By Joel Ross
Concentrate like anything. Relax and prepare for a long point. Keep the ball in play. Whatever you do, win the first point of every game. It makes it so much easier. Like riding a bike downhill. Once you have the first point under your belt, start concentrating on the second one. Same thing, no let...Read more
By Bill Longua
If you are taking tennis lessons I hope your pro is explaining why certain ball reactions happen. The best instructors have the ability to teach the same thing by explaining it different ways. I may explain something one way but it is not understood by the pupil, having multiple explanations allows...Read more
By Steven Kaplan
Title IX of The Education Amendments of 1972 is celebrating its 40 anniversary. If you are a girl playing tennis, then you should be celebrating too because this legislation is having a profound and positive impact on your life. One study estimates that Title IX has increased female sports...Read more
By Joel Ross
It does happen once in a while. Even the best of callers, the most honest citizens, the one who gives the call to his opponent if there is ever a doubt ... will be called a cheater or insinuated to be one. Toughen up. Thicken the skin. Stay calm. If you are uncertain of your call, give your...Read more
By Joel Ross
You're winning. That's good. You're composing your victory speech. That's bad. You can still lose! Think about how devastating it will be to have been winning and then it all disappears. It can happen. It will happen. Unless you are so scared that you still might lose. The fear will keep you...Read more
By Joel Ross
Wishing, hoping and praying are great in houses of worship ... but not on tennis courts. Especially "watching" your shot during play, "hoping and praying" that it stays in or wins the point. This can be very detrimental. The best thing to concentrate on is to keep moving ... keep telling yourself...Read more
By Joel Ross
You're down love-40 and your world is coming apart. Not to worry. Try to get temporary amnesia ... in other words, forget about it. You only need three points to pull even and then two more to win the game. Play one point at a time, regular points, no going for intentional aces or winners. Just...Read more
By Joel Ross
Practice, right? Yes. However, it's how you practice. Repetition is how you do it. Unrelenting repetition. Whatever it is that you are trying to improve, keep practicing it, over and over again. It must become second nature. The only way to reach that advanced state of execution is to practice it...Read more
By Joel Ross
Do you take control at key moments? Do you make everyone on your team better? Do you know the strengths of your team members and give them opportunities to produce results using them? Do you make good decisions under duress? Do you take some calculated risks, fail occasionally, get up and keep...Read more
By Joel Ross
I just filled in as "guest instructor" at one of our QuickStart after school programs in Pelham, N.Y. for kindergartners, about 5-years-old. There were 12 children in the class. Each child had a racquet and sponge ball. The first exercise was hitting the ball up with the racquet, letting the ball...Read more
By Ricky Becker
I gotta tell you. As someone who played junior tennis, high school tennis, the Junior US Open a couple of times and a couple of ATP tournaments back in the day, nothing at all compares to playing college tennis!! Firstly, let's face it. When you play anything else, the only people who really want...Read more