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Michael Emmett: “Is There a Connection between Rafa and Lance?”

22. March 2013

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Michael Emmett: “Is There a Connection between Rafa and Lance?”

Rafael Nadal's performance over the last month has been nothing short of amazing. Who takes seven months away from the ATP tour and comes back and wins their first Master's series event with all the top guns in the field? History says this is impossible. This is his first hard court title since October of 2010. Nadal is 17-1 in 2013 with a perfect 4-0 record against top ten players. Nadal destroyed 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, losing only six games (6-4, 6-2) en route to the title. Every great tennis player in a similar situation has failed in their quest to come all the way back from a long layoff in such a short time frame. Why not Nadal? Why is he so special?

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ONcourt Interview: Melika Leblanc

22. March 2013

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ONcourt Interview: Melika Leblanc

ONcourt: Hi Melika, the last time you were interviewed you were living in your hometown Moncton, New Brunswick and you were just finishing up playing at the u16 Nationals in Montreal. At that time you were playing 0-2.5 hours of tennis per week. When asked what your aspirations were you said, "to get a scholarship to a US University." So, tell me, what have you been up to since?

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Wayne Elderton: AceCoach e-Newsletter March 2013

22. March 2013

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Wayne Elderton: AceCoach e-Newsletter March 2013

Our first look will be to see this statement as a whole. Coaches day to day duties are often about particular details of development. For example, on court today, I worked on such things as, improving the timing of a player for return of a fast 1st serve, return of serve footwork for a wide shot, ensuring a player was focused and relaxed by improving the way they breath in their shot during pressure points. The day to day details can be in any of the Performance Factors. The challenge is, that working with this fine detail can suck a coach into an ‘isolated’, ‘micro mode’. What gets lost is the ‘big picture’ of the player. When you have a sense of the ultimate goal, it makes it easier to see how all the details you are doing fit together.

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Craig Mercer: “Why Spain is so Good: the Seven Spanish Secrets to World Tennis Dominance”

15. March 2013

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Craig Mercer: “Why Spain is so Good: the Seven Spanish Secrets to World Tennis Dominance”

Last month I traveled to Barcelona for two main reasons. The first was to check up on a 12-year-old player that I coach, Alberto Vergara. Alberto is in Barcelona for two months to gain independence, learn to play on clay and to build his mental and physical strength and endurance. I wanted to ensure that the objectives that I shared with the coaches at the Bruguera Tennis Academy Top Team before Alberto left were being focused on. As well, I wanted to learn their coaching philosophies and methods and to see how I could translate the work that they are doing back to our training in Canada.

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Video: The Gold Mine Effect – How to find undervalued talent

15. March 2013

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Video: The Gold Mine Effect – How to find undervalued talent

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Peter Straub: “Play Tennis Without Frustration or Anger”

15. March 2013

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Peter Straub: “Play Tennis Without Frustration or Anger”

Do we stay calm whenever we miss an easy shot, lose a point, game or match? Maybe we don’t throw our racket or swear out loud when we play, but we may regularly have some mild frustration. Sometimes when we are playing a match we do get disturbed or frustrated and criticize ourself, which is anger. We all have an anger problem.

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