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WIMBLEDUMB I cannot take credit for the new word.  To my knowledge, the new word "Wimbledumb" was created by an Englishman.  I know the same gentleman has a clever name for the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association). He calls the LTA, "Lunatics Teaching Abysmally."...

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Why do juniors switch coaches so often?

Why do juniors switch coaches so often?

One short answer would be juniors switch coaches so often because pros do. Juniors do copy pros. A longer answer would be the role of the ‘buyer’, the ‘seller’ and the ‘taker’. The buyer is the parent(s). The ‘seller’ is the tennis coach. The ‘taker’ is the junior...

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Don’t Let Your Child Be a ‘Clone’

Dear Tennis Parents: Junior players today have no options. It is a safe bet that a kid today has an extreme grip on the forehand, a two-handed backhand hit with two collapsed wrists, and a toss that is way back behind an arched back. Volleys are non-existent and a...

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Sparring + Feeding Does Not Equal Teaching

Dear Tennis Parents, It is too easy to become a so-called "tennis teaching professional," especially in the U.S. All you need is a heartbeat and a ball hopper. The "car trunk" pro who charges cheaper fees is not a bargain. Remember, you can replace money, but when it...

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You know you are a tennis player if…

You know you are a tennis player if…

The comedian Jeff Foxworthy gets more than a few laughs with his ongoing "you know you are a redneck if..." routine. Along those lines, here are a few thoughts for you and your junior player: …You carry your own racquet bag. If Mom is carrying your bag, you are not a...

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