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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.
These are a few letters between Wayne Bryan, Steve Bellamy and Geoff Grant. I love this exchange of ideas coming from some of the sharpest idea guys out there! And a plan! Wayne Bryan is in Blue, Steve Bellamy is in Orange, Geoff Grant is in Purple and Kevin Kempin is in Green! I personally like Steve Bellamy’s idea for competition centers on both coasts. That is where we should be heading!
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?”
Unfortunately not going to be able to travel to Jacksonville in February – will be on the tennis pro shop tv, that’s for sure – front and center. Probably travel distance is a little too far for me and my group as we are in the Big D. I dream of a day when coaches raise money and set up transpo and housing and workouts and matches for their juniors to attend Davis Cup Matches – – – no matter how near or far.
Just want to write this morning about seeing a few kids of a very young age getting cells phones and iPads this past Christmas from Santa. I have these tools and use them myself quite often. I am even writing this post on the 78′ Soapbox this morning on my iPhone while waiting at the Doctor’s office.
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!
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.
Over all the years I have watched tennis I have to say there have been people who serve very hard and then there are those who can serve hard and do it well under pressure when the chips are down. Ultimately, it is important to make the serve in the court and start the point–that is for sure.
I think it is ok to get angry on the court. Getting angry shows you are a competitor. But like many other sports you have a very small window of time in tennis to spend angry. In tennis there is no time for “History Majors”. So get angry but get over it real quick and begin thinking about the next point and how you are going to approach it in a winning manner.