I Play THIS Tennis Game Once a Week (Friendly Competition)

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I want to share something with you…

A solution to playing competitive tennis and enjoying your time on the court…

You see, I know this junior player whom I coach once in a while (don’t have time for full-time coaching these days). She is a 17-year-old who LOVES tennis.

That’s why I agree to play and practice with her once a week.

But, as much as she would like to play matches and see whether she can beat me or not, I came up with a game that suits us both: she gets to play competitively against me, and I get a good workout and practice my strokes.

It goes as follows:

We play a tennis game that continues until we decide to put a stop to it. 

There is no score. 

I serve for two points, she serves for two, alternating. We play every point out, but do not count it.

In this way, we play competitively, but do not keep track of the score. 

No egos involved, no frustrations when missing a shot…

We just have a good time playing tennis, enjoying every point, learning from mistakes, and improving our tactics based on the decisions we make. 

You can try this too. With your tennis partner(s).

It is a good way to play competitive tennis without the pressure of winning or losing. You will practice your strokes technique, get a good workout, and work on your match tactics in a relaxed way. 

Try it and let me know how it goes in the comments below.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

Why I Decided to Teach My Daughters Tennis

tennis coach teaches his daughter

Do you consider that every tennis coach has a duty to introduce their children to tennis? Even if only to teach them the basics so they can enjoy it later with their friends?

These were questions I was asking myself as my baby daughters were turning 4 and 5 years old. 

Many days and nights had I thought about it: what if they didn’t like tennis? Is there a social expectation from a tennis coach to have his children pick up the sport he likes so much? 

I was young and did not have answers to those questions…

One of the biggest thoughts that I could not shake off was the one that eventually made me decide to take this step and introduce my daughters to tennis:

“Would I forgive myself after 20-30 years if I did not teach them to play tennis?”

No, I would not. 

And this is how I got my daughters started with this sport. 

There is more to this story, but I have to keep it short – 

My daughters began with group classes so they could see other kids enjoying tennis, and only after they got a taste of this sport, they asked me to be their coach. 

It was not easy because my daughters have strong personalities. And they “knew better than me” how to hit the ball and would not accept anybody telling them how to do it. 

Even though their father was a tennis coach…
They knew tennis better than I. 🙂

Teaching your kids is not an easy task, but it would give a parent great satisfaction seeing them grow in the sport, become competitive, and learn to work hard to develop their skills… not to mention the hours you spend with them on the court is just… priceless.

So yes, I did manage to teach my two daughters to play tennis and we did this process together for 9 years. 

Best part?

Occasionally, my wife would record some of their lessons. 

If you want to see how I did it, and learn the techniques, the games, and the ways I interacted with my daughters on the tennis court, you can watch the whole 9-year process in this WebTennis24 section called My Daddy / My Coach.

Was it easy, was it hard? 

It does not matter. 

The time I spent with them on the court during all those years is just precious. 

If you are teaching your children or intend to do it soon, I am here for you. 

I’ve done it, so I know what you are going to go through. 

If you want to take a peek into our lessons, this Potato Race tennis game which my two daughters loved so much, can give you an idea of what it takes to teach your children not only tennis but any sport.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

Do NOT Copy the Pros!!

playing tennis

It was 2003… the year I earned my tennis teaching certificate.

Despite my playing experience and theoretical understanding of teaching tennis, there were still so many gaps in my knowledge about how to actually coach people.

My students were all unique individuals – each with their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.

As a young coach, it took me a while to learn that I had to adapt to every single student I encountered.

Once I became a certified tennis coach, I assumed that the methodology I learned from this esteemed tennis teaching organization would provide me with a “one-size-fits-all” formula that would suit every student that entered my tennis court.

I was wrong!!

Only when I learned that people are unique and they each had to be approached according to their personality, did I begin improving as a tennis coach.

Tennis is not a one-size-fits-all sport.

You were born with certain personality traits which are reflected in the way you strike the ball, the way you move, and the way you make decisions on the court.

skilled coach can help you discover the basics of how to play tennis in a way that complements your own unique playing style.

Don’t try to be like the pros!

Be yourself and play tennis in your own way…

The way that feels right to you.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

Four Tennis Pros That Went All-In on a Different Career

Tennis is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet.
It requires stamina, focus, and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to make split-second decisions and commit to them completely.
Succumbing to fatigue or losing focus even for a moment can cost players the match, even when they go on for days at a time like the famous John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut match at Wimbledon.

