The prime factor of senior tournament success, according to online tennis guru Brent Abel, is fitness and conditioning.
Monday was a tennis rainout, so I went for a walk and listened to a podcast from last season on Brent’s www.WebTennis.com . He chatted with local Naples tennis pro and top tournament player Phil Landauer about helping players move up from a 4.0 level to a solid tournament-level 4.5 player.
A Prime Example
And the example Brent used was Evert Jonsson, who he said raised himself up by hard work and dedication from being just a club player to a nationally ranked senior and World Champion doubles player.
Want To Get Better?
While at the Longboat Key tournament last week, I had a chance to talk with Florida tennis pro Patrick Swafford, who remembered that a student of his said “I really want to get better at tennis.”
And Patrick said, “No, you want to BE better at tennis; and I don’t know if you are willing to work hard enough to get there.”
Yes, the prime factor is fitness and conditioning and most seniors are not willing (interested enough?) to work to get there.
Aging Up This Year?
Mark Taylor, USTA Florida, asks:
In an effort to ensure no player is overlooked in the upcoming Florida Super Senior Grand Prix season, can all players who are moving up an age group as of 1/1/16 to send me an E-mail regarding such if they play any of the Florida SSGP events?
Players can E-mail me @ CatsCane@aol.com with “SSGP Age Up” in the subject line. So even if the E-mail hits spam, I can find it. Thanks.
If you are not on my “new posting alert email list” and want to be (I promise, no other uses of your email address!), just drop me a note at George@seniortennisandfitness.com
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