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(3 of 6) – Creating Power – Tennis Power Training Series by IMG Performance Institute

Posted by · October 28, 2011 · Filed in Training · No Comments »


Performance Tips and Performance Drills – Tennis Speed & Power Training Videos, Tips and Drills Learn from IMG Performance Institute Coach, Stacey Daniels, how to properly train when playing tennis. This is the third video in a series of six performance drills and performance tips designed to help you learn the proper techniques and exercises when training to play tennis. These videos will teach you how to generate power and speed when playing tennis. The IMG Performance Institute, located in Bradenton, Florida is the premier performance training facility in the world with performance camps and a full-time residency program, the IMG Performance Institute can help you become THE TOTAL ATHLETE!

Venus Williams talks with Peter Moore, President EA SPORTS

Posted by · October 28, 2011 · Filed in Coaching · No Comments »


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monicavolleypart1

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In the video i am working with Xinyun Han (Monica) from China. This is part 1 of a 3 part series that looks at her technique, confidence, and decision making when she is at the net. You can see part 2 and 3 at www.lauruscoachingsolutions.com

The American Tennis Association (ATA)

Posted by · November 25, 2010 · Filed in Uncategorized · No Comments »


ATA – The Black Tennis Mecca

Formed in 1916 by a group of African American businessmen, college professors and physicians, the American Tennis Association (ATA) has become the Mecca for blacks – from all walks of life – who yearn to enjoy the camaraderie and competition offered by a sport for youngsters from age 8 to 80.
Since its inception, the ATA, which is the oldest African American sports organization in the United States, has honored the founding fathers primary objectives:

• To bring black tennis enthusiasts and players into close and friendly relations,
• To improve the standards of existing clubs,
• To hold an annual national championship tournament,
• To regulate the dates of local and regional tournaments to avoid conflicts,
• To appoint referees and officials for each event, and
• To promote the standard of the game among black players.

The organization held its first ATA National Championships, consisting of three events (men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles), at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park in August 1917. In August 2005, several thousand players are expected to compete in more than 50 different events at the 89th annual ATA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Indeed, the ATA is the core of a growing, African American big-bucks demographic that has helped turn the tennis industry into a multibillion dollar business.
The ATA has produced several of the world’s top players and coaches. Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the first African Americans to be ranked No. 1 and to win Grand Slam titles, were sponsored and groomed by ATA officials and coaches. ATA coaches Willis Thomas and John Wilkerson developed several top pros, including (No. 4) Zina Garrison, (No. 9) Lori McNeil, (No. 56) Rodney Harmon and (No. 67) Katrina Adams. MaliVai Washington, Leslie Allen, Camille Benjamin, Chip Hooper, Renee Blount, Marcell Freeman, Bruce Foxworth, Juan Farrow are among other former ATA players who received computer rankings on the men’s and women’s pro circuits.
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Though severely hampered by the nation’s acceptance of policies and practices that denied blacks access to most United States Lawn Tennis Association events (USLTA) during that time, several black leaders were determined to cultivate an appreciation for ‘the gentlemen’s game’ among people of color. They overcame by forming their own tennis circuit. The ATA was born when representatives from more than a dozen black tennis clubs met in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30, 1916, Thanksgiving Day. Dr. Harry S. McCard, Dr. William H. Wright, Dr. B.M. Rhetta, Ralph Cook, Henry Freeman and Tally Holmes were among the ATA’s founding fathers. Holmes, of Washington, D.C., won the first two ATA men’s singles titles.
Knowing that large groups of blacks would not be accommodated at most hotels, especially in the south, the early ATA National Championships were held at various black colleges, including Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), Morehouse College, Central State and Lincoln University. These black campuses provided tennis courts and sufficient housing space. The college administrators were delighted to have so many prosperous and potential donors, affiliated with their campuses. The ATA national soon became one of the most anticipated social events of the year in the black community. Formal dances, fashion shows and other activities were planned during the week of play. Today, similar social activities are planned at most ATA events.
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Major Barrier Broken
The first interracial match occurred in 1940 when Don Budge, who won the Grand Slam (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Nationals in same calendar year) in 1938, met ATA champion Jimmie McDaniel in an exhibition at New York’s Cosmopolitan Club before 2,000 fans. Budge defeated McDaniel 6-1, 6-2, and afterwards commended McDaniel on his skills despite his error-filled performance. “Jimmy is a very good player, I’d say he’d rank with the first 10 of our white players,” Budge said.
But the most significant breakthrough occurred in 1950 when Althea Gibson, who won a record 10 consecutive ATA singles titles, stepped across the racial divide to become the first black to compete in the U.S. Nationals. Several years later, Gibson won the first of five Grand Slam titles, capturing the French Open in 1956. She also won Wimbledon (1957-58) and the U.S. Nationals (1957-58). In 1968, Arthur Ashe, a three-time ATA champion (1960-62) captured the inaugural U.S. Open title, becoming the first black male to win a Grand Slam title. Ashe also won the Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975). Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, Dr. Hubert Eaton and Bertram Baker were among the ATA officials who played key behind the scene roles in the success of Gibson and Ashe. Johnson, an ATA vice-president, organized and developed the first ATA Junior Development program. Eaton was a long-time ATA president and Baker was a long time ATA executive secretary. The Gibson-Ashe legacy continues through today’s black pros, including Venus and Serena Williams, Chanda Rubin, James Blake, Angela Haynes, Jamea Jackson and Donald Young. The Williams sisters, who already have 12 Grand Slam singles titles, frequently have said that they were inspired by Gibson, Ashe, Garrison and other former players.

