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Old 09-12-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
coaching32yrs
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The "it" for me is the ball striking. The other ingredients are all necessary- the will to fight through exhaustion, the willingness to run down every ball, working hard in practice, great footwork, etc. But I need to see great clean consistent deep ball striking involving great hand eye coordination. Because of these attributes the ball at times jump off the racquet. Once a kid has that I look for the other stuff. Believe it or not the other stuff can be worked on and improved, but the ball striking has to be there. Maybe a kid like Kozlov is an exception, not sure. Haven't seen him play in a while. When I did see him 2 years ago the ball striking was not A+, maybe A- to A. But the other stuff- never really seen anything quite like it- off the charts.
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