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2 USPTA mailbox
Ask the Professor – by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional
See this month’s redesign of “Ask the Professor.”
Jack Groppel uses this forum to introduce USPTA’s newest PR campaign.
10 USPTA boosts member business with health campaign
11 Tennis – for the health of it! SM – Health, fitness, fun make
sport excellent choice – 34 reasons to play tennis
14 Are you really training for tennis-specific endurance –
by Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., USPTA
3 CEO’s message
5 Vice president’s message
13 Pro to pro
18 USPTA drills
24 Career development
26 Industry action
4 USPTA gives Grand Valley State University’s wheelchair
tennis team $2,000 grant
8 Get online to earn prizes in personal Web site contest
9 “On Court with USPTA” receives
12 Michigan’s Palladino and Sun win singles
titles at the USPTA Indoor Championships
On the cover …
Page 10 – Tennis for the health of it! SM
Adult league players get a physical and mental
workout during a drill session with their
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USPTA received a large number of responses to CEO Tim Heckler’s October-November message addressing the problem
of cheating in junior tennis. We apologize for not being able to print them all. Also, we had to edit some of the letters
for space, but we tried to leave their meaning intact. The letters are published in random order.
The dictionary defines cheating
as, “acting dishonestly, practicing
fraud, and to deceive by trickery.”
You can find cheaters in every aspect
of life; sports, business, entertainment,
and unfortunately, even in
our personal lives. Is there any way
to stop cheating Sure, create a society
where all people live by the same
code of honor and where Darwin’s
“survival of the fittest” theory is
replaced by the Golden Rule.
Anyone who has spent more
than five minutes at a junior tennis
tournament knows how prevalent
cheating and accusations of cheating
are even at that level of play.
The questions we must address as
coaches and parents are:
1. What causes our youngsters
2. How do we teach our kids to
handle cheating when they are
on the receiving end
If we understand why our
children cheat, we can better work
to change this behavior by dealing
with the problem at its source.
However, until every parent raises
their child to play fair, we owe it to
our young players to prepare them
by teaching them how best to deal
What causes our children to cheat
The main reason children cheat
appears to be a very simple one;
they feel tremendous pressure to
win (sometimes internal, sometimes
external, and sometimes both) and
will do whatever it takes to be victorious.
Internal pressure arises from
a player’s own competitive nature
and their motivation to win at any
cost. External pressure is applied
from numerous sources, including
parents, coaches, siblings, peers,
media, and society as a whole.
As both a coach and a parent,
I want both my students and my
own children to have a level of internal
pressure that motivates them
to always be looking for ways to
improve themselves and to always
be pushing themselves to reach the
next level. Unfortunately, I have
seen many young players who are
extremely motivated and driven,
but have failed to achieve the necessary
balance between ambition and
cannot be achieved at any level
if the victory comes as a result of
cheating. A true champion is satisfied
with winning only when they
have earned it fair and square.
External pressure is a completely
different animal. The first
step to alleviating unnecessary
negative external pressure is to
identify the source. As coaches and
parents we have some, but very
limited, power in controlling the
messages our children receive from
their peers and the media. We can,
however, keep a watchful eye on
who our children spend time with
and what they are watching.
The easiest source of external
pressure to control is ourselves.
Do you, as parents or coaches,
“Tennis relies on the honesty and integrity of the players.
That is the very essence of a tennis match.”
– Arthur Klein
As adults we can influence the
level of both the positive and the
negative internal pressure within
a young person. Everyone is born
with a certain personality type,
but parents, teachers, and coaches
can help each child reach their full
potential (or not) through their
level of expectation. As long as
a youngster believes there is no
positive correlation between their
success rate and an adult’s unconditional
love and acceptance there
really are no limits for that child.
So, don’t be afraid to expect a lot
out of kids…they will always rise
to the level at which you’ve placed
the bar … so, place it high.
The essential component to
creating highly motivated kids is
the most difficult…role modeling.
As much as we expect out of kids
we have to expect even more out
of ourselves. I have yet to meet a
kid who cheats who hasn’t learned
it in one of two ways; (1) from
watching the role models in their
life bending the rules themselves;
or (2) from growing up in an environment
where the consequences
for cheating are either nonexistent
or too weak to be effective.
find yourself treating your child or
student differently depending on
the outcome of a match In many
cases, it can be small comments
made after a loss, or it can even be
a facial expression that your son,
daughter or student happens to
catch after a particular result. It is
important that we, as adults, reward
our kids for the right reasons. Regardless
of the score at the end of a
match we must base our children’s
performance on three criteria: attitude,
concentration, and effort.
When you get right down to
it, our players have no control over
whether they win or lose a match.
They don’t even have complete
control over whether they play
well or not. I can tell you countless
stories of times when I just knew
my player was better prepared and
ready to roll over an opponent,
only to have everything go downhill.
The opponent may just happen
to be in the zone that day. It
could be windy, or other than ideal
conditions, and nerves can often
play a huge factor in the quality of
play and the outcome. Regardless
of the factors not in their control,
our kids do have control over their
attitude, their concentration, and
their effort. As parents and coaches,
we should base our feedback on
these three components to avoid
pressuring them to always win.
I am very familiar with feeling
pressure to win. I don’t care if I’m
playing a friendly game of Backgammon,
I want to win! The trick is to
show our kids how to maintain their
integrity without extinguishing the
fire that gives them a competitive
advantage. We do not want to
“win at all costs,” but rather do
whatever it takes to win within the
rules and within the boundaries
of good sportsmanship. Nobody
wants to be labeled a cheater, and no
athlete wants to look in the mirror
at the end of the day knowing they
stole a match. Kids must learn to
answer to themselves and to their
conscience in order to change their
behavior. So, don’t be afraid to hold
them responsible if you catch them
cheating…let them know through
negative consequences that cheating
will not be tolerated at any level.
Together let’s work together
to create a generation of kids that
grow up with strong ethics and the
confidence to stand up for what is
right, not just easy. Then let’s hope
that some of them decide to become
politicians and line judges!
USPTA Master Professional
I enjoyed your CEO message
on cheating in the latest issue of
I am responding to your request
As it turns out, the title of my
presentation at the most recent
UPSTA World Conference was
“Developing Character Through
The following are excerpts from
a past article that is very relevant to
the topic of cheating.
continued Page 20
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2 ADDvantage/January 2008
CEO’s mes sage
USPTA offers ideal programs
to promote new PR campaign and you
The headline on a previous message written by
USPTA President Harry Gilbert accurately
sums up his feelings about USPTA’s public
relations program and its goal to promote USPTA
members. The headline read, “Who We Are is about
you and me.”
With the arrival of the new year
and with this issue of ADDvantage
magazine, this theme continues to
hold true. With your support and
participation, USPTA’s new public
relations campaign – centered on the
health and fitness benefits of tennis
– will deliver publicity and business
New board member and public
relations committee chairman, Jack
Groppel, Ph.D., introduces Tennis
– for the health of it! SM on Page 10.
He’s enthusiastic about using his expertise in exercise
physiology and nutrition to promote USPTA
and its members, and I’m sure some of you will
see him out in the industry pushing this and other
USPTA messages in the coming months.
Although the health and fitness benefits of tennis
have been touted over the years by various tennis
groups, it seems the message may have gotten lost
long before it reached the masses. USPTA’s goal is
to get the public’s attention with its latest PR push,
and that’s where you come in.
You can make a huge difference in our campaign
to get people to take notice of the health and fitness
benefits of tennis. You’re on the front lines, you’re
active in your communities and you’re the experts
USPTA helps you deliver Tennis – for the health
of it! with a wonderful array of programs that target
various ages and playing levels.
You can get the youngest players started with
Little Tennis ® . Parents can be encouraged to participate
with their children, and tennis becomes a
The USPTA Junior Circuit program is a
natural progression from Little Tennis. It provides
inexperienced juniors with their first taste of competition,
but doesn’t require the travel or time commitments
of higher-level competition.
The USPTA Adult Tennis League SM has been
around for years and provides professionals and
players with off-season activity.
Adults who participate enjoy the
social as well as physical benefits of
People who already play may
jump at the chance to get their
nonplaying friends into the game,
and the health and fitness hook may
present the best tool. If so, start out
by using the USPTA Member-Beginner
Guest event. Each playing
member pairs up with his or her
guest to take a short lesson, mingle at
a reception or light lunch, and then play a roundrobin
The programming ideas are endless. The industry’s
best example of a fitness-oriented program is
Cardio Tennis. You might also consider recruiting
your club’s fitness members by inviting them to a
cardio event. This is another way to capture new
interest for tennis and your programs.
Of course, as spring approaches, we will begin to
promote Tennis Across America. This program
is another great way to recruit new players. The
original, free grassroots program offers players a free
lesson or clinic that can be followed by additional
Whether you offer Little Tennis, the Adult Tennis
League or an original program of your own, we want
you to promote your services as a tennis leader and
the person through whom players can get fit and
healthy with tennis.
