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Michael Emmett: “Tennis needs a 5th major!”

14. March 2014

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Michael Emmett: “Tennis needs a 5th major!”

For most sports fans in North America tennis is still a fringe sport.  The sport comes to life four times a year in Melbourne, Paris, London & New York City.  Eight weeks out of 52 is not enough to bring the sport to the upper echelon. To find tennis on most websites in North America you have to scroll down to the “other sports” category. It is not front and center and on the main pages like it is in Europe, South America and Asia. It can’t compete with the likes of the NHL, NBA, NFL or the MLB.  Women's golf - a sport on life support - has gone this route – they added a fifth major to their schedule and broke with tradition. What's wrong with the concept of adding another Grand Slam to a sport with a rich history? It’s along the same lines as the major sports increasing the number of teams participating in the playoffs. It’s a risky move but in all instances it has been successful.

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Video: “A tribute to Rene Simpson”

14. March 2014

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Video: “A tribute to Rene Simpson”

Former Canadian tennis player, coach, & Fed Cup captain Rene Simpson, who passed away in 2013 of brain cancer, was an inspiration and a role model to all of those involved in the sport. She was inducted in the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Dr. Bryon Weinberg: “Got Dorsiflexion? A Must For Tennis Players”

3. March 2014

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Dr. Bryon Weinberg: “Got Dorsiflexion? A Must For Tennis Players”

As a tennis player, most of us are always told to stretch. Okay, but stretch what? And why should I stretch? Also, what is stretching actually doing? As an athlete, we need reasons and goals attached to the activities we do, otherwise we are perhaps wasting time.

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Dr. Allen Fox: “Plan B, The Ultimate Weapon”

3. March 2014

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Dr. Allen Fox: “Plan B, The Ultimate Weapon”

What happens if you can’t conjure up a Plan A strategy that gives you an obvious game plan edge over your opponent? Then you go to Plan B, which relies on a wearing-away process. We all have limited reserves of willpower, and we can only withstand stress and concentrate for so long. Plan B relies on the fact that you can win matches by exhausting your opponents mentally. Most people can concentrate pretty well for 30 minutes, but few can keep it up for hours. So even if you see no glaring weaknesses at first, 2 hours later, when your opponents’ minds have tired and their wills have dissipated, their games may leak like sieves.

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Simon Briggs “Lawn Tennis Association ask Bob Brett to give performance department a health-check”

3. March 2014

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Simon Briggs “Lawn Tennis Association ask Bob Brett to give performance department a health-check”

The Lawn Tennis Association’s misfiring performance department is to get a health-check from Bob Brett, the experienced and respected Australian coach who has worked with Boris Becker and Marin Cilic, among many others.

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Clément Golliet: The Post Workout Drink

20. February 2014

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Clément Golliet: The Post Workout Drink

According to USTA statistics, a tennis match can last between 45 minutes to 5 hours. Points duration typically lasts less than 10 seconds with a 20 to 25 seconds rest between each point. A best of 3 sets match requires 300 to 500 high-intensity efforts. Most of the time, tennis players do not have enough time to recover completely and restore after each match. So different strategies need to be put in place to help the player recover as fast as possible between games and tournaments, or after fitness and tennis practice, using hydrotherapies (such as cold, warm water), musculoskeletal aspects (like stretching, foam roller), dietary supplements (proteins). Sleep is also important to facilitate the anabolic process. Recovery is paramount to success. If done correctly, it can make a huge difference.

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