Tennis talk

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 […]This post is only available…

Nicole Pratt Wins Inaugural ‘Flory Award’

In honoring the life of beloved former WTA tour coach and ATP tour player Andrew Florent, last week the WTCA named its ‘Spirit of Coaching’ award after him. At the WTCA Conference NYC, Nicole Pratt was named the winner of the inaugural ‘Flory Award’. Fittingly, the Australian Fed Cup captain was once Flory’s mixed doubles partner. […]This post is only available…

Using Doubles for Singles

As we all know tennis is a unique sport. It however can become even more unique when you take a look at singles and doubles, and see how they can be so different. Variations between singles and doubles include, scoring system, tactics, as well as different mental and physical efforts. Many singles players don’t want to play […]This post is only available…

Lindsay Davenport Heads Up WTCA Conference NYC

Lindsay Davenport was always a standout. Her all court ability became apparent early in her playing career. As junior she won the 1992 US Open junior event and the 1992 Australian Open junior doubles title. Davenport would go on to reach the number one ranking in the world in both singles and doubles, a feat […]This post is only available…

What’s With The Shoes? – Moving on Grass

The main draw of Wimbledon started earlier today. The third major of the year, in today’s game, is quite unique. Apart from having to wear all white (and indulging in champagne and strawberries during the men’s and women’s finals), this slam is played on the historic grass courts of the All England Club. There was […]This post is only available…

Monitoring a Players Training Load

There’s no secret that tennis is demanding. How demanding? That’s tough to say. I mean, how do we measure the intensity and stress of a practice or match? Furthermore, what about all the other things players do to prepare for competition – like weight training, plyometrics, med ball exercises, stretches and more!?! Traditionally, time on […]This post is only available…

When runners-up is actually a massive victory – Celebrating Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua

Sometimes coming in second best doesn’t actually mean you didn’t win, in fact Casey Dellacqua and Ashley Barty were winners today in Paris. They fought valiantly in the Roland Garros doubles final today, where they were out played by the number one seeds Lucie Safarova and Bethany Mattek Sands, the final score being 6/2 6/1. […]This post is only available…

Jaimee Fourlis Wins Last Wildcard into Roland Garros

It was a great battle today today in Paris on the Jean-Bouin courts. Two young Australian’s vying for the last main draw valid card into the main draw at Roland Garros. Fourlis got out of the gates quickly with penetrating backhands going cross-court through the side line. The first few games of the second set […]This post is only available…

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 […]This post is only available…

Female Tennis Demands Explosiveness

A little while back I wrote an article about strength training for tennis. More specifically, I wrote that physical training for tennis should stop focusing on “fancy drills” and start targeting specific & relevant qualities to today’s game. This was highlighted by an article outlining Azarenka’s off-court regime – which comprised of heavier strength & […]This post is only available…

Practicing Gratitude – Maintaining a growth perspective

Gratitude is a great way to keep things in perspective. Successful coaches appreciate that coaching is a journey. A fixation on results only hampers a coach’s ability to be effective. Practicing gratitude means taking the time to reflect upon what we are thankful for. As coaches, we have the privilege of helping others. Keeping a […]This post is only available…

How fast should you swing at a second serve?

All serves can, and should be, hit with identical technique and a fast swing speed. Sound crazy? It’s not. First and second serves are often taught and thought of as 2 different strokes. This approach makes the already difficult stroke more physically complicated and mentally stressful, especially for women. Swing speed on first and second […]This post is only available…

First serve please

  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the serve in the modern game is important. In the past, this was mostly true on the men’s side, but today, female tour players can hit bombs just as well. And although there’s a saying in the tennis world that goes something like “you’re […]This post is only available…

Breaking through – Julia Boserup into top 100

A lot of great things have happened in Julia Boserup’s career since teaming up with coach Raj Chaudhuri 12 months ago. After her first major break through in 2016, Boserup told the L.A times that she couldn’t really say how or why she broke through, but teaming up with Raj appears to have been the […]This post is only available…

Being a self-promoter

These days, one of the first places an employer looks is at the social media pages of a prospective athlete. Coaches must think carefully about political posts and pictures they decide to share with the world, and most importantly, the way they discuss women’s tennis. Social media can be a great way for a coach […]This post is only available…

Davenport leads a surge in female coaches

The wheels have started to turn in professional tennis coaching. Historically, WTA tour players have been coached almost exclusively by male coaches. Now in 2017, things are starting to change. For top players, it’s not always an immediate transition from playing to coaching. Sitting court side and playing every point without any control of the […]This post is only available…

The most important seat in the crowd

It’s not always in the coaches’ box on a stadium court, but in a players mind their coach’s seat is usually the most important one in the crowd. A coach’s role during matches is pivotal. Though they are not allowed to coach from the sidelines, the coach often plays a crucial part in the result […]This post is only available…

When should juniors play up

The majority of junior parents were not professional tennis players so will look to seek answers for the correct tournament pathway from various sources. A question many coaches get is should my daughter be playing up? Playing up means a junior player competes in a tournament against older athletes or higher ranked athletes. It really depends on […]This post is only available…

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 […]This post is only available…

The journey after a coaching partnership

It was September 10, 2011 when I watched Samantha Stosur dismantle a stunned Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open. This time around I was watching it on the big screen with a couple of friends at a sports bar in Denver. It’s a lot different watching the match on TV compare to court […]This post is only available…

College recruiting – A student athletes nightmare

Junior year marks the beginning of a whole new world for a competitive tennis player. When September 1st rolls around, every athlete is fighting for a spot and a chance to prove their worth. College coaches become the most important people in their lives, and nothing takes precedence over finding the perfect school. This process […]This post is only available…

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 […]This post is only available…

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 […]This post is only available…

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, […]This post is only available…

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 […]This post is only available…

How to Choose the Right School

Choosing the perfect college is the first major and possibly life-altering decision a student athlete ever faces. This decision not only determines the player’s home for 4 years, but also involves social pressure, academic needs, and tennis opportunity. Basically, this decision encompasses every aspect of a junior tennis player’s life. While the gravity of this […]This post is only available…