In the coming months you’ll see more stories,
ads and resources promoting this campaign. It’s our
hope that you will embrace Tennis – for the health
of it! and realize the benefits it offers to tennis and
Whether you offer
Little Tennis, the Adult
Tennis League or an
original program of your
own, we want you to
promote your services as
a tennis leader and the
person through whom
players can get fit and
healthy with tennis.
ADDvantage/January 2008 3
USPTA gives Grand Valley State University’s
wheelchair tennis team $2,000 grant
USPTA First Vice President Tom Daglis presents a USPTA Foundation check
to Lynn Bender and members of the Grand Valley State University Wheelchair
The United States Professional Tennis Association presented
a $2,000 grant to the first collegiate wheelchair
tennis team at Grand Valley State University in Allendale,
Mich. USPTA first vice president, Tom Daglis, was on hand to
present the check to the Rolling Lakers.
“We applied and requested funding because (wheelchair
tennis) is a new program at Grand Valley,” said Lynn Bender,
wheelchair tennis team program director. “We don’t have
any pre-existing funding, so we are basically starting from
The team applied for the grant several months ago and
recently received a check for $2,000. The money will be used
specifically for the team’s travel expenses.
The USPTA Foundation provides grants and donations to
programs and organizations that strive to help economically
disadvantaged people learn tennis. All proceeds from the annual
USPTA silent auction held at the World Conference on Tennis
go to the foundation.
For more information on this and other USPTA programs,
please visit www.uspta.com.
4 ADDvantage/January 2008
Vice president’s mes sage
Technology and you – it’s not just
about computers and the Internet
Even before USPTA launched what was one of
the first tennis industry Web sites in 1995,
our Association had been on the cutting edge
of computer technology since the very early ’80s.
When we started computerizing USPTA, it wasn’t
nearly as glamorous as what would become
the much-publicized Information
Superhighway. Technology in the early
days involved placing typed and sometimes
hand-written information about
each member into a computer database
and actually writing the computer code
that would organize the information
and make it retrievable.
It was this sort of behind-the-scenes
work that you probably wouldn’t give a
second thought. But, it led us to more
advanced uses of computers, an eventual Web presence,
our first Internet-based member services and
the reality that we can and will continue to give you
– the USPTA member – the ability to manage your
membership and even your tennis business with the
world’s latest technology.
This month, we’re once again promoting one of the
most valuable of these benefits – the USPTA personal
Web site – with the announcement of a contest
on Page 8. If you’re already using this phenomenal
tool, that’s great. If you’re not, this is as good a time
as any to start the new year off with a new Web site.
Use Find-a-Pro to find your own last name and then
use the link on the right side of the page to get to
your basic site, which already features your name
and professional rating. Under the “Contact me”
tab, you’ll find your name, address and work phone
number. To begin personalizing your site, just log
in at the top left corner to get started.
While we will continue to offer you the latest trends
when it comes to computers and your membership,
there’s a lot more happening on the technology
front that’s not directly related to computers.
Along this vein, and as chairman of the USPTA
Information Technology Committee, I’m happy
to announce that USPTA will begin a series of
articles in ADDvantage that will highlight various
types of technology. These articles, written by staff
members of the USPTA Information Technology
Department, will explore numerous topics, including
digital TV, high-definition TV
and combined services for Internet,
telephone and TV.
Also, look for articles on home networking,
including wireless networks,
and the latest news about computer
security, including virus protection,
spyware and malware.
These topics and many others will
be covered, and you’re welcome to
suggest some of your own. More
tools and guidance on how to utilize these tools will
help you to become more efficient and more “professional.”
It’s our hope that the information you glean
from these articles will help you take advantage of
the technology that is available to you as a general
consumer and a USPTA member.
Use Find-a-Pro to find your basic site. Under the “Contact me”
tab, you’ll find your name, address and work phone number. To
begin personalizing your site, just log in at the top left corner
to get started.
OF DI RECTORS
Vice Presidents Mark Fairchilds
Secretary-treasurer Paula Scheb
Director of Operations Rich Fanning
Executive Assistant Marty Bostrom
Creative Services Julie Myers
Publications Kimberly Forrester
Public Relations Poornima Rimm
Sports Marketing Rick Bostrom
Digital Asset Coordinator/ Clair Maciel
Digital Asset/ Jason Potthoff
Technical Content Coordinator
Video Production Joe Birkmire
Corporate Janice Stollenwerck
Information Technology/ Scott Bucic
Computer Services/ Kathy Buchanan
Divisional Stephanie Shipman
Membership and Vicky Tristan
Membership/ Melony DeLoach
Financial Manager Kathy Ladner
Payroll/Benefits Renée Heckler
Controller Ellen Weatherford
Merchandise/ Shelina Harris
For information, write the
USPTA World Headquarters
3535 Briarpark Drive, Suite One
Houston, TX 77042
e-mail – email@example.com
Internet – www.uspta.com
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ADDvantage/January 2008 5
Get online to earn prizes
in personal Web site contest
Have you developed the free Web site you get just for being
a member of USPTA
If you have added your personal touches to your site and think
it’s prize-worthy, then you’ll want to enter the USPTA personal
Web site contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. If you haven’t
visited your site or made changes in years, then it’s time to get busy
before the contest ends March 1, 2008.
Your own personal Web site is a wonderfully accessible
tool for attracting new clients and communicating
with current students.
Now that you can edit and update your own personal Web site, it’s
a wonderfully accessible tool for attracting new clients and communicating
with current students. Many members use this benefit
daily for everything from promoting tournaments and social tennis
activities to notifying their students of schedule changes. Some
members have used video, added links and more to make their
sites comprehensive tennis sources for their clients.
If you’re proud of your USPTA Web site, send the link to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Type “USPTA personal Web site contest”
in the subject line. It will be judged by the USPTA communications
staff and USPTA Vice President Randy Mattingley, who is
chairman of the Information Technology Committee.
If you haven’t explored the possibilities of your Web site, visit
usptafindapro.com, click Find-a-Pro under “Players” and enter
your last name. The link to your site is on the right side of the
page, across from your first and last name. Click the link to get to
the home page of your site, which features your name and USPTA
rating. If you’ve submitted photos or material in the past, it remains
on the site. If you want to make changes to your Web pages, log
in at the top left corner of the site. Once you’re logged in, you can
begin to explore and add new material. Also, if you need help,
there’s a “USPTA personal Web site help manual” that will walk
you through the steps of setting up your pages.
Each Web site entered in the contest will be judged in the following
categories. Each category is worth a maximum of 5 points, and will
be judged on a scale from 1 point to 5 points, with 5 points representing
the best score for meeting the criteria of a specific category.
Only usptapro.com sites may be submitted. No independent sites,
please. Entries must be received for judging no later than March 1,
2008, at 11:59 p.m., Central Standard Time.
Use of technology
• Working links, both within the site and to other sites
• Proper use of images, tables, video, etc.
Use of all site features
• Bio, facility, events, lessons, news
• Tennis related, appropriate for site
• Proper spelling, grammar, punctuation
• Updated information
Use of graphics and photos
• Photo sizes – not too big or too small, proportional
• Photo quality – good quality, in-focus photos
• Placement of pictures/graphics
• Use of fonts, not too mixed
• Use of color
You may also send a brief statement explaining
how you use and promote your site.
There will be one grand-prize winner and three runners-up. Winners
will be announced by April 1, 2008, and will be featured
in ADDvantage magazine. Prizes will be products from USPTA
endorsee HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports, including racquets, bags
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“On Court with USPTA”
receives Gold Award
“On Court with USPTA,” the cable TV show produced by the
United States Professional Tennis Association, received the Gold
Award in the Ava Awards 2007 competition. The award-winning
episode “Ask the Professor – Episode 1,” which aired on the Tennis
Channel, won in the category of video/film/sports.
“On Court” is a 20-minute instructional show featuring USPTAcertified
professionals as guest instructors. The USPTA became
the first tennis-teaching organization ever to produce and air an
educational television series on playing and teaching tennis on the
Tennis Channel in 2003. Since then, more than 46 shows have
been produced that provide instruction about technique, strategy
and other facets of the game, such as fun and fitness.
“Ask the Professor – Episode 1” offers helpful insights on tennis
from USPTA Master Professional Jack Groppel, Ph.D. In this show
he explains how important the role of fun is during the heat of
competition. He also discusses how to extend your playing career
without serious injury and gives key tips on avoiding tennis elbow.
In addition, Groppel shows how to maximize your enjoyment of the
game with tips on how to reach the next level of play and provides
helpful information about playing in extreme heat.
The Gold Award is presented to entries judged to exceed industry
standards. About 14 percent of the entries received this honor.
