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Earlier this week, I received the following letter from a coach based in California. He stated in his intro to me that he was sending the letter to several people in hopes that it would help all of us formulate our thoughts on where USTA Player Development should go from here. The letter has already appeared on ZooTennis as well.
4 September 2014
An open letter from a private tennis coach regarding USTA Player Development
Yesterday, it was announced that Patrick McEnroe will leave his position More >
By Craig Cignarelli
The following article originally appeared on 10sballs.com
After a quarter century of questionably-successful exploits, the USTA Player Development (PD) division is, once again, making a change. Patrick McEnroe no longer sports the PD crown, and the National Board has begun the search for a successor. Having spent the last two decades watching regime after regime take the PD division’s reigns – only to drop them a few years later after effecting More >
Several weeks ago, I got a call from USTA’s media department informing me of – and inviting me to – an upcoming (July 29, 2014) webinar on its new initiative, Team USA. I was unable to tune into the webinar live, but I did take the time to listen to the recorded version and wanted to share it with all of you.
The webinar was hosted by USTA General Manager of Player Development, Patrick McEnroe, and USTA Director of Coaching, Jose Higueras. According to the invitation I More >
High-performance coach Jorge Capestany shares his thoughts on when it’s okay for juniors to fist pump during a match:
I was sitting in Arthur Ashe stadium yesterday afternoon when I saw the tweet from the NY Times: Patrick McEnroe Out As USTA Player Development Head. A little while later, I received an email from USTA’s communications department alerting all media on site of the press conference to explain in more detail exactly what was going on. Of course, I was there amid some very powerful media representatives, including the author of the original NY Times piece as well as folks from ESPN, Inside Tennis, More >
Being a ball kid at the US Open is an honor. It requires an application, tryouts, and on-site practices. Palmer Clare, a high school senior living in North Bellmore, NY, made this year’s cut.
I met Palmer during my first week at the Open. It turns out that his mom teaches with my side-kick Melanie Rubin, and the two women are close friends. It also turns out that he lives very near where I was staying in Merrick, so I had the pleasure of driving him home one night after we had both had a full More >
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 >
Last Thursday, Walker Duncan got the phone call that he was being awarded a last-minute wildcard spot in the main draw of the Junior US Open (which was starting 3 days later!). This high-school senior from Atlanta had never played in a Junior Slam – what an opportunity! He and his parents quickly scrambled to make travel arrangements to get to New York so Walker would have a chance to get settled in and practice on the courts of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center before his first More >
By Tom Walker
Parallel tracks of development in competitive youth tennis must be reestablished. The USTA must not be the gate keepers in this process. Players must be unfettered to advance and decline based on individual merit and performance.
Great harm has come to the programming of youth tennis players over the past year. In the zeal to change the junior tennis system, key pathways of development and progression were altered or destroyed. Tennis stars are produced from a diverse More >