Junior Coaching & Development

US Open Musings Day 5

For the past two days, I’ve been attending the Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA) Conference in Manhattan, and it’s been an incredible experience. Not only have I met some really dynamic coaches and gotten to spend time with amazing industry people I’ve met through the years, but I also had the opportunity to attend presentations by leaders in our sport that will change the face of our sport. I mean, just look at this agenda:

When I tell you that I’ve had the opportunity to learn from the best, I mean it. And a lot of what I learned I’ll be sharing with y’all over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

While all this was going on in the City, there was a bit of tennis (!) being played a few miles away. The Junior US Open Qualies started today with Round 1 finishing tonight and Round 2 (the final round) happening tomorrow. You can see all scores and results here. Since the matches are taking place at the Cary Leeds Tennis Center instead of the practice courts at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, I won’t be able to see them live tomorrow. However, once the Junior Main Draw starts on Sunday, I will be there alongside Colette Lewis from ZooTennis bringing you scores, stories, and more. Be sure you’re following both Colette and ParentingAces on Twitter so you don’t miss anything.

And, one last thing before I go record a podcast with one of the incredible people I met at the WTCA Conference . . .

Late last week, Wilson Tennis and BAPE (A Bathing Ape) held a private event in New York City to showcase a new collaboration surrounding Wilson’s new Camo Racket Line (Blade 98L, Ultra 100LS, Pro Staff 97L CV, and Burn 100LS) currently being used at the US Open by players such as Jelena Ostapenko, Borna Coric, and David Goffin. I don’t follow fashion all that closely, but even I know how on-trend camo is right now! I’m looking forward to seeing the new racquets in person once I’m on site tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I plan to arrive at the National Tennis Center in plenty of time for the 11am start (Ashe matches don’t start until noon). To see tomorrow’s schedule of play, click here. There are some exciting match-ups, and I’m looking forward to catching as many as I can. If there’s a former college player on court, that’s where you’re likely to find me! If you’re there, too, please contact me so we can connect.

 

 

 

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