All production is done in-house, which includes everything from
planning and scripting to shooting and editing to graphics and
DVD duplication. Joe Birkmire, the multimedia department
manager, is also the show’s director and editor, and H.R. Topham
is videographer and editor. Other production team members are
Rick Bostrom, Scott Bucic, Julie Myers, Shawna Riley, Fred Viancos
and executive producer Tim Heckler.
Check local listings for the Tennis Channel availability and visit
www.uspta.com for show times for “On Court with USPTA.” A
DVD of “Ask the Professor – Episode 1” will be available in January
for purchase online at www.usprotennisshop.com, but visit the site
today to view more than a hundred other USPTA-produced DVD
titles and all other “On Court” episodes also available for purchase.
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ADDvantage/January 2008 9
USPTA boosts member business
with health campaign
by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional
I’m really excited to dedicate
this month’s “Ask the Professor”
column to USPTA’s
newest public relations initiative:
Tennis – for the health of it! SM
In my new position as vice
president on the USPTA Board
of Directors, President Harry
Gilbert recently appointed me
chairman of the Public Relations
Committee. Both of these
roles will allow me to use my
45-year involvement in tennis,
along with my educational background
in exercise physiology
and nutrition, and public speaking
experience to do something
that we truly believe will benefit
USPTA and you.
Beginning this month, we
will tie the USPTA brand to
the health and fitness benefits
of tennis. Our goal is to identify
USPTA and its members as
the means through which the
public can receive these benefits
– from lessons and other tennis
activities. Through this public
relations initiative, we seek
to drive business to you – the
USPTA member – as a tennis
leader in your community.
If we are successful, not only
will people view tennis as a way
to get and stay healthy, but we’ll
also see more people playing
and staying with the sport.
So, the public may ask,
“Why tennis” The next page
provides you with 34 ways to
sell tennis to new and former
customers. We suggest that you
post this list on a bulletin board
or hand out copies to your
members. The page includes
scientific proof that backs up
our claims. It demonstrates
that no other sport mimics the
functioning of the human body
like tennis does.
In the physical realm, there’s
a natural oscillation of stress
and recovery when a player
competes in a point and then
has the rest period between
points or on the changeover.
Like heart rate, muscle activity¸
brain waves, sleep cycles, and
glucose cycles, tennis oscillates
in a similar pattern.
The psychological aspects
of tennis also mimic life. When
you compete against another
person, you must punch and
counterpunch. This requires you
to think under pressure, handle
an opponent’s tactics, prepare
for what’s coming next, manage
mistakes, and deal with crises.
Yes, tennis truly is an amazing
sport. But, physical and mental
benefits aside, no one would
consider trying it if it wasn’t also
a fun, social activity that can
be enjoyed by teams, doubles
partners and friendly rivals of all
shapes, sizes and ages.
Now, we need your help to
push Tennis – for the health of it!
We’ll provide you with the
public relations tools that will
help you explain why tennis
is one of the best sports you
can play for improved health.
Look for more resources and a
future marketing kit that will
help you make presentations
at your clubs, at local schools,
Rotary meetings and other civic
We also plan to identify 20
or more USPTA Professionals
who will be passionate about
pushing this message to their
fellow USPTA members and the
public. It’s important that this
message not stop here. We want
every USPTA division, state and
district to use this campaign
to increase tennis activities in
their communities, educate the
public about the benefits of
tennis and tie these messages to
USPTA. Our ultimate goal is to
identify USPTA Professionals as
the tennis experts in their communities
and generate business
and publicity for you.
As for me, I’m eager to begin
promoting USPTA in every way
possible. Tennis – for the health
of it! will give me many reasons
and opportunities to do so. I
hope you’ll join me in promoting
the health, fitness and fun
of tennis with the USPTA.
Tennis is a fun, social activity that can be enjoyed by teams, doubles partners and
friendly rivals of all shapes, sizes and ages.
10 ADDvantage/January 2008
Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional, is co-founder of the
Human Performance Institute. He is the author of The Corporate Athlete
and co-author of World Class Tennis Technique. Information can be
found at energyforperformance.com.
We’ve all heard tennis referred to as the “sport
for a lifetime.” But, is this really true
According to world-renowned scientists
from a variety of disciplines, there is no doubt
that tennis can improve your overall health,
including your mental and physical fitness.
Here are the facts:
• People who participate in tennis three
hours per week at a moderately vigorous
intensity cut in half their risk of death from
any cause, according to the late Dr. Ralph
Paffenbarger, who was an internationally
recognized exercise authority and studied
more than 10,000 people for 20 years.
• Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism
and self-esteem while scoring lower
in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety
and tension than other athletes and nonathletes,
according to Dr. Joan Finn and
colleagues at Southern Connecticut State
• Since tennis requires alertness and tactical
thinking, it may generate new connections
between nerves in the brain and promote
a lifetime of continuing development of the
brain, reported scientists at the University
• Tennis outperforms golf and most other
sports in developing positive personality
characteristics, according to Dr. Jim Gavin,
author of “The Exercise Habit.”
• Competitive tennis burns more calories than
aerobics or cycling, according to studies in
With these facts in mind, review the 34 specific
reasons why you should consider playing
Tennis – for the health of it! SM
Health, fitness, fun make sport excellent choice
by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional
Physical reasons to play tennis
Tennis enhances your:
Why play tennis
1. aerobic fitness by burning fat and improving your
cardiovascular fitness and maintaining higher energy
2. anaerobic fitness by offering short, intense bursts of
activity during a point followed by rest, which helps
muscles use oxygen efficiently.
3. ability to accelerate by providing practice in sprinting,
jumping and lunging quickly.
4. powerful first step by requiring anticipation, quick
reaction time and explosion into action.
5. speed through a series of side-to-side and up and back
sprints to chase the ball.
6. leg strength through hundreds of starts and stops that
build stronger leg muscles.
7. general body coordination since you have to move into
position and then adjust your upper body to hit the ball
8. gross motor control through movement and ball-striking
skills that require control of your large muscle
9. fine motor control by use of touch shots like angled
volleys, drop shots and lobs.
10. agility by forcing you to change direction as many as
five times in 10 seconds during a typical point.
11. dynamic balance through hundreds of starts, stops,
changes of direction and hitting on the run.
12. cross-training through a physically demanding sport
that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
13. bone strength and density by strengthening bones of
young players and helping prevent osteoporosis in older
14. immune system through its conditioning effects,
which promote overall health, fitness and resistance
15. nutritional habits by eating appropriately before
competition to enhance energy production and after
competition to practice proper recovery methods.
16. hand-eye coordination because you constantly judge
the timing between the oncoming ball and the proper
17. flexibility due to the constant stretching and maneuvering
to return the ball to your opponent.
Psychological reasons to play tennis
Tennis helps you:
Contact your local USPTA teaching professional for programs that will have you playing Tennis – for the health of it!
For more information about USPTA, visit www.usptafindapro.com.
18. develop a work ethic because improvement through lessons
or practice reinforces the value of hard work.
19. develop discipline since you learn to work on your skills
in practice and control the pace of play in competition.
20. manage mistakes by learning to play within your abilities,
and realizing that managing and minimizing mistakes in
tennis or life is critical.
21. learn to compete one-on-one because the ability to do
battle on court trains you in the ups and downs of a
22. accept responsibility by practicing skills and checking
your equipment before a match, and by making accurate
line calls during a match.
23. manage adversity by learning to adjust to the elements
(e.g. wind, sun) and still be able to compete
24. control stress effectively because the physical, mental
and emotional stress of tennis will force you to
increase your capacity for dealing with stress.
25. learn how to recover by adapting to the stress of a
point and the recovery period between points, which
is similar to the stress and recovery cycles in life.
26. plan and implement strategies since you naturally learn
how to anticipate your opponent’s moves and plan your
27. learn to solve problems since tennis is a sport based
on angles, geometry and physics.
28. develop performance rituals before serving or returning
to control your rhythm of play and deal with pressure.
These skills can transfer to taking exams, conducting a
meeting or making an important sales presentation.
29. learn sportsmanship since tennis teaches you to
compete fairly with opponents.
30. learn to win graciously and lose with honor. Gloating
after a win or making excuses after a loss doesn’t work
in tennis or in life.
31. learn teamwork since successful doubles play depends
on you and your partner’s ability to communicate and
play as a cohesive unit.
32. develop social skills through interaction and communication
before a match, while changing sides on the
court and after play.
33. have fun – because the healthy feelings of enjoyment,
competitiveness and physical challenge are inherent
in the sport.
Summary and reason No. 34
Is it any wonder that scientists and physicians around the world view tennis as the most healthful
activity in which you can participate While other sports can provide excellent health benefits and
some can promote mental and emotional growth, none can compete with tennis in delivering overall
physical, mental and emotional gains to those who play.
All these benefits make tennis the ideal sport for kids to learn early in life. What parent wouldn’t
want their children to have these advantages through their growing years
And, it’s never too late for adults of all ages to take up the game. The human system can be
trained and improved at any stage of life. The key is to start playing now to get the most out of these
benefits throughout your lifetime.
