How to train a child to become a world class player...

Tom is right, programs are springing up in a lot of places. The Frappier program is not specific to tennis, it is for athletes of any movement sport and can be adjusted for a particular athlete.

This link gives a nice explanation.

http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/frappier-acceleration.html
The Frappier affiliated program near me offers sports specific training, including tennis.

3 - 4 sessions per week is ideal, but it cuts into court time too much. 2 sessions per week is fine (according to the program near me).
 

Tennisprov1

New User
The Frappier method is nothing new to those of us who have been developing young competitive players. The ABCs (Agility, Balance, Coordination) are the basics of creating a good young competitive player. The tracking of the ball and positioning for maximum racquet head speed is critical to success. Having the CORE strength to execute the above sequences and the proper ranges of motion through the particular joint movements is imperative.
 

nCode747

Semi-Pro
all world class players all showed natural talent when they first picked up a tennis racquet, is natural talent was fined tuned by top of the line camps and acadmys

if your child is not showing natural talent it does not mean he/she will not become a good player but most likely will not be the next federer or nadal
 
all world class players all showed natural talent when they first picked up a tennis racquet, is natural talent was fined tuned by top of the line camps and acadmys

if your child is not showing natural talent it does not mean he/she will not become a good player but most likely will not be the next federer or nadal
Very true. You can see a kid who has natural ability vs a kid who just has had years of lessons.

That is why the USTA rankings are funny and meaningless. You see kid after kid at the top who hits like a robot with a stiff arm. That has less than zero chance of ever translating into a top 100 WTA or ATP player.

Then you see a natural athlete and hand them a racquet at 12 years old and within a month they are smacking the ball and flying around the court like a little pro.

And now tennis is truly worldwide, the freak athletes from all over the planet are getting a chance.
 

KellyC

New User
My son is 8 (9 in Sept) he’s orange 1*, trains at Green level and plays for county orange squad, he’s insistent he wants to be a tennis player when he’s older which is fine for as long as he wants it but does anyone have any techniques in helping children when they loose a match/feel cheated & get frustrated. I know the losses are as good as the wins for character building & he shows no fear in tournament because he’s so used to it, 1 coach said if it didn’t frustrate him he wouldn’t have the passion to play but I hate to see him sad, I’ve used aromatherapy oils, music, stress squishy & deep breathing, he is improving but it’s so hard for children.
My other query is if my son does carry on an continue in tennis/sport (trust me I know how likely this is) what things other than diet can I do to maintain good joints & body care, he already plays 8+ hours of tennis per week plus football plus tournaments, and although I worry about the strain on his body trying to keep him still is a useless activity althogether!
I personally worry as much if he does make it as if he doesn’t but only time will tell I guess x
 
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