University High School tennis team captures third straight high school tennis CIF division 1 title

UNI tennis team, boys and girls

On May 30, 2012, University High School’s tennis team became the CIF division 1 champion for the third time in a row, while also making the 7th straight final appearance. The school has won the championship 6 times out of the 7 since 2006. The only loss came in 2009 to Thousand Oakes High School. Coach John Kessler hopes to reach the record of 10 straight final appearances established by Santa Barbara High School.

Stefan Menichella, Drew Dawson and Gage Brymer

This year, University defeated Corona Del Mar High School with the final score being 13-5. Uni swept all 9 of the singles matches, with Gage Brymer dominating 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, Drew Dawson winning 6-1 6-4 6-0, and Stefan Menichella winning 6-1 6-2 6-0. The school’s #2 doubles team consisting of Konrad Kozlowski and Skyler Butts also won all 3 of their matches, going 7-6(5), 6-4 and 6-2.

Captains of UNI tennis team

Even with a few of their top players not fully healthy, such as Tyler Lu and Reo Asami, this final shows just how much better University’s team is compared to any other school in Southern California.

Coach John Kessler with seniors  tennis players

My son has been on the team for 2 years. I can say with confidence that, not only is this team full of amazing tennis players, but it’s also full of great people. Good job UNI!

Discussion of the article “Winning is not the number-one goal when you are competing “

I received many interesting points from tennis coaches and players about this article and want to share some of them with you:

George van der Geest “Totally agree! I’ve had numerous interesting conversations with my students how to do this. What I discovered is that we (tennis players and professionals) how a strong faith that thinking helps us to solve difficult issues and that this same thinking about the end result (winning) will help us win our tennis matches. Unfortunately this is a contradiction in terms. The answer lies in finding out as to why an athlete puts winning a match before anything else. I like to use the logical levels of Bateson and Dilts and look at the levels of believe and identity. Then after this deeper dig work and providing the athlete is ready to lose they will start winning without this being their first priority it is a logical result.”

Alex Yep “I found that in the sport of tennis, you must focus in winning. This is one of the few sports with only two competitors. We have to say, one must lose. Losing does not feel good. A player must focus on channeling the positive energy which is the thought of winning and raising that trophy up in the air. To pump themselves up in the joy of victory. This is one aspect of mental toughness. The ability to focus on being the winner and to bring the edge to your side of the court. On the other hand, if you were to focus on losing which you will bring yourself down while you playing. I really think as a tennis player, you must choose to think as a winner. You only have two options, win or lose. Take your pick.”

David Izumi “Wining should never be the #1 goal in competition…I always teach and coach that winning is a process and players have to learn how to create their opportunities to win. This process begins with an understanding of their own abilities…Mentally, physically and emotionally then we begin to learn to problem solve.”

Savina Diankova “I like the discussion and support the comments. The famous quote of Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything”, is helping me to prove my point. Winning, like the success in life, is a result of hard work. If I look at the top of the mountain instead of climbing on the way to it I get lost. For me, if I have a plan during the tennis match how to outplay the rival and keep trying hard, soon or later it would happen. Recent example is the match Virginie Razzano vs. Serena Williams at French Open.”

What do you think about that? Is winning the number-one goal when you competing in tennis?

First surprises at Roland Garros – The 2012 French Open

The 2012 French Open

Unfortunately the prediction, which was made by one of the tennis coach in the previous posts, became a reality. First time, Serena Williams lost in the first-round match at Grand Slam tournaments. She lost in three sets match against Virginie Razzano of France 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at Roland Garros today.

Serena Williams lost

Although Serena Williams several times was just two points from her winning in the second set, she could not to win, including 5-1 in the tiebreak. With Serena’s lost there are only very theoretical chances for Americans for winning in singles in Paris.

Virginie Razzano

Other main candidates for victory at The 2012 French Open such us Maria Sharapova, Vika Azarenko, Petra Kvitova, Li Na and Carolina Wozniacki continue to play in Paris.

CIF-SS Boys Tennis Division 1 final

On Saturday, there was the CIF-SS Boys Tennis Division 1 final. Gage Brymer from University High School (Irvine) defeated Cristobal Rivera from Santa Monica High School 6-4, 6-3. Gage Brymer is nationally ranked #7 in the 18s.

I know both Gage and Cris, as well as both of their parents. I just watched and enjoyed the match. So, I wish you the same.

Here is the link to the recorded match: CIF-SS Boys Tennis Division 1 final

Emphasize Performance Goals to Achieve Outcome Goals

The next psychological secret of the tennis champions from the book Maximum Tennis by Nick Saviano.

Emphasize Performance Goals to Achieve Outcome Goals

Nick Saviano, tennis coach and author of Maximum Tennis

Setting goal is essential for anyone aspiring to reach a higher level of play. Equally important is that you understand the type of goals you are setting so that they positively affect your performance.

Performance goals are goals that you have more control over. Outcome goals are based on results, which, as you’ve seen, are not something you have direct control over. Ideally, if you are setting and achieving the correct performance goals, they should be helping you to achieve your outcome goals. It does not work the other way around. In other words, reaching your performance goals will give you the best chance to play up to your potential and win. Chris Carmichael, the 1999 US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year and coach of cyclist Lance Armstrong, says: “It is important to set goals beyond winning and losing (performance goals) because even the most talented racers will lose more than they win.”

Here are a few examples of typical performance goals. Players will have different performance goals, depending on their talent, their game, and what they need to work on to play up to their full potential. Once again, exactly what the specific performance goals are will differ for everyone, but they should be goals that help you to play your best tennis.

–          I will stay in the “now” state, focusing on one point at a time.

–          I will take my time between points.

–          I will attack my opponents’ second serve.

–          I will execute the inside-out patterns that I worked on in practice.

–          I will engage only in positive self-talk.

Outcome goals are also truly personal. They depend on what you want to accomplish with your tennis. Here are a few examples of outcome goals.

–          Win this match.

–          Achieve a top-10 ranking at the club.

–          Win this tournament.

–          Beat John Doe in the league match.

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