Scott Dunlop: Where Are The Great US Tennis Pros?

There is an emerging cri de coeur around America right now concerning  the lack of  US tennis stars. The only exceptions to this concern may be the Williams sisters, but they are so often offside and erratic that they do not seem to count as true stars.

Jimmy Connors sounded the alarm in 2006 but there has been no noticeable change since then. There seems to be a consensus that the USTA has the responsibility to turn this around, given that they make a fortune off the US Open.  Some good ideas making the rounds are to spend some of that money improving school courts, supporting school teams and tournaments and providing more financial support for those players with talent who dare  to shoot for the top. It is a very demanding process, requiring a huge commitment of time and money.

I do not agree with Pablo Eisenberg, that starting later in life, enjoying other sports and going to college will solve the US dilemna. in fact, committing early to a tennis career and not having a well rounded life are the reasons why Nadal, Federer, Connors, Navratolova, Everet and Graf became the world’s best players.

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.

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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.