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Are UTR Rankings a Solution to a WTA Return in the Fall?

Are UTR Rankings a Solution to a WTA Return in the Fall?

We are all desperate to see tennis return in the fall, but the ultimate question is: What ranking system would be fair for everyone? Indian Wells wasn't playing this year, but before the tournament director canceled the tournament, Canadian star Bianca Andreescu had...

Are You Prepared Enough When it Comes to Losing/Failing?

Are You Prepared Enough When it Comes to Losing/Failing?

Failing on your terms.   Tennis is a very unique sport if we talk about losing. Tennis players lose more often than athletes playing other sports. Professional players play up to 30 or more tournaments per year and there is only one winner each week. More than...

USPTA Forms Partnership with WTCA

USPTA Forms Partnership with WTCA

LAKE NONA, Fla. – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) has signed a formal partnership with the Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA) that will bring leaders of the tennis industry together and offer several benefits for members of both...

Dealing With Injuries and the Return to Competition

Dealing With Injuries and the Return to Competition

Tennis is a very demanding sport as it requires a lot of volume/intensity in terms of training (on-court and off-court) and tournaments on varied surfaces during almost all the year. Because professional tournaments are played in 36 different countries, jet-lag and...

The Fear of Failing – Meike Babel

The Fear of Failing – Meike Babel

Obviously, it’s never fun to fail, which in tennis means missing a shot, losing a game, set or even the whole match. The biggest underlying fear I have, looking at my career in retrospect and now working as a mental skills coach is that I don’t want to look...

Why Winning Young Doesn’t Matter

Why Winning Young Doesn’t Matter

“But we’re investing so much money, we really need to see a return on our investment!” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the above or variations thereof from parents of kids 14 and under. And I don’t know how many times their daughter or son stands right...

What Martina Navrtilova Taught Me About Breathing

What Martina Navrtilova Taught Me About Breathing

People often ask me who my favorite player of all time. Hands down, Martina Navratilova! I will never forget my first time meeting her. I was 16 years old and had received the wildcard for the tournament in Filderstadt (the one where the winner gets a Porsche). Prior...

The Most Radical Mental Skill: Kindness Towards Yourself

The Most Radical Mental Skill: Kindness Towards Yourself

I know, I know…many roll their eyes when they hear the word self-kindness or self-compassion in the context of sports. After all, when talking about sports we’re inundated with terms that conjure up feelings quite the opposite of kindness–we’re going to war, fighting...

7 WAYS TO ENHANCE RESILIENCE IN YOUNG TENNIS PLAYERS

7 WAYS TO ENHANCE RESILIENCE IN YOUNG TENNIS PLAYERS

By Jane Taylor Resilience is a skill that is essential for all young people to develop. According to Benard (2004),“…personal resilience strengths are the individual characteristics associated with healthy development and life success”(p.13). These personal strengths...

Finding the Right Path for your Player

Finding the Right Path for your Player

As coaches, it’s important to foster positive development and create a supportive environment for players. One of the first steps in helping to assure positive outcomes is understanding that every player is different. Mandy Wilson, a renowned coach and player, can...

Margie Zesinger: Becoming the Best Coach You Can Be

Margie Zesinger: Becoming the Best Coach You Can Be

Throughout her career Margie Zesinger has done extensive work as a female tennis coach. Her passion for teaching the game has allowed her to work with many top athletes and organizations, including coaching on the ITF pro-circuit and the WTA tour. She has worked...

Filippov named WTCA coach of the year

Filippov named WTCA coach of the year

Coaches don't only teach technique and tactics. Most of the time, coaches become life mentors, advisors, and friends to their players. Coaches don't have office hours, and they are basically on-call to support, advice, help their chargers. They teach from the heart to...

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