Scott Dunlop: Are Tennis Pros The World’s Best Athletes?

Tennis has always been a game of skill. With modern racket technology, shots today have way more spin and power than before. Commencing with the rise of Federer, the game has changed to being “all court – all shots” . This has led to some incredible rallies and long see-saw 5 plus hour matches.

The match between Isner and Mahut confirms that tennis is now a game of endurance as well as skill. Every quality of a good athlete is a basic requisite of a top tennis player: stamina, quickness, precision, timing, strength and most of all focus and mentle toughness. A tennis Pro plays entirely alone, without support or coaches. To be successful they have to be, quite simply, the most complete athletes in the world.

A deeper dive into second serve statistics

The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

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Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.