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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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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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Suggested Resolutions For USTA 2013

Here are my picks for “suggested resolutions” the USTA could adopt going forward into 2013. I read these in this order on the We Coach Tennis radio show on December 30th, 2012. Hope somebody was listening. If not, now I have written them out so they might be better understood.

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Southern USTA Listening Session Schedule

We Coach TENNIS — December 9th, 2012

Our guest tonight on the show is Vic Braden. Coach Vic Braden has over 70 years in the field teaching tennis. Coach Braden has spent a great deal of time helping tennis players to maximize their performance and enjoyment of tennis. Vic is a licensed psychologist in California.  **The first 30-40 minutes of the audio is a little tough but it clears up after that period.

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The University of South Carolina Women’s Tennis vs. The University of Montana Women’s Tennis

The Road Not Taken takes another look at Women’s Tennis programs at the Division 1 Level. Here we have two teams from different conferences and different parts of the country. The University of South Carolina located in Columbia, S.C. is in the SEC. The University of Montana is in the Big Sky Conference and is located in Missoula, MT. The football team competes in the NCAA I-AA level but the rest of the sports participate at the NCAA I-A level.

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Lastly, and most importantly, I hope you will always tell it like it is. Say what you truly feel and think. Speak truth to power. Do not hold back just to get perks from the USTA or get nice Committee assignments or to avoid perceived retribution by our heavy handed governing body. To me, that kind of “group think” and bowing to the USTA has gotten us into this situation where everyone is in a state of despair and so disgusted with the USTA and state of American Junior Tennis.

Wayne Bryan to Coach “A”