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“It is my fault” mindset

6:05 am
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“It is my fault” mindset

 

 
           
Human beings tend to complain about many situations. Junior tennis players? They love it. Young people are impatient and they have a false mindset that everything in life should be comfortable. They show this approach at school (underperforming is a teacher’s fault) as also in sport (lack of new tennis balls responsible for poor results on the tournament). Many of these situations look funny from the adults’ perspective but if not addressed properly at the young age, it can be a limiting factor […]

Professional preparation before the tournament’s match

12:38 am
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Professional preparation before the tournament’s match

 

 

 

There are many reasons why tennis players take part in competitions. Some of the players want to check their skills in a real environment when pressure goes up so tournament is a great opportunity to do that. Others want to add some trophies to their shelves so the main reason for competing is a willingness to win. Balance between both of these factors is the best option to develop as a tennis player but we can’t forget about one […]

Lob as a smart solution

5:40 am
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Lob as a smart solution

 

 

 

Tennis is a sport where execution, not placement decides about who wins the point. This freedom allows using any stroke to hit the ball. It doesn’t matter if most of the players use it or maybe you are the only “freak” to come up with a given action, you should stick to successful responses. In players’ minds, there is a conviction that some of the strokes are reserved for “professionals” while others are used by “cowards”. Lob is definitely one of […]

Character development on the tennis court

5:47 am
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Character development on the tennis court

 

 

 

Parents sign their kids for tennis lessons for many reasons. Mostly, the most important reason of a new activity for a kid is to make him/her interested in this sport and to help developing different physical abilities like coordination, speed and agility. As parents have different expectations according to the participation in tennis lessons, coaches also vary with their methodologies of what they should teach. Some coaches focus solely on tennis skills while others believe in a broad approach while […]

Effective breaks during the practice

5:50 am
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Effective breaks during the practice

 

 

 

„Practice makes perfect”. This famous phrase makes players want to spend more time on physical activities to take own game to the next level. Players more often take part in mental and physical training regime to become a complete tennis player. Professionals like Nadal or Federer are able to practice for 6-8 hours a day to be where they currently are. Morning tennis session, fitness workout, afternoon tennis session and mental training are common parts of professional player day’s schedule […]

Get advantage on your own

5:37 am
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Get advantage on your own

 

 

 

Tennis is a complex sport that requires hundreds of hours to spend on developing various skills. To become a great tennis player, one has to train 4 specific areas: technical, tactical, physical and mental. All these groups have specific skills that have to be addressed during the practice to create a complete athlete. Every weakness can be easily identified by a decent tennis player and it can decide about the final outcome of the match. Players without solid endurance will be exposed to longer […]

Innovative way to become a winner

6:16 am
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Innovative way to become a winner

 

 

 

Every sport evolves and tennis has some visible changes too. Going from wooden racquets to equipment with computer chip inside or exchanging natural gut for polyester string, which gives you more spin to your shots are areas that show some modifications in our sport. Racquets, balls, strings as also rules were adjusted to the modern requirements of tennis. Knowing that development in any field is possible only with positive modification, we can ask one question: What about the coaching? Are we […]

It is all about the response

5:33 am
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It is all about the response

 

 

 

Action or reaction? Which one is more important while playing tennis? These questions are hard to answer with just few words so that is why I have decided to write an article about this important aspect. Tennis is a game where many things are uncontrollable so players have to constantly adjust their decisions to achieve good results consistently. Among these factors we can point out score, weather conditions or opponent’s performance. On the other hand, strategy, physical and mental sides […]

Positive attitude as a key to success

9:23 am
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Positive attitude as a key to success

 

 

 

The difference between team and individual sports can be easily found in mental skills. In sports like soccer or basketball, players don’t have to perform well to win the match. Teammates can take care of any poor performances of an individual so any weakness is not as visible as in tennis. On the other hand, tennis is one of the sports that the whole focus is put on the one particular athlete. Every success and failure […]

Tennis as a life-time teacher

5:47 am
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Tennis as a life-time teacher

 

 

 

People start playing tennis because of many different reasons. Some people want to add another activity to their lives so tennis looks like a good choice. Other human beings choose tennis because it is popular and they want to be up-to-date with seasonal trends. There are also people who step on the tennis court because it looks fun and it involves many health and social benefits. Looking at all reasons of starting tennis, we can’t forget about parents […]

Prepare the plan for winning

9:02 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

Prepare the plan for winning

 

 

 

Professional tennis players often talk about strategy and game-plans during the post-match interviews. They explain what they have tried to achieve during the game and what has been working well and which aspects have to be corrected. All these things confirm the importance of a proper preparation for the tennis match so all players should learn how to do it. Many players think about preparation as a running around the court and doing some dynamic stretching. Unfortunately, this process is […]

My real value

5:48 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

My real value

 

 

 

All sports include psychological factors that can decide about the final score of the game. Nowadays, the importance of the mental preparation is more crucial than it was 15 years ago. On the top level, it is said that tennis is 90% mental and we can agree or not but there is a lot of truth in that. World-class players pay a lot of money for individual psychologists to help them get an edge over opponents by controlling their minds successfully. Knowing that […]

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