The Psychology Of Physical Fitness in Tennis

Posted by · November 5, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Fitness, Training · No Comments »

Physical fitness is one of the great essentials of match play. Keenness can only be acquired if the physical, mental, and nervous systems are in tune. Consistent and systematic training is essential to a tournament player.

Regular hours of sleep, and regular, hearty food at regular hours are necessary to keep the body at its highest efficiency. Food is particularly important. Eat well, but do not over-eat, particularly immediately before playing. I believe in a large hearty breakfast on the day of a big match. This should be taken by nine-thirty. A moderate lunch at about one o’clock if playing at three. Do not eat very rich food at luncheon as it tends to slow you up on the court. Do not run the risk of indigestion, which is the worst enemy to dear eyesight. Rich, heavy food immediately before retiring is bad, as it is apt to make you “loggy” on the court the next day.

It is certain injury to touch alcoholic drink in any form during tournament play. Alcohol is a poison that affects the eye, the mind, and the wind three essentials in tennis. Tobacco in moderation does little harm, although it, too, hits eye and wind. A man who is facing a long season of tournament play should refrain from either alcohol or tobacco in any form. Excesses of any kind are bad for physical condition, and should not be chanced.

“Staleness” is the great enemy of players who play long seasons. It is a case of too much tennis. Staleness is seldom physical weariness. A player can always recover his strength by rest. Staleness is a mental fatigue due often to worry or too close attention to tennis, and not enough variety of thought. Its symptoms are a dislike for the tennis game and its surroundings, and a lack of interest in the match when you are on the court. I advocate a break in training at such a time. Go to the theatre or a concert, and get your mind completely off tennis. Do your worrying about tennis while you are playing it, and forget the unpleasantness of bad play once you are off the court. Always have some outside interest you can turn to for relaxation during a tournament; but never allow it to interfere with your tennis when you should be intent on your game. A nice balance is hard to achieve, but, once attained is a great aid to a tournament player.

The laws of training should be closely followed before and after a match. Do not get chilled before a match, as it makes you stiff and slow. Above all else do not stand around without a wrap after a match when you are hot or you will catch cold. (more…)

Excellence – Maintaining it

Posted by · November 5, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Education, Mindset · No Comments »

Great athletes make excellent performances appear easy, but they obviously are not. How can we prepare for excellence in performance? For me, thinking about this question starts with three quotes:
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
The past is history, the future is a mystery, but the present is a gift.
Strive for perfection, but never expect it.


The first reminds me that action is required and great gains occur as a result of consistent small improvements. The second reminds me to check my regrets about the past and my worries about the future at the door so that I can give my best effort right now to the task-at-hand. The third clarifies that I have high expectations and I set no limits on my capabilities, but I will not beat myself up for my shortcomings, either. 
There are three levels of mental toughness, according to my mentor, Harvey Dorfman:
1) Want it.
2) Know what to do.
3) Do what you know.


So, first I must find a worthy goal to work towards, and there is no better way to find it than to do whatever I’m doing now to the best of my ability and see if this sparks a passion. If it does: fantastic. It’s now time to think about both long and short-term goals. If it doesn’t, I have still trained myself in mental discipline and received the most benefits possible from that task for myself and those around me.



Obviously, if excellence is to be achieved, action is required. This action must not only include hard work,
but smart work, too. Know what to do (work smart) by asking questions constantly and by paying special attention to the second level in Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: self-control, intentness, initiative, and alertness. Finally, show your mental toughness by
a)  controlling your emotions;
b)  not being denied your goal for any reason;
c)  seeking out new ways to know (figure out) what to do;
d)  doing what you know, the best you can;
e)  paying attention to all the details along the journey; and
f)  by enjoying the ride, even through the inevitable obstacles along the way.
Article provided by Coach Aaron Weintraub.  Visit Coach Weintraub at http://www.CoachTraub.com


Is Grunting Cheating? Scientists think so!

Posted by · November 5, 2010 · Filed in Uncategorized · No Comments »

Background

There is a growing chorus of critics who complain that many of the top-ranked professional tennis players who grunt when they hit the ball gain an unfair advantage because the sound of the grunt interferes with their opponent’s game. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Methodology/Principal Findings

We explored this potential detrimental effect of grunting by presenting videos of a tennis player hitting a ball to either side of a tennis court; the shot either did, or did not, contain a brief sound that occurred at the same time as contact. The participants’ task was to respond as quickly as possible, indicating whether the ball was being hit to the left- or right-side of the court. The results were unequivocal: The presence of an extraneous sound interfered with a participants’ performance, making their responses both slower and less accurate.

