Proper Equipment

Equip Yourself with the proper equipment if you have decided to take up tennis.  Whether you’re playing recreationally or seriously, you’ll need to obtain a tennis racquet. So, first thing first. In order for you to become a really good tennis player, you must have the equipment. It is like a knight marching off to a battle with the best weapons.

The basic tennis equipment you’ll need is a tennis racquet, balls, shoes, socks, ball cap, hat or visor, sunglasses, towels and a tennis bag.

Bucket of Foam Balls

I know that these balls are mostly used for the Quick Start tennis program, but honestly I have players of all ages that enjoy practicing with these  foam balls are softball size.    
They are ideal for beginning players on 36-foot courts in “10 and Under Tennis” Programs.   These foam balls are designed for durability, consistent bounce and rebound to an appropriate height for the youngest of players.   They come as a set of 6, 12 or a case of 144.  
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450 Tennis Drills & Games

If you are a new or seasoned tennis coach here is access to more than 400 tennis drills and games, you will be able to add more variety and fun to your tennis lessons and classes.

For the new coach who may have taken over a JV or Varsity tennis team you will enjoy over 450 Quality Tennis Drills For 2-4 Players, Large Groups, Footwork And Fitness Drills, Tennis Lesson Plans And Many More.   We know how difficult it is to come up with your own drills and lesson plans.   Here, the guesswork is taken out of scratching your head and losing sleep over what drills to do with your players.   This is well worth the investment if you are serious about your tennis.

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Winning Rotations Book

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Winning Rotations is an event organizer’s dream come true. Nearly every conceivable rotation is covered for team rotations or individual sport tournaments. Comes complete with copy machine ready sign-up and score sheets. Since Winning Rotations was originally produced as a tennis-specific resource, there is also a chapter with 50 creative event ideas. Spiral bound hardcover on durable double-thick paper for years of use.

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Beginner Tournament Tips – Mental Composure

So you’ve been taking lessons and you’re ready to try your hand at tournaments.   Great !!   Whether you’re a junior player or an adult tournaments are a wonderful experience.

For junior players there is no better way to teach a child about fair play, being honest and having integrity.   As a junior player you must learn from a young age how to hold your composure.   If you don’t learn this early on and you have an uncontrollable temper on the court, you will not be a successful player and competitor.   You can still play tournaments, but tennis can be an extremely mental game and if you are not focused, then your doomed right from the start.

If you’ve been taking lessons, hopefully your coach has been working on your “mental game“.     If he or she hasn’t, then go to your next lesson and ask your coach how you can begin to work on your mental game.   Once you’ve learned composure and you do not frustrate easily, then we can take it to the next step.   Read more…

Tennis and Children

Parents are always looking for a good sport for their child and more and more parents are starting to turn to tennis as the perfect sport for their child.   The benefits of tennis go far beyond simply learning good sportsmanship skills, it also goes deep into learning good skills in terms of eye coordination and even hand eye coordination just to mention a few.   Deciding if tennis is the right sport for your child is sometimes easy and at other times a bit more complicated, but you should always take a cue from your child as you make the final decision.

The first step should be deciding if your child enjoys playing with large groups of people such as with football or soccer or if they prefer to play solo sports.   While tennis is  more of a solo sport while he/she is  competing against one opponent if playing singles or playing with a partner against two opponents,  rather than an entire field like many team sports involves.  

Your child should be relatively coordinated.   Tennis is said to be the most difficult sport due to the fact that you must hit a moving ball with your racquet.   Unlike, golf where the ball is stationary when you make contact with it.       Many children enjoy the challenge of being able to hit the moving ball while running on the tennis court.   Some  take this as the perfect time to get started really improving their skills and technique in order to protect themselves from the ball.      

You should also look at the benefits that tennis can provide.   It is a great form of exercise that allows your child to move around the tennis court a very great deal thus providing them with plenty of exercise.   At the same time, it is also possible to practice improved hand eye coordination, teamwork skills and even learn how to make quick decisions as a split second.   A child who has issues making a decision is generally not cut out for tennis, however a child that is able to just jump in and make a fast decision will generally do very well at tennis.

Another   benefit of tennis is  the ability to have your child  practice on  their own.   While many sports need a  partner to interact with  or  numerous  other people in order to actually practice,  you can practice your tennis strokes  by hitting on a solid wall.    A tennis ball and racquet can allow your child to easily practice almost anywhere, even at your home.   This allows your child to have the time to practice that they need which can be a huge help if you are looking for the best sport possible that will not potentially damage your property.

