In my experience, what many parents aren’t aware of is that there are plenty of opportunities aside from LTA tournaments for kids to compete and play tennis competitively. Since you don’t know, what you don’t know, it can be difficult to find these events so the goal of this article is to provide a snapshot of non-LTA tennis opportunities for children to compete and enjoy their tennis.
i2c is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. From humble beginnings, working around a kitchen table (yes, really), i2c has grown to be one of the UK’s largest providers of tennis coaching and training. Everyone knows that hindsight is a beautiful thing! So we asked i2c Director Richard Marklow to share the highs, lows, secrets and mistakes from 10 years in the tennis industry.
As Wimbledon begins again, and particularly when Andy Murray isn’t there to play for UK tennis glory, we start soul-searching about why we don’t have more juniors coming thru. Inevitably we ask, “Why haven’t we got more players in the top 50-100?
i2c’s Head of Performance coaching, Adam Wharf, is the ideal person to dispel the myths and talk about the talent pipeline in the UK and abroad.
As your players begin to develop more strength and hit the ball harder, they will need to also hit with more top spin. It can be difficult initially for young players to understand all of the advantages of top spin for them. We demonstrate how you can help players develop topspin. The key to this quick fix is to think about top spin in “levels” depending upon where you are on the court. Helping players with their top spin couldn’t be easier than with Nigel’s quick fix drill!
The stresses around maintaining a healthy work-life balance are huge for people in all walks of life. However, the challenge of achieving work-life balance is particularly challenging for sports coaches when “normal” working hours are by necessity outside of the hours most people work. That makes it hard for coaches to spend quality time with…