Power Plate: Tennis Pros’ Performance “Secret”

From Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, an ever-growing roster of tennis’ brightest stars are making Power Plate advanced whole-body vibration a staple in their fitness arsenals. This isn’t an isolated phenomenon. What these pros know can help improve on-court performance and post-game recovery of tennis players of all ages and abilities. Power Plate is a vibrating platform that enhances the effects of any movement performed on it, based on the science behind a body’s natural reflex stabilization mechanism to adapt to changes in the environment. ­Using a Power Plate triggers rapid reflexive muscle contractions to ... more
Deadly Doubles Behaviors
by Mark Centrella, USPTA, and Dr. Karissa Thacker

The chemistry between good doubles partners looks like magic from a distance. Just think about the Bryan Brothers, Woodford and Woodbridge, or Navratilova and Shriver. The chemistry factor seems quite mysterious when it is really working. It can also get really ugly when it is not working. Doubles tennis is a team sport. As a team sport, interpersonal behavior (or the ways in which we interact with our partners) is a key factor in creating chemistry that works or does not work. Most club players know basic things to do like call for the ball and yell “switch.” Saying “I’ve got it” or “switch” are examples of basic positive interpersonal ... more
Big Turnout in Big Apple for Tennis Teachers Conference

This year’s World Conference had a new look as USPTA combined its efforts with the USTA to host the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York in August. With the highest attendance at the TTC since 2008 and a fantastic day at Flushing Meadows, it’s easy to say the conference was a success. The premier event in the tennis industry took place in the Big Apple and brought together the leading tennis-teaching professionals and coaches in the industry for a weekend of education capped by visiting the most exciting Grand Slam event in the world, the US Open. "The overall highlight of the conference to me was the energy ... more
Sins of Omission
By David Warren, USPTA

"Sorry,” is one of the most common words on a doubles court. Most of my students utter it when they make a mistake, though some, during the point, shout it reflexively as they offer an easy floater to the other team. But I rarely hear an apology from a player who lets her partner miss for her. Most of us are blind to our sins of omission. A sin of omission is the sin of not doing what one is supposed to do. In Catholic Masses, the parishioners will ask God’s forgiveness for what they have done, and for what they have failed to do. It’s an acknowledgment that we are called to think of our lives not in the negative (What must I avoid doing today?), but in the positive ... more
TTC Renews Passion for the Profession
By Enrique Casados, USPTA

What a conference! A huge thank you to the USTA and the USPTA for organizing and putting this great conference together! I came away with many new ideas and concepts that I have already began implementing in my lessons; however, the most valuable take-away for me was a renewed passion and excitement for teaching tennis. Often with any routine, whether it be tennis or otherwise, one of the toughest challenges we face as professionals is burnout and stagnation. The TTC and conferences like it are in many cases a career saver in the sense that if we cease to have positive energy and a sincere interest for what we are doing ... more
Invest in Yourself
By Nicole Berger, USPTA

It is important to invest in yourself through education. The best way to do this is by attending tennis conferences. The industry is constantly changing. Not only is the tennis ball going faster, the pros are becoming more fit and the racquets are lighter. The way you market and promote to your clients is changing constantly. It is important to stay current with both business and teaching skills. By attending the TTC in New York this year, I learned very valuable information to better my tennis business. The following key points will be implemented into my business: Bill Kurtain talked on owning your own business. He reminded me to set measurable goals, not only yearly and five years ... more
Coach Your Students in Sport and in Life

As a coach, what are your goals? Do you teach a “win-at-all-costs” mentality? Or do you strive to win while also pursuing the goal of teaching life lessons through tennis? Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit organization that works to develop “Better Athletes, Better People” by providing youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience, offers three principles to help you coach your students in sport and in life. The ELM Tree of Mastery While winning is important and learning to compete is one of the major life lessons available through sports, not everyone can win every game or match... more

Who are Your Cardio Tennis Key Stakeholders? Try this new approach to grow Cardio Tennis fast!
By Mike Woody, TIA Global Cardio Tennis Trainer

Cardio Tennis Professionals across the country have a significant stake in growing their programs with new ideas and better understanding of customer motivations. Not only are there financial implications of growing Cardio Tennis, but this unique fitness experience can boost interest in the overall tennis agenda of your organization ... more

CEO's message

John Embree, USPTA CEOWhat a celebration!

It is time to put a ribbon on the 2014 Tennis Teachers Conference that took place in New York, August 22-25. This issue is dedicated to providing a glimpse of all that happened during the three-plus days of education along with the many social highlights that occurred. Almost anyone who was there would probably concur that this collaborative effort with the USTA to bring our industry together for one big celebration was a "home run." Candidly, it was a bit of a risk to try a completely different approach rather than ... more
Vice President's message

Jack MichalkoFind Your Niche

Tennis professionals are no different than those in any other profession. They have varied skills, abilities, likes, dislikes and experience. So for those of you who are just starting out or are assistant pros with little experience, be aware of your options. The only thing tennis professionals have in common is teaching tennis and our love for the game. From here things get complicated. What are you looking for in a career and where is your niche? Those are two questions ... more

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