Beyond Bloom: Revisiting Environmental Factors That Enhance or Impede Talent Development

Written by: Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, and Karen D. Arnold

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***ONcourt: great study which must make us reflect on our approach to athlete development through tennis. Some interesting thoughts:

1. Creatively gifted children tend to come from families that stress independence rather than interdependence

2. An important factor in the lives of eminent children is the degree to which children freely develop a unique identity and express their own thoughts

3. Another variable that appears to play an important role in achievement motivation is stress [Think Russians, Serbians tennis players]

As well, interesting questions are asked based on case studies and finally the difficult question: “Is a chance at greatness worth the price of failure?”***

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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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