And, that brings us to reason No. 34: Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime! The proof is in the playing.
Michigan’s Palladino and Sun win singles
titles at the USPTA Indoor Championships
Alex Palladino of Grand Rapids, Mich., captured the men’s
open title at the $2,500 United States Professional Tennis
Association Indoor Championships held November 9-11
at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. Palladino defeated
Richard Beijer of Novi, Mich., 6-1, 6-1, for the championship.
Amy Sun of Big Rapids, Mich., won the women’s open title by
going undefeated in round robin play. Sun defeated Marilyn Baker
of Eagan, Minn., 6-2, 6-1.
Richard Beijer of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Dana Gill of Cupertino,
Calif., earned the men’s open doubles title by going undefeated
in round robin play. Beijer and Gill defeated Joseph Van Deinse of
Williamsburg, Mich., and Ryan Dloski of Grosse Pointe Woods,
Mich., 6-2, 6-1.
The tournament was the last in the series of national tournaments
on several court surfaces that the USPTA offered to its members as
part of the USPTA National Surface Championship Series.
Men’s open winner Alex Palladino
The national tournaments are open to members in good standing.
For additional information, please contact the USPTA at 800-
USPTA-4U. USPTA Professionals may log in to the “members
only” section of the USPTA Web site at www.uspta.com for more
Following is a complete list of results
from final-round matches:
Men’s Open Singles Finals
Alex Palladino, Grand Rapids, Mich., def. Richard Beijer,
Novi, Mich., 6-1, 6-1.
Women’s open winner Amy Sun
Women’s Open Singles Round Robin
Amy Sun, Big Rapids, Mich., def. Marilyn Baker, Eagan,
Minn., 6-2, 6-1. Amy Sun def. Molly Basha, Statesboro, Ga.,
6-1, 6-4. Marilyn Baker def. Molly Basha 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Men’s Open Doubles Round Robin
Richard Beijer, Novi, Mich., and Dana Gill, Cupertino,
Calif., def. Joseph Van Deinse, Williamsburg, Mich., and
Ryan Dloski, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., 6-2, 6-1. Richard
Beijer and Dana Gill def. Alex Palladino, Grand Rapids,
Mich., and Anwar Khan, Portage, Mich., 6-2, 6-4. Joseph
Van Deinse and Ryan Dloski def. Alex Palladino and Anwar
Khan, 6-1, 6-3.
Men’s open doubles champs Richard Beijer (left) and Dana Gill
12 ADDvantage/January 2008
It’s only demographics, but I like it
My old economics professor always used to say “pay attention
to the demographics and you will run your business with
success and invest well.” The baby boomers are back and ready to
play tennis. In the ’70s they hit their 20s and were responsible for
giving tennis a great growth spurt. Then life got in the way. They
had careers and kids to chase after. Now they are starting to retire
and are looking for something to do rather than golf. We will need
more courts in our new active-adult communities.
by Rod Dunnett, USPTA
The baby boomers are back
and ready to play tennis.
They are back! We need to look at the way we are teaching and who
we are hiring to teach these successful baby boomers. The formula
for hiring tennis pros has been previous college or professional
playing experience. It may make some sense to find professionals
who have been successful in other professions and communicate at
a level similar to the client. These folks are not kids trying to make
a college team or the pro circuit. They want to get the foundation
back so they can play doubles in the local active-adult community.
Not to say that there are not still quite a few type A personalities out
there looking to play on the various age group senior circuits. Their
emphasis is more on getting into shape to compete in singles.
As a general manager of a club or director of tennis, it does not
make interesting press to announce the hiring of the new head
pro who used to be a banker. It is sexier to announce his or her
previous ranking, tour experience or what college he or she played
for. It is a challenge, but hiring to match the demographics of the
client/member base is the key. A young club requires the traditional
hiring process, but a resort that caters to successful business
people or an active-adult community should look to a previously
successful business person. There are a lot of USPTA pros who
have changed careers.
We need to emphasize the tools to hit consistent shots, not how
to hit a running topspin forehand. We will not see a lot of smoke
coming from their sneakers as they cover the courts. Teach the grip
that will give them more consistency. I know we all do it now, but
stretching before and after is very important as we age.
This is a great group to market to. They have a tendency to bring
the racquet out that was new 10 years ago. Get them into new
equipment. They will pay attention to their pro even more than
Baby boomers represent the ideal market for tennis businesses.
the previous generations. This is the same group that sees value
added in a good teaching pro. As the strings age the elasticity is lost
and more vibration is created. Use vibration absorbers and change
strings more often. We really have to be aware of things that may
give them tennis elbow. Using less tension with strings makes sense.
As their swing path shortens, more power is needed.
If you have not done it yet, get certified in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) and make sure you have a cell phone on the
courts to call 911 if there is an emergency. As our client base ages,
we must be prepared.
Rod Dunnett, USPTA, teaches at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt., in
the summer and is the head pro for an active-adult community in the
Palm Springs, Fla., area. Previously, he was an executive for Bank of
America and president and chairman of the board of his own private
ADDvantage/January 2008 13
Are you really training
for tennis-speci c endurance
by Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., USPTA
Training for tennis is
complex and it requires
a committed coach to plan
and implement a structured
based on an athlete’s
physiology, playing style
and competitive level.
Competitive tennis requires players to compete in many matches that
last longer than two hours, but also involves short and intense bouts
of exertion combined with brief rest periods . The duration of work
and rest is highly variable and each match has a different physiological profile
. For these reasons, training for tennis is complex and it requires a committed
coach to plan and implement a structured endurance-training program based on
an athlete’s physiology, playing style and competitive level.
When designing training programs, it
is important to train the metabolic energy
systems that dominate during match play.
A common problem that still occurs with
regard to training specificity is the method
by which tennis endurance (aerobic capability)
is developed. Developing tennis
endurance is usually the major focus during
the off-season or pre-season (general
preparatory/specific preparatory) periods
of training. Traditional slow aerobic
conditioning or even long-interval training
sessions are still used in many tennis
conditioning programs. It is still common
to see well-meaning coaches run their
players using inefficient training routines.
Examples of this include running multiple
400-meter sprints on a track or running
miles to build aerobic capabilities or even
increase lactate tolerance. The question
that needs to be asked by these coaches
and trainers is: How specific is that training
program to the sport of tennis
To understand if an activity or drill
is specific to the sport, it is important to
focus on a few major variables: the length,
the recovery and the intensity. Although
long-distance, continuous aerobic routines,
such as 30-minute to 60-minute runs, do
develop aerobic capabilities, is this type
of capability transferable and necessary
to tennis play Long, slow, continuous
movements are not highly specific to the
length of movements, the recovery or the
intensity seen during match play. Simply
stated, they do not match the physiological
requirements of tennis match play. Many
of you reading this will be thinking that
athletes still need aerobic training to last
for long matches and also recover fast after
long matches. Aerobic capabilities still need
to be developed since the majority of energy
regeneration is performed aerobically.
Therefore, short sprint/interval training
would be a more tennis-specific method
of training if the workload could replicate
match play (i.e., work/rest intervals) and
is performed for 30 to 45 minutes.
A good method for noninvasively determining
the requirements of tennis match
play is a work/rest analysis. The ideal
way to make this specific to your athletes
would be to videotape five to 10 matches
and have your athletes determine how
long points and rest periods lasted. Timing
the average length of points and rest
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continuous aerobic routines,
such as 30- minute to 60-minute
runs, do develop aerobic capabilities,
is this type of capability transferable
and necessary to tennis play
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periods, as well as determining in what
time frame the players predominantly
played most of their points (i.e., 0-5
seconds, 5-10 seconds, 10-15 seconds)
would allow the coach to design highly
individualized programs for each player.
If you do not have the equipment or time
or the number of students that you teach
is just too large to practically make this
work, a brief summary of the tennis-specific
research in college and professional
tennis players is provided.
In the majority of studies the average
point length is less than 15 seconds [3-8].
An analysis conducted by our research
group compared the final of the 1988
and 2003 U.S. Open men’s singles. It is
interesting to note that the average point
length has decreased by over 50 percent
in the last 15 years. The time of work for
each point decreased from 12.2 seconds
in 1988 to 5.99 seconds in 2003. Furthermore,
the average rest between points also
decreased by approximately 50 percent
when compared to 15.18 seconds in 2003.
A statistic that is potentially more important
is that 93 percent of all points lasted
less than 15 seconds [9, 10]. Therefore, if
coaches are using old training guidelines
from outdated data, they may think they
are designing tennis-specific programs;
however, without using current work/rest
data these programs will be inefficient for
developing the endurance requirements of
today’s tennis athlete.
