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Losing is not so bad

9:33 am
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Losing is not so bad

 

 

We hate to lose. It doesn’t matter if it happens on the tennis court or while bowling; human beings are created to win. People work hard, train every day and set goals to achieve positive results and win as many matches as possible. We relate our self-esteem to the match’s score so we feel better and more confident when we win. On the other hand, each lose “diminishes” our value and has negative effects on our development. Is it really […]

Why early specialization in tennis is bad?

4:55 am
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Why early specialization in tennis is bad?

 

 

The age that kids should start the activity to become really good varies from sport to sport. Basketball and soccer can be played at the young age without any special supervision by the coach and players still have big chances to achieve good results as professionals. On the other hand, technical sport like tennis has to include coaching from the beginning of the journey to guarantee proper technical habits. There is nothing worse for the coach and the player to work […]

Tactical approach to deep balls

8:23 am
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Tactical approach to deep balls

 

 

Modern game is based mostly on forehands and backhands. Emphasis put on acceleration of the racquet to generate tremendous power is an aspect that changed the tennis from technical game to more powerful sport. Even there were many changes in equipment, technique and physical preparation during last 15 years, strategy is still the same. Players on all levels try to force the opponent to miss the ball or hit clean winners to finish the match as a better player. One of the goals […]

Backhand how to deal with deep balls

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Backhand how to deal with deep balls

 

 

Objectives: Technique, Strategy, Backhand

– Coach feeds high and deep balls to the ad side
– Player learns how to deal with these balls while using different strokes
– Player tries to move back, take the ball right after the bounce, take the ball on the rise or take it out of the air
– The goal is to develop different responses to deep balls to be able to execute various shots against different opponents

Drill created by Marcin Bieniek

Major changes on ATP/WTA Tour

9:26 pm
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Major changes on ATP/WTA Tour

 
2019 is coming closer and closer. If you already don’t know there are going to be a lot of changes on ATP/WTA Tour. ITF decided to implement “ITF Transition Tour” from the beginning of the next year. What is the reason? Actually there are few.
“The creation of the transition tour is based on ITF research that shows that while over 14,000 players compete each year in professional tournaments, only around 350 men and 250 women break even financially without consideration of coaching […]

Winter savings

8:05 am
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tennis coach Bieniek

Winter savings

 

 

In this lesson, Marcin Bieniek is sharing the tips on how to train during the winter season when tennis court fees are more expensive.

Video created by Marcin Bieniek

Where does confidence come from?

8:14 am
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Where does confidence come from?

 

 

„Go out there and be confident”. This is one of the most common words that players hear from their coaches before they step on the court to play a tournament match. Unfortunately, confidence is not the item as a racquet so we can’t just put it in our bag and have it with us all the time. As Wikipedia states: „confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of […]

Role model

4:27 am
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tennis coach Bieniek

Role model

 

 

 

In this lesson, Marcin Bieniek is explaining why being a role model should be a priority for all coaches.

 

Video created by Marcin Bieniek

Experiences from 2 tournaments in Mexico

6:54 pm
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Experiences from 2 tournaments in Mexico

 
It is time for some hot climate. Mexico City and Merida. 2 really high-grade ITF tournaments for the best players in the world. As a tennis coach from Europe going to so unique places like Mexico always make me want to learn as much possible. And this time was no different. I took a lot of great coaching lessons from there.
 
Mexico is really far from Poland where I live. I had to take 2 flights to get there and the second one was […]

Faster development

4:24 am
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tennis coach Bieniek

Faster development

 

 

 

In this lesson, Marcin Bieniek is giving tips about faster development.

 

Video created by Marcin Bieniek

Experience at IMG Academy

10:55 am
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Experience at IMG Academy

 
Recently I was visiting IMG Academy during ITF tournament „Eddie Herr”. This tournament is a celebration of tennis where players compete under 12, under 14, under 16, and under 18 years old. Additionally there are many professional players who are there at the same time and they prepare for the next season on tour. Is there a better chance to watch other coaches and players and get invaluable experience?
 
It was my first time at IMG Academy so I was trying to get as much as possible […]

Mental skills available on the practice court

12:23 am
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Mental skills available on the practice court

 

 

Tennis is an individual sport where all attention is totally focused on the player. There is nobody else to blame for easy mistakes so player has to possess high-level of mental skills to successfully compete on the tennis court. Preparation for the tournament starts weeks or months before and player has an opportunity to improve many skills needed to beat the next opponent. Knowing that mental skills are necessary in tennis, players should practice these skills with the same amount of time […]

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