Junior Tournaments (June)(NC) 2016

RTA Junior Futures NC L5    06/03/2016       Hard Courts        700068216

 

Carolina Country Club Jr Open NC L4   06/06/2016              703938616

 

Durham Futures NC L5     06/17/2016                700064216

 

Raleigh’s Fun in the Sun L5  6/20/2016         700065816

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Rick Macci: Super Coach

Rick Macci is a Tennis Coach.  He is REALLY good at what he does.  He has NO Wikipedia page (which is crazy) despite the fact that he is a world class tennis coach and I would say that he EQUALS Nick Bollettieri in his accomplishments (of course, he does not have the same push for self-promotion that Bollettieri has).

His players:  Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, Venus and Serena, Tommy Ho, Sharapova, and Viele.

He was the coach who developed Jennifer Capriati.  Macci spent many many hours developing her ground game so she could play HARD off the ground and hit deep penetrating forehands and backhands.  He knew she was destined for greatness when Tommy Ho nailed her in the forehead with an 80 mph fastball; she was knocked on the ground and with tears in her eyes, hopped back up almost immediately “Alright I know the rules of the game.  Wait until I get a short ball.”      She was tenacious.    People recognized her as a “phenom” when she was 12.  Macci had her beating everybody!   She played in the 12’s, she won.  Then in the 14’s, won again.    16’s, won again.   She was even beating girls in the 18’s as a 12 year old.  Her ability to play so close to the baseline allowed her to neutralize the power of her larger opponents.

Rick Macci trained Tommy Ho.  To many tennis people, nobody has heard of Tommy Ho.  He was a phenom developed by Macci and he dominated from a young age.   Tommy Ho had this god-like hand eye coordination and he was lefty.  He was similar to Capriati.  From a young age he was able to dominate.   Tommy Ho won Kalamazoo.  He turned pro with Multi-Millon dollar contracts.    His game did not translate that well to the pro game and he did not become a top ranked world famous pro … … but as a junior he had this massive success.  Tommy Ho and Capriati were the players that put Rick Macci “on the map.”

He also developed a young Andy Roddick. Go to YouTube, type in “Young Andy Roddick with Rick Macci” you can see it.  Macci has a pattern of training kids from 10 to 14 and then something happens, like they move on or they turn pro or something.

He spent some time developing Sharapova.  Believe it or not, the Dad really wanted her to play LEFT HANDED.  They trained but Macci didn’t think it would be natural and strong enough.  So … boom boom boom RIGHT HANDED.  She wanted to be with Macci all the way but then IMG showed up and threw the big money at her.

He was KEY with the Williams Sisters.  He traveled to Compton to see them and he even went to the “Country Club” that was there (it was a joke, it was the ghetto).   He was impressed by their athletic skill and they were able to come and train in Florida with him.  Macci invested many many many hours into developing their strokes and giving them world class coaching.  Venus made her pro tour debut when she was 14 and she won!  Her racquet was unpainted and her clothes were from JCPenny … … “SPONSOR ME!”     She won and she turned pro on the spot.  There is more to the story … … … …

Most people talk like those girls just walked out of the ghetto in Compton and were World Class players but OBVIOUSLY they were professionally trained in Florida by Rick Macci.  It’s a shame he didn’t get more credit AND Venus and Serena still don’t really give him credit for all of the training.  (Sad)

If you found all of this information to be interesting then … … you are welcome!    Also, check out his book it is called “Macci Magic.”   VERY INTERESTING if you are a tennis fan and it really sheds some light on the training of Venus and Serena.

February 17th … … DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Clay Thompson (Tennis) 2016

There is a new player on the block!

He is fast.  He is strong.  He has blond hair.  He is Clay Thompson!

Based on his playing style it looks like he likes to go big on his serve and really crash his forehand!

Hard to say if he has the ability to go deep and beat some skilled Pros, in 2014 he lost to Bobby Reynolds but he performed well in Challenger where he had to play against Blaz Rola.

There is no doubt that his ENERGY is a great boost to tennis!  He brings lots of personality to the court with a crazy amount of jumping and fist-pumping and yelling!     I think the fans will love it

Check out these YouTube videos with him playing to see what I’m talking about:

 

and this one:

 

 

Enjoy!   I hope Clay Thompson keeps on winning!    Tennis needs some more Charisma! (Youtube …. Clay Thompson Tennis)

DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Understanding Tennis In Central NC (North Carolina Tennis)

Are you an adult who wants to learn the game?

Do you have a 6 year old daughter who you want to become Sharapova?

Are you hoping for College Scholarships?

Have you been watching tennis on TV and you just want to get out and play?

I hope I can provide you with the right information to you.   This information will be mainly centered around tennis happening in Raleigh and the surrounding area.

