Posts tagged tennis parent
As I sit at my kitchen counter typing this piece, my son is flying home from California. He’s been out there since Thursday taking “official visits” at two universities. Wanna know what I’ve heard from him since he left?
Yep, that’s the extent of my communication with my son since I dropped him off at the Atlanta airport early Thursday morning.
All weekend, I’ve been in kind of a funk. Nothing specific was wrong with me – I wasn’t feeling sick per se – but something was off. I really didn’t More >
Because sometimes we can all use a reminder of what’s truly important . . . Today’s guest post is from Aaron Horwath. Aaron played varsity tennis at the University of Portland and has been coaching tennis for five years. He is currently a tennis coach, English tutor, and freelance writer living in Hong Kong. To see more of Aaron’s work, visit his travel blog, 12hourdifference.com.
Also, be sure to nominate your favorite tournament director(s) for the More >
At last year’s US Open, I had the chance to meet and speak with former tour player Taylor Dent (click here to hear that interview). Shortly after the Open, Taylor emailed me to let me know he was embarking on a new journey: coaching aspiring junior player, Jared Donaldson (click here to hear my interview with Jared’s mom).
Fast forward one year. Jared decided to turn pro. He received a wildcard into the singles main draw of the 2014 US Open where he faced Gael Monfils in his first round match. More >
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!
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
A while ago, I wrote a post on packing for tournaments. The focus was on tournaments you can drive to, but when you have to fly, things are a bit trickier.
Here are a few tips I can share from my son’s experiences. Each airline treats carry-on bags a bit differently, so you might want to check with your specific airline about what’s allowed.
- Carry your racquet bag onto the plane with you. Hold your ground on this one! Put your racquets, string, towel, More >