Issues

Fall 2017 Issue

Editor’s letter

Dear Reader, through our tight network of coaches and their players we have access to behind the scenes stories that other journalists and tennis aficionados cannot get. There is so much valuable information and inspiring stories being discussed in the locker room, or in the gym, at the player’s lounge restaurant, or over a beer at the hotel. For those coaches, players and parents out there who have questions but cannot seem to find the right answers – ELITE is for you.


IN THIS ISSUE:

1

Pat Cash: Determined

“From a physical perspective, back in the 80s it was only he and Martina Navratilova who had a trainer,” recalls now Dr. Ann Quinn. “We really focused on every aspect of his fitness and more specifically every step on the court, and how he moved forwards, backwards, sideways, recovering from volleys, etc. From a nutritional perspective, we regularly did detailed blood analysis, looking at every vitamin, mineral and amino acid and making sure he only added what was needed.”

by Robert Davis

2

Double Tap

”Forehand is being used to control the points (even by players with a great backhand) - therefore you have to be able to finish the point with it. Drills hitting the forehand hard from middle of the court are very beneficial.”

by Ivan Lendl

3

Q&A with Patrick Mouratoglou

”I succeed with my players because I always start every coaching experience as a freshman. I have seen throughout my 20 years on tour some coaches having great results with one player and start to think that now they know how to go to the top of the game. Then, they start to apply what they think is a winning recipe to the next players and of course it does not work.”

by Robert Davis

4

Frances Tiafoe: Construction of a Competitor

”Pure and simple, he was just one of those kids that loved being on the tennis court. It was his happiest place to be. He also liked to win. He had an ability to see the game deeper than most other children his age. Probably, it was because he was around tennis each and every day of his life. His tennis IQ was extremely high, and it showed.”

by Chuck Kriese

5

A Day In The Life Of A Hitting Partner

”I usually head to the courts to get an hour practice session in before my practice session with Venus. This hour is sacred to me because it allows me to make as many mistakes as I want without feeling the pressure and demands of making errors. In addition, I feel like I’m sharp after this hit therefore, enhancing the quality of my practice with Venus.”

by Jermaine Jenkins

6

Talking Shop with David Witt

”It is harder to gain the trust of the women than the men on the ATP. With the guys it might be more of a business deal, while on the WTA building chemistry is crucial. And developing a trust where they are confident that you know what you are talking about regarding training sessions, scouting opponents, and game planning.”

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7

Q&A with Dave Miley

”Too many people are outcome oriented. When a player finishes a match and comes home the parents usually say ‘Did you win?’ Of course, the answer is going to be either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, but the best questions would be ‘How did it go?’ and then the player asks ‘Oh, I lost’, but then the parent insists on getting to know ‘No, no how did it go?’, ‘How did you play?’”

by Adam Blicher

8

Keeping in Perspective

”This loss brought more than pain, it brought confusion, questions and plenty of soul searching. In the hours and days that followed, I analyzed everything about my preparation for Wimbledon. Had I made a mistake somewhere? Could I have done something wrong? What could I have done better during the match?”

by Aisam Qureshi

9

Player’s Perspective

“When I was younger I had less fear. Maybe every player does. I know that I went for my shots without hesitation. Then over the years, you gain a lot of experience, some good and some not good. You tend to think too much and then the negative experiences start dominating the positive ones. And that can hold you down at times.”

by Robin Haase

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