Scott Dunlop: The Problem With Completely Free Public Tennis

Tennis is the fastest growing major sport by a wide margin. People can play from age 5 to 105. Playing tennis is social and good exercise which helps people stay healthy, increases quality of life and lowers health care costs. There are an abundance of public tennis courts controlled by schools, municipalities and parks. These courts are open to the public and mostly free. This sounds good… but actually, it’s counterproductive.

Because public courts are mostly free, public authorities feel that they do not have to supervise or maintain them. This causes tennis courts to deteriorate, become unpleasant to play on and causes injuries. In addition, public authorities are generally not aware that tennis courts can be programmed and that people love participating in lessons and various competitions. Tennis can be played individually or in teams. Yet there are few if any public programs. Leagues like those in soccer, baseball and hockey are almost non-existent in tennis.

The reason for this is that public authorities generally do not enable booking strategies for tennis courts like those used for other facilities (which are usually better maintained). Sport organizers can reserve or pay to use fields, rinks, gyms and pools. Sometimes these facilities are open; sometimes they are reserved. These same principles should apply to tennis courts.

If tennis courts could be reserved some of the time to allow people to book playtimes and organizers to carry on programs, tennis courts would generate revenue, there would be more programming for players and the authorities would have more funds to maintain and upgrade the courts.

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.