Can My Tennis Game be Upgraded? A Sequel

Reanimating the Bones of My Tennis Game is Done, but Can I Climb Higher? On October 20, 2017, I wrote Can My Tennis Game be Salvaged?  Due to some medical issues that arose with my now nine-year-old child, I stopped playing tennis for roughly 3-years.  This hiatus was not something I consciously chose.  It just…

Studies Show that Playing Tennis Helps You Live Longer

One doesn’t have to be as good as David Ferrer to reap health benefits from playing tennis Given that the US has various negative health indicators as a population (I would check some of these boxes myself), I think the USTA and public health groups should be pushing tennis hard.  Parents and grandparents who play…

Can Tennis Save My Life? Part 2

An award to whoever picks me out in this picture first? Today, I start a second season at St. Xavier High School as the JV tennis coach.  Last year, I lost 17 lbs. and radically improved various aspects of my blood work during the high school tennis season.  I’d like to build on that foundation…

DDP Yoga for Tennis Week 2 Review

Healthy: No Hamstring Issues April 8 – I did the Diamond Dozen April 9 – I did the Diamond Dozen April 10 – After my hamstring injury, I was able to enter into a full week of tennis and DDP Yoga.  I did an hour of tennis drills for the first time since my injury.  I…

DDP Yoga for Tennis Week 1 Review

Hamstrung Unfortunately on April 1st, I pulled my hamstring playing tennis.  That cut into my tennis and yoga time.  I do not have a ton to report, but will add a week to this series as my hamstring is more or less better now.  Here is what I have done to this point: March 31:…

Evaluating DDP Yoga for Tennis – Phase 1

I dabbled with DDPYoga during cold weather months, will committing to it improve my tennis? I have gained more weight than I would like over the past several years.  Despite eating a pretty healthy diet by US standards, I have through inaction, stress, and lack of sleep managed to not be particularly well conditioned.  This…

10 and Under Tennis Day 1

I have coached high school tennis as both a head coach and an assistant coach.  I have never taught tennis to kids younger than the 9th grade in the United States.  As a teacher at a secondary school, my natural position to share tennis with younger players has been at the high school level.  While…

Tennis and Health: Why the United States Needs to Embrace Tennis

Tennis magazine’s most recent issue includes an article on tennis and nutrition.  My home country of the United States, for all of its good qualities, has several alarming trends in regards to health and fitness.  It is my belief that most of these trends can be reversed by improving the standard US diet (something like…