If you haven’t already, be sure to watch the latest HBO sports documentary, State of Play: Trophy Kids, that is currently airing on HBO and HBO Go. Here is the trailer:
I was deeply affected – I am still feeling the impact of Josh and Justus, Steve and Derek, Jamie and her twin boys, and Andre and Amari – by the parents and the young athletes profiled by producer Peter Berg, and my husband and I have continued to discuss these families over the past several days. I just can’t seem to get More >
Photo courtesy of Ralf Cheung & The Daily Trojan Two-time USC All-American Tennis Player Says College Sports are the Experience of a Lifetime
Reflecting on her successful college tennis career, Danielle Lao, a two-time All-American at USC thought she might have some valuable information to share with others either enrolled at colleges and universities around the country, thinking about playing college sports, or even sports fans wondering what the college experience is like for a elite More >
The holiday season is upon us. Every year, it seems to sneak up earlier and earlier, catching me completely off guard. This year is no different. Beginning with the convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukkah last week, I have a feeling I’m going to be playing a mad game of catch-up for the next several weeks, so please bear with me as I try to continue writing and sharing all-things-junior-tennis-parent-related albeit a little more slowly than usual.
For Thanksgiving/Chanukkah/Thanksgivukkah More >
Happy Thanksgivukkah from me to you! I know it’s not tennis-related, but this crazy overlap of Thanksgiving and Chanukkah won’t happen again in our lifetimes (in fact, it won’t happen again for 70,000 years!), so I figured I would point you to the Facebook page devoted to the unique ways people are celebrating. Click here to read all about it. And, if you want some creative recipes for this unusual holiday, click here. Most of all, though, just enjoy your time with family and friends – More >
I’ve been doing a little research into the world of junior golf. Yes, GOLF. Given that tennis and golf are both referred to as “Country Club Sports,” I figured there might be some overlap in terms of the junior aspects of both sports. And I figured we parents might benefit from learning how things are done with our golfing brethren. So, I’ve put together a list of things we can learn from them.
- Options are good. When I spoke with Craig Goldstein, father of a 12 year old nationally-ranked More >
I just found this out this morning! It applies to both USTA and ITF events per Friend At Court.
Players may enter two tournaments which occur at the same time if they receive permission in advance from both tournament directors in writing/email. This is not a new rule but is one that has not been reported on every occurrence in the past. Most tournament directors will approve if asked before the entry deadlines. Once entry is gained in one tournament, you should then advise the other More >
I was on the tennis court this weekend playing a league match with 3 other women. Of the four of us, 2 had junior players playing tournament matches elsewhere – one at a local event and one out of state. Yes, one of them was me.
The other Tennis Mom among us checked her phone at every side change for a score update on her son’s match. She couldn’t wait to get to the bench to see how he was doing. When he won the first set, she was visibly relieved. When he won the match, she was elated.
A few More >
I recently posted a question on one of the Facebook groups I frequent regarding success. My question went something like this: Is success as a tennis player defined solely by how far one gets in the professional ranks? Or can it be defined in other ways? And, what about coaching success? Is it defined by how many of your players make it as pros, how many make it as D1 college players, or something else? If a young player reaches a high sectional ranking but decides to choose academics over More >
This post may seem a bit off-topic for a website that is supposed to be about junior tennis and tennis parenting, but, please, stay with me!
Last week, two new upscale restaurants opened in my little suburb, so my husband, son, and I decided to give them both a try. For those of you unfamiliar with Metro Atlanta, it is comprised of many neighborhoods, each with its own personality and aura. My neighborhood, called East Cobb, is known for its great public school system and swim-tennis More >
This past weekend, I was exposed to a very different side of junior tennis competition, the Special Pops Fall Classic Tournament. It was like nothing I had ever seen – players and parents and coaches and supporters grinning ear to ear, cheering each other on, hugging at the side changes, gently correcting each other’s mistakes, and generally just finding the joy in being on the tennis court. Incredible!
Let me give you a little background . . . Special Pops Tennis was More >