How Much Does the Coach Really Matter? 

Sports fans typically fancy themselves to be true experts of their sport. They love to share their opinions as to what tactics athletes should adopt, what calls the coaches should have made, who must retire, who should turn pro, who … Continue reading

Are Junior Tennis Tournaments a Social Gathering?

I find it quite amusing when I attend junior tennis tournaments and see the teenagers huddled around each other either socializing or trying to snap a photo to put on social media. Then all of a sudden, their name is … Continue reading

Importance of Practice Matches

Importance of Practice Matches How many times have you seen a junior with perfect strokes losing to someone who has less than perfect technique? I have been in tennis for over 25 years as both a player and coach and … Continue reading

The Right Coach, at the Right Time  

There are many moments in a junior tennis player’s career that are of vital importance. The transition between under 12’s and under 14’s is one of those. During this period there are many obstacles that need to be overcome if … Continue reading

Mirror Reflections

I really felt it was high time to write this piece. Maybe it’s because, as coaches we might sometimes find it a bit personal or difficult to tell a parent. I mean it would be pretty forward, but sometimes honest … Continue reading