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My son is at an interesting place in terms of his tennis development. As I’ve mentioned, he’s now playing up in the 18s even though he could still play another year in the 16s. But, because of his July birthday, and because of his goal to play at Kalamazoo (which is the first week of August) next summer, he had to start working on his 18s ranking a year early. That means he is often 2 years younger than his opponent, 2 years behind developmentally-speaking, 2 years behind growth-wise, and 2 years behind in the maturation process.
His goal during tournaments is still to win matches, of course, because he needs to get his 18s ranking to a place where he has a chance of getting into the National Hardcourts. And, to that end, we look for More >
We are more than 6 months into the new format for our Southern Level 3 tournaments, and, given that the Southern Section is often a testing-ground for policies that are later rolled out nationwide – and after spending yet another weekend at one of these events – I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences in hopes of generating some constructive dialog between us parents and USTA.
A quick recap on how the format changed in 2012 . . . the tournaments now have two 16-player draws for each age group with the brackets arranged by “waterfall” – for an explanation of exactly what that means, click here. These tournaments must be played and completed on Saturday and Sunday with the goal of reducing missed school days. Players are More >
I know I blogged last week (or was it the week before???) about my son getting his driver’s license. Well, this past weekend, he actually drove himself to a local tournament – no mom, no dad, no coach, no backup.
Yes, I was a bit nervous letting him get himself to his warmup and then his first match. I worried that he would get lost. I worried that he would forget to pack something important, like his racquets or his cooler. I worried that he wouldn’t leave himself enough time and would be late. As usual, all my worrying was a complete waste of energy on my part!
On the first day of the tournament, my husband and I took our own car to the site to watch our son play. My husband wound up leaving after the match – a tough loss – and I More >