Conclusions/Significance

Our data suggest that a grunting player has a competitive edge on the professional tennis tour. The mechanism that underlies this effect is a topic for future investigation. Viable alternatives are discussed. For example, the possibility that the interfering auditory stimulus masks the sound of the ball being struck by the racket or it distracts an opponent’s attention away from the sound of the ball.

Citation: Sinnett S, Kingstone A (2010) A Preliminary Investigation Regarding the Effect of Tennis Grunting: Does White Noise During a Tennis Shot Have a Negative Impact on Shot Perception? PLoS ONE 5(10): e13148. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013148

Editor: Warren H. Meck, Duke University, United States of America

Received: February 26, 2010; Accepted: September 7, 2010; Published: October 1, 2010

Copyright: © 2010 Sinnett, Kingstone. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Funding: This work was supported by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery grant (12R80338) to AK’s lab. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

* E-mail: ssinnett@hawaii.edu



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Portuguese tennis had something to brag about last year. For the first time a Portuguese women’s tennis player, Michelle Larcher de Brito, made it to the third round of the 2009 French Open. Unfortunately for Michelle she lost to Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in a match where Michelle was heavily criticized for executing a loud and long grunt each time she hit the ball. The complaint is that Michelle, and many of the best players in tennis like her, such as Rafael Nadal, the Williams sisters, and Maria Sharapova (who grunts at over 100 decibels), may gain an unfair advantage by distracting their opponents with their grunts. Indeed, there is a growing chorus of critics who complain that many of the top-ranked professional tennis players are cheating when they grunt. This complaint has been voiced not only by the media and fans, but also by the athletes themselves [1], [2]. For instance, Martina Navratilova (former World number 1) recently said that grunting is “…cheating and it’s got to stop” [1]. Navratilova’s argument centered around the idea that it is important to hear the ball strike the racket, and that the sound of a grunt can mask or distract attention from this important moment. Accordingly, the governing body of the rules of tennis (International Tennis Federation, ITF) explicitly state (rule 26) that purposeful and excessive grunting is a hindrance and reason for a point penalty [3]. (more…)

Proper Stretching prior to Playing Tennis

Posted by · November 1, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Fitness · No Comments »

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Minority Tennis – A Historical Perspective & the ATA

Posted by · October 30, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Education · No Comments »

SYMBOLS OF CHANGE

By Bob Davis

PART I

THE BEGINNING

Slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865.  Nearly 15 years later, in 1880, the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) was founded (The name was later changed to USTA).   Tennis was the dominion of the white, upper class and Blacks were neither interested, nor invited to participate.  Segregation was rampant throughout America and an attitude of exclusion was pervasive in most areas of American society.

Blacks began to surface on tennis courts in about 1890 at Tuskegee Institute.  Booker T. Washington, one of America’s great, black visionaries and leaders, founded Tuskegee.   In his famous Atlanta Address of 1895, Booker T. Washington set forth the motivating spirit behind Tuskegee Institute. In a post Reconstruction era marked by growing segregation and disfranchisement of blacks, this spirit was based on what realistically might be achieved in that time and place. “The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now,” he observed, “is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera house.” Because of Washington’s extraordinary ability to work within the system and to maximize the possible, Tuskegee flourished to the extent only dreamed about when he met his first students on July 4, 1881.


By 1898, Blacks began to have inter-club matches with rival black clubs in New York, Philadelphia and a variety of other eastern seaboard cities.  These inter-club rivalries were primarily networking opportunities; occasions for the black, college-graduated elite to commune with their colleagues from other cities. This group of clubs eventually grew in number until an organizational structure was needed.  In 1916, the American Tennis Association (ATA) was created as the governing body of Black tennis in America.  In the fifty years since slavery was abolished, 80% of the Black population became educated.    Nearly 4 million people came out of slavery as legislated illiterates and by 1915; an elite middle-class had been formed.  By today’s standards, this is a phenomenal accomplishment.  When one considers the growing rate of illiteracy across America, illiteracy that transcends racial lines, we should look at this statistic with awe and wonder! (more…)

Staying in the “Zone”

Posted by · October 5, 2010 · Filed in Coaching, Education, Training · No Comments »

Did you watch the 2010 U.S. Open?  Were you inspired to go out and try to hit the ball like Nadal?  What happened?  Did you end up making more unforced errors or losing a close match?  Could it be that your actual play didn’t meet your expectations?  Maybe you just aren’t getting into – or staying consistently in “The Zone”.

If you are a recreational player and play matches several times a week and take a few lessons now and then – your game will likely improve somewhat over time, but, before long, be about where you started.  You may experience feeling in “the zone” on occasion, but this feeling will most likely remain elusive.  Frustration may occur as you do the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result (Einstein’s definition of insanity).

However, if you set goals for your achievement as a tennis player and measure your progress toward those goals, including weekly practice sessions with a partner or instructor – and learn methods of attention control, imagery and self-awareness, you will begin to experience more time in “the zone”.  You’ll be playing your best tennis effortlessly and with greater confidence and success.  No player ever stays in the zone all the time, but being it it more than not is a realistic goal.


Dave Stacho, Sports Counseling for Tennis

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Bradenton, FL.  34209

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