Tag Archive for 'Tennis'

The Importance of learning to play on all surfaces for Junior Tennis

The importance of learning to play on all surfaces as a junior tennis player can’t be stressed enough. Learning to play on all surfaces will cause your game to not only be more well rounded, but will also greatly improve your match strategy. As you learn different styles for different surfaces, you will find that they eventually translate into your game for all surfaces and you will become a world class player who has many options during the course of a match. Watch this video and start today!

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Developing World-Class Concentration in Matches

During my 12-year junior tennis career, I learned an on-court concentration technique I still use today. With all the distractions that present themselves in a match, world-class concentration and focus are the keys to winning–especially on big points. Watch this short video and try this technique in your next match. It could make the difference between winning and losing.  Steve Siebold  ( 4:54 )

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The advantages of playing other sports for Junior Tennis Players

Have you ever wondered if you should play other sports besides tennis as a junior tennis player? According to top tennis experts, playing other sports helps to make you a more well rounded player. In fact many of the top players grew up playing multiple sports because of the added benefits. Christy Hey discusses how other sports can help add more agility, balance, and endurance to your tennis game. Listen to this blog and let us know what you think!

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Venus Williams is wearing WHAT?

The 2010 French Open is currently under way and the Junior Tennis Blog is talking about all of the hottest topics! Exciting matches reviewed, can’t miss insights and of course, the hottest topic of all, what is Venus Williams wearing???

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Cheating in Junior Tennis

Cheating. This is an ugly word. A word that is rarely brought up in mainstream junior tennis, but unfortunately happens at tournaments across the world on a regular basis. How do you handle cheating when it happens to you or your children? What are some tactics that cheaters try to employ? What can you do if you feel that your opponent is blatantly cheating? Watch this can’t miss blog to better prepare yourself for the ins and outs of the junior tennis experience!

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Junior Tennis Parents: 7 Deadly Mistakes

Forty-years ago I started playing competitive junior tennis, and it was an experience that changed my life and impacts everything I do to this day. The interesting thing is junior tennis parents are still making the same mistakes with thier kids. I call them the 7 deadly mistakes, because they can have repercussions for a lifetime. This is why I co-founded the junior tennis show, along with Jay Travis and Christy Hey, two outstanding former juniors from Florida State University. Junior tennis presents a much larger opportunity than most parents realize; far larger than making it to the pros or even getting a college scholarship. Teaching pros and coaches rarely address this huge opportunity. Not because they don’t recognize it, but because they know kids wouldn’t understand it and parents are usually more focused on winning and rankings. Listen to this audio post. It could literally change your childs life.  I’ll look forward to your comments.    Steve Siebold  ( 9:00 )

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How to win the Australian Open!

The www.juniortennisshow.com recently interviewed the two time winner of the Australian Open, Johan Kriek. We spoke to Johan about his junior tennis experience and all of the things that happened to him during the course of his junior career that ultimately led him to be a 2 time grand slam winner. Johan is not only an amazing tennis player but he is also an even better person. It was so interesting to hear how a young man from South Africa ended up being one of the top tennis players in the world battling against guys like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg. If you are a tennis fan or a junior tennis player this is a can’t miss interview! Watch it today at www.juniortennisshow.com

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US Open Semifinalist banned for 1 year

BRUSSELS (AP)—U.S. Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer was suspended for one year by a Belgian anti-doping tribunal Thursday, accused of failing to report her whereabouts to drug-testing officials three times.

The Flemish regional tribunal called the punishment “reasonable.” Tribunal spokesman Koen Uman said the suspension takes immediate effect, but Wickmayer can appeal the decision.

The 18th-ranked Belgian has denied any wrongdoing and said on her Web site she planned to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She is playing in a tournament in Bali this week.

Another Belgian tennis player, 2002 Wimbledon semifinalist Xavier Malisse, also was suspended by the tribunal for breaking the whereabouts rule.

Wickmayer’s suspension came as a surprise, because a prosecutor recommended she receive only a warning for missing three tests over 18 months. The tribunal said Wickmayer’s failure to live up to anti-doping rules required a suspension.

Wickmayer said last month she has had trouble with her password in the computerized system overseen by the World Anti-Doping Agency. She also said registered mail at her home could not be signed off on because she was traveling to WTA tournaments.

She has insisted she never missed an anti-doping test and her samples were always negative.

Wickmayer has enjoyed a breakthrough year, including her run to the semifinals at the U.S. Open after never before moving past the second round at a Grand Slam tournament. She won her first two tour titles at Estoril in May and at Linz last month.

The International Tennis Federation, which oversees the sport’s doping program, said Thursday it would not comment until receiving official notification of the suspension.

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Serena Williams Outburst —and the verdict is…..

Linespeople Await Serena Williams US Open Outburst Verdict

by Lynn Berenbaum

The investigation into Serena Williams’ outburst at the US Open has taken over two months, and no group has waited longer to hear the verdict than the officiating community, many of whom see the verdict as a referendum on player abuse for the future.

USTA president Lucy Garvin told the AP today that Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock’s ruling is now expected “within weeks”.

Serena was fined $10,000 after her profanity-laced outburst at a lineswoman during her semifinal against Kim Clijsters. No group — fans, tennis officials, or the press — has been more silently and eagerly awaited this verdict than the those who call the lines.

According to one source who spoke with the lineswoman in question after the incident, “Serena foot-faulted into the blue and [the lineswoman] had absolutely no choice but to call her on it. We get graded on accuracy so it’s important to get it right. Otherwise we won’t get work.”

One person told me, “The Serena thing wouldn’t be an issue in the NBA or NFL. We know there’s a lot on the line for the players, but the behavior from some of them is really getting out of hand. Her mistake was that she was on TV.”

As to what punishment might come of her outburst, most of the officiating people I talked with are skeptical. A few thought that a no-tolerance example might be made of Serena; while many seem to look unfavorably upon the duration of time that it took for the investigation, during which time Ms. Williams was allowed to play the WTA’s Year End Championship and ended the year with record-breaking prize earnings, as a sign that she won’t be treated harshly.

“The fact of the matter is that whatever they give her will probably be a joke. She’s a multi-millionaire. Even if she misses a few Grand Slams, or even an entire year, that’s not a big deal for her.”

“The fans come to watch tennis, and we try to keep play moving so they get to watch it. We just hope that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

We all look forward to seeing how this eventually plays out.

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Does Professional Tennis need a shorter season?

It seems like the professional tennis season never ends. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great thing for tennis fans. However, as a former player I can also appreciate how difficult it is to never truly have a break. I often wonder how much higher the level of intensity would be from the top pros if there were less tournaments during the course of the year. Less time traveling, practicing and playing could translate into less injuries and more intensity from todays professionals. Then again, as a fan, tennis sure would be missed during the “off-season” if there was ever one implemented. This has been a hot topic among players, and one debate that is sure to continue.

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