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Adaptive Tennis / Ballboy


I think the best understanding of adaptive tennis comes from reading the mission statement of the Addaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina:

The mission of the ATANC (Adaptive Tennis Association of North Carolina) is to strive to provide a positive tennis experience, enhancing the mental, physical, emotional, and social well being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through their learning the skills required to participate  and compete in the sport of tennis.

But it goes beyond that.  The USTA/Adaptive Tennis Homeoage states:

Tennis is for ANYONE and EVERYONE

The game of tennis can be adapted to accommodate any age, environment, condition, or disability. The charge of USTA Adaptive Tennis is to promote and develop recreational tennis opportunities for individuals with varying abilities and circumstances through inclusion, knowledge, and support. The USTA continues to support programming for individuals with physical, developmental, and situational challenges.

I remember seeing this ballboy at the U.S. Open.  As Paul Harvey would say “Now you know the rest of the story.”

Wounded Vet Snags Balls and Limelight at US Open

Ryan McIntoshArmy veteran Ryan McIntosh inspires others as a ballperson at the US Open.
Ballpersons at the US Open are at their best if they are neither seen nor heard while doing their job. But at the 2012 Open, we heard a lot about a ballperson named Ryan McIntosh.
He’s a 23-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, an Army veteran who lost a leg when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan. This year while participating at the Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado, Ryan learned of the USTA’s Military Outreach program and the ballpersons’ tryouts. Wearing either a prosthesis in a Nike running shoe or the bended metal leg with a thick rubber sole often seen now at amputee track meets, he was able to do everything required of a ballperson, and was one of the 250 out of more than 500 hopefuls selected to participate.
While Ryan had always played a variety of sports before his injury, tennis wasn’t one of them. In addition to the running, scooping, throwing, squatting and standing in extreme weather conditions a ballperson must be able to do, he also had to learn the sport, things like how tiebreakers work.
Ryan obviously learned quickly and well, as he joined 25-year-old Denise Castelli, another right leg amputee, from New Jersey, who was working her second US Open. Both were utilized at many matches, including Ryan at the Djokovic/Ferrer semi-final and Castelli at the women’s final.
At the pinnacle of tennis, the US Open, the seemingly disabled proved to be more than able — and grateful for the opportunity to show the world so.
Usually if we talk about adaptive tennis, we are talking about people playing tennis.  Here is a clip from You Tube:

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Comment from You Tube:

alloneword154 2 years ago

I’am an able bodied person who has played tennis for 14 years now, and I’am so glad to see this video. I know the joy tennis has brought me and to see these kids enjoy it too is truly heart warming.

Tennis Reporters Top 50 Men


Matt Cronin’s tennisreporters.net came up with it’s year end Top 50 Men.  The top 5 were Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and David Ferrer.  The article has two paragraphs on each player.

Here are few excerpts:

Novak Djokovic: Yes, in 2012, he only won one major, the Aussie Open, but he also reached the Roland Garros final, the Wimbledon semis, the US Open final and when a lot of chips were on the line heading into the fall over who the Player of the Year was, he grabbed Shanghai and the ATP World Finals to seal POY honors.

David Ferrer: Has there ever been a more beloved world No. 5 than the gritty and gusty Ferrer? Perhaps not. Everyone loves his hustle, the way he always fight to the last ball, how much he has improved his serve and has been willing to go on the attack more. But while he clearly had a better year than anyone ranked below him, he didn’t even end the year ranked higher than Nadal, who stopped playing in late June.

As Ferrer has said, it’s more than possible that every member of the Big 4 is simply better than he is. In 2012, he went 0-3 against Djokovic and Nadal, ran his record to 0-14 vs. Federer with two losses, and split matches with Murray. He needs to go after the ball more against those players, but it is altogether possible that outside of Murray, that even if he does, he will be pushed back. But here’s hoping he reaches his first Slam final in 2013 in great shape because it would be a lot of fun to see the 30 year old sprinting wall to wall to in an attempt to win his first major. That would cap off one of the most dedicated careers of any 21st century competitor.

