Scott Dunlop: Tennis is booming!

It is now essentially confirmed that tennis is the sport of our times. There has been a 12% increase in the number of players over the last  year as reported by the Tennis Industry Association and the USTA in their annual report : No other majot sport has had anything close to this kind of growth.

With the advent of much better reasonably priced tennis rackets, the building of multitudes of public courts (who says government intervention is bad??) and the remarkable number of interesting dedicated and likeable tennis stars, the game has simply taken off in the US and remains, by a huge margin, the most popular and played female sport worldwide.

It is time we celebrated all the goodness of the tennis experience: the exercise, the thrills of the good shots and the embarassment of the bad ones, the niceness of meeting other people and the incredible variety of experineces to be had, rally by rally and point  by point. Knowing that exercise is the number one therapy for most physical and psychological conditions, the accessibility of tennis is sending it to the top of social/recreational choices for people everywhere.

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.