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The Beginning of the End

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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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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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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 >

Our Summer Is In Full Swing

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Summer 2014 is in full swing at the Stone house. My son finished his junior year of high school as of May 20th, and immediately started training hard to get ready for the state qualifier to our sectional closed tournament. He had a very good tournament, playing seven (7) matches in 3 days, winning five of them, and ensuring entry into Southerns which begins this Saturday. Needless to say, his body needed a few days to recover after the Qualifier, but More >

The Advocacy Lessons Are Paying Off

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As a follow-up to my last post (click here to read it), I wanted to let y’all know about some crazy circumstances surrounding last weekend’s tournament.

My son had signed up to play both singles and doubles at our Southern 1A (National 4) tourney in Raleigh and had received email confirmations for both events as well as email acceptances into both events. The doubles were scheduled to start Friday at 5pm. On Thursday morning, I received a text message from my son saying that he and his partner More >

Being Parent-Advocate Again

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I’ve already written about the importance of advocating for our kids (click here and here to read my prior posts), but this past weekend’s events have prompted me to address this topic yet again.

My son played in our section’s Level 1A tournament (also a national Level 4) in the B18s singles and doubles. The doubles started Friday evening, and my son and his partner had two very solid wins, taking out the 3 More >

Summer Plans

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I know it’s hard to believe, but summer is almost here. I would love to hear from y’all what you have planned for your junior player and your family. If you’re still trying to come up with ideas of how to spend the Dog Days of Summer, here are a few suggestions:

Camp:¬†If you missed last year’s article on summer tennis camps, click here to check out some of them. Going to a college camp is what really turned my son onto his dream of pursuing tennis More >

Guest Post: Why Would You Want Your Kids to Play Tennis?

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Please click on the link below to read a guest post from Javier Palenque. Thank you to Javier for sharing with ParentingAces!

Why would you want your kids to play tennis

Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments below.

 

 

 

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No More Negativity

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Last week, I shared a post from another blog on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. It was yet¬†another attempt to explain what’s wrong with American tennis. The article generated some interesting comments from parents and coaches alike, each blaming the other for what ails us all. [Note: Like and Follow ParentingAces on Facebook and Twitter to see the comments]

It’s the same old story. Coaches blame lazy players and overbearing parents. Parents blame unmotivated and under-trained coaches. Players More >

Spring Break, Part 2

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As I mentioned in my last post, my son has been in Los Angeles this week, spending his spring break training with Craig Cignarelli and Lester Cook. I just figured I’d update y’all on how his days are going out there . . .

Breakfast

Tuesday, his first full day on the West coast, started with a lesson and a coached (by Lester) match against LMFAO‘s Redfoo.

After their workout, the three guys headed into Westwood for a bite to eat where my son got to see firsthand just how popular Redfoo is with More >

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