Read the whole article – HERE

U.S. Open Wrap Up


John and Patrick McEnroe at the 2009 US Open

Always a good read.  Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated does a post tournament wrap up on the U.S. Open.  “50 Parting Shots from the U.S.Open”  Below are some of the 50, read the whole article – HERE

• We’ve been beating the “Conflicts of interests are holding back the sport” drum — it’s a big drum; a bass drum; actually more like an oil drum — for a while now. It didn’t take long to get an unseemly example. On the very first night of play, Donald Young played Federer in the Monday prime-time match. The notion of the McEnroe brothers commenting on Donald Young is akin to letting the Van Gundy brothers commentate on Dwight Howard’s first game • Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

as a Los Angeles Laker. (If not Roger Goodell reviewing Jonathan Vilma’s BBQ restaurant.) Simply waaaaay too much personal history there. As one Canadian journalist tweeted right away: “PMac doing a DYoung match one of those incestuous tennis things that should never happen. 2hr platform to rip him w/o defence. #cantlisten.”

• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

Over email and Twitter, I must have received 100 messages on this theme, most of them a variation of this riff from Marco of Portland, Ore.: “It was a regrettable and completely unprofessional display by John and Patrick, both of whom — despite the allowances we make for the benefit of their candor — should really know better. The commentary wasn’t correct or incorrect. It was just ugly.”

Patrick McEnroe, the USTA’s general manager of player development, is in an executive tennis position. It’s an inherently controversial and polarizing job in the best of times, but especially as the USTA, rich as it may be in funding, struggles to harvest talent. McEnroe and the organization that pays him have “skin in the game” on countless issues from this Taylor Townsend debacle, to Sloane Stephens’ coaching mishigas, to the ATP players’ boycott threats at majors, to the divisive QuickStart program, to the proposed college tennis changes, to the build-a-roof discussion, to the allocation of U.S. Open wild cards, to discussing whether the American fans should’ve cheered harder for Venus Williams over the years. Putting P-Mac in a position to commentate is terribly fraught. It’s also terribly unfair to him. He’s in a no-win situation — and he is losing. So, too, are the viewers and fans.

• From the Little Things Mean a Lot category: Ana Ivanovic beats Sofia Arvidsson on Arthur Ashein the second round and hits a signed ball into the stands. A fan tries to make the catch and clumsily drops the ball. Someone else absconds with it. So Ivanovic whips off a wristband, hands it to a court attendant and makes sure the poor guy goes home with a souvenir.

• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

Roddick to Retire


From U.S.Open web site

By Erin Bruehl
Thursday, August 30, 2012

For 13 years, Andy Roddick gave all he had physically, emotionally and mentally to professional tennis, but after his first-round victory over Rhyne Williams Tuesday at the 2012 US Open, he knew he could not do it any longer.

Roddick was not going to continue playing the game that meant so much to him and he loved so much halfway. He had talked about it before with his wife, Brooklyn Decker, his coach Larry Stefanki and trainer Doug Spreen, as well as with many of his friends, but it was Tuesday night he knew for sure.

It was time to walk away. So after 13 years, 32 singles titles, including one Grand Slam, and a world No. 1 ranking, Roddick announced on his 30th birthday Thursday that he is retiring from professional tennis after the 2012 US Open.

“I just feel like it’s time. I don’t know that I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year. I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event (the US Open). I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament,” Roddick said. “When I was playing my first round, I knew.

“I’ve always, for whatever my faults have been, felt like I’ve never done anything halfway,” he added. “It’s probably the first time in my career that I can sit here and say I’m not sure that I can put everything into it physically and emotionally. I don’t know that I want to disrespect the game by coasting home. It was Brooke’s and my little secret of the last few days. I talked to Larry and Doug today. We had talked about it throughout the year, obviously. Talked to a bunch of friends that are here. It’s time.”

Even though 30 is a young age by life standards, he also pointed out that Roger Federer is really the only one of his contemporaries still playing at age 31, having outlasted many of his peers from his early days and junior years.

Roddick, currently ranked No. 22, has won two singles titles in 2012 at Atlanta and Eastbourne. However, he has struggled with injuries in recent years, including tearing a tendon in his hamstring earlier this year, which forced him to retire from his second-round match at the Australian Open, and an ankle injury shortly thereafter in San Jose. In 2011, he suffered injuries to both his oblique muscle and his shoulder, which forced him out of the French Open, among other tournaments. He finished the year ranked outside the top 10 for the first time since 2001.

One of the most celebrated American male players, “A-Rod” has always been known for his lightning-fast serve and powerful forehand. He held the record for fastest serve ever recorded on the ATP Tour at 155 mph, set on a hard court during the Davis Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., in September 2004. The record was broken in March 2011, when Ivo Karlovic hit a serve at 156 mph.

