All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 24

Written by: Helen Donohoe


***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays on an informal, drop-in basis at Cedar Springs Racquet Club where she is a member, long-time tennis hacker and aficionado.

In this section of the website we will be publishing short paragraphs on various aspects of SAT. Please leave your questions/comments here, and Helen will be happy to respond to any specific concerns from students/parents***


Summer’s almost here! For those of you planning on taking the SAT in the fall, now is the time to start serious study, just as soon as your exams are over. Yes, you can mix tennis and academics in the summer. They actually go very well together. There’s lots of time for both and I’ve given you enough strategies this year to keep you going all summer. The extra oxygen flowing through your veins on the tennis court will nourish the brain.

If you’re serious about a top college in the USA, you should aim for a score of 2000 on the SAT. That takes a lot of work – and time. A lower mark than 2000 may be enough, but why take a chance? You will be competing with students from all around the world, many of whom apply themselves to SAT prep far more diligently than the some of the students I work with here. Something to think about!

Most of the top colleges require two subject tests as well as the SAT itself. These are held in November. Information is on the collegeboard website – These subject tests can be very demanding. If you choose English for instance, you will find that the test is heavily literature-based, so if you’re not a keen reader, it’s not for you.

I’ll write one more article before the summer, next week, and after that, to use that tired old tennis cliché, the ball will be in your court! For those of you fortunate enough to play on those lovely red clay courts at TTC, make the most of them. They look great!

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.