On coaching tennis and Talent.
When teaching tennis, if you are looking for a student who can be a winner then you must seek out someone who has “talent.” It can take different forms. Some players have great hand-eye coordination, some players are very balanced in their movement, some players have natural strength. There are some men and women who are more “built” to be playing Softball or baseball: they are not that fast, they are a little bit chunky or heavier, but they can hit the ball with great power. These players can be quite good on the junior level since they can develop big serves and lots of power with their groundstrokes.
Some players are gifted with speed but they are “slight of build.” And perhaps not only are they speedy but also “patient.” Some players have a natural talent for patience. So, at the junior level and in tournaments they become the “pushers.” They get all of the balls back and they wait for a mistake to happen. And they are willing to play all day and hit as many balls as possible to wait for the mistake to occur.
The kids who are able to succeed the most, they usually have a combination of talents. Perhaps they are competitive with a strong desire to win the matches. If the “competitive nature” is mixed in with a good hand-eye coordination and natural strength then you have the potential for an extremely good player. If the player is athletic and can develop “weapons” to play with, then they will be able to surpass players who are less gifted.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT