Scott Dunlop: Tournament to Select US Open Qualifiers

The USTA has a good idea: hold a national competition to select one male and one female to qualify for the US Open. The concept is exciting and has a kind of American Idol feel to it.

However the “reality” of this show is a bit harsher. Mad Max points out that charging $125.00 results in a windfall for the USTA which really does not need the money. There are also “processing fees” on top of the entry fee and you must be a USTA member, which is another $40.00 or so.

Yes there will be costs associated with holding of the tournaments but sponsors and promotional budgets should be able to cover those. The high entry fees unfortunately detract from what could be a big boost to street tennis. Not many public players will want to pony up these fees and travel costs to play in a regional tournament against former pros and ranked players.

I think they should have kept the competition to players who have never been ranked. Then we would really see who was “out there”. Now that might be an entertaining reality show!

Anyway it will be interesting to see how it all plays out…

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.