Archive | October, 2012

Michael Emmett: “What About Wood?”

12. October 2012

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Michael Emmett: “What About Wood?”

The title of this article would suggest I’m going to talk about bringing back wood racquets to the great game we all love. Well, to be blunt – not even close. I will explain shortly.

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Allen Fox: “Beware of Counterproductive Emotions”

12. October 2012

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Allen Fox: “Beware of Counterproductive Emotions”

Most of the obviously counterproductive emotional responses during tennis matches are driven by subconscious fears of failure and urges to escape the stress of competition. Darwin would have it that emotional responses generally evolve because they, in some way, enhance prospects for species survival. In other words, they are supposed to be helpful.

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “The Bear Weighs In”

5. October 2012

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “The Bear Weighs In”

This week’s column addresses various topics that have been presented over the last month in ONcourt. The article on “Trouble down below” and the issue of National Associations being directly responsible for the development of players to the pros brought quite a few comments, none as direct and insightful as the two from Casey Curtis, Milos Raonic’s former coach in his junior development stage.

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Allen Fox: “The Reality of Perfectionism”

5. October 2012

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Allen Fox: “The Reality of Perfectionism”

We often hear players who become angry when they miss claim they do it because they are “perfectionists.” They say their standards are so high that they simply can’t accept the errors. So let’s take a closer look at the concept of “perfectionism,” which I see as substantially different from the common understanding. When people label themselves as “perfectionists” they usually do so with a hint of pride. There seems to be something admirable about being the type of person who will settle for nothing less than perfection.

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Daniel L. Rosenbaum: “The Net Game, Will it Disappear?”

5. October 2012

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Daniel L. Rosenbaum: “The Net Game, Will it Disappear?”

Of course, it's all about predictability. I think this makes our sport interesting. At the beginning, we teach by turning an unpredictable game, open skills based, into a predictable one. The players, as they learn the game, get experienced and are able to anticipate (take decisions), try to turn it unpredictable and unexpected to their opponents.

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