On this evening (with our guest connection suffering) J.P. Weber takes to the microphone and reads Robert Davis’ satirical story on playing the ATP tour and improving in the game of tennis. The story involves two players: Scotty Scramble and Willy Wanker. Scotty Scramble is the hard working player who wants to learn and desires to become better through the process. Willy Wanker just wants to be good and quick and does not care how he gets there.
This is an email exchange between Wayne Bryan and a few other leading tennis coaches. It illustrates a situation I believe is happening all around the country in cities and towns. These kids that excel are the ones that the others tend to follow or want to do as well as. They serve as motivators from my perspective. They are the “seeds” to the game that one day grow into the “trees” of the game. I could not agree more with these guys. I love reading the exchange.
Wayne Bryan is in Blue. Lawrence Roddick is in Green. Chris Bovett is in Purple.
Some great email correspondence from Wayne Bryan regarding pertinent stuff on the 10 and Under Mandate! This gives you practical experience. I know my friend Lisa Stone from Parenting Aces feels like the USTA has done a great thing for tennis and the 10 and Under Mandate has shown to be successful but I think many of the best coaches out there will beg to differ. I know I do. I believe it will hurt tennis in the long run more than help it.
If you are looking for an alternative to the USTA 10 And Under mandate here is one for you. The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation has a series of tournaments they run each year and all ages are able to play with the traditional yellow ball.
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:
The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation was founded over 40 years ago and it is the subject of tonight’s show. Our guest this evening is Cindy Brinker Simmons. Cindy’s mother Maureen Connolly “Little Mo” may have been one of the greatest women’s tennis players ever. Cindy is now the president of the MCB Foundation and chief spokesperson for the Little Mo Foundation.
Brad Stine is the guest today. Coach Stine (born 1958) is an American tennis coach from Fresno, California. He is best known for coaching former No.1 ATP player Jim Courier, although he coached many other famous players.
Coach Stine started coaching with the USTA in 1986 as a member of the US junior national team. During that time the junior national team (Junior Davis Cup Team) included Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Malivai Washington, Todd Martin, Jonathan Stark, Jared Palmer, David Wheaton, and Jeff Tarango, who all reached top 100 ATP ranking, and many other notable players.
On the July 5th edition of the We Coach TENNIS radio show our guest is Doug Pielet. Doug is from Aurora, Illinois and he played on the Men’s Tennis Team at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 1987. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising, Doug was awarded the Earl Campbell Scholarship, and he was named to the Outstanding College Students of America. Doug came to UT from the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, which he also attended on a full tennis scholarship. In 1983 Doug Pielet was a member of the USTA Junior Davis Cup Team. Coach Pielet is currently the Director of Tennis at the LTP Tennis Club in Charleston, S.C.
Prior to joining LTP Tennis, Doug was the Director of Tennis at the prestigious Thornblade Club in Greer, SC for 16 years. Doug’s tennis career spanned more than four decades, as a formally nationally ranked junior champion, a professional player and an instructor. As a nationally ranked junior tennis player, Doug won numerous national championships.