Archive for December, 2011

Reflections from a tournament . . .

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Overheard and overseen at junior tournaments . . .

  • Mom of 2 junior players: That ball was on the line.  She should’ve called it out!
  • When the official left the court to attend to a medical time-out during a particularly contentious match involving a notorious cheater, and the other player refused to play without an official on the court . . . On-Court referee:  The Code says play must be continuous.  Player:  The Code also says I’m entitled to a line judge!
  • Tennis Mom’s complaint to the More >

Kid vs. Parent – Who Wins?

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I’m reading a really great book for my book club (The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, in case you’re curious) and came across a passage that struck a nerve with me:

[Daughter] Madeleine had been trying to beat [Father] Alton her entire life without success.  This was even more infuriating because she was better than he was, at this point.  But whenever she took a set from Alton he started intimidating her, acting mean, disputing calls, and her game fell apart.  Madeleine was worried that More >

Q&A with Coach Tracy Houk

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Over the next several months, I will be publishing Q&As with tennis coaches from around the globe.  I hope you will find these articles useful as you navigate the world of junior tennis.  For me, it’s helpful to hear how other coaches do things and what their philosophies are regarding competing, training, parental involvement, college, the pro tour, etc.  Each coach is so different and has a different set of experiences to share with our children and with us.

Tracy Houk

Today, I’m so pleased More >

Fluids!

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If you think good nutrition doesn’t play a major factor in success on the tennis court, think again!

I have spent this weekend at the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff tournament where 8 American men and 8 American women competed for a spot in the main draw of  next month’s Australian Open.  In the first round of the tourney, after winning the first set then losing the second in a heart-breaking tie-breaker, Jack Sock found himself up a break in the 3rd set against long-time rival Dennis More >

Q&A with Coach Roy Coopersmith

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Over the next several months, I will be doing Q&As with tennis coaches from around the globe.  I hope you will find these articles useful as you navigate the world of junior tennis.  For me, it’s helpful to hear how other coaches do things and what their philosophies are regarding competing, training, parental involvement, college, the pro tour, etc.  Each coach is so different and has a different set of experiences to share with our children and with us.

Today, I’m so pleased to introduce Roy More >

Sweet Victories

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There’s something really special about seeing your child develop such that he’s suddenly beating players that he had routinely lost to in the younger age groups – seeing the process in action, so to speak.  Those victories are especially sweet when your child is just coming back from an injury.  My son had one such victory this past weekend.

In the semifinals, my son had to play a boy he had lost to in his first year – first month! – of the 14s.  That 14s match was extremely contentious, so More >

By the Numbers

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About a year ago, I got an iPod Touch which, for someone without a Smart Phone, is kind of the next best thing.  And then I discovered the world of Apps, specifically tennis apps.

My favorite is one I happened to download for free called TennisStats.  It allows me to track my son’s matches in terms of first and second serve percentages, winners and errors, percentage of net points won, and aggressive margin.  And, it tracks the stats for both players so you develop a player history and profile More >

My Tournament Packing List

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It’s been several weeks since my son’s back injury, and he and his coach feel like he’s finally ready to play tournaments again, so we’re off to Alabama this weekend.  As I started thinking about getting ready to head out of town, I figured some of y’all might be interested in what we take when we hit the road.  Of course, if you’re flying somewhere, the list might look a bit different, but here’s what we take with us for a weekend tourney within driving distance of home:

Q&A with Coach Yvonne Gallop

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Over the next several months, I plan to do Q&As with tennis coaches from around the globe.  I hope you will find these articles useful as you navigate the world of junior tennis.  For me, it’s helpful to hear how other coaches do things and what their philosophies are regarding competing, training, parental involvement, college, the pro tour, etc.  Each coach is so different and has a different set of experiences to share with our children and with us.

For my first foray into the Q&A world, I’m More >

Is It Time for a New Coach?

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As we parents make our way through the world of junior tennis, we can sometimes feel a bit like Lewis and Clark trying to navigate through the Rocky Mountains to get to the Pacific Ocean. One of the easiest , or so it seems, decisions is who is going to coach my child. There is always a coach who can find room in their program for a newbie.  “Just come join our beginner class on Tuesday afternoon, and I will take care of everything that has to do with your child’s development as a tennis More >

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