The previously mentioned data led to
the next important component for training
design – the work/rest ratio. The
currently published data reveals that for
every second of work performed there is
three to five seconds of rest . Therefore,
it is important to structure programs
utilizing a work to rest ratio that mimics
Current errors in program
design for tennis
This data provided highlights of how
short the time of each point is during tennis
match play. These findings, although
important, are rarely used when designing
physical conditioning programs for tennis
players. Until now too much emphasis has
been placed on traditional aerobic training
methods such as 1.5- or 3-mile runs or
lactate-producing interval training in the
form of one- to two-minute sprints (400-
to 800-meter sprints). Furthermore, it has
been shown that plasma lactate levels do
not rise during tennis competition ,
which would suggest that training involving
large increases in lactate (one- to twominute
sprints) would not be beneficial
and is, in fact, ill-advised for tennis players.
It is much more specific and efficient to
train athletes using time frames ranging
from five to 45 seconds at a higher intensity
and repeating those varied intervals for 30
to 45 minutes to develop tennis-specific
The purpose of this article is not to provide
examples of different court drills, but to
present ideas on how to incorporate your
current drills and movement patterns (both
on and off court) into a scientifically and
physiologically based tennis conditioning
Further recommendations that should
be followed when designing tennis-specific
training programs are as follows :
• It is beneficial to maintain physical conditioning
intensity equal to or greater
than match intensity.
• The majority of work should take less
than 15 seconds to complete.
• Work should not exceed 45 seconds
without an appropriate rest interval.
• Work/rest ratio should be comparable
to that of match play. An acceptable
range is between two to four seconds
of rest for every second of work.
• After every 10 to 15 repetitions, a longer
rest period (to simulate rest during
games) should be taken.
These recommendations are for energy
system development specifically for
tennis. They should not be used when
focusing on speed development or highintensity
Mark Kovacs, Ph.D.,
USPTA, is a coach, trainer,
certified strength and conditioning
specialist and tennis
physiologist. He is an assistant
professor of exercise science
and wellness at Jacksonville
State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and is
a former professional tennis player, collegiate
All-American and NCAA doubles champion
at Auburn University. He is the co-author
of “Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court
Performance,” which is available through
www.racquettech.com and bookstores. He can
be contacted at email@example.com.
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Tennis training: enhancing on-court
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tennis. Tennis Pro, 1991. 3: p. 4.
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energetics of singles tennis. Journal of Human
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Alternating team singles
prepared by Brett Hobden, USPTA
Category: Conditioning/strategy and tactics
Levels: Intermediate/advanced Time/players: 15 minutes/1-8
Description and goals:
Creating teamwork and anticipating your teammate’s shots so that
your team can win the most points.
Players on each side will alternate hitting a shot. The next player
in line will have to run in to play the next shot. Players must pay
attention to the situation and anticipate the shot from their teammate
and the opponent. The point continues until either a winner
or error is made. Variations: Teams can only earn points with a
winner. Teams must win points at the net.
Focus on reading the situation and adjusting your shots and position
Fire in the hole
prepared by Brett Hobden, USPTA
Time/players: 15 minutes/1-4
Description and goals:
A very exciting game that is fast-paced and develops quick hands,
footwork and great teamwork. Players will work on a variety of quick
net shots, touch shots and defensive shots.
Four players start inside the service line. Any player can receive
the first shot. Another player (or coach) stands just off the court
near the net post and feeds the first ball, which can be any type
of shot (low or high volley, drop shot or overhead). The point is
played out with the player who makes the error or loses the point
being replaced immediately by the next player (player A) waiting in
line to come in. When a lob is hit the team receiving the lob must
let it bounce. The opponents move back quickly, calling out “fire in
the hole” and try to defend against the overhead.
Mix up the feeds so that players receive volleys, dinks and overheads.
Focus on teamwork, closing in and defending against overheads.
Serve and volley surprise
prepared by Brett Hobden, USPTA
Type: Doubles, singles Category: Return of serve/serve/serve-volley
Levels: Intermediate/advanced Time/players: 15 minutes/1-8
Description and goals:
All players work on their serve and volley at least 1 in 3 points. This drill
has players surprise their opponents by using the serve-volley tactic,
which creates uncertainty in the receivers.
Players serve in doubles formation. Each player will serve three
points with at least one of the 3 points being a serve-volley point.
However, a player could choose to serve and volley more than once.
Rotate players after 3 points. Rotation can be one spot on each side
of the court or as a team. Variations: Play singles points. Allow one
Focus on making good serves and first volleys. Have net players focus
on poaching or cutting off the return.
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Steal the net
prepared by Brett Hobden, USPTA
Category: Doubles/lob/return of serve
Time/players: 15 minutes/1-8
Description and goals:
Return team tries to “steal” the net from serve team. Returners
focus on making a good offensive lob over the net player’s head and
Returner hits offensive lob over net player’s head (net player can
only retreat as far as the service line to play shot). Server covers
behind partner and partner switches to other side. Returner moves
forward so that he and partner are inside the service line and have
stolen the net from the serve team. Play out the point. Once point
ends, everybody rotates one spot (new player moves in to serve,
server moves to net position, net player is out, new player moves in
to return, returner moves to net position, and net player moves out).
Variations: Server must hit second serve or rotate in as a team.
Three strikes, you’re a champ
prepared by Brett Hobden, USPTA
Focus on offensive lob that helps steal the net. Move as a team.
Category: Strategy amd tactics
Time/players: 10 minutes/1-4
Description and goals:
To get players comfortable playing three variable play situations one
after the other and to win 3 consecutive points.
Start with both players at the baseline. Player A must feed the ball
past the service line or is out. Play out the point. If player B wins
the point, player A feeds a ball that must land inside the service
line (if the feed is missed player A is out). Player B must hit an
approach shot and play out the point. If player B wins the point,
player A feeds a ball to player B that must be volleyed. The volley
from player B must go past the service line and play out point. If
player B wins all 3 points he becomes the champ and takes the
place of player A. The game continues until another player wins
3 consecutive points, then rotate. Anytime player B loses a point,
rotate other players.
Helps players develop the skills to play in three situations: a baseline
rally, transition shot and volley.
Up, back, stay and in
prepared by Brett Hobden, USPTA
Type: Doubles, singles
Category: Strategy and tactics
Time/players: 15 minutes/1-8
Description and goals:
To help players improve their awareness and positioning. Most players
move quite well side-to-side, but many times struggle with moving
up and back. This will help them anticipate where the ball will
land based on its speed, trajectory and spin.
Players start the point on the baseline. Players must call out their
movement strategy (up, back, stay or in) for each shot before the ball
bounces on their side of the court. If they don’t they are out. They are
also out if they lose the point. Variations: With fewer players, use the
whole court. Use crosscourt half of the court as a doubles variation.
Focus on having players call out their next court position by recognizing
the type of ball they are about to receive.
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While it’s generally believed that
participation in sports builds good
character, this is not always the case.
As we can see by the recent wave of
bad publicity, poor sportsmanship,
unethical, illegal and “bad” behavior
exists in most sports, even at the
elite level. Sadly, the need to win,
the lure of money and the sense
of entitlement and invulnerability
that wealth and power bring tempt
the very core values that sports were
designed to develop.
As parents and coaches, you can
make a difference. Tell your kids
why these behaviors are bad and
inappropriate. Invite them to discuss
their views and the penalties
and consequences they feel would
Seek out examples of great
athletes who are fine role models.
Discuss the value of playing hard
but fair, of winning and losing with
honor and humility, of trying your
hardest even when you are competing
against a much stronger team
or you aren’t playing your best.
Teach your kids how to respect
officials even when they appear to
miss a call or make a bad one, not
out of fear of a penalty but because
it’s the right thing to do.
Help youngsters learn to control
their emotions under pressure
and not play out of fear or anger
but out of desire and confidence.
Be a good role model yourself.
Demonstrate ethical and moral
behavior toward others and it
will carry over to how your kids
All of us have a significant
role to play in helping our youth
develop good character through
sport. It’s just too important to
leave it to chance.
Robert Heller, Ed.D., USPTA
Boca Raton, Fla.
Editor’s note: Robert Heller’s seminar,
“Developing Character Through Tennis,”
is available in MP3 format as part of the
2007 USPTA World Conference seminar
set on CD-ROM. For more information,
contact the U.S. Pro Tennis Shop at (800)
877-8248 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your article in the October-
November issue of ADDvantage
magazine was right on target.
Having played junior tennis and
now having a child who plays sectional
and national tournaments, I
am aware of the cheating problems
we have in our sport today. The
true cheaters are as skillful with
their timing of the bad calls and
score changes as they are with hitting
forehands and backhands.
There are a few solutions I
believe would be effective. First, I
believe that 10 percent of the field
cause 80 percent of the problems at
the sectional level. Countless times
I’ve seen referees give suspension
points for hitting a ball over the
fence, throwing a racquet or using
foul language, but they rarely
give suspension points for obvious
and gross cheating. This needs to
change. I also see many instances of
warnings and threats of suspension
points for poor behavior, but the
refs don’t usually put it in writing.
