Great job to Everyball/Halton coaches Cerys Hughes and Ed Taylor on becoming LTA Level 3 Coaches today. A lot of hard work and a great achievement both.
Got me thinking then around 'time' in sport. How does an athlete manage his/her time, and is it productively used? Is there the time for world class rest and relaxation, recuperation and reflection as well as the hours of training, competing, travelling and, oh yes, school work. We talk about a tennis player having great timing; what does this mean? Time on the ball, the perfectly timed sequential use of body parts to generate effortless power, the controlling of time by taking the opponent's time away or giving oneself more, whether to strike early on the rise, top or late on the drop...
Apologies for the early morning typo!
From Mike Brearley, reporting in The Times today on the Ashes:
'Sport is a field in which failure is public, because one is exposed to many witnesses, the details of one's shortcomings are scrutinised by experts; failings are all too measureable. They may be repeated. The best players suffer failure less often of course, but no one is exempt. And one element in the sustained success of the successful is their resilience. Their confidence is not too absolutely, too permanently, dented. The immediate present, humiliating as it may be, does not, or not for long, blind them to their good qualities. They recover their pride. They address their technical and personal glitches. They do not rely on retaliation. They bounce back.'
Effective retuning drill to assist players in managing swing and establish correct feel and shift of weight through contact point.
Alan comes with significant playing, travelling and training experience. A couple of highlights: in 2012 he gained two ATP ranking points against two top 500 ATP ranked players (J. Inzerilla 450 ATP & Dan Evans 290 ATP), in 2011-2012 he won 4 British Tour titles as well as gained a world doubles ranking with partner Chris Simpson. As a coach Alan has most recently worked for the Wrexham High Performance Centre full-time academy and the elite academy at Ellesmere College. He is close to completing his LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach qualification and is moving down to Buckinghamshire from his home in Oswestry, Shropshire.
Footwork, agility, low base, purposeful practice
Please drop off to Halton Tennis Centre (yellow container in the club-house) over the next two weeks any items from this list that you can donate - it will be much appreciated.
Thanks all for the Everyball/Halton Tennis centre November food collection for Dens - action against homelessness . Big push for December and the Christmas period, often a very difficult time for many. Please visit www.dens.org.uk to see the Christmas high priority items.
Well done to Halton's Vicki Walker who earned her County Veterans Colours last night at the Bucks LTA AGM. Inspirational example of taking up our fabulous sport a little later on in life and achieving wonderful things. Great job Vicki!