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Battle2Victory 02-19-2013 10:47 PM

Moving to Georgia...need help....
 
I am relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in a few months and I have a 9year old daughter. We currently homeschool her and we are looking for the best junior development coach in the area. She has only been playing tennis for about 10months, but, she has gotten progressively better in a short amount of time.

Still she is a better athlete with potential than a tennis player today. She has played soccer, volleyball, and ran track in the past. In volleyball she received the best Spiker award, and she won 5 gold medals last summer in track. We are not interested in her being the best 10year old tennis player in the world right now. But, we do want her to get best-in-class training and learn the game. Both my wife and I are former athletes (the wife a former sprinter in track, and myself former football player) but neither one of us has played tennis before.

Any suggestions on the best junior coaches for young girls would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Soianka 02-20-2013 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Battle2Victory (Post 7225805)
I am relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in a few months and I have a 9year old daughter. We currently homeschool her and we are looking for the best junior development coach in the area. She has only been playing tennis for about 10months, but, she has gotten progressively better in a short amount of time.

Still she is a better athlete with potential than a tennis player today. She has played soccer, volleyball, and ran track in the past. In volleyball she received the best Spiker award, and she won 5 gold medals last summer in track. We are not interested in her being the best 10year old tennis player in the world right now. But, we do want her to get best-in-class training and learn the game. Both my wife and I are former athletes (the wife a former sprinter in track, and myself former football player) but neither one of us has played tennis before.

Any suggestions on the best junior coaches for young girls would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Coach Amerson at Lifetime tennis is a great developmental coach.

TCF 02-20-2013 11:20 AM

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kimguroo 02-20-2013 01:23 PM

Atlanta is big city and you should tell us where you will live unless you are willing to spend hrs to drive. Also every cities has decent tennis academies so it depends on how serious you are.

Lifetime tennis (Racket club of south) in Norcross should have good programs.

Soianka 02-20-2013 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by kimguroo (Post 7226991)
Lifetime tennis (Racket club of south) in Norcross should have good programs.

Yes, but I'd make sure to get her in Coach Amerson's group and schedule at least one private a week with him (if he has time).

He developed Grace Min and a host of other excellent female players.

He really focuses on excellent technique.

gplracer 02-20-2013 05:52 PM

There are a lot of good people at Lifetime. My son did a southern camp there. Another good contact there would be Sanjay Jayaram.

ga tennis 02-21-2013 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Battle2Victory (Post 7225805)
I am relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in a few months and I have a 9year old daughter. We currently homeschool her and we are looking for the best junior development coach in the area. She has only been playing tennis for about 10months, but, she has gotten progressively better in a short amount of time.

Still she is a better athlete with potential than a tennis player today. She has played soccer, volleyball, and ran track in the past. In volleyball she received the best Spiker award, and she won 5 gold medals last summer in track. We are not interested in her being the best 10year old tennis player in the world right now. But, we do want her to get best-in-class training and learn the game. Both my wife and I are former athletes (the wife a former sprinter in track, and myself former football player) but neither one of us has played tennis before.

Any suggestions on the best junior coaches for young girls would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Heath Waters.

WoodIndoors 02-22-2013 03:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ga tennis (Post 7228220)
Heath Waters.

GA,

Based on his website, he seems to know his stuff, very good coach.

...I'm just curious,

How 'strict' he is about that straight arm stuff?

I mean, I have a pretty clear idea what are the benefits (and downsides) of doing it, can do it and teach it also no problem there, but just not sure if thats a good idea with every player

So, how do you see it, does Heath evaluate every player separately or trying to make them all to do straight arm? Any of his juniors hit with double bend?

If not all of them straight arm, what's you opinion how that's decided when not (he decides, player decides...?)

