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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This is a terrific letter I hope everyone gets the opportunity to read. You have a few people in charge at the USTA who are only now beginning to realize they screwed up with this mandate. Their real problem now is trying to figure out a graceful return to what was before a good system.
Wayne Bryan in blue and Chris in black–check it out!
Wayne is in blue and Kurt in Black.
“You’re the best and most likeable adversary I have ever had” That’s quite a compliment coming from you. Ha. If the shoe fits, you gotta wear it. Read more…
Tonight we have a very special guest with Jerry Baskin coming on the show. As humble as they come Jerry Baskin has been coaching tennis in the Atlanta area for close to 40 years. During this time period Jerry has been able to help numerous junior tennis players achieve a level of excellence unparalleled in the Southern Section of the USTA and perhaps even on a National level. Read more…
Another exchange between Lawrence Roddick and Wayne Bryan regarding the 10 and Under Mandate. It appears the USTA is really digging in it’s heels on the matter. All over the globe the mandate has been met with resistance from knowledgable coaches and in the USA there is no exception to this. I cannot find 1 out of 10 I speak to who think the mandate is a good idea. Below is Roddick in black and Wayne Bryan is in blue. Read more…
Here is another great correspondence between Blanche Roddick and Wayne Bryan regarding the 10 and Under mandate. To my way of thinking this is exactly as they describe it. It is sooooooooooo stupid to have this thing brought in as a mandate. But they over reached when they put it in to play. They told schools, parks and clubs this is the mandate and We Are Sticking To It! We now know there was no true and real research done regarding the mandate and it was an idea hatched from ITF and USTA people who could not coach their way out of a brown paper bag.
Ms. Roddick is in Black and Wayne is in Blue.
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.