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Neuroplasticity

March 3, 2021

First off…I’m glad that Madison Keys is able to compete again after this difficult year. Kudos to her for a nice two set win over Belinda Bencic this week. But…watching her self destruct today vs. Sakkari was tough to watch. One wonders if she has a coach and if she does can the coach not […]

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Parental education

February 21, 2021

A very young tennis pro taught a junior group today with three four year olds. The twins arrived five minutes early with their dad as I was setting up targets and the junior net. This is when I learned that assumptions are dangerous. How naive of me to think the dad would wait until the […]

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Resilience

February 7, 2021

A tennis student battled hard with her partner today. After starting slowly and losing the first set, they came back from 3-5 in the second to capture the match. Sometimes a gritty win means more than a pretty win. Way to go Lara and Shawn!

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In it to win it

February 1, 2021

Chanda Rubin was commentating tonight on the Naomi Osaka match vs. Alize Cornet of France. Osaka was hitting on all cylinders and streaked to a 5-2 lead in the first set. Rubin said that she was really ‘plugged in’ from the start and it was quite a sight to behold. I wonder what being plugged […]

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Mental Skills at Randy Ross Tennis Center

January 14, 2021

Mental Toughness Training with Steffie Hi, I’m Steffie Skarwecki, Sport Psychologist, Tennis Professional and certified Mental Toughness Trainer. In my experience with tennis players of all levels and ages, I have found a common theme: players know very little about the mental side of tennis and even less about how to train for mental toughness. […]

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Emotional mastery

January 3, 2021

The Head football coach for Ohio State made a revealing comment on tv last night. He said, ‘You have to play with emotion…but not let emotion play with you.’ How many tennis players do you encounter who let their emotions play with them?

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Appreciation

November 22, 2020

It is a pretty safe bet that 99 percent of us will never be elite level tennis players, golfers, or fly fishermen. Given that, maybe it’s wise to embrace each moment trying to improve a bit each day.

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No detours

November 18, 2020

Two top male tennis players were early in the match today at The Nitto ATP finals. The commentator mentioned how important it was for one player to play solidly early because he has a history of taking a detour to ‘nega town’. How are you at avoiding that change of direction after losing your serve […]

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 08:  Jannik Sinner of Italy in action against Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in the semi finals during Day Four of the Next Gen ATP Finals at Allianz Cloud on November 08, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Special

November 14, 2020

Jannik Sinner has burst onto the men’s tennis tour like a fireworks display on The Fourth of July. He seems to possess every tool in the book…and then some. Today, after racing to net to play an uncanny winner against his incredulous opponent, the announcer proclaimed, ‘he’s something special…makes the difficult look easy like the […]

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Focus

September 27, 2020

The commentators on the broadcast today between The Buffalo Bills and The LA Rams said that quarterback Josh Allen of The Bills had to step up and prove he’s the guy…the one who can come through in the clutch. They said he must learn to ‘flush the negative plays’ to develop as a player. It […]

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 03: Lloyd Harris of South Africa in action against Dudi Sela in the reverse singles during day 2 of the Davis Cup tie between South Africa and Israel at Irene Country Club on February 03, 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

Awareness

January 18, 2020

Lloyd Harris is playing in the singles finals in Adelaide. He’s a new player on the scene from South Africa. The commentators gave him a nice compliment early in his match vs. Rublev of Russia. ”He’s one who hardly ever lets big chunks of a match go by without making a change if things are […]

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Choice

December 17, 2019

You play tennis 3-4 days a week in the prime league season. Besides that, you drill twice a week in the winter and you expect a lot from yourself. In competition, errors linger in your mind and negatively influence subsequent points and often games. In your time away from the court, you realize that your […]

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Resilience

August 29, 2019

Brad Gilbert was commenting today at The US Open. He referenced a player having a tough patch by saying…’he is in a spot of bother.’ It made me consider the spots of bother that come streaming into my life each day. Do I catastrophize them (all too often) or realize they are inevitable…can I take […]

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Revolutionary new tennis product

July 1, 2019

As a tennis coach, I receive match feedback each week from players of all levels. The report that came in today was disconcerting to say the least. In a recent 3.5 women’s doubles match, a player deemed it ‘fine and dandy’ to scream (louder than Sharapova) on each hit. But…it wasn’t on the strike of […]

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Tennis momentum

June 20, 2019

Yesterday, a very young cowboy had a tennis drill group that was attended by Susan, Suzie, Susan, and Susan. Susan P. mentioned that her and her partner were starting slowly in their matches and losing the first set routinely. I suggested they change their routine. Find a team who is competitive and play the best […]

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Possibility

April 29, 2019

‘Performance equals potential minus interference.’ Tim Gallwey ** Megam M. reported in drills on Friday that she played her best tennis when she had put a number of Christmas bells in her hair. She said the constant jingling eliminated the white noise, the over analyzing, and the critical monkey voice that had previously interfered with […]

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Sick

March 23, 2019

Naomi Osaka is rightfully the number 1 ranked player in the world following back to back major wins at Flushing Meadows and Melbourne. Today in Miami, she was beaten by Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan. I’m hear to tell you that Hsieh is the most entertaining player in women’s tennis and more fun to watch than […]

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The basics

March 10, 2019

A dog’s life is pretty simple. Two meals a day, chasing squirrels while the sun shines, and watching your favorite players compete at The BNP Paribas Open. Who could ask for more?

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Variety

March 9, 2019

Bjorn Frantangelo was matched against Novak Djokovic tonight at The BNP Paribas Open. The underdog was up a break in the first set before Novak turned it around winning 7-6, 6-2. Jim Currier was announcing the match and made a comment club players might want to try incorporating into their games. He said that Frantangelo […]

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Confidence in sports

February 23, 2019

Dustin Johnson is not just the best golfer on the planet, he is an amazing athlete. He’s atop the leaderboard again in Mexico City leading Rory McIlroy by four shots heading into the final round. The panel of commentators were describing his technical prowess and how he is so far above other players in many […]