Wilson Announces New Family of Racquets

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My son and I both play with Wilson racquets, so when I got wind of a new line coming out, I was pretty excited! Last week, for those of you who follow ParentingAces on Facebook and/or Twitter, you might remember that I posted about the new Blade racquets. Well, here’s another new addition to the Wilson product line. I haven’t had a chance to play with either the new Blade or the Burn yet, but I’m hoping to test them both out later this week or next!

Here’s the word from Wilson . . .

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World Tennis Day 2015 Coming to Madison Square Garden

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Those of you who have been around the Tennis World a while will certainly know who Monica Seles and Gabriela Sabatini are – the two of them made a huge splash in the late 80s and 90s and into the early 2000s. Madison Square Garden just announced that they will be playing each other as part of the 2015 BNP Paribas Showdown on March 10th (Roger Federer will be playing Grigor Dimitrov, too). If you’re going to be in the New York area on that day, I highly encourage you to take your junior player More >

Drumroll Please! Best Tournament Director Award Goes To . . .

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This past Fall, I announced that ParentingAces would be giving out a Best Tournament Director Award to shine a light on those men and women who go above and beyond for the benefit of our junior players. I opened up the nominations back in October and received 21 unique names. Those of you who submitted nominations really took the time to describe the why behind your nomination, and each of the nominees deserves to be recognized for his/her great work. For a while, I considered giving the award More >

Mixed Doubles

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My son’s first experience playing competitive tennis was as part of a neighborhood boys ALTA (Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association) team when he was 7 or 8 years old (sorry, he’s my 3rd child and I just don’t remember those kind of details!). He was the youngest on the team and had a blast playing with the Big Boys. I think he played 3 or 4 seasons with them before the team disbanded and he moved on to USTA tournament competition, but it was a great introduction to the world of match play and More >

Winter Nats Final Analysis

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the folks at Universal Tennis Ratings did some extensive pre- and post-event analysis of this year’s Boys and Girls 16s and 18s Winter Nationals draws and outcomes (click here for their online work).

In addition to the numbers, UTR co-creator Dave Howell provided the following in-depth analysis:

Upsets abound . . . or maybe not so much!

Scrutinizing the main draw of the Winter Nationals B18s, you can find 17 matches which went against the seedings. Seems like More >

Mission Statement

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The mission of ParentingAces is to help educate junior tennis parents (and coaches) as we navigate the murky waters of junior tennis development, competition, and college recruiting. It is my hope that, through sharing my own experiences with my tennis-playing-son, I can make the journey a little better for those coming up behind me.

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Bridging The Gap

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I am a published author – how cool is that?!?!?!

USPTA/PTR coach Bill Patton and I have co-authored an eBook based on interviews each of us did with the other concerning the communication gap between junior tennis coaches and the parents of the players they teach. Our hope is that our conversations will help our readers do better in their respective roles which will strengthen the Player-Parent-Coach triangle.

So, how can you get your copy of this cutting-edge material? I’m glad you More >

Reflections on Winter Nats

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My husband, my son, and I are sitting on the plane heading toward home. It’s been a great few days in Scottsdale, and now it’s time to get back to life as we know it in Atlanta.

When I heard that my son had been selected to play in Winter Nationals, I was excited for him and hoped he would get the chance to compete against some of the players I had been reading about on ZooTennis and other junior tennis media outlets. I figured it would be a great experience for him to see what it feels like More >

Winter Nats So Far

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What an amazing couple of days it has been so far in Scottsdale!

My son flew from Atlanta to Phoenix by himself on Christmas day (the rest of us were still celebrating with our extended family down in New Orleans). He got himself to the airport in Atlanta, arrived in Phoenix, took a cab to our hotel in Scottsdale, then met up with one of his Southern Section buddies to hit. The next morning, he connected with two of his future Santa Clara University teammates, Kamran and Connor, to hit and More >

2014 Little Mo Internationals

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Today’s guest post is from Louisiana Tennis Parent, Ashley Hancock. Her daughter played in the Little Mo International tournament in Florida earlier this month. Ashley shares their experience below . . .

Our first Little Mo tournament was an incredible experience!  My daughter asked me a year ago if this tournament could be on our calendar.  She had a friend who played the International tournament in Florida last year, and had a blast.  So, early this fall I signed her up since entry was More >

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