Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Top 10 Signs: "You are a tennis crack-head when you...."

10. Think Roger Federer will win another Grand Slam.

9. Willingly not only sat through the John Isner-Niclolas Mahut punishment but believe it is a record of some sort.

8. Haven't noticed that Andy Murray is actually a Tim Henmen clone still trying to get a slam.

7. You need Bud Collins' stylist/tailor's number.

6. Can understand the ATP/WTA ranking system.

5. Think tennis pros are legitimized by a Grand Slam win.

4. Live in the US and watch the Australian Open live.

3. Read pros' memoirs/autobiographies.

2. After reading a tennis player's memoir or autobiography, you are disappointed to find out they are a flawed human being after all.

1. Wish they had Hawkeye at the local park.

I always forget something. Let's hear it!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top 10 Signs: "Your favourite player is blazing the rankings when...."

10. Everyone cannot shut up about that Grand Slam that eludes them.

9. Tournaments know they can gift them a car instead of prize money and they actually take it!

8. A 12 pack tennis bag suddenly becomes inadequate and needs to be accessorized with a European carry-all/satchel/clutch.

7. They have on one side strangers who passionately detest them, and on the other those who want to marry them.

6. Belts, biker/cowboy boots, shorts with belt buckles and belts, animal prints, and lace start to feel more comfortable and acceptable during a match.

5. They have a charity they do not know about.

4. Hollywood is convinced they can act as well as they serve.

3. Their personal childhood hero suddenly changes from a multiple slam champion to some insignificant distant relative like a "mum or a dad".

2. They withdraw from every tournament but the ranking does not slip.

1. American tennis fans can pronounce their totally like weird name OMG!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Top 10 Signs: "You know your favourite tennis player is struggling in the rankings when...."

10. During their match, the commentators keep talking about Federer/Nadal/Djokovic.

9. When the TV cameras never zoom in on your hot girlfriend/boyfriend between change overs.

8. They get called for a foot fault or time violation.

7. Commentators bring up Anna Kournikova while they play.

6. They are using a 'blacked out racquet' on a center court.

5. They are a Wild Card, Lucky Loser, or Qualifier.

4. The stadium erupts in an uproar after they finally get a game during a match.

3. Like the fans, the player leaves their own practice court to line up for autographs at their favourite players' practice court.

2. Right after a big win against a top 10 player, the press would rather find out about their opponent's loss rather than discuss their win.

1. They have a 'bag check' on YouTube.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to Find a Good Tennis Coach

The best way to find a good tennis coach is almost always word of mouth. If you do not have that opportunity and tennis is a new adventure to you, take trial lessons from 3 different coaches within your vicinity and see what works for you. Most clubs and coaches have promo rates—ask. Some let you sit in on a group lesson and get a feel for it. Does it sounds a little like the dating scene? Absolutely! The concept is quite similar. If you are going to invest time, money, and sweat, you deserve a good result out of it!

3 Important Things to Look For in a Trial Group Lesson

1. Is the Pro-Player ratio effective? 4-6 players per pro is a good ratio that allows everyone to hit enough balls in 1-1.5 hours.

2. Do the drills involve everyone? Waiting on the sideline for too long for any reason besides drinking water, watching demonstrations, or asking questions is counterproductive. Pros are trained to run dynamic, involved, productive, and challenging classes within reason for an entire session.

3. Is the pro giving loud and clear vocal and visual feedback and demonstrations?

3 Things to Look For in a Trial Private Lesson

1. Introduction of new concepts and techniques should always start from the very basics—your A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s. Good fundamentals make for a solid foundation for your game. There are no shortcuts!

2. At least for the trial lesson, request to work on an area of weakness and see whether or not the coach will have impactful results within the session. It is a reasonable expectation.

3. The class should be peppered with demonstrations, vocal and visual encouragement. It is, after all, an active sport!

At the end of the lesson, see whether or not you can distinctly recognize the “Introductory Phase”, which involves explanations and demonstrations, the “Practical Phase”, which involves drilling and feedback, and the “Reinforcement Phase”, which typically involves fun games that require you to use your newly acquired skills.

Good luck finding a great coach!