Sampras Forehand, Robert Lansdorp and Tennis Training

Pete Sampras had a great forehand.  Many he said he had one of the best on-the-run forehands of all time.   Sampras hit the forehand very flat and he DROVE through the ball often to devastating effect.      His clean hit and clean swing on the forehand side also allowed him to develop a clean attacking approach shot.

Sampras uses what is known as the “Lansdorp Forehand”   it uses a classic grip and does NOT use heavy topspin or a western-grip.    Robert Lansdorp is a famous coach who is a living legend.   He trained Sampras and Davenport and Tracy Austin and Maria Sharapova.

If you want to read some interesting opinion on training I would check out the blog that Robert has (or maybe used to have):     https://robertlansdorp.wordpress.com/philosophy/

 

Lansdorp he stresses “Discipline”      and he is big on the players being focused.   He also wants the players to spend a lot of time on repetition.   Some might say “ball after ball after ball”          He has a “tough guy” approach and he demands discipline of the player.   I think Lansdorp is a great coach and his track record really speaks for itself.    I am sure he has rubbed many people the wrong way throughout his life BUT I can say for sure, that now, in a time where American tennis is looking weak … and people are asking “where are all of the champions?”     People need to be looking at Robert Lansdorp and his teaching approach.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

P.S. If you google Lansdorp or the “Lansdorp Forehand” you can easily find more information about him.

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

American Tennis at Wimbledon 2017

Madison Brengle!  Alison Riske!  Jared Donaldson!

Madison Brengle knocks out Petra Kvitova.

Alison Riske defeats Mladenovic! (french player)

Jared Donaldson makes it past Lorenzi and must play Dominic Thiem!

You would think the USTA and American Press would be going nuts!   This is great tennis success for American youngsters!      But these players are not household names.     There is nothing fancy about Alison Riske, she is a baseliner with a counterpunching game.   Jared Donaldson is a grinder and a basher who plays rock solid because he honed his game in Buenos Aires (very smart).    Madison Brengle has a super ugly game.  I am exaggerating by writing that.   Her game does not look like Maria Sharapova at all.   You can tell that Brengle did get her strokes fine-tuned over and over again by Rick Macci and Robert Lansdorp and Nick Bolletieri.   For Brengle,  she is always changing the spins, she does not often have full follow-throughs.   She likes to use the forehand-chip ball to change the pace.     You can see she is often hitting her backhand very flat.   In my opinion, Brengle is the BRAD GILBERT of the Women’s game, she plays the game like chess and she forces her opponent to play worse and worse as they adjust to her style of play.   I’m a big Brengle fan!!!     But the USTA does not like her, they never give her any praise!!!   You could have a list of American players and they would skip over her.   The only way possible for Brengle to get some love from the USTA would be if she made it to the Semifinals of a grand slam and knocked out multiple seeds, they would be like “Damn, this girl is good at winning matches.”     Life is tough for Brengle, she has had to grind and grind and grind.   And she can not overwhelm her opponent with power.   Sometimes Brengle will surprise her opponents with a winner off either side but she will often wait for an error or try to make her opponent uncomfortable.

I hope these non-famous players can keep on winning!  I am happy for them because I know their rankings will go up!!!

Also, keep an eye on Osaka!  Naomi Osaka is a huge threat to Venus Williams!

Go American tennis!  And go unconventional tennis!

Stay fluffy, DJ ROBO BISCUIT, July 6th 2017

French Open Update 2017 (Biscuit needs to get better)

Hello All,

Here is an update on this year’s French Open.  I had previously said that these women would make the Quarterfinals.

Angelique Kerber

Dominika Cibulkova

Simona Halep

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Carla Suarez Navarro

Lauren Davis

Daria Gavrilova

Laura Siegemund

 

Only 3 of them are still left in the tournament.  Kerber lost, Cibulkova was upset by Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, Davis was knocked out, Gavrilova lost, and Siegemund was out with injury.

Simona Halep

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Carla Suarez Navarro

These 3 are the players to watch.  Also, Ostapenko is very dangerous; CiCi Bellis I think will lose to Caroline Wozniacki.  Muguruza is a former champion.    Svitolina is talented.  And Pliskova is #2 in the world.

So now look for these 8 in the quarterfinals.

