with Coach Leighton. I do not know if this is true or not but he was one heck of a coach.

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