What being a tennis pro/coach actually means and how it seems to be perceived by other people?

So a client of mine made a great point recently in regards to how tennis pros are seen by others. Her personal observation was that tennis pros are much more than just people feeding balls. However, there was another person that straight up thought that tennis pros don’t know anything else besides tennis. Here is my take: About 95% of the tennis coaches have B.S. degrees on top of any other tennis specific certifications, probably half if not more, also have a M.S. degree. Most of them have competed at the highest levels of tennis, have played professional tournaments and/or have played college tennis. There is a lot of tennis coaches who have graduated from Ivy League schools who CHOSE coac

FFT: Form, Footwork & Timing in Tennis

"If you do not have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?" - Coach John Wooden There is three major components to consider and learn when playing tennis and those are: Form, Footwork & Timing (FFT). Here i will try to help you understand better why those three components are so important. First, if you are going to capture, drive and follow the ball, you have to move your racket in a very specific, preset way. This is what we call form and it is absolutely essential at being successful when playing tennis. You often hear coaches talking about the "shape" of your stroke. Well that "shape" is important because it will help you produce a good shot. If the shape is

How to practice smart & not hard: What I learned from Nick Bollettieri

"Believe in yourself and never never doubt your ability to do it." A few years back I was attending a tennis conference in Manhattan, NY and i got to meet the great and probably most famous tennis coach in the world, Mr. Nick Bollettieri. I am sure many of you have heard of him and his accomplishments. Just to name a few, he coached and developed players like: Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles. He has also worked with Maria Sharapova, the Williams sisters, Kei Nishikori and many, many others. I've known Nick from my days in Florida and i have seen him around a bunch so i got to speak with him for a little bit and there was one question i have been meaning to ask him. The question i ask

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