Simona Halep

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Carla Suarez Navarro

Ostapenko

Wozniacki

Muguruza

Svitolina

Pliskova (World #2)

(and here is one more contender: Timea Bacinsky)

 

The current women’s pro tour is extremely difficult to predict.  It appears to be very common that in grand slams the upsets just rain like hellfire.  Unknown players get HOT and rip winners; the seeds get cocky and can’t make their shots, and some players just mentally breakdown.  Just look at Ons Jabeur of Tunisia!  Nobody was expecting her to come through qualifying and then knock out Cibulkova.

 

Also, on the Men’s side: Tsonga was upset in the first round.   Nick Kyrgios was defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   Monfils will play Richard GasQUET (I am expecting Monfils to win that one, BUT Richard is extremely talented on the clay)

It looks like there is a high chance of NADAL and MURRAY and DJOKOVIC and WAWRINKA going deep in the tournament.

 

(End of Post)

Stay Fluffy!

 

Lesser Known Pro Players (of Tennis)

On this post I want to highlight some pro players who are good or cool who are much less famous than the players who always win titles and such.  The Pro Tour is big and there are many players who are always battling to get inside the Top 100 and get fame/fortune.

CAGLA BUYUKAKCAY – is a Turkish tennis player.  Currently 157 in the world on the WTA circuit.  With a career high of 60 in the world.  In 2016, she won the Istanbul Cup defeating Danka Kovinic in the finals.

IPEK SOYLU – is another Turkish tennis player.  Currently 155 in the world.  She has had success on the ITF circuit and in 2014 she won the US Open Girls doubles.  Only 21 years old, so she still has time to make her WTA tour success.

SABINA SHARIPOVA – obviously her name is very similar to Maria’s.  She is an Uzbek tennis player.  She has won title on the ITF circuit.

JANG SU-JEONG – A south Korea player.  Age 22.  She has had ITF success.  Currently 125 in the world.

BEATRIZ HADDAD MAIA – A 20 year old player from Brazil.  Currently 108 in the world.  She has won 2 doubles titles on the WTA tour.  She appears to be “on the rise.”

 

Mens:

ALEXANDER BUBLIK – he is a lesser known “young gun” only 19 years old from Russia and playing for Kazakhstan.  He is talented and can win matches at the highest level.

MARIUS COPIL – Currently at a career high ranking of 90 in the world!  Romania.  One-handed backhand.

CASPER RUUD – 18 years old from Norway.  He is another ATP young gun.  He is currently a Yonex player.

 

The ATP and WTA is vast.  Usually the light is always shown on players who make it to the semifinals of tournaments.  I do my best to follow up and coming players to see if they are able to win just one match here and there and slowly pull the ranking up so they have the opportunity to actually play the real players.  Real players being top 100 tennis players.  On the ATP and the WTA, once you are top 100 then you are for real.  If you are a pro player who is consistently top 80 in the world then you are making a good living.  Sometimes, the lesser known players, in the course of one year they only have one or two notable wins.  It is a grind!

I hope my post can bring a little more light to some of the lesser known players on the tour.

Thank you!  DJ ROBO BISCUIT

The State of American Women’s Tennis (2017)

Serena Williams is the current World Number 1 and pregnant.  She is only number 1 by 100 ranking points so if Serena is out with pregnancy then expect Kerber to overtake her in the next month or two (once we hit French Open and Wimbledon).

Venus Williams is number 11 in the world.   36 years old and counting.  Venus is incredibly dangerous and has the ability to beat any player when she is playing well and attacking.

Madison Keys is number 13 in the world.  22 years old and a big time power player.  Possible Wimbledon threat but she is an obvious hard court specialist.

CoCo Vandeweghe is world number 20.  Power player with a big serve.  She can possibly overpower the other girls.  But can CoCo keep her head in the game?

Lauren Davis is world number 32.  Only 23 years old and she is more of a clay court specialist and a “grinder.”  Look for her to do well in the clay court season.  Davis is quick and her game is kind of similar to Cibulkova.

USUE ARCONADA is world number 248 and 18 years old.

Here is a list of players with rankings:

Riske is 40 in the world.

McHale is 47 in the world.

Rogers is 52 in the world.

Catherine Bellis is 55 in the world at age 18.

Lepchenko is 66 in the world.

Madison Brengle is 82 in the world.

Julia Boserup is 85 in the world.

Brady is 87 in the world.

King is 100 in the world.

Mattek-Sands ; Gibbs ; Chirico ; Townsend ; Vickery; Muhammed; Kayla Day ; Jamie Loeb;   Ahn; Falconi; Kenin; Sloane Stephens; and Anisimova are also pro players with rankings outside the top 100.

