Should I run around my backhand?
Modern tennis is based on powerful shots. Big serves, aggressive returns, and huge forehands are common pictures on tennis courts around the world. Because of greater knowledge and equipment innovations nowadays tennis is completely different than it was 15 years ago. The one thing that is really popular among players at all levels is the forehand inside out/in. More and more competitors try to avoid hitting backhands and start to run around to cover most of the balls with […]
Spin the coin
Drawing in sport is part of the game that we have to approach properly. In soccer we can see players who choose the side after the drawing. The question is: Is it really so important to play on one side of the field knowing that we will have to change sides after the half-time? Because tennis involves the same scenario before every match we will take a closer look at this aspect of the game and see the factors that can have an impact on the final score […]
How to play against the net rusher
Tennis is a beautiful game because it is an open sport. Everyone can be successful if he/she puts enough work on and off the court. It doesn’t matter if you are tall or short because tennis is for everyone. One successful player can base own game on really strong forehand while other can win many points while playing at the net. If you want to be a champion you need to possess own game style as also you have to know […]
„The lefty” problem
Tennis gives an opportunity for everyone to participate in this sport. Gender, age or physical level are not limitations to pick up the racquet and play this beautiful sport. On each level of performance we can observe tall and short players, old and young athletes as also people who move the racquet with left or right hand. Yes, that’s is the problem for many of us. The lefty. How many of you have encountered difficulty to beat the opponent who plays with the left […]
Long-lasting effects of successful coaching
Coaching is a complex process that can be used in any field of life. Sport coaching is the most famous but nowadays we can also find personal coaches, business coaches, and many other variations. It simply means that our actions in different situations can be approached more effectively if we know which methods we should use to get the most of it. Business people can benefit from coaching by generating more profits for the company while tennis players can improve on-court […]
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 […]
Most common mistakes of the overhead
There is no doubt that tennis evolved during last 20 years. Many factors contributed to this change and nowadays this sport looks different than some years ago. We can look at present champions and compare them to the past stars and we see the difference. While Pete Sampras or Boris Becker was successfully winning Grand Slams at the net, modern tennis stars like Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal rely mostly on powerful shots from the baseline. We can’t say that net […]
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 […]
CURING PERFORMANCE ANXIETY
Overcoming performance anxiety is a very common developmental issue. Many parents report that their athlete’s extreme competitive anxieties are masked with pre-match physical illnesses, fake injuries and/or preset excuses before each important match. Yet their player avoids any talk of solutions to remedy their anxiety issues.
Sadly, avoidance only magnifies their anxiety and keeps competition scary and uncomfortable. This growing fear fuels the player’s lingering self-doubt. Fear of confrontation […]
Endure tennis journey with pleasure
Physical preparation is getting more and more important in modern world of tennis. Professional players have numerous people in their staff to help them maintain peak performance for the most of the the year. Many years ago, tennis players didn’t pay attention to the physical side and it wasn’t common to spend additional time on off-court training. Nowadays, changes in the game and new equipment forced players to be in top shape to have chances for being one of the […]
I would like to work on my forehand!
My forehand is awful – said player after losing the match with easy forehand into the net. This mistake was one of many unforced errors committed from the forehand side. Player knows that he has to work on this aspect to become a better player and to beat many more rivals. He wants to take private lessons with a good coach from the academy and improve this area as soon as possible. He calls the coach, sets up a lesson for […]
Constant adjustments while analyzing performance during the match
Tennis tournaments are exactly the same for tennis players what war is for soldiers. Everyone wants to beat opponents and win the battle so we have to prepare ourselves for a hard work. Professional athletes like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer need 2-3 hours before the match to prepare so it shows how important each aspect is for the performance. Junior tennis players don’t show the same professional behavior and too often it results in poor playing. 30-45 […]