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Importance of Practice Matches

How many times have you seen a junior with perfect strokes losing to someone who has less than perfect technique? I have been in tennis for over 25 years as both a player and coach and if I had a dollar for every time I saw a good “hitter” lose a match to a good “player” I would be a rich man. The difference between the two usually comes down to practice matches.

During the past 12 months I have attended most of the big U12 tournaments in the U.S. and I keep seeing the same thing. The kids with perfect technique are usually not the ones in the later stages of the tournament. While I was at the Easter bowl I watched the first seed, a boy who at first glance you would never in a million years think was the first seed beat a boy who was faster, more athletic and had much better strokes.

I spoke briefly with his father about how the boy practiced and the response Read More

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