Scott Dunlop: The Olympics and Tennis

The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver are a revelation. There are so many stories of personal challenges. adversity, heartbreak and, of course, victory. Whenever athletes compete directly against each other in international forums there is an intensity that transcends other events.

People who love playing and watching tournament tennis understand this. Tennis is played globally, so tennis players at all levels routinely encounter players from different countries. When the pros play, they are always referred to as being “from” some country and in effect representing their country. This adds to the magic of the battle between competitors. It is an individual battle, but you are always also an “American” or a “Spaniard” etc.

Abigail Lorge, in the ESPN blog notes:

…sitting on my couch night after night, glued to the coverage from Vancouver, I’ve noticed several instances in which tennis and the Winter Olympics have converged.

Every Olympic event has many stories of personal challenges, triumphs and tragedies. Tennis provides these same story lines in every tournament . That is the beauty and the attraction of international sports.

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.