Scott Dunlop: Chinese Sports Company Sponsors WTA

The growth in the Chinese middle class is causing sports companies there to start concentrating on tennis. Peak, an unknown brand here, is a Chinese footware company with nearly $500M in sales, which built its business around basketball.

Peak just announced a five-year deal with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour even though they acknowledge tennis is not yet generaly a big or well understood sport in China. However as indicated earlier, because their women tennis stars, Li Na and Zheng Jie are huge in their home country, its making many people think about playing.

The Peak tennis sponsorship deal is another very promising event for the fastest  growing major sport.

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.