Tennis Training and Talent

When teaching kids, you have to look for “talent”

But I think the MOST important element that can help a kid get some success with tennis at a young age is their competitiveness.    If there is a kid who is “competitive” in that they really want to win the matches, then they will be willing to fight and “grind” in order to win points and win games and ultimately win matches.  They will grunt and bend their knees and exert their force in order to try and win.

I have definitely seen kids who are in tournaments but they really don’t care at all.  Or they don’t try their best.  They could be rich kids or their parents want them to play.  But they really don’t care if they win the matches, they are not going to fight for it.  In theory, wealthy kids can eventually do well because they can get so many lessons that they learn how to hit hard and clean balls.   BUT, in the end, the advantage goes to the FIGHTER who is willing to battle and win the points.  You just have to look at someone like Nadal or somebody like DAVID FERRER and you can see.

That is just my 2 cents on the matter.

Look for kids who are very competitive because they will become really good tennis players with the right training and the right encouragement.

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Tennis Talent, training young talent

Some thoughts on tennis development.

I have spent a good amount of time watching women’s tennis and watching girls junior tennis.  There is a severe lack of net play.  There is definitely more in the pros and I am surprised that Taylor Townsend is not able to get to the net even more because she has great hands.

In the world of junior girls, they spend most of their time behind the baseline.  I think they don’t want to get brought forward and they don’t like the net.   A young athletic girl if you can train her to play the net then she can win many matches.  I think a lot of girls will not be ready for it.

It is true on both sides, boys and girls.  Most kids just try to hit hard and hit heavy topspin.  If you have a good junior they just need training in how to slice, how to approach and how to volley.   They will get passed and lobbed sometimes but I think the resulting effect will be a victory and the opponent will be so pissed and thrown off by the aggression.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

On Tennis and Talent

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

2018 JR Tennis Tournaments (North Carolina) (Raleigh, Cary, and beyond)

1/06 Raleigh Ice Cold L5                                             Raleigh NC

1/06 Downeast New Year Challenger NC L4           Snow Hill NC

2/03 2018 Polar Bear Shootout NC L4                       Snow Hill NC 

2/10 Raleigh Winter NC L5                                          Raleigh NC

2/17 Downeast Pre-Season Jr Challenge NC L4       Snow Hill NC

2/24 RRC Winter Championships NC L4                    Raleigh NC 

3/03 Mercedes Benz of Cary Junior Championships NC L4    Cary NC

3/10 Ebony Rc Junior NC L4                                    Raleigh NC

3/17 Southern Village Club Junior Championships NC L3/STA L4    Chapel Hill NC

3/23 KMS Jr Open NC L4                                            Kinston NC 

3/31 Snow Hill Spring Jr Open Tournament NC L4    Snow Hill NC

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Tennis Training, Players and Parents

When working with kids in tennis the key player is the parent.    Usually it is one parent who is involved, it could be the father or the mother.   If you are working with a kid you have to constantly work to be sure the parent is “on board” with what you are doing.    The sooner you can make the kid “look” like a tennis player, then the more positive rapport you build with the parent.     Early on in the course of the child learning tennis, there is a chance that the parent will be questioning if the kid can “really do it” and if the kid can actually learn the game.      You will have to work with the kid and the parent to keep them “in it” the more the kid can play tennis, the better their skills will be and you will strengthen your case.

Also, the competition can be tricky.   Kids and parents have a tendency to overreact.   If the kid wins then the kid thinks they are “great” and their parent will be overjoyed at seeing how good their kid is at tennis.    That is good for you as the coach.     However, if the player gets on the court and loses then the kid thinks “they suck” and the parents are not impressed and it makes them wonder whey the kid is not winning and if they are even good at tennis.

The job of the coach is to help “sell the game” and help the parents understand that tennis is a PROCESS and it really does take time for the skills of the player to develop.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

November 26th, 2017

Tennis (October 29 2017)

 

When you work with a player and you work as a coach you have to look to see if there is talent.

The player needs to have some kind of talent.  It can take different forms.  They could have great balance.  They could have great strength.  They could have  a fast arm.   They could be very tough mentally.   They could have great hand-eye coordination.

If the player just has one of these talents then they are worthwhile to work with, it could just go be that they have good “balance” or could be they are “quick” on their feet.