It might not seem obvious, but these are many of the same traits needed to be a world-class poker player as well.
The absolute focus, mental stamina, and ability to make quick choices about whether to fold or call someone’s bluff are all ones that can be gained on the tennis court.
That is probably why many tennis players turn to games like poker when the season is done, trading the clay and grass for the felt and a chair.
Some take up the game when they’ve retired from competitive tennis while others fit it in between training sessions and tournaments.
We’ve discussed our ‘Top 10 Tips to Being a Better Tennis Coach’ before, so it might be worth including other games like poker into your players’ training.

Who has made the transition between sports most successfully? Here are a few of our favorite tennis pros who found a second home at the poker table.

 

David Benyamine

This French tennis star has always had a competitive streak.
Before he became a tennis pro, David Benyamine was a competitive skier and soccer player in France.
He found his biggest success on the tennis court until, at the age of 25, he was forced to hang up his racket due to shoulder injuries.
However, he soon found another calling in poker.
His lifetime earnings in poker are nearly $8m and have included major tournament wins.
He even appeared at the 2021 World Series of Poker.
Benyamine has since become one of the most popular players in poker, drawing big crowds whenever he is in the running during a tournament.
A pretty good showing for what is his second career, really.

 

Boris Becker

This former number one tennis player is one of the most famous players to come out of Germany.
With six major titles to his name, it looks like he isn’t quite done on the competitive side of sports.
Now in his fifties, Becker can often be seen on the European Poker Tour, playing against some of the best the continent has to offer.
He certainly hasn’t left the world of tennis behind completely, regularly providing color commentary during major tournaments like Wimbledon where he continues to cause a stir at times, but it is clear that his retirement from one sport was largely a transition into another.

 

Patrik Antonius

This Finnish former tennis star certainly turns heads when he steps out onto the poker floor.
As a former model and professional athlete, he is one of the best-looking men to ever sit at the poker table.
But don’t underestimate him just because he is good-looking.
He has an astonishing $12m in poker winnings over his career, despite not competing in 2020 and 2021.
At this point, he has become far more famous as a poker player than he was as a tennis star or as a model.

 

Gus Hansen

Though he started out as a youth tennis champion in his native Denmark, Gus Hansen has gone on to become one of the countries most successful poker players.
With over $11m in winnings and three World Poker Tour titles to his name, Hansen has certainly earned his nickname of “The Great Dane.”
But poker isn’t the only game that he is a regular competitor of.
He has won backgammon tournaments over the years as well.

 

 

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Capture Yourself on Camera: Why You Should Film Your Tennis Practice

tennis racket and ballsNowadays, it’s normal for athletes to film themselves while training.
While it may make you feel self-conscious, it’s a good way to observe one’s performance and spot areas of improvement.
You just need to get over the possible uneasiness of watching yourself in action.
That being said, here are some ways filming yourself helps you become a better tennis player.


Why You Should Film Your Tennis Training

See your form in action
When you’re training by yourself, it’s hard to check your form to see if you’re doing things right. For a more accurate view, videos can definitely help. This way, you can see yourself from different angles and examine your shots and court placement. You get to avoid injuries from improper form too.

Spot areas of improvement
Videos allow you to see where you can do better — whether it’s how you serve or how you receive the ball. Of course, you can always ask someone to watch one of your games, but it may not be consistent since you don’t always play the same way. Having footage is a much better reference, and you can keep going back to it as needed.

Track your progress
The players we’re used to seeing on TV are professionals, and that is our main reference point. This means that you might end up disappointed when you see yourself play on the video for the first time. Don’t be discouraged and instead remind yourself that you’ll also be able to watch your improvement over time. Recording yourself broadens your experience for learning, and it’s definitely a boost of self-confidence and motivation when you see tangible progress.


What You Need

A good quality camera
You can opt to use your smartphone to record, but it may not be able to catch all the important details and provide you with the best resolution. Fortunately, there are cameras that can take high-definition videos with multiple filming settings. GoPro camcorders, in particular, are great since they’re compact enough to easily be set up anywhere on the court to get the best shots of your game. They shoot in 240FPS, making them perfect for super slow-motion shots if you want to study in detail your forehand and backhand form.

Tripod
You can always ask someone to take your videos for you, but a sturdy tripod ensures that you get stable footage all the time. A high viewpoint is preferred to make it possible to see the action from both sides of the court. The 3 Legged Thing Bucky has a maximum height of 191cm — and with a solid construction, you don’t have to worry about it being knocked off-balance during outdoor matches.

Editing apps or software
If you’re planning on sharing your videos, it’s good to equip yourself with editing apps or software. These will allow you to adjust brightness, sharpness, color, and more. Basic video editing apps such as Lightworks and PowerDirector are free but are still good for editing basic videos. At the end of the day, you’re shooting for yourself so don’t stress about it so much and focus more on your training.

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