Michael Emmett: “Is There a Connection between Rafa and Lance?”

Rafael Nadal’s performance over the last month has been nothing short of amazing. Who takes seven months away from the ATP tour and comes back and wins their first Master’s series event with all the top guns in the field? History says this is impossible. This is his first hard court title since October of 2010. Nadal is 17-1 in 2013 with a perfect 4-0 record against top ten players. Nadal destroyed 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, losing only six games (6-4, 6-2) en route to the title. Every great tennis player in a similar situation has failed in their quest to come all the way back from a long layoff in such a short time frame. Why not Nadal? Why is he so special?

ONcourt Interview: Melika Leblanc

ONcourt: Hi Melika, the last time you were interviewed you were living in your hometown Moncton, New Brunswick and you were just finishing up playing at the u16 Nationals in Montreal. At that time you were playing 0-2.5 hours of tennis per week. When asked what your aspirations were you said, “to get a scholarship to a US University.” So, tell me, what have you been up to since?

Wayne Elderton: AceCoach e-Newsletter March 2013

Our first look will be to see this statement as a whole. Coaches day to day duties are often about particular details of development. For example, on court today, I worked on such things as, improving the timing of a player for return of a fast 1st serve, return of serve footwork for a wide shot, ensuring a player was focused and relaxed by improving the way they breath in their shot during pressure points. The day to day details can be in any of the Performance Factors. The challenge is, that working with this fine detail can suck a coach into an ‘isolated’, ‘micro mode’. What gets lost is the ‘big picture’ of the player. When you have a sense of the ultimate goal, it makes it easier to see how all the details you are doing fit together.