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Forehand in the air

4:31 am
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Forehand in the air

 

 

 

Tennis is a sport consisted of various possible shots to execute. Every player has a freedom to learn as many strokes as possible and use them anytime to put more pressure on the opponent and to win the point. Looking for the best shot in a particular situation, player has to take tactic into consideration and decide from the strategic point of view, which solution will be the most effective. Modern tennis is based mostly on offensive weapons, which provide opportunities to dominate […]

Motivated to work

5:15 am
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Motivated to work

 

 

 

Tennis is a sport as any other; if you want to be the best, you have to spend hours on the court to have a chance to achieve your potential. As we all know, there is an unwritten rule that 10,000 quality hours or 10 years of practice will allow you to achieve professional level of performance. Looking at these numbers, it is clearly visible that the development process is a long journey that can’t guarantee anything. Every new activity is fun […]

Day before the tournament

10:21 am
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Day before the tournament

 

 

 

Any plan is better than no plan. This sentence is true according to life but it is even more important in sports. Creating a good athlete is not possible without a detailed plan so coaches and players should always have a plan for future actions. Juniors’ practice, preparation for a Grand Slam or working on better endurance are parts of tennis development and all this areas need planning to take the most of it. Coaches are able to plan practices according to goals […]

Returning mastery of doubles

4:51 am
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Returning mastery of doubles

 

 

 

At the junior level, many players compete in singles and doubles because they have a chance to get points from each competition. Additionally, it has an impact on young athletes’ development so it has advantages from the coaching perspective. On the top level of performance, ATP and WTA players focus more on their particular profession so they rarely play both singles and doubles. To be the best in the world, it is necessary to train directly for one of these games. Looking at […]

Knowledge of footwork

5:57 am
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Knowledge of footwork

 

 

 

Tennis, as many other sports, requires great movement skills to achieve decent level of performance. Footwork is one of the physical skills that can limit or facilitate player’s improvement. Many coaches say that tennis is a movement sport and I can completely agree with that. The best confirmation of these words can be observed on ATP/WTA Tour. Looking at Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in action are examples of world-class physical preparation based on the movement. Even body type like Serena […]

Motivated coach

7:42 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

Motivated coach

 

 

 

There are many articles on the Internet about the motivation. We can easily find information about any sport and it can help us educate our players better. Many coaches and experts say that tennis is 99% mental and these skills should be incorporated at all stages of performance. One of the skills that has to be addressed as the priority is motivation. As we know, we put more effort and we are able to continue hard work for longer time if we are motivated so […]

Change for the better

4:36 am
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Change for the better

 

 

 

You have to win the last point to win the match. Before you do it, you have to give your all heart and fight for every point to make your chances bigger for the final success. I bet you have experienced many matches when you were easily ahead in the game to suddenly start making inexplicable mistakes. This change of momentum can make a big difference in both players’ levels of confidence what can have an impact on points, games and finally on […]

Coach’s decision to help

4:31 am
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Coach’s decision to help

 

 

 

Being a tennis coach requires to take position of many other professions. Hitting how to hit the ball (teacher), motivating after bad losses (psychologist) or going on the tournament (coach and supervisor) are just few examples of many duties involved into coaching job. Working as a tennis coach is a challenge but we are also getting paid really well. In comparison to many other jobs, hourly fee for private lesson can be a huge motivating factor to spend almost all day on […]

Bring your AIR game

5:07 am
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tennis instruction

 

 

Bring your AIR game

 

 

 

Tennis is changing every few years. There are not too many adjustments in the rules but there is a visible difference in the playing style. Many years ago, players preferred net game as a dominant style on almost all surfaces. It was dictated by slower pace of the ball, different racquets, continental grip as a key and many other factors. Nowadays, players change the game completely by using baseline game as a crucial style to win the point. New technology of the racquets […]

1st serve domination

5:02 am
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1st serve domination

 

 

 

Tennis is a dynamic sport that is based on running and hitting the ball. Every shot is a response to the opponent’s hit so you can never be sure what will happen next. The best part of this sport is the thing that we almost never have full control over the situation on the tennis court. One shot or one point can drastically change everything so player has to be focused all the time. During times under the pressure, players would like to […]

Top mistakes result in lost potential

4:52 am
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Top mistakes result in lost potential

 

 

 

Tennis is an individual sport where everyone and everything is focused on the particular player. Big money that plays a crucial role forces many parents to put a lot of emphasis on tennis for their kids. It is nothing wrong to encourage kids from the early age to participate in hitting the ball with the racquet but the process of getting better has to be consciously planned with details. False thinking that more is better caused many talented players to drop […]

Prepare to win by recovery

4:26 am
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Prepare to win by recovery

 

 

 

Individual sports put a lot of stress on a given athlete. Player has to work hard to develop bigger weapons to win more points and to improve weak areas to become more difficult player to beat. Everything depends on the player so there is nobody to put the blame on when things go wrong. Many players lose matches and they are not aware of the reasons of this failure. During tournament, awareness and knowledge of factor that can decide about the final […]

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