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
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?
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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
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 […]