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Ivan Lendl Interview

Why not interview the man.  Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy used it’s blog to interview Lendl.  Good interview.  Here are some excerpts:

What bring you the most joy in the process of working with these kids?

“I really enjoyed to see the kids and how much they improve. When they are working on something, and I could give a bunch of examples…when they are working on something and then I see them a month or two months later and they have improved also having results, having good results; going to tournaments and winning some trophies and beating players they were not beating before they came to our academy. That’s what I really like.”

What is the biggest challenge in working with Andy for you and/or Andy?

“I can not speak for Andy so I am not going to. For me, the travel. I don’t like the travel. I have traveled so much in my life that whenever I have to go somewhere, it’s the worst part of what we do together. The best parts are when we are on the court and we are preparing and practicing. I like the practice weeks a lot more than the tournament weeks because it’s more fun. You get to interact more and also you see how much better he can get or how much he is getting.”

Read the whole interview – HERE

More Women Behind the Men

“The Tennis Space” Blog is down to it’s #5 and #4 Women behind the Men of the ATP.  #5 Jelena Gencic, Novak Djokovic‘s first coach and #4 is Olga Lendlova, Ivan Lendl‘s mother.

It was back in Kopaonik, Serbia’s most prominent ski resort and the place where the Djokovic family ran a local restaurant, where the two first met; Novak a young boy trying to get the ball over the net and Gencic looking for her next star. As a former national tennis champion (she also played handball for Yugoslavia), Gencic became Fed Cup captain and then as a coach, she discovered Monica Seles and Goran Ivanisevic; now she had a third superstar on her hands.

Read More – HERE

Olga was fierce. To help you understand Ivan Lendl’s relationship with his mother, Olga, have a flick through back issues of Sports Illustrated magazine. According to one old profile of Lendl, when Ivan was a boy Olga would strike him with her left hand if he talked back, until she broke her wristwatch with one of the blows, and she then had to remember to hit him with her right. Another issue told the story of the time he initially refused to eat his carrots and peas, and so she set a timer for ten minutes and left the room – he knew then to clear his plate. Olga, who was once the second-ranked female player in Czechoslovakia, was always tough on her son. He was just six years old when she told him at the courts: “If you’re going to cry, go home.”

Read More – HERE


How to Keep Improving

This article is about the three stages of performance.

This article – from “The Tennis Space” blog – was written by Matt Cuccaro of the Ivan Lendl Tennis Academy.

Since joining Junior Sports Corporation in 2006, Matt Cuccaro has assisted the development of athletes, coaches, parents and administrators on the mental aspects of high performance. As Director of Mental Training, his passion areas include golf with Hank Haney International Golf Academy and tennis with Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy. Matt’s clients range from the junior level to the highest professional ranks around the world in helping them reach full potential through workshops, individual meetings, speaking engagements and publications. Follow him on Twitter: @MentalCoachMatt.

Established in May 2011, the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy produces the finest tennis training and competition for juniors to ultimately reach the college or professional ranks. Ivan Lendl, former World No. 1 player and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles, serves as Director of Instruction and is dedicated to the development of each junior tennis player.

For more information about Ivan Lendl IJTA: http://www.LendlTennis.com/info, 888.936.5327.

Here is an excerpt:

The “evaluate and active rest stage” is often skimmed over or eliminated altogether because it may not show immediate results. However, if the athlete does not have an opportunity to assess themself and take time for other off-course needs, long-term development suffers. Success in life is a continuous process of evaluating, learning, and developing; which takes a significant amount of time and energy. Without proper evaluation and rest, athletes typically lose perspective on their sport and life as a whole, resulting in burnout and shorter, less fulfilling athletic careers.

Once the evaluation is complete, it’s time to create the next training plan to increase overall potential by preparing once again.

Choosing a College

Good info from “Parenting Aces” Twitter Feed – @Parenting Aces

Two articles from the Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy site.

Can’t Decide Which Colleges to Contact?

A good way to narrow your search when beginning the college placement process is to make a list of potential Universities that interest you. This will help you eliminate schools that may not fit the characteristics that will help you achieve the goals for your tennis career.

Sample Question: If sports were not a factor, would I still want to get my education there?

Read the whole article – HERE

Back to the Basics

In the last College Placement post we talked about how to find the right college fit for you.  Now it’s time to start contacting Coaches…..but first, let’s get back to the basics – back to English class.

When you’re contacting college programs and coaches, it is extremely important to use correct grammar!  You should always check your spelling and punctuation before sending any correspondence.

For more on this subject – CLICK HERE

Murray is just getting started… he can get five times better, claims coach Lendl

Found this through The “Beyond the Baseline” blog at Sports Illustrated:


Originally from The Daily Mail Online:

The progress in Murray’s game has been clear, with his forehand and second serve noticeably better, but it is on the mental side where Lendl seems to have had the most effect, instilling a belief in his man to maintain a positive approach.

