Monday, January 17, 2011

Winning with Kids

Winning with kids is dedicated to my coach Nech Demir and the water melon express.

Also special thanks to the many young hearts that have made this section possible. This picture and other footage was captured sometime around August 2008, at Fort Reno.  "Don't use your conscious past. Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don't want you to be stuck with your own life. It's too little." (another great quote from Stella Adler, thank you).

Warming Up

Warming up is an important part of every tennis game and should slowly elevate your heart rate. Since most of tennis is played on hard courts its advised to "start your engine" by gently moving your feet at moderate pace. This baseline drills demonstrates warm-up drills from the baseline.

Technically more advanced players may feel better prepared for match play if their agility is tested during warm-ups. As always, stretches are recommended before "show time".

On hot days it makes sense to wear white. There are other methods of staying cool but this is the most appropriate one for advancing tennis players. Sunglasses are optional.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Team Federer

There is nothing like stating the obvious.
When Federer shows up for work, although late sometime, he gets the job done.
Roger drills forehand crosscourt while the grace of Blake readies for backhand cardio drills. Notice reversed court positions in the video, Federer wins the point.

Switzerland Roger Federer def. United States James Blake 7–5, 6–3, 6–0


Memorable Moments: James explains to the crowd how Roger remembered to wish him well in the Rome hospital. Nice sunny mountain-fresh day and a good match. Blake played a very fast first set with unfortunate loss to regaining Federer.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Strategy in Play

2006 Pacific Life Open - Ladies Doubles
Lisa Raymond / Samantha Stosur def. Virginia Ruano Pascual /  Meghann Shaughnessy
6:2, 7:5
Common strategy 
  • Deep, penetrating shots cross court which may extend the rally. 
  • Short, in-the-service-box returns that force the opponent to change position. These type of shots require accuracy, spin, and the agility to change play patterns

Xconsider lobbing as a key strategy during doubles increasing time to respond based on carefully selected target area 

"Player Positioning: 1 Up 1 Back" - the WINNING FORMULA (not)

Stosur maintains tight control over a failed second serve. calculated precision!

This match was played in Palm Springs California, 2006.

winning team tennis is one of the most
challenging and rewarding accomplishments
for all tennis players