If they do, the tournament directors
don’t follow through and turn
in the forms.
Secondly, virtually every player
and parent knows when the draw
comes out, who the cheaters are.
In many cases they notify the refs
or tournament directors before the
match is even played in hopes of getting
a ref to monitor their court. If
you send out surveys to each junior
in each state and national players, in
each age division, you will quickly
get a consensus of who the cheaters
are. With this information in hand,
(it could be done through e-mail
at no cost), you will know what
the juniors already know: who the
cheaters are. If, for example, 80
percent of the surveys have the same
four or five names coming up, then
an obvious red flag goes up.
The next question is what to do
with the information. You distribute
the results to the appropriate USTA
sectional presidents and head umpires.
You establish and distribute
a strict suspension policy that all
juniors are made aware of and then
implement and enforce the policy.
Once the policy is enforced fairly
and consistently, then the juniors
will either stop cheating or be
subject to suspension. It’s time to
be tough for the sake of our juniors
and the integrity of our sport.
Victor Albo, USPTA
I just finished reading your letter
in ADDvantage about cheating,
and have one idea that I still use in
our one-day junior tournaments.
I have been competing for over
35 years. As we were growing up,
it was common to pull a parent or
older player to act as umpire over
any match with problems when the
referee was busy or manpower was
short. This pickup person could
call foot faults, lines, keep score,
or cover whatever problem was
existing on the court.
The referee or tournament
director would locate such an individual
that they knew had nothing
to do with the match. They would
then let the individual know that
they were there for a specific purpose,
and to monitor that problem
through the rest of the match. The
individual would only be called
upon if a player had a question,
then would rule or overrule the
situation. In all these years, I have
not had any issues with the individual
who was called on to help
keep a match honest.
We are definitely at a point that
the parents and players need to assist
in the honesty of a tournament,
due to the cost of umpires and the
fact that they do not stay for the
duration of the match. In the event
the pickup person had an issue (the
match went long), they could be
replaced by another person. I do
not know why this process stopped,
but it worked extremely well while
I was in juniors and afterward.
Jack Sheehy, USPTA
I appreciate you speaking out
on cheating, lying and stealing.
Sometimes I can’t believe the responses
from parents concerning
the behavior of their children. It
reminds me of the time when I was
5 years old and I stole a penny piece
of candy at the grocery store. When
my Mom found out she took me
to the store checker and made me
apologize. If I caught my son or
daughter cheating, I would have
them defaulted immediately and
apologize to the other player and
Winning outside the rules of
the game is a hollow victory and
results in you becoming less of a
person. Tennis and winning are
only part of life. What to do
My son played in a special
four-day tournament event this last
summer for 10-and-under only.
This was a team event where the
players were put on four teams (10
boys and 10 girls on each team) and
played another team on each day.
Matches involved singles, doubles
and mixed doubles. On the first
day, a mandatory meeting was
held with one to two hours of instruction
on rules, court etiquette,
proper match behavior, and how
to check in. This meeting was followed
up with a mandatory parents
meeting with a video about proper
behavior for parents. The whole
idea behind this tournament was
to provide some instruction in the
beginning years of a tennis player’s
career. This tournament was geared
toward the top-ranked players in
the region and was a great event.
Another suggestion that I
thought of after reading the part
in your article about the scoring
dispute is to bring a scoring marker
to your tournament matches. The
marker fits on the net and is adjusted
after each game.
Finally, character begins when
someone speaks up. Thank you for
John D. Penner
Just read your article on cheating
in junior tennis. As you know,
it is not just in junior tennis, but
adult leagues too. The problem is
systemic and societal. Unfortunately,
winning is more important
than integrity. Ramsey Earnhart,
a USPTA member, mentor and
former NCAA doubles champion,
told me long ago, “tennis doesn’t
build character but rather reveals
it.” How right he is.
So how do we solve the problem
of cheating Here is a possible
solution: In the past I sometimes
would video some of my ladies
teams during league play and
found out that the line calls on
these matches were much better. I
can only assume the players’ know-
20 ADDvantage/January 2008
ing the camera was on cleaned
up their act. While there were no
provisions in ALTA rules for using
a video to challenge a call, the
idea relates to your “undercover”
referee. Admittedly, some of the
opponents and some of my own
members objected, but I always
was able to convince them that it
was a learning tool and prevailed
upon them to allow it. If not, I just
backed off and used the zoom lens.
The entire match can be videoed
and an appeal could be based upon
a few bad calls caught on video.
Sadly, cheaters – from presidents
to heads of industry, tennis
players, and others from every walk
of life – will always be with us. At
least you have a pulpit from which
to voice your concern. What about
the moms and dads with kids playing
tournaments who only have
their pros to guide them through
the USTA tournament maze
USPTA Master Professional
The problem of cheating to win
tennis matches has many people,
including myself, very disturbed.
The days of a “gentleman’s game”
with fair calls and good sportsmanship
have given way to a “win-atall-costs”
mentality. A solution to
address this situation may come from
racquetball. Many years ago I was the
tournament stringer at a sanctioned
racquetball tournament. I observed
the structure of the tournament and
was surprised when the winner of
a match had to stay for additional
duties – refereeing another match.
This is an excellent solution to the
problem of cheating in tennis.
Tennis tournament directors
could state on the tournament’s
entry form that every player will be
required to umpire or referee another
match. This would guarantee that
the player would fulfill his or her
duty or they would not be allowed
to advance to the next round.
Another option is to include an
umpire fee in with the entry fee.
For instance, players would pay
$50 to enter and they would be
refunded $25 if they umpired one
match. The extra $25 fee would
discourage players from leaving
without doing their duty or the fee
could be used to hire another player
to umpire an additional match.
Having a match umpire on
the court of a junior tennis match
would discourage cheating and bad
line calls and would accomplish
The first is just having a peer
on court to witness the conduct
of each player. Many times when
a player was ready to question an
“out” call by his or her opponent,
I have observed a friend, coach or
parent nod to indicate that the ball
was indeed out. This confirmation
by another witness really helped to
calm the player.
The second benefit would be
for the match umpire to be able to
correct line calls when asked by the
Third, the match umpire could
also record all overrules for each player
on the scorecard and turn it into
the tournament referee for further
action. This would make all players
more accountable for their conduct
and line calls. Tournament referees
would be able to track problem
players through the tournament and
in future events as well. Governing
bodies could also take disciplinary
action against chronic cheaters.
Lastly, the match umpire would
also be in charge of keeping score to
stop any errors or cheating in scoring.
An official scorecard would be
given to each match umpire to be
turned in at the end of the match.
The idea of having another
player being the umpire of a tennis
match would go a long way to help
curb cheating. It would hold both
players in a match more accountable
for their actions and give the
match umpire an appreciation for
Doug Hofer, USPTA
I read your article in the USPTA
publication. It’s something I am really
struggling with myself, not just
the actual cheating, but coming up
with a viable solution. To put my
two cents in, I do have some ideas.
When I was growing up playing
tennis, we all had to show up for
the tournament at 8 in the morning
on the first day. This way we
all developed a certain camaraderie
playing cards, etc., waiting for our
matches or during rain delays. We
knew one another, which made it
harder to cheat. More importantly,
when the first matches were called,
they also asked for volunteers from
the players, corresponding to the
number of courts, and asked them
to sit up in the chair and call the
first match. After that, the loser had
to go back to the same court he lost
on, and chair the next match. This
would teach the kids a good lesson
about controlling the flow of the
match, and dealing with attitudes.
It would be beneficial to have
a card at every tournament where
players can voice their opinions
about the worst cheaters, and the
tournament director would have to
submit it to the USTA. I guarantee
that the same fi ve names would
come up over and over again. These
names could be published once a
month with the rankings and color
coded on the draw sheet (yellow,
for instance). We already have red
for seeded players, green for non-
USTA members and so forth.
I hope I did not bore you to
tears. But it ticks me off when I
see those cheaters winning matches
because they call a ball out on game
point or set point or match point.
You are right; they don’t waste their
time at 15 all.
Zsolt Karosi, USPTA
I was reading your message
in the October-November issue
about cheating and thought I’d let
you know how we had umpires for
almost every match.
I think parents and coaches
should be reminded that tennis is
supposed to be a “gentleman’s” game
– at least that’s what I was taught ever
since I started. Do your best, have
fun and all the other good stuff.
I’m sure you have heard how
things might work nowadays. The
thinking is “win at any cost” and
“when in doubt call it out.” Trying
to get rid of this cheating on the
court problem has to have everyone
involved, including players,
parents, coaches and friends.
When I was a junior we used to
have players who were waiting for
their matches or players who were
done with their matches help by
umpiring matches. Of course, you
should make sure that the umpire is
not from the same academy as one of
the players or one of the parents.
The players (umpires) can at
least watch the lines and keep track
of the score along with the players.
