Most tennis books are either technical or autobiographical. The other category is philosophical. Creating Tennis Mastery is a philosophical book on the important behind the scenes decisions for improvement and maximizing your tennis potential. I was personally inspired to write this book for several reasons. I was a national champion at 12 years old who was ranked number 4 in the country in 1986. Yet I did not achieve the same level of results at later ages partly due to being great at younger ages requires a much different skill set. I was determined to figure out what I was missing, since my biggest rival up till 13 was Vincent Spadea, the ranked 3 in the country in 1986 and later, top 20 in the world with wins over Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
I was given the opportunity to play pro tennis after college. Although my skill sets were far behind the world’s best players to realistically catch up,I learned how to create tennis mastery process wise and teach others to do as well. There are two parts to the book. Part 1 provides an overview of my philosophy. I believe that creating tennis mastery requires technical, physical, mental, emotional and strategic skill efficiency at the highest level. The main foundations for creating skill mastery, entails motivation and personal commitment. Without these elements in place, creative tactics have to be attempted including one’s psychology and environment being dealt with. Tennisconsulting.net was formed to provide an eye perspective for parents, players, and coaches to help with on and court off court issues with the existing team.
Beyond motivation is basic technique. Next is a better athlete and physical specimen. Fitness for tennis requires everything including strength, power, speed, endurance, flexibility, and tennis specific endurance. Maintaining your athleticism involves proper recovery. Another necessary foundation besides motivation, technique and fitness and recovery is trust. Too many athletes in all sports over-analyze, rather than allow their body to work naturally. Part 2 of the book provides a four-step decision-making process for creating tennis mastery. This is the heart guts of the book because if you do not make the right decisions you will not attain the necessary foundations for creating tennis mastery.
It is important that coaches regardless of benefit do not sell themselves short, force students to do what’s not in their heart and soul, or waste your valuable time babysitting entitled parents and students. As no matter how much gold and diamonds on a silver platter in terms of awareness and opportunity you give someone, does not mean one will apply it. Coaching Tennis Mastery is about me as a coach creating tennis mastery with my students. It also helped me and subsequently can help others distinguishun-coachable students and parents fromthose willing, ready and able to take advantage of high-level awareness and opportunities for creating tennis mastery.
Personal Tennis Mastery is a journal about my struggles and triumphs. The aim of the book is to help others improve and maximize their tennisregardless of age and circumstances. Motivation comes from both the outside and within. Without the motivation from others on the outside coaching tennis mastery and from yourself personally within, creating tennis mastery is impossible. As human beings we are merely energy. The more positive our external and internal energies are, the happier we will be and better tennis we will play.
Tennis Mastery Skills explores the technical, physical, mental, emotional and strategic skills of tennis in detail. An overall curriculum and individual curriculums for attaining each of these skill sets comprise this book. The video curriculum series which is part of this book is a guide to help players of all ages and levels improve their tennis skills. Hence, the videos help one create tennis mastery by putting new awareness of all skills into actions. The overall video curriculum is sub-divided into the following curriculums: Groundstrokes and Movement, Serves and Returns, Net Game and Skill Shots, Fitness, Mental Toughness, and Strategy and Competition. All the curriculums are organized in chapters, and can be worked on in a “General Ordering Flow.” A protocol is laid out with clear directions on how and when to incorporate specific steps to minimize confusion and maximize progress. Beginners should follow the step by step instructions. Even though intermediate and advanced players do not have to follow exact protocols, they can still take advantage of important details within each curriculum as only the best players in the world have mastered all the curriculums.