Dear Tennis Friend,
Hope you are having a nice Fall Season.
As you probably know, there was a very positive and productive meeting on Sunday, October 21, with Steve Bellamy and his concerned group with the USTA officials in Chicago about the state of our National ‘n Sectional Junior Schedule and Rankings that led to a pause on the new changes and a listening tour to be held across the country to make revisions that will be fair for all our juniors and that will hopefully bring a smile to everyone’s’ face.
I then met on the evening of Oct. 24 in Malibu and the early morning of Oct. 25 with incoming USTA President, Dave Haggerty, and USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, Kurt Kamperman. We met for a total of 7 1/2 hours and the discussions on my outline of American Tennis Concerns were fair and frank and sometimes hard hitting and a lot was learned on all sides of the issues.
Although we share many experiences in common with our sport, we come from different vantages and viewpoints – – – Dave, as the newly elected President, has served on several national committees and has been a very successful CEO of major tennis companies; while Kurt is employed by the USTA and was the former CEO of the Tennis Industry Assn. and knows Community Tennis in all sections of this country; and Wayne, who spends a good part of the year on the road emceeing ATP events and doing clinics on the tour and at clubs and schools and who coaches World Team Tennis and speaks to coaches and parents frequently.
All of us are passionate about the game and its health and future. Although the meetings were rigorous, they were at the same time cordial.
The issues discussed included:
It looks like Bob and Mike Bryan have again clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking. This is the eighth time and a record. It is also the forth consecutive season they are the World Number 1’s. That is impressive and they still love it and are probably good for a few more seasons!
Gordon Forbes, A Handful of Summers
“Without knowing it, we became addicted to it; inexorably infected by its very deepest urgings, by the whole wide character of the game: the touch of a new racquet, the smell of varnish on gut, the way a slice backhand could float on heavy air and bite into a surface of damp clay.
The way spins drifted and what they did when they bounced. Floppy hats, sunburnt faces, the ache at the end of the day. The lonely matches on outside courts–the hostile eye of opponents’ parents. The last sixteens, the mixed doubles, the number one seeds.
Abraham Verghese–author of The Tennis Partner
It has been a decade–…Every few weeks I feel the need to pull it out from the closet where it is carefully stored. First, there is the ritual of loosening the four wing nuts on the press until the racquet slips free. It feels lithe and spry in my hand, conjuring up an era of Brylcreemed hair, ribbed tennis sweaters and the grace of a Ken Rosewall.
This model, the Dunlop Maxply, is the one I coveted as a child–the Ferrari of racquets. I thought the Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph looked wimpy.
I am excited about the We Coach TENNIS show this Sunday evening September 23rd, 2012 on the UR10S network. We have ten-time Grand Slam Champion Dr. Anne Smith on the show ladies to talk with us about a variety of things. Tune in Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. EST!
For more information about this radio show visit the We Coach TENNIS Radio Show page.
You mold the will. You never break the spirit of a great athlete.
Coach Chuck Kriese – Junior Champions Tennis Center, College Park, MD.
It was brutal to play in that wind, it's hard to describe. Those are probably the hardest conditions I've ever had to play in, and I am from Scotland so that is saying something.
Andy Murray – 2012 US Open Semi-finals