See Tennis through your Child’s eyes.

For most of my Life I have been a teacher of Biological Sciences.


I have taught all ages both males and females from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.   Teaching Biological sciences is not coaching tennis but in both cases the parental aspirations for their child’s  accomplishments are often the same.

The child who is constantly pressurized into doing well in exams is the same as  the parents  who have high expectations on the level of tennis their daughter  or son should be achieving.

How often did it happen in college meetings with parents when they had decided that their offspring was going to university when they themselves never did?

It is the same with Tennis


Isn’t it amazing how tennis seems a lot easier to play while watching from the sidelines? But it’s just not that easy in the heat of battle.  For your child, it can be incredibly challenging to 

try and handle match challenges like nerves and frustration when they are under stress. 

Even world class performers experience these stresses..

 So if he/she does face difficulties in tennis that you cannot  understand, then as a parent  it’s 

important that you start  to see the situation through his or her eyes.

Responding With Empathy

Many parent have the best of intentions for their child. But  in their attempts to help they use their own experience because they judge the situation from their own point of view.

This can sometimes lead to miscommunications…

Try  being empathetic to your child’s difficulty  and join with him/her in seeing the situation through his/her eyes. This will mean that you will gain an understanding of his/her experience and also 

communicate to him/her that you understand his/her perspective and how they feel.



A Lack of Empathy…

Responses that lack empathy usually take a predictable course:

Parent are Unaware– In this case the parents would respond without awareness of the internal feelings of their child (embarrassment and distress).

Interpret– They would  interpret the situation through the eyes of their own experiences (frustration and confusion).

Judge– As the parents were experiencing frustration and confusion they would  judge their child’s performance as just ‘not good enough’, and possibly communicate a ‘personal flaw’ in the child’s technique

Fix– With the intention of helping their child the parents then will try to explain what their child did wrong. This is an attempt to ensure he/she does not make the same mistake again. The problem here is that the parent did not stop to consider their child’s experience. The parents don’t communicate any understanding on how the child feels. This reaction will  cause him/her to feel more difficulties regarding the outcome.

learn to show  Empathy

An empathetic response would look like this.

Aware– In this case the parents start by recognizing their own  experiences and then consider their child’s experience.

Explore–  To make sure they are on the right track they can check in with their child to discover his/her stress and embarrassment.

Understand Now that the parent can understand and  feel their child’s internal experience (rather than their own), they can let him/her know that they understand how difficult it is for him/her to lose such a close match.

Join  Rather than trying to fix the situation , these parents can join with their child in helping him/her cope with their disappointment by letting him/her know that it is normal to feel  disappointment.

What You Can Do…

Next time you notice yourself trying to help your child by fixing a difficult situation that he/she encounters,  just step back for a minute and  check to make sure you have fully considered and understand how he/she feels about the present situation.

This will allow you to collaborate with your child in a way that will strengthen your relationship and makes it more likely that he/she will listen and take on board what you have to say in the future.


Play and learn Tennis


Playing tennis is good exercise and is also lots of fun.

 You might be an actual natural at playing tennis but all of us still need some practice. Why not look at  a tennis holiday next time you go on vacation


 Many people people can vouch for how much fun a tennis holiday  is. You can experiment with your  game, you can hone your skills and you also get some exercise.  Eat all the wonderful dishes that you want and not gain any weight since you are constantly running around playing tennis.


  Nothing beats returning from a vacation with improved tennis skills plus a fitter and leaner body.

If you are only beginning to learn tennis and have decided to go on a tennis holiday then be prepared to have loads of fun.

Might be a good idea to get lessons with coaches who will teach you according to the rules of the ETA. These coaches are sure to be certified so that you know that you’re learning from certified coaches?

Even if you do not become a professional tennis player and mot of us won,t then you may at least know all the foundations and moves which are utilized by professionals.


You are on a holiday and that means you have got to enjoy yourself, so should you be on a tennis holiday then that gives you even more reason to enjoy your holiday

If you are to make an effort to do   something, then you might as well do things right

. Learn from the professionals so that you’ll get the correct coaching.

Costa del Sol is a a great place to play tennis. No matter what your level we can organise games and coaching to make your stay worthwhile

Contact Tony here

Choosing the correct Tennis racquet

There are many different types of racquets on the market and each one is built to be played with a certain way and also for a certain type of person.


You need to be aware of a few important facts before you decide to purchase a tennis racquet so that you are making a wise purchase.
Buying a tennis racquet can be a confusing exercise, mostly due to the large variety that are available on the market today.

