Archive for September, 2012
There is a lot of complaining going on in the Tennis World – from players, from coaches, from parents, from tournament directors, from journalists – I hear it all the time! And blame – WOW! – every organization is getting blamed for the demise of American tennis, from USTA to ITF to USPTA to NCAA . . . the list goes on and on.
This blog was born out of complaints that I had myself and that I heard from other tennis parents, so I get it – I’m not innocent in the Blame Game; in fact, far from More >
Day 1 of Qualies, ITF Tournament 1, Waco, Texas
Coach Julius (via text message to me): Game on!
Me: What’s that mean????
Coach: He just started.
Me: Ah, thanks! Keep me posted!
Coach: Very rough start. Nerves. Lots of unforced errors. 0-4.
Me: Uh oh
Coach: 0-6. Playing scared. Poor shot selection and too many short balls off his forehand and backhand.
Me: Hmmm . . . hope he can pull it together for the 2nd . . .
Coach: 1-1 in 2nd
Me: Calming down?
Coach: Not yet
Coach: More >
ZooTennis.com posted the following email sent from the outgoing and incoming USTA presidents to Tim Russell and others involved in the Junior Competition Committee and Player Development – it confirms my wariness (click here for the link to the full email):
Yesterday afternoon, I received a link from the folks at TennisRecruiting.net to the following article on their website:
This week, a group of people concerned with junior tennis – Steve Bellamy, Robert Sasseville and Kevin Kempin – were able to spend several hours speaking with USTA leadership (i.e., Dave Haggerty, Gordon Smith, Kurt Kamperman) about the planned upcoming changes to USTA Junior Competition. That group is pleased to say that there was a very open and candid exchange of More >
For the past few years, my son has been playing with the Babolat Aero Pro Drive Plus racquet, the one that looks like Rafa’s only a half-inch longer. He’s been stringing his racquets with RPM Blast string, and, until very recently, was happy with his tennis equipment.
Since he first started using this particular racquet and string, my son has grown about 8 inches in height and put on more than 25 pounds, most of it in the last year. Needless to say, that growth has necessitated making some More >
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to comment here or via Twitter or via Facebook or via email – I knew y’all would have some great suggestions for me! I love hearing about your experiences with these different tournaments and how you weigh cost vs. value. As I keep saying, it’s not just about the tennis here – sometimes it’s about the Life Lessons learned.
Here’s what we finally decided to do regarding next week’s ITF tournament in Waco . . .
I sat down and figured out what the More >
My son has been asking to play an ITF tournament for over a year. Since there are very few even played in the US these days, it wasn’t hard to deter him. However, a friend’s mom told me I should sign him up for the one in Waco, Texas, because it’s a lower-grade tournament and might be a good first experience for my son. I went on the ITF website, registered him for an iPin (ITF’s version of a USTA number, I guess), and signed him up for the tournament. Then, we waited. And waited. And More >
My son’s fitness trainer had a little chat with him last week about his nutritional needs and how best to meet them. My son is growing taller but is still lacking in the “cushioning” category – i.e. he’s all lean body mass with very few physical reserves or extra fat on his frame. His tennis coach (and his mother!) thinks he needs to bulk up a bit in order to have enough stamina to withstand the physical demands of competing in the Boys 18s.
The trainer told him, based on his height and More >
This week, I did something I hadn’t done for 14 years – I went to work for a boss other than myself.
When it was getting close to the time for my son to get his driver’s license, I had one of those AHA! moments and realized I was going to need something else to do with my afternoons once my chauffeuring skills were no longer needed. While I was very content with my schedule of teaching fitness classes, playing tennis, Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging, and hosting my radio show, I knew my More >