Also, Melanie Oudin is 277 in the world.

American women’s tennis is doing stronger than it was 2 or 3 years ago.   The younger players of Riske and Davis are performing better most likely due to experience and more intense training.  Sloane Stephens was marked as like the NEW SERENA but she has kind of fallen apart (I guess with injury), she is definitely not doing well currently.   Rogers is dangerous on the Clay due to her power tennis and she is very dangerous against the top players.   Serena and Venus can still play great tennis.  CoCo had a big run in Australia so we need to see if she can keep it going.    Catherine Bellis is for sure a talented player but also young and not experienced.  But, if Bellis can play well then she can do damage in any tournament (I was disappointed she lost that match to Flipkens earlier this year but I guess experience defeated Youth).

I like the game of Madison Brengle.  She has an “ugly game.”  It is not beautiful to watch her tennis but she is able to win points and her game is very no-nonsense.  I think Odin said “She makes you play bad.”   Brengle can slice and hit flat and hit topspin and she will change the pace on purpose to mess up her opponent.  Brengle does not get much love from the commentators but I think fans of tennis can appreciate the Brengle tennis game.

American Women’s tennis has some talent and there are many players who are outside the top 100 who are good players but we shall see how the ladies do in the clay court season.

When Wimbledon comes around look for Venus to do well and maybe Brengle.

When the hard court season comes back look for Riske and Davis to do well.  I think Asia Muhhammed could be a great player if she could be a little more solid.  Also, Kayla Day is on the rise as well.

Go American girls tennis!

(End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

The State of Asian Tennis (2017)

This is an analysis of Asian women’s tennis on the pro circuit.  It is taking into account their rankings and their prospects for success coming up.

In the present day, there are A LOT of skilled tennis players from China, Japan, and Tai-pei (Taiwan also).  It is hard to ignore their depth of talent.  Personally, when I was watching this year’s Australian Open I was impressed by the sheer number of players from Asia that were playing and winning.  Little known YingYing Duan made it to the third round and lost to Venus Williams (Venus destroyed her).  It really showed to me that China had arrived on the world stage of tennis.  Obviously, it kind of already did when you had Li Na winning a few years back but that was only one player.  Now there are multiple players.  Keep in mind they are not battling to win the tournament but they are in the tournament and making their presence known.

The Asian powerhouse is going to keep on coming.  Be on the lookout for them in the next 3 grand slams of this year.  The absolute biggest prospect is Naomi Osaka due to her power-tennis-big-time-winner-heavy game.  Osaka has a strong serve with a BIG forehand and a backhand that can also hit winners from anywhere.  When she is on she is very dangerous but it is hard to say if she has the mental toughness built up to finish off the Top 10 players.

It makes sense that Asia would eventually produce players due to the sheer size of their population.  It used to be that women’s tennis was dominated by Americans and Russians and Spaniards.  There has been a shift.  The women’s game is very diverse right now in terms of countries.  Sharapova has returned to the game so she is a dangerous player to keep in mind.  One thing to factor now to any major is that the Asian players are dangerous.   Case and point, Shuai Zhang, people were not expecting much from her and she just had a huge cinderella run in Australia.

Here are the players:

Shuai Zhang 31 in the world, China

Shuai Peng, 38 in the world, China (she plays two-hands on both sides)

Naomi Osaka, 19 years old, 47 in the world, Japan  (Best prospect for rising up into the top 20)

MISAKI DOI, 52 in the world, Lefty and good counter-puncher, Japan

Qiang Wang, 57 in the world, China

YingYing DUAN, 61 in the world, China

SaiSai Zheng, 67 in the world, China

Risa Ozaki, 72 in the world, China

Nao Hibino, 81 in the world, Japan

Kurumi Nara, 97 in the world, Japan

 

And the list goes on with players outside the top 100 as well.  ALSO, there are the CHAN SISTERS.  Team Chan/Chan is a VERY good doubles team.

That is 10 players in the top 100.  It is hard to say how big of an impact the Asian Tennis Force will have at the French Open.  The Asian players will most likely be much more dangerous at Wimbledon (Osaka) and at the US Open (look out for Osaka there as well).  Also, Side note, at Wimbledon be on the lookout for Pironkova from Bulgaria who is beautiful but also an extremely crafty grass court player.

Feel free to comment.  Me, personally, I am very interested to see how the Asian contingent will progress and if China/Japan/Taiwan/Thailand will continue to bring up professional tennis talent.

Thank you!

-End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT, Monday May 1st, 2017