Scott Dunlop: BNP Paribas Open – A Great Fan Experience

The BNP Paribas Open in La Quinta California may be the best value in tennis for spectators.

It is one of only a few major tournaments where the women play at the same time and place as the men. It goes on for over ten days and usually has the top players. It is played in a beautifully designed tennis garden with all the right amenities. Tickets are available at the event or can be purchased from season and box holders directly or through ticket agents at many resorts and tennis clubs around the area.

The practice courts are right beside the stadium (I saw Nadal and Federer practicing side by side on Tuesday!). The seating in all three stadiums is well designed to keep fans close to the action.

If you get a chance, it’s definitely worth a visit!

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.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

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.