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Can Senior Adult Tennis Players Avoid Injury?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com For the better part of three-plus decades, I have coached hundreds, if not thousands, of senior tennis players from all around the globe. Unfortunately for me, I also aged along with my students and have experienced innumerable injuries. In order to beat the clock, senior tennis players have to embrace the new and improved sporting ... Read More »

Team Tennis Dilemma: One Captain or Two

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com CTA or USTA team tennis offers distinct challenges each season, and picking the ‘right’ captain or captains is crucial to the success of the tennis operation. Moreover, when club teams win each week, there is a special buzz at the club. In my practices, I have enjoyed exceptional team captain, as well as the co-captain ... Read More »

Should Tennis Coaches Teach the Volley First?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com As long as I have been around the great game of tennis, most coaches have started their new players with the forehand drive. A few lessons later, and the new player is working diligently on their backhand stroke, and eventually start moving forward to work on their net game. However, would it be a game ... Read More »

Are Today’s Players Training Properly?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Gluten-free and vegan diets, insane workouts in the fitness center and yet, we had over 12 disqualifications, primarily due to heat issues, at this year’s U.S. Open? Something just doesn’t add up. Midwestern tennis star Jack Sock, now the number 2 ranked American, was dominating in the first two sets before leg cramps sidelined him. ... Read More »

Johnny Mac Topples Serena in Battle of the Sexes?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com “I believe I can still take her,” John McEnroe proclaimed last week, while appearing on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” television show. Is he delirious or just supremely confident? There are so many factors to consider, so let’s examine this possible match up. To me, this could be the most incredible battle of the sexes of ... Read More »

Don’t Hit the Ball So Perfect

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com “Doug, don’t hit the ball so perfect to me today. None of the guys I play with hits the ball like you and I want to be able to handle their spins,” Ben offered. Wow, I took a quick double-take, gathered my thoughts, and proceeded to have one of the better learning experiences of my ... Read More »

To Peek or Not to Peek?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Unless we are coaching highly ranked tennis players, I am a firm proponent of having my net players turn and take a brief look at their partner during a doubles point. Why? Far too many unproven doubles players do not move with their partners, and thus are not prepared for the next ball. Too often, with ... Read More »

Never Arrive too Soon to the Ball or Else!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com I absolutely love when my students are diligent and prepare quickly. In most cases, this studious player will be in excellent position to strike the ball. However, inexperienced tennis players can be too anxious and then must cope with a variety of issues. For example, amateurish tennis players often move to the ball so fast ... Read More »

Coaches Must Ditch Tradition Right Away

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Jumping groundstrokes, back leg moving through the air, say it isn’t so, right?  Perhaps I’m a tad liberal, but I absolutely encourage talented tennis players to buck the odds and ‘go for broke. It’s my line of reasoning that the great game of tennis never really appealed to the masses from the first exposure to ... Read More »

I Never Thought That I Would See It!

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Without a doubt, the advent of the two-handed backhand has been one of the great additions to the game of tennis. Agassi, Connors, Evert, Nadal, Williams come to mind when I think of powerful two-fisted backhands that have shaped the game of tennis. Due to the success of this stroke, thousands of new tennis players ... Read More »

Will Nadal Show Up at Wimbledon?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com In the last few years, Rafa Nadal has bowed out in the early rounds at Wimbledon to Steve Darcis of Belgium, Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic and Australian teenager Nick Krygios. Curious, indeed? How can such dramatic upsets occur to one of the greatest players of all time? The Nadal camp will site Rafa’s recent struggles ... Read More »

Do You Have a Good Tennis Job?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Talk about a loaded question…clearly, it means different things to different people. Certain business minded professionals enjoy matchmaking, programming and weekly meetings, and love being the leader in their department. Whereas, other tennis professionals just love to teach all day and not worry about the daily round robin. And then there are plenty of specialists: ... Read More »

Is it a Job or is it a Career?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Color me delusional but I always approached each new opportunity as a part of my extensive career as tennis professional. As my mentor, Jak Beardsworth, once coined, “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he said with a wry smile. Indisputably, my early ascent to running my own tennis program was an integral ... Read More »

Get Ready to Scream

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com At the risk of sounding too fuddy-duddy, I may not be ready to endorse the new Big-12 Conference tennis rule which supports, screaming, yelling, shrieking during play. Yes, it is okay to yell at the opponent when he is about to strike his serve or when he is gearing up to rip a big groundstroke. Anything ... Read More »

What is the Hurry to Turn Pro?

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By Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tennis’ latest sensation, 17 year old, Frances Tiafoe, has made the decision to hit the professional circuit. Believe me, as a huge supporter of American tennis, I’m rooting for this fine young man to be a total success. He has signed with Wajid Syed of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency; a savvy move for this rising star. ... Read More »

Is the Touch Game Re-Emerging in Pro Tennis?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Wow, every time I turn around, tennis players are getting taller and taller and the power game continues to dominate the sport. Heck, it seems like just about every player can rip a cannonball serve well north of 120 miles per hour and there is no end in sight. Is it possible that this ... Read More »

Davis Cup Action: Great Britain downs USA again

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By Doug Browne Even though we had the home court edge last year, (San Diego) the Great Britain Davis Cup team stunned the USA squad 3-1. Every tennis fan was well aware of GBR’s Andy Murray and his stellar record but the Americans knew they could outshine James Ward and win both singles matches. Additionally, the USA squad boasts the ... Read More »

Do Tennis Fans Only Care About the Grand Slams? Part 1

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com As a rabid tennis enthusiast, it literally crushes my spirit when I turn on the Tennis Channel and see so many empty seats. During the early stages of the Delray Beach ATP event, it appeared there were only hundreds of fans lining the stadium instead of thousands filling the stands. And, the tournament has outstanding ... Read More »

Who Made the Top 10 List for Best Tennis Cities in America?

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com The volunteer coach was a 3.0 level player and had never coached before. I’m sure there are tiny pockets of success when there is a non-tennis person at the helm but I urge all athletic directors to reach out to their communities and hire tennis pros to lead their programs. One more item: The easiest ... Read More »

How Symczek’s Sportsmanship Raised the Bar

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Tim Smyczek’s (pronounced Smeecheck) recent gesture at this year’s Australian Open (Grand Slam) not only earned the respect of his top-ranked opponent but also of the entire tennis world. Leading 6-5 in the fifth and deciding set and the score 30 love, Rafael Nadal was serving when a disrespectful fan screamed just as he was ... Read More »