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October 30, 2008

Dynamic Volley






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the winning iPod Nano Drill from the 2008 USPTA Hawaii Convention. The "Dynamic Volley Drill" has two players hold a rope that all the students must bend underneath and split step before hitting the volley.

This exercise focuses on proper body posture and balance along with using the split step. Most players volley from a static position, however, most of the time you are hitting volleys from a moving position. This drill works on the response time and facilitates students getting to the net as quickly as possible.

October 24, 2008

Backhand one-handed topspin







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Neil Archer, USPTA, shows a tip on how to hit the one handed windshield wiper backhand. This video was taken at the 2008 USPTA Hawaii Convention as a part of the Nano Presentations.

Neil Archer:

TRAINING/TEACHING HISTORY: 1996 USPTA Certified P3 Level Instructor. 2000 USPTA P2 Certification Upgrade . 2002 USPTA Northern California Division Vice President, 2nd Place Finish USPTA National Seminar Contest. 2003 USPTA Nor Cal Associate Pro of the Year, Continuing Education Award and P1 Level Instructor Upgrade. Coordinator of Friday Night Live Indoor Sports Arena and Tutoring facility for underprivileged children, Assistant Tennis Professional Millennium Sports Club, Fairfield, CA. 2004 USPTA Northern California Regional Vice President, Continuing Education Award, Head Pro Millennium Sports Club, 6.0 and 7.0 Level USTA Team Coach-Sectional Finish, and Voted USPTA Nor Cal Pro of the Year. 2005 USPTA Northern California Division President, Continuing Education Award, Director of Tennis Yuba City Parks and Recreation. 2006 USPTA Northern California Division President, USPTA National Awards Committee, USTA 16's Zonal Championships Coach, Director of Tennis Yuba City Parks and Recreation, Head Coach River Valley High School Boy's and Girl's Teams, Independent Tennis Teaching Professional and High Performance Coach for several Nor Cal USTA top juniors. 2007 Moved to Hawaii-Head Teaching Professional Wailea Tennis Club, Maui, HI.

October 23, 2008

Handling High Balls







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2008 USPTA Hawaii Convention Nano Presentations. Cathy Nicoloff, USPTA, shows a tip on how to handle high balls on the forehand and backhand groundstroke.

Cathy Nicoloff:

TRAINING/TEACHING HISTORY: Have taught tennis for 35 years. A USPTA Professional 1 since 1986. I have taught tennis summers at a local country club while I was still in high school and college. Was a PBI Professional from 1982-1984(Oahu, Maui,Texas,Puerto Rico,Virgin Islands.) Oahu/The Ilikai Beach Club. Maui/The Royal Lahaina & Napili Kai Beach Club. Puerto Rico/ Cerromar Beach Club. The Virgin Islands/Caneel Bay St. John. After PBI, I was the Dir. of Tennis at The Maui Surf. Then became the Pro at The Maui Marriott in 1986. I took position at The Wailea Tennis Club in 1986 as a professional then Head Teaching Professional and now Director of Tennis. I keep updated in the latest teaching techniques through being a member of the USPTA and attending their Divisional and National Conventions yearly. Also attend Coaches workshops yearly. Have taken several courses on Junior Competitive Training and Footwork.

October 22, 2008

Linear & Lateral Movement







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 20, 2008

Largest QuickStart Tournament






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Punahou School hosted the largest QuickStart Tennis Tournament in Hawaii on Oct 12, 2008. View the highlight video.

October 18, 2008

Reaction Return Drill






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John Nelson,USPTA, University of Hawaii Men's Tennis Coach shows a return of serve drill where the coach serves from the service line to increase the speed and reaction time of the returner.

October 16, 2008

Sneak Attack






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Brian Gottfried demonstrates the "Sneak attack" at the 2008 USPTA Hawaii Convention.

Brian Gottfried: Junior & College

Gottfried was born in Baltimore, Maryland. When he was five years old, some Japanese players stayed with his family while competing in a local tournament. Before leaving, they gave him a tennis racket as a present, thus launching his tennis career. In all, Gottfried won 14 national junior titles. He won the 1962 National 12-and-under singles title, and the doubles title with Jimmy Connors. Gottfried repeated the victory in 1963 with Dick Stockton. In 1964 he won the 12-and-under singles crown.

In 1970, as a freshman at Trinity University in Texas, he won the USTA Boys 18s singles championship, as well as the doubles championship with Alexander Mayer. He was an All-American in 1971 and 1972. He was the runner-up in NCAA singles and doubles in 1972.

Professional career

Gottfried turned professional in 1972, and the following year he won his first career singles title in Las Vegas. In 1976 he reached 15 singles finals, winning 5, and was runner-up at the French Open. In April 1977, Newsweek said he was "simply the best male tennis player in the world at the moment." He won the Italian Open doubles championship for four consecutive years (1974-77). He won the men's doubles at the French Open in 1975 and 1977. In 1976 he won the men's doubles at Wimbledon. He finished his career ranked tied for 22nd in the 50 all-time open era singles titles leaders (16), and tied for 12th in the doubles leaders.

His game was viewed as workman-like and solid with a particularly strong forehand volley, considered one of the best in the game, at the time. He honed his game to perfection with dedication and an addiction to practice. The story about his penchant for practice that is most often heard came from Arthur Ashe, who recalled how Gottfried missed a scheduled practice in Miami one afternoon in order to get married, but atoned by putting in a double session the next day.

October 14, 2008

Drop Step






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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 11, 2008

Major Hip Turn






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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 10, 2008

Speed! Speed! Speed!







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 8, 2008

Acceleration Position







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 7, 2008

Body Lean







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.


October 2, 2008

Robby Ginepri







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Video footage of Robby Ginepri from the 2008 US Open.