He remains the last U.S. man to win a Grand Slam title, which he recorded at the 2003 US Open, the same year he ascended to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

Besides bringing the power on every shot, Roddick was known for his passion for the game and occasionally for his temper and various outbursts on the court, for which he was often criticized. He was also always honest, fun-loving and had a quick-witted sense of humor, which made him a fan favorite.

Roddick played in four other Grand Slam finals and found himself the runner-up to longtime rival Federer. He never won another Grand Slam after 2003 and never won Wimbledon, a tournament that he said was a dream of his to win, but as he looks back now, he said there is not much he would redo, realizing how lucky he was to be one of the best tennis players in the world for over a decade.

“I don’t know that I would change much. Obviously, I think everybody would want to win a match or two more. Had I won a match or two more, we’d be looking back at something a little bit different. But that’s also shaped kind of who I am and how I’ve been able to learn,” he said. “At the end of the day, I know that people view it as a career, last little while, of some hard knocks. But I got to play. I got to play in a crowd, play in Wimbledon finals, be the guy on a Davis Cup team for a while. Those are opportunities not a lot of people get.

“I was pretty good for a long time,” he added. “For 13 or 14 years, I was invested fully every day.”

In his thoughts leading up to his retirement decision, he considered playing a limited schedule in 2012 but thought better of it.

“You are all in or not,” he said.

He always talked about his affection for the US Open, speaking of the tournament often as a combination of both sports and entertainment and saying he felt privileged to be able to spend his birthday at the tournament each year. He had thought about making this his last tournament, the place he remembered first coming to visit as a fan with his parents in 1990 as a birthday present and, in a surprise to no one now, said he was able to sneak around and make the most of the experience.

“I snuck into the players’ lounge without a credential,” he remembered. “I saw Pete (Sampras). He was playing video games. I’m pretty sure I beat him at like Mortal Kombat or something. That was fun.

“I always enjoyed the energy,” he added of the US Open. “This is a show. It’s New York City, in every way. I’m glad that I’ve been a very, very small part.”

Roddick, originally from Omaha, Neb., lived in Austin, Texas, his current residence, for much of his childhood before moving to Boca Raton, Fla., where he played high school basketball with fellow American and close friend Mardy Fish. The two lived and trained together in 1999, and he also trained with now longtime friends Serena and Venus Williams.

After her second-round match Thursday, Serena, also 30, said she knew it was coming and that she will miss seeing her good friend compete.

“I knew for awhile. I’ve known Andy for so many years, since we were 10 years old,” she said. “He told me this would probably be his last tournament. I was hoping he would change his mind, but I guess not. I love him, we all love him here. He’s been so amazing for American men’s tennis and really exciting to watch, so I am so sad to see another face gone.”

Roddick had been heralded since he was a junior player, ascending to the world No. 1 boys’ ranking and winning both the US Open and Australian Open boys’ singles titles in 2000. He played his first professional match, a Futures tournament, in 1999 and turned pro in 2000, earning his first ATP Tour win in Miami that year by beating then-world No. 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain. It would be the first of 609 career match wins.

Always eager to represent his country, Roddick retires as one of the greatest players in U.S. Davis Cup history. For years, he was the “closer” — the one looked upon to lead the team and come through whenever it ended a victory. He led the team to its last Davis Cup title in 2007, going undefeated in five Davis Cup matches throughout the year. Roddick now leaves the game with 33 Davis Cup singles victories, second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup team history to John McEnroe, dating from 2001-10.

Roddick and Federer played a memorable Grand Slam final at 2009 Wimbledon, an extremely well-played match and serve-fest. Federer clinched the win with his only break of Roddick in the match to win 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14. Federer also defeated him in 2004 and 2005 to win the title, and many thought Roddick would have won many more Grand Slams without being in the same era and prime as the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

This year at the All England Club, Roddick seemed to be saying goodbye to the crowd when he lost to world No. 5 David Ferrer in the third round, waving and blowing kisses as he left the court and bringing speculation that perhaps it was his last time there. He would not confirm it at the time, but he confirmed Thursday that it was indeed goodbye.

As for future plans, he is going to devote even more time to the Andy Roddick Foundation and joked he will no longer be a “dead-beat dad” to his dog, Billie Jean, who was at home without him for much of the past few years. He said he still loves hitting tennis balls and will miss the relationships the most on the tour every day.

