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November 12, 2019

The ability to perform consistently is one of the trademarks of the best players. They are able to play close to their potential day in and day out while the rest show large swings in performance.

What causes these swings?  If you can do it one point, game, set or day,...

November 12, 2019

Growing up I often heard my coach yelling from the side-lines: “Focus,” “Concentrate,” and although I was not quite sure what he wanted me to do, I sort of interpreted it as: “Do not get distracted.”

Later as a coach, I yelled the same words at my players: “Focus,” “Con...

October 18, 2019

If you are like most tennis players, you think you are competing well because you are trying hard to win. In reality, competing and trying hard to win are not the same. Here is a little test for you to determine if you are a true gladiator or just trying hard: Do you:

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October 17, 2019

The difference between smart players and the rest is that every smart player does the following 8 things every time they compete:

1)    Warm up correctly.  Smart players are ready mentally and physically for peak performance from the first point on. For them t...

September 15, 2019

Many of you may not recognize the name “Dominik Koepfer” since he just broke into the “big leagues” by reaching the round of sixteen at the US Open after mostly playing on the Challenger Circuit.

Dominik, literarily, came out of nowhere in terms of the traditional playe...

September 15, 2019

The best way to understand tendencies in the game is to carefully watch the best players in action  They are the trend setters the future, and provide the necessary cues for every player development coach and competitive player.

Here are 8 lessons from the US Open final...

August 21, 2019

One of the most challenging aspects of tennis is our inability to objectively evaluate our improvement. Nothing is more frustrating than practicing for hours and hours and feeling stuck.

The problem is that our evaluation system is very straightforward: shots are either...

July 18, 2019

As we digest the epic Wimbledon final and look at the statistics, one has to wonder: how did Roger lose with those numbers? 

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June 13, 2019

Time is one of the most valuable commodities on the court. In essence a tennis match is nothing more than a battle for time, with both players trying to gain time and take time away from the opponent. Even a fraction of a second can make a difference between hitting a...

June 8, 2019

There is no doubt that power plays a determinant role in today’s game.  Professional players are bigger, stronger and able to generate massive racquet acceleration.  So, how do they get there?

The original coaching advice was quite straightforward and logical: firs...

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