Tennis development

The value of kindness

Kindness matters more than one might think. Developing into a good person is even more important than developing into a good athlete. No matter how gifted, skilled, or accomplished you may be, you will be remembered by how you made others feel. In the world of top level sports, there are many highly-skilled athletes, some […]

The greatest athletes in the world crave feedback !

Want to know what the very best athletes do better than the rest? They are open to feedback and criticism. They believe the only way they are going to progress is to receive feedback from their coaches and their team. They don’t get defensive or take it personally. Instead, they hear it for what it […]

Antifragile children and super champions

Originally published in Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, November/December 2016 by author Brian Mccormick  Inside the former middle school turned community center in East Babylon on Long Island, aspiring basketball players train under the tutelage of Jerry Powell in a sweltering gym built decades ago. Stuffed into this small rectangular space, 30-40 players go through drills […]

10 tips for coaching kids

1) Keep it fun. 2) Keep a good level of discipline. 3) Mix it up in your sessions so that kids stay interested. 4) Teach sportmanship and fairplay as these will not only help your students in tennis, but also in life. 5) Comparing kids with eachother is one of the worst things you can […]

Three characterstics of a mentally strong tennis player

1. The Mind is everything  It can be your best friend or your biggest enemy. When you choose to act, think and stay positive, especially during pressure situations in matches, the better chance you will have of succeeding.  You will be surprised how many better skilled or talented players you can beat just by keeping ‘it […]