Next Gen ATP Finals and the slice backhand

Plenty of evidence at this event that the slice backhand remains an integral part of a player's armoury.  Great antidote against the power forehand (keeps ball low forcing opponent to get the ball 'up and down' with reply thus taking away ball speed), an excellent 'change up' to break opponent's timing and rhythm (stroke as well as footwork) and in doing so challenging them to generate their own pace and of course a great defensive option.

Coaches, do we actively develop this stroke in our younger players or do they only develop it out of defensive necessity?

Everyball Hard Core No. 5 - Beat the bounce of your outgoing ball

Can you recover/reposition to the appropriate spot (lateral and vertical) ideally by the time your ball is landing on opponent's side of the court and certainly by time your opponent makes contact with their shot?

See Tiafoe do this at yesterday's Next Gen ATP Finals.  After hitting a down-line forehand (in a slight in/out direction to move his opponent) he repositions back beyond the middle of his baseline to bisect the angle of his opponent's two best possible replies, line or cross, to be ideally positioned to control the court and his space on his subsequent shot.

Interesting technique also on serve and forehand - high straight arm on serve leading to level shoulders in pre-throw position with abbreviated take-back and extreme inversion of racket face on the forehand preparation.  Will these be limiting factors in any way (efficiency or effectiveness) in the longer term or will his physical strength negate these possible flaws?  Always a great coaching debate.

ATP Top 16 rankings - the arrival of the next generation?

ATP Top 16 rankings as of today.

  1.  Novak Djokovic
  2. Rafael Nadal
  3. Roger Federer
  4. Juan Martin Del Potro
  5. Alexander Zverev
  6. Kevin Anderson
  7. Marin Cilic
  8. Dominic Thiem
  9. Kei Nishikori
  10. John Isner
  11. Karen Khachanov
  12. Borna Coric
  13. Fabio Fognini
  14. Kyle Edmund
  15. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  16. Danil Medvedev

Zverev, Khachanov, Coric, Edmund, Tsitsipas, and Medvedev all under 23.

Has the next gen finally arrived?

Everyball welcomes new coach Tom Edis to the team for January 2019

Everyball Tennis would like to warmly welcome Tom Edis to the coaching team at Halton. He will be starting his new post with us in January 2019.

Here is a little background from Tom:

I'm Bucks born and bred, having lived and played tennis in the county all my life (save for a 3 year stint at university), although I've lived in Berkhamsted, and more recently Tring in the last few years. I attended junior county training sessions and competed at Halton many times as a young player, and have continued to visit many time since as a coach. I've been qualified since 2001, and coaching full time since 2004 - specifically at Chesham 1879, where I helped form Challenge Tennis in 2012: a coaching provider that now works at 4 other tennis clubs/venues in the region.

I've been a Bucks County team captain since 2009, working firstly with the 9u's and 10u's, and from 2017 the girls 10u's and 12u's. It's been a privilege to be on court with some of the best junior players Bucks has had to offer, and I also have great experience with players ranging from tots to regional-level mini tennis players, 'rusty rackets' to adult club team members.

I am married to Jess and my little girl Mila will l have her first birthday in January.  Hobby-wise, I support Arsenal and I also enjoy city breaks, walking and spicy food (though not all at the same time!).

Tom is an LTA level 4 Club Coach and also gained his RPT qualification at Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona in 2013.  Tom will be using his extensive experience across all areas of our programme at Everyball Tennis, (Halton Tennis Centre) and no doubt will prove to be a real asset to our team.

Welcome Tom!