Scott Dunlop: Epic Tennis

With the first Grand Slam just around the corner it`s appropriate to express gratitude to our top tennis players for the incredible level of competition they have brought to the game.

Over the holiday period many articles were written about some of the great matches of the last few years. There’s no question the battles of the titans, Federer and Nadal, have resulted in a much higher profile for tennis globally. The New York Times in particular has been devoting prime newspaper and Sunday magazine coverage to tennis matches and champions. Christopher Clarey recently wrote about the 2008 Wimbledon classic final ” . . .  there is one tennis rivalry that casts the others into deep shadow…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/26/sports/tennis/26tennis.html?_r=1&ref=tennis)

Murray, del Potro, Davydenko and Djokovic are knocking hard at the world champion door. The women`s side is equally intriguing with Henin`s return following Clisters victorious comeback last  year, and both of them having the heart and talent to defeat either of the William`s sisters.

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.