If you are hoping to get going immediately, the City of Raleigh provides low-cost high-value tennis classes based out of Millbrook Tennis Center which is a 23 court public facility.  The center has classes for kids and adults.  The programs there are EXCELLENT for bringing players from pure beginners up to an “intermediate” level.   There are some “tournament players” who train at Millbrook with Bennett Bailey and Kabiru Ibrahim, BUT primarily the Millbrook program works to teach beginners.

The City of Raleigh offers 123 public tennis courts and they are FREE to use.  However, demand for court usage has recently been increasing so I would recommend reserving the court for $4 per hour OR you can check the “Court Calendar” online to see if there are reservations.  Tennis in Raleigh has been increasing in popularity so don’t be surprised if you show up at some busy tennis courts.

For all of your tennis options Raleigh has: Millbrook Tennis Center, North Hills Club, Raleigh Racquet Club, Seven Oaks, Brier Creek Country Club, Carolina Country Club, Ebony Racquet Club, Greystone Tennis, Hasentree, and the list goes on.  Raleigh is full of players, coaches, and courts.  During the Spring, Summer, and Fall there is a TON of tennis that happens on Saturday Mornings and Sunday evenings (I mean A LOT).

Also, many high schools have tennis teams (some Varsity and Junior Varsity).  These teams vary in skill: some schools have weak teams that you can walk onto if you know how to hold a tennis racquet and some teams are loaded with Tournament Players which may appear to be a team of “professionals” if you are new to the game.

In Cary North Carolina, Cary Tennis Park is HUGE with a TON of tennis happening out there.  Lots of Adult tennis and lots of junior tennis so that is a great place to start if you live in Cary NC (also, just as an observation, there is a noticeable amount of Indian players who play out of Cary and Cary Tennis Park).

This next part could probably be an article on it’s own: Training for tournaments and going for college scholarships.  In order to have your son or daughter compete in USTA tournaments (and win matches) they will need a forehand, a backhand, and a serve (for starters).  Kids playing in these things most likely have some kind of private coach or in general, just many hours spent playing the game.  Very competitive.  BUT with TIME and energy kids can become STRONG players and compete on a high level in North Carolina Tournaments.  In order to be in the realm of earning college scholarships you would want to make a goal of becoming AT LEAST a “3 Star Recruit” on TennisRecruiting.com.  In order to get to that level, your player has to have the skills to WIN junior tournaments in North Carolina and be willing and able to TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE STATE to play tournaments and compete at the SOUTHERN LEVEL and not just the STATE LEVEL.    As a parent, if you want your son or daughter to be a “high level” player in North Carolina, it REALLY DOES require the sacrifice of a bunch of weekend time to play in USTA Tournaments where you sometimes have matches that play on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday (this is if your child goes ALL THE WAY and wins all of their matches).  It can be a lot of time and work and financial resources but it can very rewarding as your son/daughter can gain good confidence and self-esteem from being a WINNING and successful tennis player in North Carolina.  It is a world of its own (and beware of “crazy tennis parents”).  As a final note, if you want a scholarship, your odds are stronger if you are a GIRL (and even higher if you are an African American Girl) simply due to the number of players going after scholarships and the demographics involved in tennis.  The game currently has many White Players and Asian Players and many Indian Boys in the NC area.  Also, tennis is a global game so if you are competing for scholarships at a Division One University (NC State, UNC, Duke) do not be surprised if you are competing against a Russian Player or a Brazilian Player in order to get that scholarship (nobody said it was easy).

I hope this provided some good information and can give you some good guidance for your tennis journey in Central North Carolina.

-DJ Robo Biscuit

ATP Tennis in 2016

It’s going to be a big season.

Be on the look-out for Dominic Thiem and Alex Zverev to do big things.  Both have big games.  Thiem’s ground game is basically explosive with his backhand down-the-line being a cannon.  Zverev being lanky and powerful, his forehand is a monster.

Keep an eye on Borna Coric.  Essentially a Young Djokovic with a Hewitt-like determination.  He will be beating people no doubt.

Hopefully Tiafoe will make some more strides during the year.  America is hungry for him to live up to his hype.

Don’t underestimate Gulbis.  He just might become a “winning machine.”

This could be an excellent year for Kyrgios.  His game is phenomenal: athletic, big serve, big forehand, love the stage.  He needs more winning and less scandal.

Also, hoping that the Harrison brothers and the Ymer brothers can make some moves during the year.

Taylor Fritz!  America is ready for T-Fritz to battle on the world stage!

2016 is getting set up for a big year for tennis with hopefully lots of new faces maturing and going deeper in tournaments!

-DJ RoboBiscuit