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    Training the week before Clay courts

    Is there a recommended place in South Florida where a junior (16 year old) can train at for a few hours a day, the week leading up to the National Clay courts? Ideally the training would be on clay courts, and would include clay court training as well as endurance and acclimation to the...
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    Horrors of the 2011 Orange Bowl Stringing Service

    What am I missing here? 64 draw, maximum of 6 matches. Even if you assume worst case of 3hrs/match, and you start every match with a brand new racket, that's 6 rackets. Are juniors at this level really showing up with 12+ rackets? Why?
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    Jan Silva back in USA

    Gold River is a Sacramento suburb. It's kind of hard to tell the strenght of the field since most people will not travel up to Sacramento for a Open level tournament. Need to wait until he is playing 12 champs (or excellence, or Regionals) before you can tell how good he is doing.
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    Strings Set up for Juniors 12-14 years old

    I asked the same questions a year ago and got this from PT_360. My son has been using this setup ever since. He liked it a lot more than the full RPM setup. One issue my son had with the RPM...it is brittle. It actually snaps at the grommet, in cold weather, if you take a big swing and...
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    Losing a stroke

    Asking the expert coaches out there. Have you seen kids, or yourself, "lose" a stroke all of a sudden? Basically, have a mental block and lose confidence on a fundamental stroke, that they've been hitting for years? I'm not talking missing a few shots here or there during a match. But to...
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    New doubles schedule?

    I'm not even sure why I need to answer this. If you don't think singles is the priority in junior tennis (or even tennis in general) I don't know what to say. Note that I'm all for playing doubles, and learning doubles, etc. But that's not the point. Wake me up when tennis recruiting.net...
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    New doubles schedule?

    Just to clarify, the situation is much worse for her not because of my suggestion. I only complained about the order of play, not the time of play. In this case, the tournament director could have done 8am singles, 11 & 1 dubs, and the matches would have ended at the same time. Why he...
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    New doubles schedule?

    This was my big concern. Anyways, to wrap this up, I did call the tournament director and "whined", and he also agreed to my concern and he will change to 1 doubles, 2 singles, followed by 1 more doubles. You guys moved? Is your son training at some academy somewhere?
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    New doubles schedule?

    I haven't heard other responses in support of me, so I guess I'm in minority. btw, just as an update, there are now 2 possible doubles matches in the morning, followed by 2 possible singles matches in the afternoon. I can see that they are trying to avoid people that bail for doubles. I...
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    New doubles schedule?

    Juniors. I'm aware of two tournaments that went to this format, maybe more.
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    New doubles schedule?

    Tree, Your arguments on time/schedule/waiting doesn't make sense, and here's why. There are only two scenarios, and doesn't matter which one, someone has to wait around. 1) Singles first, followed by doubles. This is default, and the example you cite. 2) Doubles first, followed by...
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    New doubles schedule?

    I noticed in the last 2 tournaments here in NorCal they schedule the doubles at the first slot during the day. Followed by singles. I find this to be unfair? Most of the focus is still in singles, and if someone is deep into the doubles draw, it actually detracts from the singles...
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    A modest proposal for the USTA

    You don't need USTA. You need someone like Larry Ellison...(he is into tennis, bought Indian Wells just because...)
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    Good day at the zoo ...

    I wish I live closer, or doesn't have to work... Does Ciro still have that great forehand? I saw him about 2 years ago and he had a great forehand and was smacking winners all over the court.
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    Peaking Too Early?

    I thought someone disproved this whole theory? Maybe it was true in the past before, but looking at the last 5-10 year data it wasn't true any more. In my section, looking at the narrow band of players that were in the top at 10s & 12s, are still there at 16s & 18s...
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    Southern California SectionalsI

    All true and could increase the actual $ amount that they make (I assume the previous list is just prize money). But it's still only 9 guys out of 13 years, that part didn't change.
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    Southern California SectionalsI

    And to think I would not turn on the TV for 1/2 of the people on the list up there, and have made my shares of "this guy is not very good" comment... Gives you a new appreciation on how hard it is.
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    Norcal sectionals b18

    Hu quit on the verge of winning. What I also heard was it wasn't conduct related, but Hu simply just quit. Thus the question to this forum. I'm assuming it was a non-obvious injury, but I have no data to back that up.
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    4 star recruit?

    Great post mojojo. Why would anyone want to delete a thread with such good info??? Maybe this is obvious info...but it's not clear to me. Out of all the kids that attend the D1 schools (either in top 75 or not), are they all getting full scholarship? Or partial? Or none? Also, when...
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    Norcal sectionals b18

    Anyone know what happened in the match between Tsodikov vs. Hu?
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    Junior Tennis in Northern California

    Tompkins is in Fremont, Jessup in Palo Alto. That's more than 45min apart during traffic hours. Eagle has couple of locations, but I don't know which coach is where. Comes down to where you live and which one is more convienient. There is also Sylvano's in Santa Clara & Cupertino which...
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    Im a HYPOCRITE!!!

    Pro_tour. After a couple of weeks, still so far so good. After he had more time to settle, I gave him an option to switch back, and he declined. So he definitely wants to stick with this setup for now. He broke the horizontal (Gosen) in the first racket, but the vertical (Solinco)...
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    Serbian No Model vs. USTA Model (spoiler: less is more)

    In the examples where I'm talking about, I'm referring to actual tournaments where it is truly Open. They don't have enough players to segregate out the age groups, so they don't have a choice. In practice, or in tournaments. In the US, we have too many players. The best way to segregate...
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    Serbian No Model vs. USTA Model (spoiler: less is more)

    The one thing I noticed....kids in the US plays within their age groups, predominately. Even if you play up, it's usually 1 age group up. So you play a lot of similar styles, and under tournament conditions. In countries (ok, to be fair, my sample size was 2 countries...) where tennis...
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    Tournament schedule for Boy 16's

    I'm in the same boat. My son in 16s, and we're starting to play some lower level 18s. I don't have any words of wisdom yet, I'm also trying to figure it out. Will try some men's open in the summer and see how he does. I have a question regarding what college coaches look at. Below I'm...
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    Im a HYPOCRITE!!!

    PT_630, sorry took so long to report back. Due to the tournament schedules it was difficult to switch the strings. He's finally use the setup you recommended extensively for the last 1+ week. So far so good. He feels it has slightly less pop than the Head Sonic Pro 16 (50lbs) that he was...
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    Cheating

    There is a difference between cheering for your team/player to win, vs. heckling and jeering your opponent to lose. I think we can both agree the latter is uncalled for, is gamesmanship, and have no place in junior tennis. My beef is even normal behavior intended as cheering can be...
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    Cheating

    > They are clapping and cheering on every point, > including clapping when the opponent kid chokes or makes a bad error. Certainly I don't agree with gamesmanship clapping, or when someone makes a bad error. But I do think tennis as a sport is way to sensitive to this topic. People...
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    Cheating

    I've seen in my section *years* of cheating from the same player, every match he plays the line judge gets called, large % of his matches the scoring is confused and gets reset, etc etc. USTA will not enforce anything. Some tournament directors will take this stuff seriously, and have...
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    Cheating

    You are right. I should know cause my son is always on the receiving end of this, and you described it pretty well. In the cases where I've seen the reverse cheating being effective, the cheated player had to step up mentally, and really to deliver a message to the cheater that this won't...
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