He still has at least one more match to go, against Bernard Tomic in the second round Friday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. He doesn’t know if he will play well or horribly but will enjoy it nonetheless.

“I don’t think I am foolish enough to think it’s all going to be easy,” he said of moving on. “For the moments where it’s been hard, I’ve had 25 positive things that have come from it. Again, anything that people may view as tough, I’ve been very lucky and very fortunate.

“I wouldn’t trade away a day of it,” he added. “I’ve loved every minute.”

CLICK HERE for the “Bleacher Report’s” discussion of where Andy Roddick fits in among the all time greatest American Men players

Peter Bodo Looks at the Women’s Wildcards at the U.S. Open


Here is a good article on the 8 Women’s wildcards at the U.S. Open this year.

Today, we’ll check out the elite eight women who earned—or conspired to secure by some other means—a free pass into Flushing Meadows.

It may not be right up there with winning the Poweball lottery, but any player who gets a chance to perform on the big sports stage in New York without having qualified for direct entry has to count him or herself very lucky (or very good).

Read the article – go to: http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/08/wild-women-of-the-us-open.html

Create a Tennis Court


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The USTA‘s Create A Tennis Court Contest is in full swing with the winner getting a trip to the U.S. Open.  10 finalists will be selected and starting July 17th, we will ask America to vote for their favorite tennis court. Voters will be automatically entered for a chance to win a weekly sweepstakes prize—a 2012 US Open Hat.  Contest Entries accepted until July 8th.

To enter your own court creation – CLICK HERE

Tennis is the new pick-up game that can be played anytime, anywhere—from a driveway or playground to even the beach!

Eastern Juniors Receive USTA Serves College Scholarships


USTA Eastern Section Logo

USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is granting 59 high school students a variety of college scholarships, totaling more than $410,000.

An objective of USTA Serves is to encourage children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens. Each year, USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement, and require financial assistance for college matriculation.

“It is with great pleasure that USTA Serves is awarding more than $410,000 in scholarships to assist such exemplary students as they prepare to embark on their college journey,” said Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director, USTA Serves. “These young men and women have not only excelled on the tennis court, but have served as role models for others in their schools and communities. It is our hope that as they enter the next chapter of their lives, that they continue to aspire to greatness for themselves and for the betterment of society.”

For a complete listing of the Scholarships and their winners – CLICK HERE

Okruashvili, Kryvonos win Eastern singles titles


The U.S. Open National Qualifyer – Eastern Sectional was won by Nikita Kryvonos with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Winston Lin.  The Women’s Qualifyer saw Magda Okruashvili defeat Rina Asatrian 6-4, 6-4.  The Mixed Doubles was won by Alison Adamski and Keith Kessler.  The following article is excerpted from the U.S. Open article as it appeared on the USTA/Eastern website.  The pictures are also from the USTA/Eastern website.

By Amanda Korba, special to USOpen.org

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – For six days, players of all ages and levels came out to the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to vie for a spot back on tennis’ biggest stage—the US Open—in August. The men’s singles, women’s singles, and mixed doubles finals of the US Open National Playoffs USTA Eastern Sectional Qualifying Tournament took place on Saturday with the US Open dreams of four players getting closer to becoming a reality.
In its the third year, the US Open National Playoffs are held as a series of sectional qualifying tournaments in 13 USTA Sections throughout the country. The 13 men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions from each sectional qualifying tournament advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles Championships in New Haven, Conn., in August, which will be held in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event.
The men’s and women’s singles champions of the US Open National Playoffs earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2012 US Open.
For the Whole article – CLICK HERE

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Here is information on other sections qualifiers:
Southern California results are not online at this time
New England Results are not online at this time
Texas, Northern California and Northern end later this month
Missouri Valley, Midwest and Southern will be played in July

Tennis Center Could Get New Stadiums (but No Roof)


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Louis Armstrong Stadium and the manual Drawboard as seen from Arthur Ashe Stadium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the New York Times

The United States Tennis Association will spend an estimated $500 million through the coming decade to build a new Louis Armstrong Stadium, a new grandstand on unused land at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and a double-deck viewing area for fans to watch players practice during the United States Open.

But the plans do not include a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium or the new Armstrong facility.

U.S.T.A. officials said that Arthur Ashe Stadium, which was built on a swamp-like ash dump, could not physically absorb the weight of a roof that would cover its expanse.

“It’s five times larger than the span that covers Wimbledon,” said Gordon Smith, the U.S.T.A.’s chief operating officer.

