There's more to simply showing up a few minutes before a match & playing it if you want to really give yourself the best chance to play well - & the best chance to continue improving. Understanding how to utilize pre-match preparation, how to function in between points & on changeovers, & finally how to review your performance afterwards can all go a long way towards getting the most out of each tournament match & maximize performance. Check out the infograph below on how to organize your tournament match time management.
Malcom Gladwell made famous the notion of deliberate practice & the 10,00 hour rule. Florida State University psychology professor & author Anders Ericsson first wrote about these ideas in his lifelong quest to research & understand what it takes to be an expert. Ericsson & Gladwell looked at the upbringing & immersion into their fields of the Beatles, Bill Gates, & more.
What the US Junior Tennis Ranking System Used to Be
My 34 year old body cringes each time I hear of new updates from our friends at the USTA regarding changes & so called progress regarding rankings, & the ranking points that determine them. Such things did not exist in my junior tennis playing days at the district, sectional or national level. The days of the past offered a far more interesting & competitive batch of tournaments across the nation. The system’s simplistic structure & high demands to play every match with equal intensity & a fierce sense of urgency bred a much better batch of competitors that what we have today.