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Tennis Parenting Like a Pro

Do you sometimes feel uncertain if you're pushing your child too hard or not enough? When your child is injured, do you feel unsure whether to keep them playing or should they take a break? Do you know how to help your child deal with the pressure from competition? Do you feel judged by other...

3 Must Know Focuses

We want to see our star-athlete fight, compete, give everything they've got, laser-like focus, run down every ball, have fun, win, grow, learn. That would be amazing. I totally get it. Here's the thing though. Are you doing all that too OR are you the "do what I say" model? I know it's not easy...

Rogers Cup Up Close & Personal

My commentating experience at the Rogers Cup was as close as being on the court coaching. Having analyzed twenty-four matches over a course of four days solidified three key points for me. Key Point #1: Love what they do For players to have any hope of doing well, they must love what they are...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

It is a common courtesy to say "hello" "please" and "thank you." It is so common that it is easily forgotten. But for those who remember, it goes a long way. If you want the coach to feel appreciated for giving their time and effort, say "thank you" after each practice. If you want the coach to go...

Japan Day 4: Simplify to tap into your confidence

Kurume, Japan May 16th with temperature registered at 30º C (86º F) and feels like 38º C (100º F) with humidity and the UV index at 9 out of 11. It's blistering hot. The wind is swirling like a sandstorm making the match more like a survival game than a tennis match. Toppled that with a lot of bad...

Japan Day 3: Identifying Identity

Ready, set, go except in a tennis match, it's game, set, and match. There are 56 female competitors in the draw here in Fukuoka with 60 percent of the players from Japan and the remaining 40% from other parts of the world. Yet, only a handful of them plays with an identity. Establishing a strong...

Japan Day 2: Three keys to adapt quickly & successfully

Tennis as we know it is played on four types of surfaces - hard (Australian and US Open), clay (French Open), grass (Wimbledon), and carpet. I am of course generalizing the surfaces here not giving them the justice of their playing characteristics. What if I were to tell you there is a fifth...

Japan Day 1: Fukuoka

It used to be that when people asked how I was doing, I would answer good, great, or having a tough day. Then, I caught myself repeatedly saying I'm super busy; or I need more time in a day; or I'm running around like a chicken without a head. Busy, Busy, Busy. I'm sure you get the idea! With...

4 Keys to Bouncing Back Quickly After An Injury

No one feels good losing, not a close match, not the opponent played really well today schpiel, and definitely not when losing after a big lead. Lose enough times doubts start moving in and confidence gets shattered. It clouds the mindset and it is difficult to stay positive. When you're around...

Learn this to help your kid conquer their anxiety

Frozen hands, sweaty palms. Butterflies taking up all the space in the stomach, no room for food. Accelerated heart rate pulsating through the clothing. No, I'm not talking about a teenager falling in love. Those were my symptoms. Symptoms that I felt every time before my match during the 18 years...

3 Practical Ways to Succeed with Your Child

As parents, we do the best that we can to provide for our child and to shield them from harm. We want the best schools for them. We want the best programs for them. We want the best coach for them. We do absolutely everything we can externally to get our kids ahead. With some parents more...

Learn How To Raise Performance With This…

Keeping teaching simple doesn't mean without quality, without expectations. In fact, it takes a lot of skills to make teaching look simple, to make it look easy. Just as it takes a lot of skills to make tennis look simple, to make it look easy. The timing, the rhythm, the movement, the poise. Take...

Customize to Circumstance for Success

As in every sport at any level and at any age, there are peaks and valleys throughout the year. How we come out the other side victoriously largely depends on the determination to self improve and the perception we give it. When performers are at their peak, everything seems to flow effortlessly....

Help your kid to do this to overcome their fear

It's time. It's time to start over for you and your tennis superstar. They've worked hard in their preparations during the offseason:   faster fitter stronger bigger serves new skills more aggressive better defense improved on turning defense into offense learned some playing patterns...

Two Little Words But Oh So Powerful

As an elite tennis player, you don't really step away from competition for long. But there is something about the beginning of a new year that is exciting and makes us want to reset. To do better. To have a better version of ourselves. Starting from scratch. With the new year underway, it is as...

4 Ways To Calm Your Nerves When Watching Your Child Compete

"Don't worry about winning and losing. Just have fun." -- a parent It is a mantra that is outdated. It is ill-adviced. Or maybe it was meant for the parent's ears, to play the anxiety down a bit. Competition is uncomfortable; it is nerve-wracking for the players and their parents respectively....

How to Identify the Right Coach for Your Child

There is a notion that if you want to be good at something, to be successful, you look for the best person to work with and that person is usually of an authoritarian position. But is that always true though? Is the best coach always the right coach for your child? Coaches are a dime a dozen in...

How to Build Champions Inside Out

Research showed that the most common New Year's resolutions are to exercise more, to make healthier food choices, to lose weight, to save more money, to quit smoking, etc, etc...The desire to make a resolution is with the hope to transition from a bad habit into a positive one. If you have a child...

4 Ways To Train Like An Elite Athlete Over the Holiday Season

Like many people, I adore December. It is my favorite time of the year. The anticipation leading up to the big day is exuberating. My mother-in-law's famous pumpkin pie and mince tarts and my favorite holiday foods that taste good to the lips but oh not so good for the hips are worth the pain to...

How To Get The Most Out of A Coach – Strategy #5: Job Description

Here is a quick recap for the last four weeks. Strategy #1: Player Accountability - player's willingness to fight for their rights. Strategy #2: Training Environment - players giving their all day in and day out. Strategy #3: Attitude Is A Skill - players work on building a good attitude. Strategy...

How To Get The Most Out of A Coach – Strategy #3: Attitude Is A Skill

One of the questions that get circulated and speculated often is whether a champion is born or is learned. While there are contradicting opinions, there lies an undeniable agreement by all regardless of nature or nurture is a good ATTITUDE. A positive ATTITUDE. Champions understand the importance...

How To Get The Most Out of A Coach – Strategy #2: Training Environment

Welcome back! In this post, we will cover Strategy #2 of the 5 Simple Strategies To Get The Most Out of A Coach. Here is a link to Strategy #1 for easy referencing. Tennis by and large is an individual sport. A self-centered sport. A family sport. A sport that is considered by scientists and...

How To Get The Most Out of A Coach – Strategy #1: Player Accountability

Have you ever had this feeling that your child is not receiving the attention that he/she is not getting in a class or a program? Or that your child constantly complains that coach doesn't care about him/her? Or that the coach only cares about a certain player? OK, I'm not going to lie. Yes,...

Commit to Exceed

“Do today what others won’t so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice We want to provide opportunities for our children. We want to give them the best that money can buy. The best schools to enroll them. The best programs to sign them up. We have to constantly make choices for them....

Walk the Talk

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu When people hear of my name, they naturally associate me with a former professional tennis player.  While that is true for I have been in tennis for almost five decades - geez, that sounds so old, there is a lot to me than just...