We used to have the regular umpire
chairs (the tall ones) but clubs
where they didn’t had those chairs
set up sturdy tables with chairs
on top so the umpires could get a
better view of the lines. I think it
might make things easier for the
referee or the roving umpire, players
and everyone involved. Who
knows Umpiring may help some
players learn a couple of things.
All the best, and hope this helps
in at least getting things started
with players helping each other.
Emmanuel John, USPTA
I wanted to let you know that
I enjoyed the cheating article that
you wrote. I might not be sure why,
but it reminded me a little bit of
an old Vince Lombardi story that I
read. One day at a Packers practice
one of his players gave up before
the end of the play. Lombardi
started yelling at him and said, “If
you quit in practice, then you’ll
quit in the game. If you quit in the
game, then you’ll quit in life. And
I won’t have that!”
I definitely agree with you that
cheating is excused or even encouraged
in certain drill groups and
high schools. Diligent high school
coaches and club pros can be the
ones to turn this epidemic around,
but at the moment something needs
to be done at the national level as
well. There is too much at stake in
the USTA tournaments (namely
scholarships) to let them go unsupervised.
I like the idea of plain clothes
referees or scouts because honest
kids are getting hurt by the current
system and that just isn’t fair.
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
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The USPTA, USTA, and other
tennis organizations have promoted
putting people into competition
almost from the beginning of their
involvement with the game, before
any skills have been ingrained. This
is the first cause of the cheating
because if you don’t have the skills
to win on your own, and you know
how important winning is, then
you will be inclined to cheat in
order to be the winner. The old
saying goes, “It doesn’t matter if
you win or lose, it’s how you play
the game,” but from everything
we see around us, even little kids
know that isn’t true. The winners
get everything while the losers get
If you want to do something
about cheating, delay the start of
people competing. Teaching people
the skills of the game with no competition
allows them to develop the
skills in a relaxed, nonthreatening
environment. I have people that
take lessons from me for years in
group situations that have no desire
to compete, but love getting out,
running around, hitting some balls,
and gradually getting better. When
you learn in a noncompetitive environment
you are given the time
to learn not only the physical skills,
but also the mental and emotional
skills. Also, what happens is that by
working together over many years
it becomes much harder to cheat
someone that you are friends with
Until you change how the
system works, there will always be
cheating. It’s not just happening
in junior tennis, it’s happening
extensively in recreational tennis
and even in low-level professional
tennis where there are no line
judges. One of my long-term students,
who was ranked No. 1 two
years ago in Northern California
Women’s Open singles, went to
Mexico to play qualifying for a
tournament there and when she
came back she was horrified at how
much cheating was going on. In
her very first match her opponent
cheated her on three of the first
four points in the first game! Her
observations were that this was the
rule, not the exception, and that
if someone cheated you, you just
cheated them right back.
Brent Zeller, USPTA
I just read your CEO message
in ADDvantage. As I close in on
retirement from coaching, I feel
more and more like you did returning
from that tournament with
your son. Our society is just not
giving/teaching the right message,
and tennis, squash and golf are the
last holdouts for ethical behavior,
but we are being overwhelmed by
the negative aspects of everything
Remember “The USPTA Complete
Guide to Coaching” Check
out my two brief articles on sportsmanship.
I still coach the same way,
but it is harder to get through to
my kids every year, both because
there are no similar messages out
there and because no other coaches
seem to pay any attention to ethics
and sportsmanship. It is all about
winning and who is coming in next
year to make my team stronger.
I have been really lucky to coach
at Williams & Haverford – very
high quality, intelligent kids – and
they have listened and learned.
But I don’t have much hope for
Sean Sloane, USPTA
Dear Mr. Heckler,
I am rarely moved to send a
letter to the editor. But your recent
message regarding cheating in our
game hit a nerve. My first thought
was, “It’s about time someone with
some ‘punch’ said something about
this ongoing problem.”
When I taught and coached
in Florida, my school was the host
school for the South Florida high
school district championship. We
played 300 matches in three days
and rarely had a problem with line
calls. We handled it this way. On
the fi rst day of the tournament
we had a meeting with all the
players and all the coaches. We
explained that every coach was to
22 ADDvantage/January 2008
be considered a roving umpire.
They could make line calls, solve
disputes and make decisions on
the spot. Our players respected
this. The mere presence of a coach
watching a match probably helped
keep matches controlled. I must
mention that this rule only applied
to the high school coach, not one
of the private coaches who worked
with many of our players.
Now, I fully understand that a
high school tournament operates
under some rule differences. This
method would probably not work
in USTA without some tweaking,
or maybe not at all. But for us, we
had created what basketball and
football officials call “potential of
This worked for us on the local
level. Unfortunately, when our
winners went on we faced some of
the problems you mentioned in the
I applaud you for writing on
this subject and for the courage to
step on the toes you did. My sincere
hope is that this article gets a great
response and produces ideas that
will help solve it.
Hopefully the time will come
when none of us walk off the court
saying, “I don’t want to play with
him anymore, he cheats.”
Robert L. Schweid, USPTA
After reading your “Cheating,
lying, and stealing” editorial, I
just had to write you and say that
I take my Texas-sized, 10-gallon
hat off to you for telling it like it
is. As I read your editorial, I could
relate to your feelings all too well
because I was once a junior tennis
parent myself and experienced
some of the very same frustrations
you are experiencing in the junior
tennis world of today. Fortunately,
the problems I experienced 20
years ago weren’t as bad as they are
today. My daughter had the good
fortune to have worked with classact
teaching pros like Jim Parker,
who wouldn’t tolerate cheating for
a nanosecond nor would her dad!
As you know, I am a USTA official
and primarily work the junior
tournaments in the Houston area.
Time and time again, I’ve had junior
players come to me requesting
that I monitor their match for bad
line calls, foot faulting, etc. After
not seeing any bad line calls, foot
faults, or other forms of cheating
during two or three games, I typically
move on to monitor another
court, only to have the same player
call me back to his/her match five
minutes later for the very same
Fortunately, we are blessed
in the USTA Texas Section with
a great Discipline & Grievance
Committee chair in the form of
Paul Christian. I’m here to tell you
though, Paul and his committee
can’t do their job effectively if the
USTA officials and tournament
directors don’t do their jobs by
submitting reports of cheating.
As far as I’m concerned, submitting
cheating reports to the D&G
Committee is one of the most
important responsibilities assumed
by a person who chooses to become
a USTA official.
The idea of an “undercover
official” is an absolutely fantastic
idea! I sincerely hope that Paul and
the Texas Section D&G Committee
give serious consideration to
using “undercover officials” on a
trial basis for two or three years
and then evaluate the results. You
know and I know that this cancer,
in the form of cheating, lying, and
stealing, must stop now; otherwise,
our beloved game of tennis is
headed down the wrong path like
a runaway train!
Rod Hotz, USPTA
I enjoyed your thoughts on
cheating at junior tournaments. As
you and I are of the “old school,”
we know that the sense of shame
over being accused, or even suspected,
of being a cheater or poor
sport kept participants, on the
whole, being very fair. In my day,
at the early level of junior play in
New Zealand, all competitors were
made to adjudicate a match; usually
the loser adjudicated the match
following theirs on a court. There
was, therefore, an independent
observer that a player could appeal
to without having to look for an
official. The “scorekeeper” would
make sure that scores were correct
and no arguments regarding what
the score was developed, as the
monitor would be the final voice.
All players had to do this and even
winners were assigned a match at
some point during the event. I
know that time is an issue at many
tournaments today, but if, at the
entry level of junior tournament
sanctioned play, monitoring was a
requirement of entering the tournament,
then good habits would
be developed at the early stages
of a player’s tournament career. A
secondary byproduct of this was
that losers would have to immerse
themselves in another match so
the sting and self-criticism of losing
would be shortened and focus
given to another match.
I applaud the other suggestions
you made and hope that
publicity can turn the tide in the
adult segment of the junior player’s
Ian Crookenden, USPTA
You wrote an excellent article
about cheating in junior tennis
tournaments. I was quite taken
aback by the story. I agree with
you 100 percent ... cheating cannot
be tolerated and must be stopped.
There is no place for cheating in
sports, just as there really is no
place for cheating in any of life’s
I like your idea of using “undercover
officials” when one player
may be suspected of cheating. I
have a couple of other suggestions,
too. First of all, players should be
given a “standard speech” before
every match about the need to
make line calls clearly and quickly
and the need to be fair and give
the opponent the benefit of the
doubt in a close call. Tennis relies
on the honesty and integrity of the
players. That is the very essence of
a tennis match. I know the kids get
sick and tired of listening to this
“spiel,” but as a high school coach,
I repeat it at the start of each and
every meet. The players know it by
heart, but they still need to hear it
at the start of every competition.
It just might make an impact
on someone who hasn’t listened
Secondly, at USPTA- sanctioned
junior tournaments, perhaps
matches could be videotaped so
they could be reviewed in the event
of a dispute. Just an idea, especially
when a player is suspected of cheating.