Lendl is in Prague this weekend for the Davis Cup final, hoping to see his home country win the title for the first time since he helped Czechoslovakia to the crown in 1980.

The 52-year-old told the BBC World Service: ‘As long as it works for both of us, I can see myself being with him for the rest of his career.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2234223/Andy-Murray-times-better–Ivan-Lendl.html#ixzz2CvsbLyxS

Andy Murray on “Mock the Week”

Murray Bets Future on Lendl’s Past

Published: January 12, 2012

This week, the “Straight Sets” Blog at the “New York Times Online” had perhaps the best article on Andy Murray‘s new coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl.  What follows is some excerpts from the article.  Read the entire article – CLICK HERE

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No man needs a Grand Slam title quite as much as Andy Murray. His new coach, Ivan Lendl, was once in the same awkward position.

The fourth-ranked Murray, 24, has reached three major singles finals, including the last two at the Australian Open, but he has yet to win so much as a set in any of them. Lendl was 24 when he rallied to win the 1984 French Open against John McEnroe after losing his first four major finals. He went on to win eight Grand Slam titles over all.

Superstar tennis players often remain connected to the game in retirement through television commentary, senior tour appearances, or Davis Cup and Fed Cup captaincies. But they rarely become superstar coaches, rarely even attempt it.

There have been exceptions on the men’s tour. Pancho Segura, the savvy Ecuadorean who made his name largely on the barnstorming professional circuit, coached Jimmy Connors. Tony Roche, a French Open champion and marvelous doubles player, has had perhaps the most success in making the transition, coaching the No. 1 players Lendl, Federer, Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt.

“He has been through a lot of the same things that I have been through, so I am sure he can help me mentally with certain things,” Murray told reporters last week in Brisbane, Australia, where he and Lendl started their partnership with a tournament victory.

Wilander said that as players, Murray and Lendl could not be further apart.

“Ivan liked to bully his opponent in practice, in the locker room and eventually in matches, whereas Murray seems to pay a lot of respect to his opponent’s game, sometimes too much, and feels them out,” Wilander said in an e-mail.

Among the commonalities that Wilander sees: “A very involved mother, and they are both as fit as they can be physically.”

“They’ve been eerily similar so far to this point in their careers, and I think the personalities are quite similar in many respects as well,” (Darren) Cahill said. “When we met Ivan in Miami, we probably spoke for about three hours or so. I was sitting back and listening to Ivan talk about tennis to Andy and the way he was captivating in the conversation, and the way Andy would fire away with questions about the current game, and Ivan was all over it. He was all over Rafa, all over Novak, all over Roger.

Murray Sails In Brisbane, Hires Lendl As New Coach

Another one from “The Slice

Andy Murray  had a practice session yesterday and press conference on the Brisbane River. He put in some hard work during the off season and says that’s what keeps him at the top. Perhaps the biggest Murray news is his new coach, announced by Murray himself today.

Andy wrote via his Facebook: Very happy to announce that Ivan Lendl is my new full time coach. His impact on the game is unquestionable and he brings experience and knowledge that few others have, particularly in major tournaments. Happy New Year :)

Tennis Records you may not know about that are held by Americans

Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl were number one for at least a week in 8 different years.

John McEnroe reach the #1 spot in the world 13 different times.  John McEnroe is also the only player to be ranked #1 in the world in singles and in doubles simultaneously.

From 1973 – 1988 Jimmy Connors managed to stay in the top 10 for 788 consecutive weeks.  He also has the record for the most years where his year-end ranking was in the top 3 – 12 years in a row starting in 1973.  In addition, there was the most years in the top 5 – again starting in 1973 for 14 years consecutively except for the year ending 1986 rankings.

Jimmy Connors also shares the most year-end top 10 rankings with Andre Agassi – 16 years.  Connors was 16 years in a row, again starting in 1973 – which is the record for consecutive year-end top 10 rankings.  Agassi was top 10 year-end in 1988-1992, 1994-1996 and 1998-2005.  From 1987-2005 Andre Agassi was ranked in the top 25 at the end of the year – a record 18 times in a row.

At 17 years, 11 days old, Aaron Krickstein became the youngest male player ever to be ranked in the top 10 (actually he was 9th).  he had also been the youngest player in the top 100 which he reached when he was 16 years, 4 months old.

For more details see the slide show at Bleacher Report – CLICK HERE

Tennis Birthdays – Ivan Lendl

Ivan Lendl (USA), 51

He was No. 1 in the world 26 years ago. Hard to believe it was that long.

These days, it’s pretty much about golf. And as you can see, he’s a lefty golfer (that’s my boy!)

A recent quote to the New York Times, about his five daughters: “Three play golf, another rides a horse, and the other is 9.”

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Alex O’Brien (USA), 41

An American pro who teamed for several years with Boucherville‘s Sébastien Lareau.

They paired up during Lareau’s best years, when he reached a career high No. 4 in doubles in 1999, after winning the U.S. Open with O’Brien (and later in the year, the ATP World Doubles championship).


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