Archive for March, 2012

Are Junior Rankings Truly An Indicator of Future Success?

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Rafael Nadal

I read a very interesting post this morning on ZooTennis.com showing the top 10 men and women currently playing on the pro tour with their highest junior ITF rankings.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Now it would be interesting to see a study on how many Top 10 ATP/WTA players over the past 15 years were never top 10 in the juniors. I’ve done a tiny bit of that research on the current ATP/WTA Top 10s and here’s the numbers, with the player’s highest ITF singles ranking in More >

When Hard Work Leads to Lucky Breaks

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My son to his high school tennis coach (after not being in the lineup for 3 consecutive matches):  “Coach, when you put me in the lineup last week, did I do what you asked and expected of me?”  Coach’s response:  “Yep.”  Son’s next question:  “What do I need to do for you to put me in the lineup again?”

That conversation happened about 2 1/2 weeks ago.  Since then, my son has been in the lineup for each subsequent match.  What changed?  The same 13 boys are still on the team.  They all show up More >

If the Pros Do It . . .

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A while back, I wrote an article about watching the pros play in order to improve your tennis game.  Well, what about watching them in order to improve your tennis parenting skills?

As y’all know, I was lucky enough to get to go to the BNP Paribas Open last weekend in Indian Wells and see some amazing tennis.  In two of the matches – Isner (Go Dawg!) vs. Djokovic and Nadal vs. Federer – the higher-ranked player lost.  And, in my non-professional opinion, they lost not only because their More >

Tom Walker’s Call to Action on Proposed USTA Competition Structure

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Tom Walker’s Call to Action on Proposed USTA Competition Structure

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A Little Tennis in the Desert

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My husband and I are headed to the Left Coast later today, making our way to Palm Springs for the BNP Paribas Open this weekend.  I am beside-myself-excited!!!!!  I’ve been wanting to go to this tournament ever since my oldest daughter moved to Los Angeles to attend USC five years ago.  And, now, finally, I’ll be there to see the Quarters, Semis, and, hopefully, Finals – how awesome is that?!?!?!

I will be tweeting from the tourney, so be sure to follow me @ParentingAces.  I’ll post a summary More >

Meeting a Legend

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It’s not often in life that you have the opportunity to meet a legend.  Lucky for my son, it happened this past weekend when Ivan Lendl just so happened to be coaching one of the players in the tournament my son was playing.

My son was on court playing his semifinal match when I spotted Mr. Lendl walking up the steps.  At first, I couldn’t figure out who he was though I knew he looked very familiar.  Then, the caffeine kicked in, and I realized it was Ivan Lendl – WOW WOW WOW!  I was beyond More >

Why Tennis?

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In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about the demise of American tennis.  We haven’t had a Major champion on the men’s side since Andy Roddick won the US Open in 2003.  Of course, we’ve seen Venus and Serena Williams win several Majors since then, but Wimbledon 2010 was Serena’s last Major title, and neither she nor Venus has won one since.

USTA is doing its darndest to find the Next Great American Tennis Champion.  In fact, Patrick McEnroe’s mission, plain and simple, as the General More >

Mom’s Weekend Off

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This past weekend, my husband took my son to his tourney, and I took the weekend off.  It’s not the first time my son and his dad have gone without me to an out-of-town tournament, but it IS the first time they’ve gone without me when I had no commitments other than to catch up on some much-needed alone time.

On Friday afternoon, after finishing the laundry and picking up the necessary groceries, I watched as my two guys packed and loaded up the car then headed off to Alabama (my son finally More >

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