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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

What a day, déjà vu, up 2-1 against Sweden in that memorable tie with Daniel losing 6-4 in the fifth set of the fifth match. Slow agonizing death, always knowing you have a chance but not feeling the momentum going exactly your way, waiting for it to change.

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Michael Emmett: “Is the One-Handed Backhand Making a Comeback?”

11. September 2013

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Michael Emmett: “Is the One-Handed Backhand Making a Comeback?”

The shot most regarded in tennis circles as the prettiest, the one-handed backhand, seems to be on the way back. Two of the men in the final four at this year's US Open (Richard Gasquet & StanWawrinka) both dial it up with one hand. And most of the time, these shaped, arching balls, with perfect depth, leave their opponents scrambling from corner-to-corner, chasing bounding balls with limited opportunity to counter attack.

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Davis Cup # 6 Louis Borfiga, the Quiet Leader

6. September 2013

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Davis Cup # 6 Louis Borfiga, the Quiet Leader

OC : Louis, did you ever dream that in your position you would be responsible for helping bring Canada to the semi-finals of Davis Cup? LB : Yes it was in my objectives, as you must be confident in setting your objectives so that you can transmit to the staff and the players the required belief. I just did not think it would happen so fast. OC : What made this result possible?

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Clément Golliet: ACE Fitness Approach to Physical Conditioning

6. September 2013

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Clément Golliet: ACE Fitness Approach to Physical Conditioning

What is ACE Fitness approach to physical conditioning? It is set on two basic principles: spine stability and hip mobility. To increase performance, we need to spare the spine from counterproductive stress and create good muscular activation and posture. Ultimately this will ensure the best biomechanics-friendly training.

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Allen Fox: “What Do You Do If You Think Your Opponent Is Cheating”

6. September 2013

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Allen Fox: “What Do You Do If You Think Your Opponent Is Cheating”

Getting a bad call may cost you a point, but your reaction may cost you the match! Our nervous systems are constructed such that feeling cheated calls forth emotions that are often out of all proportion to the simple loss of the point. Missing a forehand may be frustrating, but being cheated causes moral outrage – no point difference but substantial emotional difference. The counterproductive fallout involves anger, personal antagonism, dwelling on the purloined point, and, in the ultimate case, forgetting about winning the match and getting beaten. Obviously, the first order of business is to confine the damage to the loss of the point itself.

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Wayne Elderton: AceCoach e-Newsletter August 2013

22. August 2013

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Wayne Elderton: AceCoach e-Newsletter August 2013

One doesn’t have to watch much tennis on TV to see that tennis is athletically demanding. Today’s tennis players have taken it to a new level. At the highest levels, every shot is an athletic adaptation to balls that are coming wider, harder, and with more spin than ever before. Athletic development is an important key to play successfully at higher levels. There is a ton out there about developing power, speed, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and agility. For this newsletter, I will just highlight a few key points:

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