Read the complete story – HERE

2011 US Open Casting Call Auditions and Performances


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Did you ever want to sing the National Anthem at a major sporting event like the U.S. Open?  See if you got what it takes.  Click the link above for highlights from last years audition.

The USTA announced it will host its annual open casting call on Tuesday, June 19 at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in New York City to select children to perform at the 2012 US Open, which will be held August 27 – September 9. Winners will perform “America the Beautiful” live at Arthur Ashe Stadium during night sessions of this year’s US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The auditions are free of charge and will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET. Children 12 years of age and younger as of September 9, 2012, will be asked to sing “America the Beautiful” a cappella in front of a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industries.
“The young singers performing at the US Open always captivate the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “The casting call that we conduct to identify these singers is one of the first events that signals the US Open season is underway.”
The USTA will announce the final singer selections in mid-July. The winners will receive a US Open gift bag and tickets to their performance session—in addition to exposure in front of as many as 24,000 fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium. For more information on the open casting call, including the official rules, log on to www.USOpen.org.

A Story from the U.S.Open National Qulaifier


By Ray Krueger

Ray Krueger is the deputy managing editor of the New York Times NewsService, the wire service of the New York Times, and has written about tennis and mixed martial arts both for the paper and its website. He is also one of the founding writer/editors of the Times’ tennis blog, Straight Sets.  These articles appeared in the Straight Sets blog and are about his playing in the U.S. Open National Qualifyer.

June 11, 2012, 7:32 PM

In U.S. Open Playoffs, a Mystery on the Other Side of the Net

Anyone 14 or older who is a member of the U.S.T.A. can compete in the national playoffs, including top college players, juniors and low-level touring pros looking to qualify for the United States Open.  It is possible to run into a Brian Baker, who was playing in local tournamentsin Tennessee last year before making his return to the ATP Tour andreaching the second round of the French Open.

When the draw came out, I saw I was playing Vincent Sun of Charlottesville, Va. My stress level rose. Charlottesville is the home of the University of Virginia, the 2011 and 2012 runners-up in the N.C.A.A. men’s tennis championships.  Read about his match with Vincent Sun – HERE

Battling a Big Hitter and an Age Gap in the U.S. Open Playoffs

The men’s and women’s singles champions of a tournament made up of the winners of 13 sectional events make it into the U.S. Open qualifying tournament. The winners in mixed doubles make it into the main draw of the U.S. Open.  I played against Prasanna Fernando of Wood Ridge, N.J., who also won his first round match, 6-0, 6-0.

He was tall, lean and hit the ball hard. I am short, less lean and like to grind out three-hour matches in 90-degree heat on clay.

I practice against a lot of big hitters so I was not intimidated, even though he was ranked 11th in the East in the men’s open division in 2011. I finished the year fifth in the East in the 45-and-over group. My goal was to see if I could find a weakness.  To find out more about this match – CLICK HERE

Bleacher Report – Americans Players poised for success in 2011


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Bleacher Reports has a new slide show about American players who the author feels are poised for success in 2011.  I would like to get a discussion going on this.  I will give a brief overview of the players and see if you agree (I will give my thoughts and we can see who does better in a year).  For the complete slideshow – CLICK HERE

1) Andy Roddick – “One of the game’s veterans, Roddick finished the year solidly with quarterfinal appearances in his three of his last five tournaments, which included the U.S. Open.” Their prediction – The lower tier of the top 10 in 2012.

So let’s look at those 5 tournaments.  One win, David ferrer at the U.S.Open is solid.  Next best win – #11 Nicholas Almagro.  He also lost to #31 – Kevin Anderson in that period  My prediction is he won’t break the top 10 and might not stay in the top 15. 

2) John Isner – The big-serving star had a career year in 2011, which saw him win two tiles and reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.  Their prediction is he will “reach a lofty status.”

I agree except it’s hard to define what a lofty status means in numbers.

3) James Blake – In 2011, he won two titles on the Challenger circuit, as well as notched a win against Juan Martin del Potro. A return to the top 25 for the former world-four can’t be easily discounted.

Okay, he beat del Potro one time (and lost to him the other time they played).  In the tournament he beat del Potro he also beat Nalbandian but that was a walkover, Oliver Rochus (72 in the world) and lost to Jarkko Nieminen (#73 in the world).  Winning two Challenger tournaments  – one with $10,800 in prize money, one with $7,200 in prize money and losing in a third Challenger with less prize money than our local sectional tournament at Colonie Golf & Country Club – $1,420 compared to Colonie’s $3,000 – I’m just not ready to declare him top 25 material at age 32.

