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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 >

The Beginning of the End

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Image courtesy of www.urbanite-diary.blogspot.com

July 1st marked the first day of my son’s last year in junior tennis. That day came and went with some very mixed emotions on my part (though I’m guessing my son was oblivious to its implications beyond which of his friends he was going to hang out with on the beach for the day). On the one hand, I’ve been rather frustrated with the entire junior tennis process – the confusion, the changing rules, the inconsistencies tournament to tournament. On More >

Playing for Money Changes Everything (Sort Of)

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Photo courtesy of www.longislandtennismagazine.com

 

Last weekend, we veered from our pre-planned Summer of 2014 tournament schedule just a bit. After returning from a good run at Southerns, I think my son and I were both ready to stick close to home for a few days, so he decided against playing our state clay open and opted instead to play in his first men’s open tournament offering prize money to the top finishers. It was a great call.

After getting a bye in the first round, my son was slated More >

Steve Johnson, Sr: Tennis Parent & Tennis Coach

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Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson

The following interview originally appeared in print on Frank Giampaolo’s website. He asked me if I’d share it with y’all, so, of course, I said yes! I’ve also included my interviews with Steve Johnson both on the ParentingAces radio show and at the 2013 US Open. Enjoy!

     

Frank’s Interview with Steve Johnson, Sr

Tell the readers about your background as a tennis parent & full time tennis coach?

I feel privileged to have a beautiful family and a career that More >

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