Who will win French Open 2015?

Who will win French Open 2015?

Novak Djokovic

There are not going to be any major surprises in my Roland Garros- the 2015 French Open predictions. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic seems to be the clear cut favorite as Rafael Nadal has been struggling to find his form and seems to be very low on confidence. You can never really count out Nadal, but he has never been at this level entering the French Open. If he can get some early round wins in convincing fashion under his belt, he may win the French yet again, but Djokovic looks like the man to beat. The only other two men who I believe can push Djokovic are Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. I believe that Nishikori is on the brink of winning a slam, but I am not sure it is the 2015 French Open.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams looks unstoppable if she stays focused. She looks to be in shape and she has transformed her game to much higher levels in the past couple of years. Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep can make some deep runs into the second week, but if Serena is determined and focused, I do not believe they can take her down. Carla Suarez Navarro has had a great year and has a game tailor made for the French Open, but if she plays Serena or Maria; I believe she will have trouble hurting those girls due to a less powerful game.

So there it is, Todd Widom’s 2015 French Open predictions and there are no real surprises. We will wait and see who comes out on top in the two week marathon grand slam event.

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Understanding the Game of Tennis

All too often while watching junior or collegiate tennis players play matches, it is very difficult to figure out what is trying to be accomplished on the court in a tournament or collegiate match. The best tennis players know exactly how they are going to construct points against the opponent and how they are going to use their strengths against the opponent’s weaknesses.

Novak Djokovic

Playing a match and running and hitting a tennis ball wherever you would like is not going to help you win more matches. Tennis is a thinking game and if you do not know how to plan points properly and execute them, your development will come to a screeching halt. In the United States, it seems that we have become obsessed with perfecting our strokes rather than working on some more crucial areas of tennis that are going to help you win more matches.

Having proper technique is important, but understanding the game of tennis and moving and competing properly on the court is much more important. If you look at the best tennis players in the world, they all have weaknesses.

Taking more technical lessons and trying to develop pretty tennis strokes generates more money for the coaches. The best tennis players in the world hit the ball well, but also keep in mind that they have hit millions of tennis balls in a high disciplined environment for many years, which produces high level tennis players.

What people fail to understand, is that these high level tennis players are amazing athletes, and they could never hit these types of shots without grueling physical workouts that they endure day after day.

Tennis is a game of brains, toughness, and movement. There are plenty of professionals that have a weird stroke or a hitch in their game, but somehow they make a great living at this amazing sport. Once you get to a certain level, everyone can hit a tennis ball well, so what separates one player from another?

Athleticism, fitness and mental toughness is what is going to separate the high level players from the not so high level players, at all levels. There is a reason that other countries are developing better and a larger number of professionals then the United States. Their philosophies of tennis are based on physicality, mental toughness, smarts, discipline and sound technique, not the most beautiful tennis strokes.

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Get Your Tennis Coaching from Serena Williams!

Every aspiring professional tennis player will have heard every trick in the book when it comes to perfecting his or her technique – whether it’s changing one’s grip or studying the other player’s game plan.

But while we can try every tip and trick imaginable, nothing quite compares to good old fashioned advice from the professionals – and who better than the World #1? That’s right – tennis ace and all round superstar Serena Williams is now offering her own tennis masterclasses for the modest price of $90.

A one to one at Wimbledon it is not; however, video tutorials showing Serena in action have now become available at Masterclass.com, a site built for those who wish to hone their own personal skills from sports to acting.

The site provides a comprehensive learning plan for players of all abilities, with 10 lessons covering everything from basic groundstrokes to the serve. As the holder of 19 Grand Slam Singles titles and an incredible 128mph serve, suffice to say there are few people more equipped to teach these essential skills.

Serena has joined the ranks of actor Dustin Hoffman, writer James Hoffman and photographer Annie Leibovitz to take time out from her busy schedule to teach her peers. And a busy schedule it is indeed – the star is now preparing for the French Open after pulling out of the Italian Open with an elbow injury. Defending her title in Rome, the 33-year-old was set to take on fellow American Christina McHale, but made the executive decision to keep herself in good health.

She said: “We have to make the right decisions for the future, not for now. You know I hate, hate quitting, and this isn’t quitting; it’s just making a good decision.” She added that she wanted enough time to heal and practice for the French Open, which is currently taking place at Roland Garros until 7th June.

Serena was not the only star to preserve her strength for France. World #3 Andy Murray also pulled out of the Italian Open recently, citing fatigue. He told his 3 million Twitter followers that he was fatigued after playing 10 matches in 12 days.

Let’s hope that both Murray and Williams are back to their best for the French Open this month – in the meantime, we’ll be signing up to the Masterclass to see if we can serve like Serena.

Ten Things Every Parent Should Ask Before They Take on a New Coach for Their Child

ask about coachTen things every parent should ask before they take on a new coach for their child:

1. Who has the coach trained?
2. How long have they been coaching/training for?
3. Do they communicate and offer regular feedback to parent?
4. Are they certified and do they continually update their education?
5. What are their core values and principles?
6. Are they punctual with time?
7. Do they listen or just like to hear themselves talk.
8. Do they promote and follow a long term development plan or are they a ‘results and win now’ coach?
9. Are they passionate about what they do?
10. Will they create a positive, disciplined, fun and hard working environment for your child?

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Productive Time on the Tennis Court

Radwanska Agnieszka

If you are trying to become the best tennis player you can, you need to go about this process in a disciplined and organized manner. Each and every time you step on the tennis court, it is another opportunity to become a better tennis player mentally, emotionally, tactically, and physically. All too often the athlete goes to a practice session with no clear understanding of what they are trying to accomplish. This results in precious time being lost due to not having a clear cut plan of how that individual is going to become the best tennis player possible. This is the responsibility of the instructor and the student to map out a process of how they are going to attack their development in an efficient and disciplined manner.

Coming to the courts and just hitting balls with four or five kids on a court, while a couple of the kids are staring into the clouds, is NOT going to get the job done if you are trying to become an accomplished and superior tennis player. All students need to be engaged and learning at all times. Many parents and students are told that if their child plays more hours of tennis, they will become better tennis players. That is just not the case. More quality high disciplined hours will equal to significantly more improvements. If you are signed up to train 4 to 5 hours a day and you are just hitting a bunch of balls with no purpose and taking long water breaks, do not expect to achieve your goals and dreams. At this point, having the athlete train properly for an hour or hour and a half is far more beneficial than spending 4 to 5 hours on the court if the training is done properly, efficiently and responsibly.

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