This might help.
The very thought of cheating in
a tennis match would make Harry
Hopman turn over in his grave! In
my more than 35 years of playing
tennis, I have never thought of any
other sport having such a necessity
(or history) of fairness, honesty and
integrity associated with it. I’m sure
that every tennis champion around
today, and every single honest
player, would feel the same way.
Arthur Klein, USPTA
We greatly appreciate all the input
from our members concerning possible
solutions to the problem of
cheating in the game of tennis.
Many suggested solutions would be
great, in theory, but there are certain
realities in junior tennis that would
make them hard to implement. For
instance, if a player won a match
but was suffering from heat exhaustion,
you could not prevent him from
advancing to the next round because
he needed to rest or even left to seek
medical attention instead of refereeing
a match between two peers. Also,
many players travel to tournaments
with their academies and drill groups,
and it would be unfair to make a group
of players stay at a match site for
two extra hours while one of their
mates has to umpire a match. Most
tournament directors have a hard
enough time keeping things running
smoothly with the huge draws in junior
tournaments these days without
having to worry about tracking down
players who are not used to having
responsibilities once they have
turned in their scores.
However, we realize the only way the
cheating epidemic can be stopped,
or even slowed, is by a group effort
among players, parents, teaching
professionals, tournament directors,
and officials, and we encourage
everyone to continue to brainstorm
on how we can most effectively
maintain sportsmanship and fair
play in the sport.
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manager of the Rochester
Athletic Club in Rochester,
USPTA Professional Keith
Swindoll, director of tennis
at Indian Hills Country
Club, recently hosted two
charity events at his club
in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The
first was a tennis mixer
held in conjunction with
the Drive 4 The Cure golf
tournament benefiting the
DCH Breast Cancer Fund.
The combined events
raised more than $250,000
for the DCH Foundation.
The second event was an
ladies participated in this
one-day event to raise
money for the Tuscaloosa
Metaltek, manufacturer of
Playmate Ball Machines,
has introduced two new
portable tennis machines:
the Volley and the Half
Volley. The Half Volley has
a three-hour removable
Club4Life in Monroeville, Pa., hosted its fi rst Play for the Cure Tennis
Round Robin in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Hosting the event were USPTA Professional Rochelle Seilhamer, survivor
Berry Campagna and membership coordinator Tracey Cook. Over 50 players
participated in the fundraiser. All proceeds were donated to the Susan G.
Komen Foundation. The event raised more than $1,000. The goal for the
second annual event is to exceed $2,000.
battery pack, simple pointand-shoot
design, plus it
offers three do-it-yourself
upgrades. These upgrades
include a commercial remote
control system, a
two-line oscillator with random
option, and a six-hour
battery pack, all of which
can be installed in just a
few minutes. The Volley
comes fully loaded with all
the upgrades and replaces
the original Playmate
Portable. The Playmate
Portable Series features
a nonmemory, removable
battery pack with SMART
Charger. This means users
simply remove the battery
pack instead of taking the
entire machine out of the
car to charge it. The machines
also have variable
electronic ball speed, feed
rate, topspin, and backspin;
an integrated sliding
hopper that holds 200
balls; commercial pitching
wheels; manual height
control; and a two-year
limited warranty. For more
information, visit www.
PlaymateTennis.com or call
The Henri “Bijou” Elkins
Tennis show was busy during
the weekend of Oct. 18
in Austin, Texas. Together
with USPTA Master
Velasco, the Bijou show
was seen at the opening
ceremonies of the Little
Mo National Tournament
at the Austin Tennis Academy,
during the 24-hour
“tennithon” by Israel Castillo
to raise money for the
Lance Armstrong Foundation
at the Barton Creek
Resort, before the finals
of the $12,500 Pro Show
Down at the Onion Creek
Country Club, and finally
during the Super Senior
Sectionals at the Lakeway
USPTA Professional Jeff Bingo, director of tennis at Addison Reserve Country
Club in Delray Beach, Fla., since 1995, has been promoted to director of
Esplanade operations after a recent $9.2 million renovation of the Esplanade
area. The expansion included remodeling of the Esplanade Bistro, expansion
of the Fitness Center to include a kinesis wall, stretching, and aerobic rooms,
the addition of a world-class spa, a Kidz Zone children’s center, and a tennis
department makeover including the addition of a state-of-the-art practice
hitting court with an automatic ball machine replenishing system. In 2004
- 2005, Bingo was voted District Professional of the Year in the Florida
Division. He will be in charge of operations for this new facility in addition to
retaining his position as tennis director under the management of CEO/CFO
of Addison Reserve, Michael McCarthy.
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Curly Davis, adult director of Academia Sanchez-Casal, Florida, held a 24-hour
tennis marathon to benefit the Toys for Tots campaign. Davis started playing tennis
at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and continued straight through until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15
at the academy’s headquarters at the Naples Tennis Club & Resort. Davis invited
all comers to play against him in half-hour sessions. The “charge” was a new,
unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots. He encouraged people to sign up
for doubles play in their half hour because it brought in more toys. The USPTA
Professional said he wore a pedometer that showed he logged 45.6 miles during
that 24-hour period. To raise even more toys, a car was filled with tennis balls
and people were invited to guess how many there were. There was no limit to the
number of guesses per person, but the cost of each guess was a toy. The winner,
whose guess came closest to the correct number, won a HEAD racquet autographed
by Davis, three one-hour private lessons with him, and two box seats at a session of
the International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach. HEAD/Penn donated
the 1,375 tennis balls. “We ended up with five big boxes of toys!” Davis said.
Members of the Peter Burwash International Tennis Show performed on the
Great Wall of China in September, culminating their 2007 tour. Last year the
PBI Tennis Show had a one-month tour in August with its finale at the USTA
Tennis Teachers Conference in conjunction with the U.S. Open in New York.
This year the tour was expanded to July through September with performances not
only in China, but also in Seoul, Korea, as well as the United States, according
to Dan Aubuchon, PBI Tennis Show director and USPTA Professional. In its
nearly 30-year history, the PBI Tennis Show has been performed for millions of
people in 99 countries. Often described as the Harlem Globetrotters of tennis,
the show combines music, skits and extraordinary tennis skills that highlight
the way people play the sport. (Photo) In a “U” shape from the left going back
are Patrick Alle, Tyson Thomas and Sebastian Morning. From the right going
forward are Dan Aubuchon, Art Santos and Dara Sok.
World of Tennis banquet.
The show, named after
USPTA member Henri
Elkins, is a combination
of a tennis lesson and
comedy and has entertained
tennis crowds in
more than 30 countries.
Tennis Addiction Sports Club
hosted a pro-am tennis
tournament to benefit
Living Beyond Breast
Cancer Research on
Oct. 13. Tennis Addiction
Sports Club, owned
by USPTA Professional
Anthony DeCecco, has
eight tennis teams made
up of 12 players in the
Deltri Suburban Tennis
League. Each team plays
competitive tennis with
other clubs in the area
from October to March.
For the past six years, all
of the Deltri teams have
held events to raise and
donate money to Living
Beyond Breast Cancer.
This year Tennis Addiction
had its best year, reaching
a goal of $10,000. For
more information about
Tennis Addiction Sports
Club and Living Beyond
Breast Cancer, visit their
Web sites at tennisaddiction.com
Frank E. Gaillard, a USPTA
Professional and retired
Oct. 15 at the
age of 80. Gaillard,
the age of 70,
was the head tennis pro at
the Lake of the Pines community
in Auburn, Calif. He
was still avidly playing and
teaching tennis in spite of
his battle with cancer. “It
was his life,” said his wife,
Joanie. He was the area
representative for admissions
to West Point and
president of Korean War
Regiment 224. The 6-foot-
5-inch Gaillard graduated
from West Point Military
Academy in 1950 and
served for two years as a
paratrooper in the Korean
War. Gaillard was a member
of the Army Reserve
for more than 30 years.
During this time he worked
as a program director in the
Silicon Valley electronics industry.
He also taught tennis
at Fairbrae Swim and
Racquet Club in Sunnyvale,
Calif. Although he had
played tennis since his
West Point days, he did not
start teaching until after
he completed his military
service. After moving to
Auburn, Gaillard coached
the girls and boys teams
at Bear River High School
in Grass Valley, Calif. The
Lake of the Pines Tennis
Club started a memorial
fund in Gaillard’s name and
members of Fairbrae Swim
and Racquet Club contributed
as well. These monies
will go toward scholarships
to teach tennis to Auburn
area youth, Joanie Gaillard
said. “He would be
very happy about that.”
Scholarship donations may
be made to the LOP Tennis
Gaillard Memorial Fund,
care of Richard Knowlden,
president of LOP Tennis,
12023 Lakeshore North
Drive, Auburn, Calif.,
95602. Gaillard’s ashes will
be buried at West Point
Military Academy in the
spring of 2008.
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