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Our Amazing Prize to the Australian Open - What an Inspiration for the Junior Tennis Players!

Back in December I wrote about how my daughters tennis pennant team won a once in a lifetime trip to the Australian Open.  Well we are now back from this trip and what an amazing one it was! It all started early on Friday 20 January when we met the rest of the tennis team and one of their parents at Perth airport. You just needed to look and listen to the kids (and to be honest the parents as well) to see just how excited they all were. This...

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Use Your Mind to Improve Your Tennis Game

Psychology plays an important role in tennis and pretty much every other sport. It takes not only physical but a lot of mental effort to reach your pinnacle performance level. Sport psychology is a science, well researched and established. It draws on a wealth of knowledge from a variety of fields and disciplines such as physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and psychology. Sport psychology looks at many factors that affect performance, and how taking part in sport can have an impact on the mental and physical level of the participant. Sports psychology...

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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....

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Advice for Tennis Parents

Junior tennis players are influenced by the actions, opportunities and feedback received from their parents. It is sometimes difficult for tennis parents to know what and how they should communicate with their child to best support them. This article will help give some advice on the best way to help your tennis junior so that they will hopefully enjoy their tennis and perform the best they can. One of the major elements is to know what role/roles the parents must adopt so it is important that you understanding your child’s...

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Milos Raonic - Sending a Message

Show me you have the balls! John McEnroe screamed that at me in the little locker room behind No 2 court at Wimbledon. I had never heard anybody doubt my intensity before. It was during a rain delay in the fourth round. David Goffin was up two sets to love on me. In my career, not only had I never come back from a 2-0 deficit, but I'd also never won a third set after losing the first two. This time, though, I scratched out a break and won the...

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