Scott Dunlop: Pro Tennis is Tough

Surely the days when tennis players were regarded as light weight athletes is now over. Matches played by today’s pros on the men’s side can last for well over 5 hours, sometimes in intense heat, and there is no let up or break. If you get a cramp (and leg cramps are really painful), too bad, you cannot get treated!

The dark side to all this is that players’ injuries are becoming devestating. Nadal is in superb shape and the least likely athlete on earth to call a quitter. Yet he could not continue to fight during the Australian Open due to injuries caused by simply playing too hard.  At some point the game is going to have to look at shortening the 5 setters or making the hard court surfaces easier on the body.

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.