"Dear friend, You may have seen the French Open final, which was a clearly disappointing performance by Roger Federer, and a superb one by Nadal. I had an inkling that Roger was in big trouble right on the first game, after Roger made two mistakes on his forehand, when Mary Carillo said that one of the things Higueras said (Carillo said "allowed", perhaps of the veil of coaching secrecy) is that Higueras worked hard on the footwork of Roger going to his forehand side. What a terrible thing for Higueras to do. Here is one of the greatest forehand of all time and Higueras makes him put his attention on his feet. That most likely affected his feel, thereby his confidence, to a great extent. Well, the result speaks for himself. This is what happened to many great players, including the Williams sisters, who got influenced in thinking about their footwork, and only have sporadic good performances. Great expectations crushed by a misconception. This was stunning, but you can see how false data kills even the greatest. Here is a former tip on that regard. With my best regards and wishes, Oscar Wegner www.TennisTeacher.com and also Oscar's recommendation for performance, www.sabaforlife.com/oscarw PS: to add a friend to our Free Weekly Newsletter send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with their e mail. # # # Tip of the week Footwork in tennis BEWARE! Thinking of your feet can wreck your game. I recommend natural footwork, which is simply moving instinctively and without thinking. By not putting attention on your feet , you can put all of your attention on your hands, on striking the ball, while your feet will move naturally and effectively. There are 3 main actions in tennis: The move, the hit, and the recovery towards the center. The most important element of natural footwork is what you learned when you were two or three years old. The head moves first, and the feet just follow. When you are near the ball, and you start facing it and the net, on the forehand side, anchor yourself on the outside foot, opening your stance. Same for the two-handed backhand. You'll feel balanced and more powerful. One-handed backhands are different, and you should review my book and DVDs for details. As you hit a forehand across your body, let your racquet and your head lead you to the left. Lean towards the center, and your body will go there. Why are the pros so fast? Because they run naturally, without thinking of which foot is moving. They follow the ball with their head, they stop with the outside foot (which is another natural thing), and they hit while starting to recover towards the center. Use these natural moves and you'll reach the ball easily, and you'll hit it comfortable and balanced, in perfect sync."