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The Future of US Tennis with Tim Mayotte

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This week’s podcast with Tim Mayotte discussing the future of US Player Development:

 

http://youtu.be/aUhmgGUZBI8

 

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The next ParentingAces show will be Monday, September More >

Oh, Senior Year!

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It’s Senior Year. The last year of high school. The year where many decisions will be made. What college will my child attend? Will he play tennis there? Division 1 or 2 or 3 or something else altogether? A school where he is likely to play high up in the lineup or one in which he’ll have to work hard to prove himself before having a shot to be an impact player on the team? So many decisions . . .

Those of you who have been following my journey with my son know that he is now focusing his More >

Taylor Dent’s Many Hats

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At last year’s US Open, I had the chance to meet and speak with former tour player Taylor Dent (click here to hear that interview). Shortly after the Open, Taylor emailed me to let me know he was embarking on a new journey: coaching aspiring junior player, Jared Donaldson (click here to hear my interview with Jared’s mom).

Fast forward one year. Jared decided to turn pro. He received a wildcard into the singles main draw of the 2014 US Open where he faced Gael Monfils in his first round match. More >

Rebecca Donaldson Discusses Her Son’s Tennis Pathway

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Jared Donaldson is a 17-year-old tennis player who has followed his own pathway to professional tennis. Yes, it included some USTA tournaments along the way, like the very prestigious Kalamazoo, but, mostly, Jared has played the ITF circuit around the world. At an age when most junior players are thinking about which college they might like to attend, Jared is focusing solely on how to keep competing with the “Big Boys” on the pro tour. Just a few days ago, he was playing his first main draw More >

Noah Rubin at Home in Merrick

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This morning, I caught Noah Rubin at home in Merrick, NY – Long Island – eating breakfast and catching up on his favorite shows on the DVR. It’s been quite a week for this young man!

He played his very first US Open main draw singles match. He played his very first US Open main draw doubles match (with his very close buddy, Stefan Kozlov). And pretty much everyone he’s ever met in his entire life was there to cheer him on.

We all wish Noah well as he embarks on the next step of his journey: More >

Live from the US Open

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Be sure to take a listen to today’s radio show with Wayne Bryan, Steve Johnson, and Melanie Rubin as they discuss their sons’ preparation for the 2014 US Open. They share some great advice and insights on developing young tennis players to the highest level.

Click here to listen and learn!

 

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US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day: Parent to Parent

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USTA 2014 Junior Sportsmanship Award Winners

Yesterday, I got to experience Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open for the very first time. You can’t believe how many families attend this amazing celebration of tennis and how many different activities are going on around the grounds throughout the day!

There are booths with face painting, balloon animals, and other kid-friendly events. Several of the outer courts are filled with the pros playing a variety of tennis-themed games with the kids. More >

Heading to the Open

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About 18 months ago, Sol Schwartz of Holabird Sports put me in touch with a fellow tennis parent he had recently met, Melanie Rubin. Sol thought Melanie and I would hit it off and wanted us to make contact.

For those of you who have been around ParentingAces a while, you may recognize Melanie’s name. She was a guest on my radio show in April 2013. She also did interviews for me at the 2013 National Hardcourts in Kalamazoo then helped me out at last year’s US Open.

If you’re new to More >

USTA Junior Tournaments Survey

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Image courtesy of USTA

To all Tennis Parents, junior coaches, and junior players: USTA has posted an online survey on junior tournaments, the current structure, and what changes (if any) people would like to see. It is crucial that as many of us as possible take the time to answer the survey questions, giving thought and care to our answers, as I suspect the Junior Competition & Sportsmanship Committee will rely heavily on the responses to formulate a junior competition structure and schedule More >

Last First Day

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Today is my son’s last First Day of School. The last time I ask him to – begrudgingly – pose for that oh-so-important First Day of School photo.

There’s something just a bit heartbreaking in the realization that this is the very last time I will experience a First Day of School with one of my children. My older two are out of school altogether, and my son’s future First Days will probably be on a college campus some distance from our home in the Atlanta suburbs. I’m feeling nostalgic and, yes, More >

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