Sam Querrey

4) Sam Querrey – He’s been forced to make his way back up the rankings through Challenger matches, and has risen to the occasion. The progress should continue in ’12.

Hard to argue with this statement.  It really just says that his rankings will improve.  

5) Wayne Odesnik – going from being unranked at the start to 129 at season’s end. Progress interrupted by a drug scandal appears to be back on track.

I have no opinion either way here. I’ll pass on making a prediction.

6) Steve Johnson – The perennial All-American possesses a big enough game to make waves at the pro level.

Again, I’ll pass.  I trust their knowledge on this one.

Jack Sock

7) Jack Sock – He’s a versatile, heavy-hitting young player already ranked in the top 400. 2012 could be the year that he advances even further up the rankings ladder.

Jack has been featured in this blog and I feel he almost has to be included in this list.  To me agreeing with the assessment  this is the easiest call on the list.

Tennis Training from Netfit


Netfit is a fitness site in The UK that features articles on sport specific fitness; weight loss; nutrition as well as “How To” videos and gym equipment reviews.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TENNIS WORKOUT FEATURED BELOW.

Being a sport that requires many physical requirements, such as good flexibility, co-ordination, aerobic fitness, strength and a good mental ability, there is obviously a lot of room for improvement in most players of any racket sport.

The main racket sports are Tennis, Squash, Racquetball and Badminton. They are all similar in the fact that they require the same physical training.

  • Short bursts of explosive exercise, either sprinting, jumping or swinging the racket
  • Short recovery between each point, especially for squash and badminton when played at a high standard. With tennis having short rest breaks at various intervals of the game
  • A lot of running around back and forth with plenty of lateral movement to both sides
  • Time on court can vary from 30 minutes to 3 hours plus, so a good endurance base is required for those that are serious about their sport
  • There is no rest period during intense rallies, the rally stops when a player loses a point. Points are lost and won depending on the skills and fitness level of you the player

When you play you’re chosen racket sport, analysis each point you win and lose, with a number of different players to find your strength and weaknesses. Work on improving all areas, however start with the ones that you are weak on, in order to improve your game quickly.

Break your results down into two groups :

  • Physical : Your fitness level, flexibility, and strength
  • Mental : Co-ordination, skills, tactical abilities, and frame of mind

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From the “ANY GIVEN SURFACE” Blog

by Kait O’Callahan

Dear Andy Murray,

We’re pretty different, you and I. But we both feel overworked, so I guess we have something in common. Only I don’t play tennis for a living; I work in public health care 47 weeks of the year, at least 40 hours a week. It isn’t exactly a dream job, but I’ve got to admit, there’s some pretty good perks. Like free milk in the tearoom most mornings, and the occasional pack of biscuits due to expire. We get leftover apples from patients, (it used to be bananas before the floods hit), and if you’re in dire need of tampons, well, there’s plenty of them in the store room. So it isn’t bad. I don’t want to do it until I’m 65 though, (that’s the age I’m supposed to retire). So in the weekends I write, because that’s my real passion. And I’m sure you know all about passion, as you play tennis. My understanding is that tennis players play for the love of the sport, not the money. For the feeling of winning, of improving, of having masses of people supporting you through thick and thin. So you must understand that even though I don’t get paid much for my writing yet, I love doing it anyway and nothing can stop me trying to make it professionally. I imagine you can relate.

When you said that comment about the US Open needing to pay you more if they want to extend the tournament to 15 days, I knew you were joking. I mean you already earn more in one day of the US Open than the average person does in a year. If it’s the right day, you can make as much money as most people do in decades. So clearly you must have been kidding, because that sounds rather greedy, and I know it isn’t about the money for you. But you were clearly serious with your comments about the schedule. I have to admit I moan too sometimes when I get sick of working weekends and late shifts. But I’ve got to admit, I’ve got it pretty good. And so do you, from what I can tell. 20 weeks a year and a say in your working schedule? That doesn’t sound too bad to me. And they’re giving you more holidays next year too, so maybe you should see how that goes before you start threatening radical strike action. After all, you don’t really want to strike do you? Because that means you won’t be able to play tennis. And tennis is what you love, right?

Thanks for clearing that up, Andy.

All the best,
Kait

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