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MOMENTUM TENNIS BLOG

10 SURPRISING TRUTHS ABOUT THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL TALENT HOTBED

by Rett Larson

1. WE MIX AGES LIKE CRAZY:

The juniors aren’t all lumped together like they are in most systems — instead, three-time Gold medalists train with top 10-year-olds.

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Tournament Match Time Management

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.

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Deliberate Practice & Becoming an Expert

 

  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. 

 

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The Evolution of Tennis Technology

Check out the infograph below.

 

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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.

 

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