Then the first thing to teach them is the forehand. And they need to be able to FEEL what it is like to hit a clean ball.    Right in the middle of their racquet with their arm extended.  So that way the player can understand that the technique does matter as opposed to flailing at the ball.

And then you want them to build some consistency with the forehand so they start to feel confident they can hit the ball a lot if they need to.

Then you move onto the backhand.

Then you develop topspin.

you want to teach the player to hit clean balls off of both sides and show them how to RALLY because you want them to understand what tennis is actually like.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Tennis, College Tennis, Raleigh North Carolina

(Pictured above is Erin Faulkner, who has played at Michigan State and trained in Raleigh)

Here are some colleges to consider for tennis:

FURMAN

WESTERN CAROLINA

UNC GREENSBORO

APP STATE

UNC CHARLOTTE

 

Information on colleges and the players who play there can be found on “tennis recruiting . net”   you can see who the players are, how many stars they have, and what college they go to.

In order to play on a “nice” college team like a Lower D1 School or better, then the player needs to be a 3 star recruit or higher.  In order to go higher than 3 star, a player needs to compete in tournaments that are outside the state, and they would need a “sectional” ranking or a “national” ranking

DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Biscuit Review: Kabiru Ibrahim Tennis Raleigh North Carolina

Kabiru Ibrahim is a Master Tennis Coach in the Raleigh area.

This is a biscuit review of Kabiru Ibrahim who is a tennis coach working in the Raleigh area of North Carolina.  Kabiru has a specialization in developing juniors for tournament play.  This blogger has observed his players in action and can say that the players he trains often have extremely “clean” groundstrokes and usually his players are very “balanced” they rarely appear to be off-balance or court off-guard by how the ball is struck.

He successfully coached Erin Faulkner who went on to play at Michigan State.

Kabiru, in addition to his tennis training, will also do strength training with his players to develop their muscles and improve their ball-striking.

Kabiru Ibrahim was an accomplished player in his own career.  He had ATP Points playing for Nigeria (currently inactive but he still comes up on the ATP website which is pretty cool).  He also played #1 for Shaw University.

Kabiru is a mobile tennis center.  He can often be found coaching his players on public courts in the City of Raleigh.  This blogger has witnessed Kabiru hitting balls with his more advanced players and his ball-striking is still very impressive.  He is built sturdy and can really pound the ball when he wants to.  Many of his players are good at volleying as well; he appears to encourage them to play more of an all-court game.

This blogger recommends seeking out Kabiru if you are a strong player who needs to fine-tune his/her tennis game.  Kabiru is somewhat of a “groundstroke guru”  Also, if you are looking to have your son or daughter trained then he is an excellent coach if you are serious about tournament play as well as a potential college scholarship.

DJ ROBO BISCUIT gives Kabiru Ibrahim TWO Thumbs Up.

If you are looking to find Kabiru this blogger recommends contacting Millbrook Tennis Center at the Millbrook Exchange Park in order to get his contact information.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, September 2017, End of Post

Turn Pro Christopher Eubanks (Big Man)

Eubanks should go pro.

He played well against Fritz and Donaldson.   Fritz is a power player and Donaldson was a more solid version of Fritz and Donaldson had more training on the red clay so you can tell he plays with more margin of error.    In the end, Harrison was too strong and crafty for Eubanks.   Also, it was clear that Eubanks was not “on his game” against Harrison.    In his match against Fritz and Donaldson,  Eubanks played well by dominating with power tennis.   Big serving and big forehands.   He is 6 foot 8.   He should be able to crack more aces and hit more serves that are unreturnable.   if he has the desire then he should go Pro,  If Karlovic and Isner can do it then Eubanks can do it.      It was a great display by Eubanks and I think he could win more by “going for broke more often”    Attacking when his opponent is serving and going for aces in his game similar to Karlovic and Isner.   Also, Eubanks has a good one-handed backhand and a good slice.   He should continue to get up to the net.

I was happy with how Eubanks played and I hope he will keep playing more tournaments.  He has the game right now to be around the top 60 or top 70 of the ATP and he is going to have to “grind” to pull his game up to the top 30!   But Isner and Karlovic could do it.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT