Coaches Corner

Unlocking the Secrets to Coaching Female Players

  If you are reading this, chances are you and I have something in common - tennis is a sport we love to play, watch and coach. It is a great way to keep active and stay healthy, with the added bonus that the game can be played across the ages, from 7 to 77 year olds. While tennis is…

Playing for pennies – This is the reality

Without the majors, most of the professional tennis players in the world wouldn't even be able to afford to compete unless of course they came from a lot of money or found someone kind enough to fund their dreams. The next stop on the professional tennis circuit is Roland Garros, a time for many to add to their depleted bank…

How to lose a player in one day

It can happen in a moment. The coach thinks everything is going perfectly but when a player is left in tears it's not a good sign. Coaches can lose a player in one day. Once the trust is gone the relationship will crumble. Although all players are different here are a few scenarios that could spell the end in your coaching relationship.…

Why players should play doubles

Wimbledon was the first Grand Slam to be played, in 1877, however it only included men. In 1885, Wimbledon included women, making it the first Grand Slam for females, therefore beginning what would be and continues to be an evolutionary growth in the field of tennis. For about the next 120 years, all players who played singles also played doubles and,…

Serve and Volley

There are a number of classic “reasons” for the lack of serve and volley among women in the modern game of tennis.  Opinions and quotes from fans, players, coaches and commentators are many but here is the short list, true or not, in this court of opinion: “The return is too big”  “Women’s serves are not big enough and they…

Volley With Your Feet

Imagine this, you send your daughter down to the local baseball club to try out for their team. The first thing the coach asks her is, "can you catch"? Of course this talented youngster can catch, especially with a big mitt on her hand. In any case, to impress the coach and so as not to drop the catch, your daughter immediately employs great…

The Link between Coaching Philosophy and Motivation in Tennis Players

  Motivation can be defined as the direction and intensity of one’s efforts. Direction refers to why a person is involved in certain situations and why a person avoids other situations. Intensity is concerned with how much effort a person gives toward reaching a certain goal. 1 Questions around motivation include: why people participate; why do people discontinue participation; what…

Confidence Breeds Success

"Confidence breeds success and success certainly breeds confidence" In sport, self-confidence is one of the most frequently cited psychological factors though to affect athletic achievements. So how do we get confidence? The fact is we live in a competitive world and if you can’t keep your cool, stay focused, and find a way to win against your own demons, you’re…