Team USA Update

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I just received the following via email from USTA and wanted to share it with those of you who haven”t yet had a chance to participate in a Team USA Forum. Apologies for the wonky formatting but I’m posting from my phone!

TEAM USA Initiatives

TEAM USA Coaches Reception and Recognition • We conducted the first “TEAM USA Easter Bowl Coaches’ Reception” in April 2014 with approximately 80 coaches in attendance. • Coaches recognized for their accomplishments were: o 2013 TEAM USA Developmental More >

College Tennis Schedules 2015 Women’s List

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The following is an alphabetical list of all colleges (Division I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCC). If I’ve left a school off the list, please email me ASAP so I can add it. To find the school’s 2015 tennis schedule, click on the link in the lists below or type the name of the college +[men’s or women’s] tennis schedule into Google to get the link to their website.

The women’s list is right below. Click here to go to the men’s list.

I encourage you to locate the schools nearby and support your More >

College Tennis Schedules 2015

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The following is an alphabetical list of all colleges (Division I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA, and CCC). If I’ve left a school off the list, please email me ASAP so I can add it. To find the school’s 2015 tennis schedule, click on the link in the lists below or type the name of the college +[men’s or women’s] tennis schedule into Google to get the link to their website.

The men’s list is right below. Click here to go to the women’s list.

I encourage you to locate the schools nearby and support your More >

Wilson Announces New Family of Racquets

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My son and I both play with Wilson racquets, so when I got wind of a new line coming out, I was pretty excited! Last week, for those of you who follow ParentingAces on Facebook and/or Twitter, you might remember that I posted about the new Blade racquets. Well, here’s another new addition to the Wilson product line. I haven’t had a chance to play with either the new Blade or the Burn yet, but I’m hoping to test them both out later this week or next!

Here’s the word from Wilson . . .

Wilson More >

World Tennis Day 2015 Coming to Madison Square Garden

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Those of you who have been around the Tennis World a while will certainly know who Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini are – the two of them made a huge splash in the late 80s and 90s and into the early 2000s. Madison Square Garden just announced that they will be playing each other as part of the 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown on March 10th (Roger Federer will be playing Grigor Dimitrov, too). If you’re going to be in the New York area on that day, I highly encourage you to take your junior player More >

Drumroll Please! Best Tournament Director Award Goes To . . .

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This past Fall, I announced that ParentingAces would be giving out a Best Tournament Director Award to shine a light on those men and women who go above and beyond for the benefit of our junior players. I opened up the nominations back in October and received 21 unique names. Those of you who submitted nominations really took the time to describe the why behind your nomination, and each of the nominees deserves to be recognized for his/her great work. For a while, I considered giving the award More >

Mixed Doubles

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My son’s first experience playing competitive tennis was as part of a neighborhood boys ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association) team when he was 7 or 8 years old (sorry, he’s my 3rd child and I just don’t remember those kind of details!). He was the youngest on the team and had a blast playing with the Big Boys. I think he played 3 or 4 seasons with them before the team disbanded and he moved on to USTA tournament competition, but it was a great introduction to the world of match play and More >

Winter Nats Final Analysis

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the folks at Universal Tennis Ratings did some extensive pre- and post-event analysis of this year’s Boys and Girls 16s and 18s Winter Nationals draws and outcomes (click here for their online work).

In addition to the numbers, UTR co-creator Dave Howell provided the following in-depth analysis:

Upsets abound . . . or maybe not so much!

Scrutinizing the main draw of the Winter Nationals B18s, you can find 17 matches which went against the seedings. Seems like More >

Mission Statement

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The mission of ParentingAces is to help educate junior tennis parents (and coaches) as we navigate the murky waters of junior tennis development, competition, and college recruiting. It is my hope that, through sharing my own experiences with my tennis-playing-son, I can make the journey a little better for those coming up behind me.

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Bridging The Gap

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I am a published author – how cool is that?!?!?!

USPTA/PTR coach Bill Patton and I have co-authored an eBook based on interviews each of us did with the other concerning the communication gap between junior tennis coaches and the parents of the players they teach. Our hope is that our conversations will help our readers do better in their respective roles which will strengthen the Player-Parent-Coach triangle.

So, how can you get your copy of this cutting-edge material? I’m glad you More >

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