What I Advise a Junior Player to Aim Toward

Getting my team ready for our first junior tennis camp at The Campus in Quinta do Lago 28 Oct-Nov 2. “Developing skills while having fun”. #MurrayMethod 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/D2K6WkLOO8 — judy murray (@JudyMurray) October 6, 2018 Judy Murray has juniors working on balance and touch! Tennis is a complex sport.  There are at least 6 basic…

Doubles and Poaching

Like many people, I am playing more and more doubles as I get older.  My net game in doubles is pretty vanilla despite me generally wanting to get to the net in singles and having pretty good hands.  Being more active at the net in terms of one’s footwork seems to be the first key…

On The Origin of Contemporary Tennis – Part 1

First, my post-US Open sabbatical is over, and I am glad to be writing about tennis once more.   Second, I am not departing on the HMS Beagle, but tennis has its own historical record nicely preserved on sites such as youtube.  In my Tim Mayotte interview, I posted a video in which Mayotte described…

Tennis Instruction: Tennis Abides Partnering with PlayYourCourt!

One of my goals for tennis since I started formally coaching in 2002, was to help people interested in tennis have a chance to learn tennis.  The sport we love is wonderful, but until a certain tipping point of skills are acquired and a player can keep the ball in play, tennis can be difficult…

Can My Tennis Game Be Saved?

Earlier this year, I started a program reviewing how DDP Yoga helps or fails to help tennis players.  I planned poorly as I had pulled my hamstring playing tennis one week prior to trying to improve my flexibility, strength, and conditioning.  I did not stick with this program as my leg was simply too hurt…

Reflections on Using a One-Handed Backhand

Jon Wertheim has recently mentioned how rare it is to see juniors at Grand Slam events using one-handed backhands.  I started learning to play tennis in 1985 and put serious time on my tennis game starting in 1989. In 1985 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles were won by men with one-handed backhands.  In…

10 and Under Tennis: Tennis A-Z Free e-Book Review

Tennis A-Z by Lissa Johnston Free eBook Link – http://10u10s.blogspot.com/p/free-ebook.html I will provide a link to Tennis A-Z a few other times, but to give a sense of what I am reviewing I thought placing the link at the top was a good idea. 10 and Under Tennis: Introducing a Sport for Life 10 and Under…

10 and Under Tennis – Day 3 (Plus Instructing Lobs)

Group Dynamics As younger tennis players acquire skills at different rates, it is possible that a player become discouraged if a friend is progressing faster or if a friend becomes frustrated during an exercise or drill.  This is a situation in which an instructor must project positivity to the young tennis player.  It is important…