Issue #65 July 2021
real junior tennis
Put Away Balls At
Pressure In Closing
PLAYER in Training
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Put Away Balls
At The Net.
in this issue
Power Comes From
Believing In Yourself
Is A Process.
Who Is Dehan van Deventer
Who Is Dehan Van
5 Things You Need To
Know About Vision.
You Can’t Win
Are You Coachable.
Don’t Have Any
Pressure In Closing
Never let up, or take it easy on you
moment you do, it will appear as
are nervous. This will instantly give
pressuring your opponent until th
r opponent, during a match. The
a sign of weakness, and that you
your opponent confidence. Keep
e match is won.
COMES FROM YOUR
The ability to hit the ball with tremendous power,
doesn’t come from swinging hard, or how
much muscle you have.It comes totally from
the timing, when you’re using the proper tech-
nique. So if you are constantly struggling to hit
powerful strokes, even though you are swinging
as hard as you can, start by fixing your technique.
That’s where the problem lies.
Dehan van Deventer
It’s total foolishness, for anyone to ask
you to believe in yourself, when they
know, and you also know, that you don’t
know how to hit certain strokes.
If you haven’t learnt how to hit a slice
serve, or a dropshot, or a volley, or any
other stroke, and you are being told to
believe in yourself, that is utter foolishness.
Belief comes from confidence, and
confidence is the feeling or belief in
something that you can rely on and
trust: which need time to develop.
Cause if you are learning how to hit a
stroke in tennis, it takes some time before
you know how to do it, and get
comfortable in playing it. That’s how
belief and confidence grows. Then we
move on to mastering the stroke... not
lieving in yourself
at the net
Balls at the net, should be a put away
winning shots. Your opponent should
not even be able to get a racket on it,
if you approach and play the shot correctly.
Be sure to angle them off the
court, and NEVER through the baseline.
you can’t win
Playing tennis all the way back at
the fence, and always reacting and
running down balls that your opponent
hit, is not winning tennis. Defensive
tennis, does not win. You
need to be more offensive minded,
and move closer to the baseline, to
have any chance of winning.
The location of where you hit the
ball always matter. Anytime you
hit the ball in the wrong spot, the
point is basically over for you. This
is something that’s going to take
some time and painful learning to
develop. Once you get it, your tennis
level will explode.
From South Africa with love
Hey everyone, my name is Dehan van Deventer
and I am 11 years old. I live in Cape
Town, South Africa where I get to train at
the Anthony Harris Tennis Academy with
and against some of the best players in
Southern Africa and Africa.
I’ve been playing tennis since the age of
5 and started competing at the age of 7
on the South African tennis circuit. It was
after watching my first live Professional
Tennis Match at the end of 2018 (an ITF
Futures event where current Top 50 ATP
player, Lloyd Harris played in the final)
that I realized, I want to be a professional
I do play other sports as well. I play field
hockey, which I really enjoy, and am also
a member of my school’s Athletic Sprint
team. But, it is the sport of tennis I absolutely
Tennis has has already afforded me so may wonderful
opportunities and experiences. I have represented
my District and Province at age group
level for the past 3 years and was a team member
of our Provincial Team when we won the Inter-Provincial
Synergy Cup in 2020 .
However, being invited in 2019 to play in the
XXIV Edition of the Smrikva Bowl in Croatia, is
by far the standout highlight. The Smrikva Bowl
is considered by most pundits to be the unofficial
u10 World Championships and many of
today’s ATP and WTA players played at Smrikva
Bowl when they were u10. (Go check out the
I made so many new friends and still have regular
contact with most of them! Another tennis
related highlight, but not one where I played,
was the 2020 Match for Africa in Cape Town. Not
only was a world-record set for the most spectators
at a tennis match, I got to see Rafa and
Roger play in Cape Town!
I am fortunate to be surrounded by a wonderful
support base. It is also good to have
sponsors who support me on this journey.
On Fire, based in Italy, is my clothing sponsor
and Head in South Africa, sponsors my tennis
equipment. I play with the Head Gravity,
a racket that really suits my aggressive game
style (It is also a great looking racket!).
