What Is The Price For Being The Best?

Price of success is pain

Nowhere is change more evident than in the world of sports, perhaps it’s because everyone is watching and there is nowhere for the athletes to hide. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been consistently at the top; Federer holds the longest consecutive reign as the number one player at 237 weeks.  Put that into perspective…

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Expectations Can Hinder Performance

[40] Sam Querrey (USA) is a talented player who turned professional in 2006.  He was recognized because of his big serve and forehand, but was probably noted more for his laid back attitude, so much so that many fans and casual observers have been deceived by his apparent lack of intensity.  A misconception because there…

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Why Does A Player Lose A Set 6-0?

Memphis Open, Tennessee Today we saw [30] Steve Johnson (USA) lose a match to [103] Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) in straight sets after losing the first set 6-0.  Despite taking the lead in the second set, Johnson was distracted mentally and could not maintain his focus to consolidate his lead.  Kukushkin, is a decent player, but to defeat a player…

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The Coaching Relationship

Many players develop an interest in tennis because of a family member, usually a parent or an elder sibling; therefore, it is not surprising that for many players, their first coach is often a relative. Over the years, we have seen the pros and cons of having a relative as the primary coach. The relationship…

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