For parents who are looking for a competition sport,  tennis makes a wonderful choice, you can choose just how many or how few competitions you are comfortable with your child participating in and ultimately they can even play in the Olympics or as a professional if they are skilled enough when they get older.   This can allow you to consider that tennis is a great sport because it has a serious future ahead that is very much possible for virtually anyone to learn.   Read More…

Understanding The Tennis Basics: The Grand Slams

August 11, 2010 by  
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The tennis calendar is almost year-round, with tournaments held on every continent of the globe for nearly the full 12 months of the year. This continual cycle is highlighted by four events, the Majors – or as they are better known, the Grand Slams.

The Grand Slam tournaments are the pinnacle of a player’s career. Each tournament consists of two weeks of play, culminating on the final weekend with the ladies final on the Saturday and the men’s on the Sunday. The Slams are the focus for all professional tennis players, both for the prestige of winning one and earning the right to be listed among the greats, and for the substantial prize money on offer.  

As mentioned, there are four Grand Slams tournaments for men and women in the professional tennis game. The first in the calendar year takes place in January; the Australian Open, which is played on hard court. The second occurs around May (and usually leaks in to June); the French Open, which is played on red clay. The third and arguably the most prestigious, Wimbledon, takes place in June / July and is played on grass courts. The final Grand Slam of the calendar year takes place in September; the United States Open (often abbreviated to US Open, or just USO), and is played on hard courts.

In terms of points for the world rankings, Grand Slam victory is worth 2,000 – only these four events carry such high tariffs. Even the Olympics (to win, 1800 points) does not compare, firmly cementing the Grand Slams as the highest points in the tennis calendar.

Tennis Surfaces Explained, Part 1: Grass

August 11, 2010 by  
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Professional tennis is played on a variety of different surfaces, which these articles examine in detail. This first article looks at the surface tennis is most commonly associated with: grass.

Grass is the fastest of the tennis surfaces, meaning the ball bounces low and fast. This therefore naturally makes it a surface where big servers, such Andy Roddick, excel, as their opponents struggle to return serve due to the speed of the surface. It is also a surface that lends itself to playing on the baseline, as the ball slows by the time it reaches the back of the court.

The most famous grass court tournament is Wimbledon in London, England. The tournament, which usually takes place in June and sometimes July of every year, is one of the four Grand Slam Majors on the current professional tennis calendar. It is considered by many players and analysts to be the most prestigious of all the tennis tournaments. The event is played by both the Association of Tennis Professionals (the men’s game) and the Women’s Tennis Association (ladies game) players, who share equal prize money. Like all Grand Slams, the men play best of five sets throughout the tournament.

Outside of Wimbledon, grass court tennis is surprisingly rare. The grass court season, for top players, tends to consist of only three weeks: a one-week tournament prior to Wimbledon, and then Wimbledon itself. There are two traditional grass court tournaments that serve as Wimbledon warm ups: the Aegon Championship’s at Queens Club in London, and a similar tournament in Halle, Germany.  

Clay vs. Grass: Battle of the Surfaces  

August 11, 2010 by  
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‘Battle of the Surfaces’ was a tennis exhibition match that took place in the summer of 2007. It featured the top two players in the world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and was played in Nadal’s home country of Mallorca (an island just off the Spanish coast). The main attraction at the match was the court; half of which was grass, half of which was clay.  

In their careers and during their rivalry, both Federer and Nadal had established supremacy on one surface. Federer, the king of Wimbledon, was considered the best grass court player of all time. Nadal, his rival, had earned the nickname the ‘king of clay’. The match was billed as the final reckoning with the two-surfaced court deciding once and for all who the king of the overall game of tennis was.  

The players alternated between the grass and clay sides of the court during the match. Across the match, Federer won roughly as many points while playing on the grass side as he did on the clay side. However, the deciding factor was to be Nadal’s superior clay court game, where he won more points on Federer’s serve. This, along with a high ability on the grass side, handed Nadal the overall victory in the match.  

The match lead pundits to surmise that while Federer was superior on grass and Nadal was superior on clay, Nadal was the stronger of the two on his weaker surface (in this case, grass) than Federer was on the clay.