My long-term goal is to become a professional
tennis player, but I realize that one
cannot take the elevator to the top, you have
to take the staircase. The goal for the next
18 months is to develop sufficiently so that
I may compete at an ITF Junior level when I
am eligible to do so, whilst keeping up with
It is a pursuit of a dream; the results and rankings
will take care of themselves.
Remember junior players,” Champions are
dreamers who never give up”.
You are more than welcome to follow me on
you need to know about
Bill Patton is a 30 year Tennis Coach He
is a certified USPTA Elite Pro, Professional
with PTR and MTM. He is the author of 11
Tennis books, Speaker, YouTuber (Infinite
Tennis Coach), Swing Vision ambassador,
60% Of Your Brain Activity Is
Connected To Your Vision
Close your eyes for a moment and you will probably
feel a better moment of rest. Avoid overthinking,
and over analyzing your game. Stay
away from people who talk too much when you
are playing, or let their words go through you.
When you let your brain get more busy with
things that don’t have to do with seeing the ball,
you don’t have as much brain power going to
You Can Train Your Eyes
There are some amazing apps that you can get
for free, or for only a few $, I have Apple, so I don’t
know what is on Android, but try out Hawkeye
visual trainer, and the Eye Excerciser Pro App.
Also, buy some eye patches, and wear them for
5-10 minutes at a time. They come in handy
when using the apps. Occlusion is a great way
to strengthen your eyes and help them track better
together. Try rallying for 5 minutes with the
patch on either eye.
No Two People See The Same
Your Coach doesn’t see like you, your parents
don’t see like you, nor you like them. Dr. Sherylle
Calder has tested over 100,000 athletes and no
two have the same visual strengths and weaknesses.
So, it’s a great idea to have a conversation about
how they see things and how you see them. Try
to be kind when you share this information with
Recently I shared this information with 180 NCSA
athletes, you might want to join that organization,
since they help players get into collegiate
Rest Is More Important Than
The rest phase of the 16 second cure should
mostly be about you going with soft focus on
your eyes. In fact, if you promise not to fall over,
you can close your eyes for a second or two.
On a changeover, rather than focusing, try closing
your eyes for 10-15 seconds. Get a quick rest,
and you can concentrate better than if you try to
drive yourself on like a goat. Not THE GOAT, a
Sleep Is Your Visual Super Power
Sleep is vital to having great coordination, reactions
and stamina. If you are drinking caffeine
drinks, you might want to measure how much
caffeine you get. Anything more than 5 cups a
day, and you could be disqualified for international
competition, but that much coffee or other
caffeine will affect your sleep.
If you can get a hold of wearable tech, that tracks
your sleep, it’s a great way to find out what your
ideal amount is. For teenagers, I strongly recommend
that you sleep way before midnight, and
try to get 9 hours. You will recover your energy,
avoid burn out, see the ball better and generally
be better able to perform.
I am the author of Visual Training for Tennis which
is now in it’s fourth edition and has a 5 star review
from Dick Gould, 17x NCAA Champion Coach.
Check it out on Amazon.
Bill Patton ~ Author/Speaker
YouTuber - Infinite Vision Coach
Master Tennis Coach
Sequoyah Country Club
SportsEdTV.com - Contributor
Experts tell you, that relaxation is
at the center of peak performance.
So whether it is sprinter or swimmer
etc , the coach will teach the athlete
how to relax to get maximum performance.
The same applies when
closing a set or matches. Players
tense up, because they get anxious,
and are unable to perform at their
peak, at these times... relax.
Many junior players are not coachable.
They come to the court with an
attitude, that they know everything,
and never pay much attention, or
take things seriously, or give effort.
All these action are very destructive,
and they are only doing themselves
a great disservice.
don’t have any
For all those players, down through
the years, who played around, and
never really gave tennis their all,
even though they loved the sport,
they all lived to have regrets. In later
years they matured, and wanted
a tennis career, but it was too late.
Learn from them, and don’t make
the same mistake.
should always be
wide and balanced
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