One of the reason why I'm asking this is because he seems to compliment his wife many times (on videos) of 'perfect shots', after explaining this straight arm stuff, when his wife hits NOT with straigth arm but more or less double bend (or combination of both tecniques)

Not trying to put him down or anything here, just curious how he puts this straight arm stuff in practise

drfrankfree 02-22-2013 06:14 AM

Heath Waters a good coach but he is very unorthodox in his methods (he encourages two forehands instead of a backhand). He is also in the neighborhood of 200 for a private lesson. My suggestions would be Windward Academy in Alpharetta. Windward has several 5 stars and Blue Chip girls in all age groups. The coaches are top notch. Cant go wrong there. Another suggestion would be Jeff Weaver at ACE Academy in Norcross. Jeff has some younger girls 12s and 14s who are top 100 in the nation. In my opinion, Jeff is the most complete development coaches in the city. He has a smaller academy that allows him to give lots of one on one time. If you want some other info on coaches, training, etc in the ATL, PM me as I have a son who 17 and a 10 year old daughter currently training. Good luck.

kme5150 02-22-2013 07:23 AM

Rodney Harmon

He has limited time to work with players but he has always made time for players who had the drive and ability to make it to the next level. He can definitely lead you in the right direction without breaking the bank.

HIGH-TECH TENNIS 02-22-2013 07:33 AM

Atlanta is a big city...but these coaches are top-notch! In no particular order, you can't go wrong with these guys:

Greg Amerson (Lifetime)-Norcross
Torrey Hawkins (Windward)-Alpharetta
Jason Parker (Olde Towne Athletic Club)-Marietta
Jeff Weaver (ACE Academy)-Norcross

Towerofpower205 02-22-2013 08:33 AM

I would second Jeff Weaver and his partner John Lawerence

ga tennis 02-22-2013 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Battle2Victory (Post 7225805)
I am relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in a few months and I have a 9year old daughter. We currently homeschool her and we are looking for the best junior development coach in the area. She has only been playing tennis for about 10months, but, she has gotten progressively better in a short amount of time.

Still she is a better athlete with potential than a tennis player today. She has played soccer, volleyball, and ran track in the past. In volleyball she received the best Spiker award, and she won 5 gold medals last summer in track. We are not interested in her beingg the best 10year old tennis player in the world right now. But, we do want her to get best-in-class training and learn the game. Both my wife and I are former athletes (the wife a former sprinter in track, and myself former football player) but neither one of us has played tennis before.

Any suggestions on the best junior coaches for young girls would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

All the suggestions are good. Go to The others then go see Heath and you will see the difference. Good luck.

ga tennis 02-22-2013 10:27 AM

Windward is good also. I love Jason Parker. Hes top notch.

TCF 02-22-2013 10:34 AM

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ga tennis 02-22-2013 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by drfrankfree (Post 7230013)
Heath Waters a good coach but he is very unorthodox in his methods (he encourages two forehands instead of a backhand). He is also in the neighborhood of 200 for a private lesson. My suggestions would be Windward Academy in Alpharetta. Windward has several 5 stars and Blue Chip girls in all age groups. The coaches are top notch. Cant go wrong there. Another suggestion would be Jeff Weaver at ACE Academy in Norcross. Jeff has some younger girls 12s and 14s who are top 100 in the nation. In my opinion, Jeff is the most complete development coaches in the city. He has a smaller academy that allows him to give lots of one on one time. If you want some other info on coaches, training, etc in the ATL, PM me as I have a son who 17 and a 10 year old daughter currently training. Good luck.

Really? Only one kid there hits two forehands. Have u been out to see what hes doing or is this information someone told you?

ga tennis 02-22-2013 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by TCF (Post 7230591)
Sorry GA....this is getting a little crazy now. Very few need to spend $250/hour for Heath or whatever he charges. All the coaches mentioned are excellent and cheaper and are more than enough for the OP.

She is 9....no nine year old on the planet needs to pay for Heath for goodness sakes!

You only get one chance to do it right TCF!! :)

ga tennis 02-22-2013 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by TCF (Post 7230591)
Sorry GA....this is getting a little crazy now. Very few need to spend $250/hour for Heath or whatever he charges. All the coaches mentioned are excellent and cheaper and are more than enough for the OP.

She is 9....no nine year old on the planet needs to pay for Heath for goodness sakes!

You need to see whats goin on before you judge. Trust me TCF.

TCF 02-22-2013 10:41 AM

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ga tennis 02-22-2013 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by TCF (Post 7230612)
True....but how come when I go through the top 50 in the WTA almost none of them were developed by the same coach?

Seems there are plenty of folks doing it right.

Good point.


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