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The tennis world descends on Flushing Meadow this month to celebrate the final grand slam of the year.  Described by Forbes magazine as the "world's most popular sporting event," the US Open is a great chance for tennis coaches all over the world to take advantage of that popularity to give their own program a boost. Planning

Ever notice that the main competition to your kids tennis coaching business is not the other tennis club down the street, but other sporting codes like football, cricket, baseball or basketball?  What have these sports got in common

Watching the Andy Murray returning master class while dismantling Milos Raonic during the 2016 Wimbledon Final it is tempting to think he must be a freak of nature.  That he has the reaction speeds of a superhero to return serves approaching 150mph. This is the common belief, that the elites of the game have special genetic gifts

The fascinating book “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle raises the issue of “ignition” as a key part of the development of elite performers. One of our key jobs as tennis coaches is too spark a flame of passion for the sport in our students.  Whether we are aiming to develop pro players or building a program

Our job is one of the most demanding there is!  We need the patience of a school teacher; the endurance to coach for hours on end; the concentration to be “with it” for all our tennis kids; the discipline to do our office work and the enthusiasm to motivate our students lesson after lesson. When the weather

“We are going to have a mini competition today,” I announced. My class of five 6-year olds met my plans with various states of glee. Except for Joshua. When we talk about overachievers and underachievers, Joshua slots into the underachievers.  He is more likely to say “I can’t”; is very aware if he can’t perform a skill; and is

Does that sound like a positive opener? Being chosen!? Is that something that a parent wants to hear? Maybe it's not for the top team or as the winner of something but every parent wants to know that their child is being thought about individually. I remember when my daughter started Elementary (Infants) school. Even at the

Travelling the globe helping clubs with their programs always sounds glamorous (it's not what it seems) but there are certain constants that the tennis industry brings. The baseline is always in the same place and the net the same height, (well usually), coaches all want to know the same type of things like "How do you

Her face was red and eyes watering. After 15 minutes of yelling at me she took a pause, a breath and said. "Thanks so much, you have been great about this!"  I was in a state of shock and nearly fell over. I knew Mary, she was a good parent, although a little too attentive; her

If you are managing a junior program it's that time of year again! No you didn't get kidnapped by Dr Who and transported through time, or get jetted down to Australia, oh how I wish. But April is the month when you should have your preparations in place for the fall (September) session (term) and, although

In the clubhouse hangs a countdown clock. Fifteen days, ten hours and 12 minutes. The clock ticks second by second down to zero. Why is it there and what happens when the time runs out? All red, orange and green kids from the kids program know. In the time left they have to play as many tie

Sat across from the breakfast table this week I was watching a parent play a game of hangman with her son. If you don’t know the game you have to guess the letters in the mystery word and fill in the spaces. Each time you guess wrong a part of the hangman’s gallows, rope and body

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