This is even more difficult, when you cannot get advice from a personal coach or a more experienced player.

Here are a few guidelines that almost anyone can use to make a more informed purchase.
Here are a few tips on how to purchase a suitable and comfortable tennis racquet to suit an individual’s needs:
Seniors and females should focus on purchasing a racquet that can provide added power as this category of person usually has slower and less powerful contact swings.  Getting a racquet that is light weight and perhaps has a slightly oversized head is better than using one that is longer and head heavy.
The intermediate player who is a little more skilled at the game may require a little less power form the racquet, thus needing one that has enhanced manoeuvrability.  The ideal racquet here should have a midplus head and a more extended length. As for the more advanced to high level players, the racquets should ideally be heavier  and also have smaller and more balanced heads, thinner beams and better control.

The general rule of thumb is that the heavier the racquet, the more power and stability the racquet will be able to generate.

This also helps to lessen the transmission of shock when in contact with the ball. With the lighter version of the tennis racquet, it may be easier to swing and manoeuvre but may not give the player the added power to create any forceful play action.
The grip of the racquet should also be a grip that allows the player to be comfortable and in control of the general direction the ball flight takes. If the grips are not suitable, then these can be changed at the request of the player.
A good idea is to try many different types of racquets before you actually buy one.  There are many different types of racquets on the market and the best way to find the correct racquet for you that is to try it before you buy it and find one that is comfortable in your hands and fits your budgets.
Do not assume that the most expensive racquet will be the best.  While it may be true that the more expensive racquets will often times be better than the cheaper ones, you can still find tennis racquets at a reasonable price that will still be very beneficial for your tennis game.

How to win a Tie Break

In tennis the tie-breaker is one of the tests you must pass during a REALLY tight match.

It’s a measuring stick for who can handle the pressure the best, because it’s also the last chance to  win the set and the end of the line is approaching fast.

If you handle the pressure and win the tiebreak then you win the set, but if you can’t then all of the work you have put in during the set is more or less lost. Obviously, if you find yourself in a tiebreak situation then you are pretty closely matched with your opponent and it’s probably going to come down to just a few points that will really make the difference.


So how do you make sure you win those VERY important points?


Calm Down


It’s important that you recognize and take the necessary time to evaluate some things about your current state of mind. A checklist will you make sure you are properly prepared to begin the tiebreak in a good mental position and playing at your best.


Take 30-45 seconds before you engage in the tie-break with your opponent. If you’re serving first just let the balls sit at the back of the court as you turn away from your opponent and focus on your strings.


Straighten all of your strings as you think about your breathing. Are you calm? Tell yourself that you love to play tie breakers because of the challenge they provide, even if you don’t… you need to like playing them and seeing what the outcome will be, win or lose….Eliminate any thoughts of what happened during the set up to this point, it’s over.


You can’t control it and you need to try to forget about it and only focus on what your plan is for the tie break moving forward. It can be hard but it will make the difference in your results during tie-breaks.


Your opponent is also nervous and if they are impatient all the better for you. They will wonder what you’re doing and it will get them thinking of things that aren’t beneficial to the tie-break. Let them stew, you aren’t doing anything wrong !


Think tactics


The next thing you need to do after you have motivated yourself for the tie-break and you have calmed your breathing and mind is to decide how you want to play the tie-break.


You need to ask yourself what has been working for me during this set ? Am I breaking down their backhand consistently? Are they able to come up with a pass on the forehand when I approach the net? Where are my serves most effective?


Figure out what is working for you up to that point and then stick with it. If it’s been working so far it will probably continue to work with the pressure turned up. Don’t overthink: it will only make you nervous and cause you to make mistakes.


Make your opponent play and don’t give them easy points by taking unnecessary risks. Once you’ve worked this out in your mind during your break then get started with lots of energy.


Keep everything simple

Remember most of your opponents are going to rush into the tie-break without taking this time to gather themselves, and most of them will usually find themselves down quickly and wondering how they got behind so fast in the first place. That’s good for you.


By the time they start putting it together you should be cruising and ready to push through the final few points you need to finish off the set. Work on the tactics that you highlighted. Keep a clear mind and focus on the things that you want to work on. Whether it’s a first to 7 point tie breaker or the longer first to 10 pointer, you will need to change ends.


So when you do, take your time. Drink fluids, eat nutrients, towel yourself down and take your time. Think about what you’re doing and if you’re being successful, continue using the same tactics. However, if you’ve fallen behind, try not to panic. Consider using different tactics from now on. Sometimes, just a small change in plan can make a massive difference.


