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Championship skills

7:38 am
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We all try to learn from top athletes in the world. Whether we play tennis or basketball there is a lot to take from watching Roger Federer or LeBron James in action. We can see how they move, what decisions they make and how they use own strengths to dominate opponents. Of course these are really important qualities but there is one that we can’t omit if we want to get to the top of tennis world.

 

Tennis performance is based on technical, tactical, physical, and mental skills. If you want to achieve your potential and get own […]

Losing is not so bad

9:33 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

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 […]

Proven ways to deal with irritation

9:15 am
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tennis instruction

 

Proven ways to deal with irritation

 

 
Tennis is an emotional game. Many things are going on at the same time so players have to learn how to deal with them. The higher the level the more stressful situations players have to face both on and off the court. Is it possible to improve your control and reactions to irritation? Yes it is. How should you do that? Keep reading.
Roger Federer is the best example of a world-class players who had to sacrifice his comfort zone and work really hard […]

Where does confidence come from?

8:14 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

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

Mental skills available on the practice court

12:23 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

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 […]

US OPEN 2017 report – tennis job

5:17 pm
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US OPEN 2017 report – tennis job

 
Working with top juniors on a daily basis is a great experience. Being able to travel to different countries and observe various players is a possibility to compare approaches, training methods and individual preferences. But US OPEN is a different story. During tournament in New York I was able to compare juniors to top stars. And the differences are so visible…
 
We all know that tennis performance is not the same at junior and professional levels. Different demands, different goals and different time […]

US OPEN 2017 report – pressure everywhere

10:08 am
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US OPEN 2017 report – pressure everywhere

 

 
Pressure is available at all stages. It doesn’t matter if you play national tournament or US OPEN you will have to deal with a lot of stress. The higher the level the more stress you should expect. Is it possible to learn to deal effectively with these challenging conditions?
 
My trip to New York gave me a lot of new inceptions. Sitting on Arthur Ashe stadium was a great opportunity to not only watch top players in action but also to see […]

Learn from Anqelique Kerber – The 2016 Australian Open Champion

7:11 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

Learn from Anqelique Kerber –

The 2016 Australian Open Champion

 

 

Each Grand Slam tournament is a must-see for anyone who is interested in tennis. The best players in the world get to one place to fight for the most important trophy. Of course season starts with Australian Open so players have to be ready to play seven matches in a demanding hot environment. 2016 gave us a big surprise since Angelique Kerber finished as the winner. She played great tennis, but it is always […]

Building self-confidence

8:21 am
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tennis coach Bieniek

Building self-confidence

 

 

 

In this lesson, Marcin Bieniek is sharing the tips on how to build self-confidence.

 

Video created by Marcin Bieniek

Courage has different dimensions

8:24 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

Courage has different dimensions

 

 

Courage is a character’s trait that is mostly associated with soldiers and heroes. Policeman needs a courage to stop the burglar in actions; fireman needs a courage to go inside the firing house and save the people; tennis player needs a courage too to stay on the right track and succeed in the future. Courage helps us to try to do things and face challenges to get better in different environment. Does tennis player needs the same courage like a soldier on the […]

Confronting Gamesmanship

8:35 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

Confronting Gamesmanship

 

 

 

Q: How do we begin to educate our daughter about cheaters?

 

A: Communicating about possible/probable scenarios and pre-setting your child’s correct response (protocols) is a great start.  Rehearse the solutions by setting up actual practice sets whereby the opponent is allowed to apply gamesmanship and your child has to rehearse their response sequence. Many parents and players are unaware that counter gamesmanship tactics are a learned behavior.

 

Q: My son wants harmony on the court, so he […]

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