Try serving into your opponents body, try hitting the ball a bit softer and higher, or try slowing things down between points. Your opponent may become agitated as they were on top and now things have changed again. And if it starts to work, continue doing the same things as it’s started to work for you now.


Don’t get ahead of yourself and see the finish line before you get over it. Just keep calm and you will find that you will come out on top in the end !


Fitness training with Tennis

Share this article on PinterestWhen playing Tennis  it is important to incorporate fitness components into training.

 Tennis training is all about learning the right technique for the different ground strokes, the volleys and serves.

Tennis fitness is about improving your footwork, your cardio, speed, reaction time and core strength. In order to get the best results, you  need to do the tennis training and tennis fitness together.  A well planned tennis training program will help a player become more efficient and more proactive on the court.

Here are different components of tennis fitness training that are  helpful for tennis players of all levels. 

Agility Training:


Agility training provides the ability to rapidly change direction, without losing speed, balance, or body control. Agility training also helps a player  focus on his tennis footwork technique and strength to become  more efficient while carrying playing strokes on the court.


Strength Training:


 Strength training helps players to become more powerful and explosive on the court. A strong player  is able to hit the ball harder. Apart from increasing power it also improves the ball control. Proper stroke mechanics are easier to learn if the muscles and joints are strengthened.  Strength training helps protect against injuries.


Flexibility training:


 Flexibility is  the range of motion about a joint and its surrounding muscles during a passive movement. An accurate flexibility level enables the player to  reach balls in extreme positions as well as  preventing  injuries that could occur while playing.


Individualized tennis training fitness program, should incorporate all the  areas mentioned above.  At a high level at least 1/3 of the total practice time should be devoted to fitness training for tennis. A big mistakes made by tennis players is to stop training for fitness during tournaments.

It is  important to do a minimum in order to maintain the current fitness level. Following a correct tennis training fitness program is essential for players who want to excel at each level of the sport.



Elite tennis players, know how to maximize their time on court!

Some tips on   how you can, maximize your time on court.

By, learning how to concentrate.The only way to start doing things faster is to…

Learn how to concentrate better in practice.

And you can do that,be working on your concentration skills, more off the court as well.

This will transfer to your practice time on the court.

Start doing one thing at a time and focus all your attention,on what you are doing at that particular time.

Don’t let your mind wonder, like it’s likes to do. “You must practice being in the moment at all times”.

This could be in the classroom,on the train or anywhere else.

Stop thinking about the past and worrying about the future.

Deal with those issues,when you get there.

Now, don’t get me wrong here.

You need to map out your tennis goals on a daily basis.

(Know what you want.)

But then start focusing on the daily activities, that will get you there!!


Concentrate all your mental energy on each drills,rep and practice match.

Be all mentally in,on each one!!

Do this for at least 2 weeks.

That should give you enough time to start becoming more efficient on the court.

Then you will start progressing faster than other players and with less effort!!


You will build momentum FLOW!!!

Training and Conditioning

A tennis training program has to meet the demands of an all-round physically challenging, individual sport.


For a tennis player to perform at their best, they must have just the right mix of aerobic and anaerobic endurance, explosive strength and power, speed off the mark and agility. In fact, the amount of strength, speed, agility and flexibility conditioning a player is prepared to undertake has been linked to the standard they play at.


A tennis match is characterized by repeated bouts of high-intensity activity. However, a typical rally may last about 6 seconds and not much more than 10 seconds even on a clay court. Between points there is the luxury of up to 25 seconds rest – 90 seconds if it’s a changeover. Hence, the overall physical demand is closer to prolonged moderate-intensity exercise (such as distance running) than a true multisprint sport (such as soccer).


A tennis training program must be based on solid aerobic endurance to sustain a high work rate for the duration of a game that may last several hours. Anaerobic endurance is also an essential component so that power over each rally, and in each shot within a rally can be maintained to same high level.


On average a tennis player will move just 3 meters per shot and 8-12 meters during a point. It becomes obvious that good speed and quickness around the court is essential in order to reach the majority of these shots. During a match 48% of a players movement is sideways so agility, or the ability to change direction rapidly and under control becomes equally as important.


Finally, a balanced tennis training program should help to prevent injury and over training. For example, a preventative program of wrist extensor strengthening and stretching exercises can help to prevent tennis elbow. Specific exercises can also be prescribed to reduce the risk of rotator cuff damage.

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