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October 30, 2009

Palm Down







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Paul Roetert is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.


October 29, 2009

Elastic Energy







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Paul Roetert is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.

October 16, 2009

High Speed Video






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows examples of frame rates used in high speed video analysis. Filming at around 300 frames per second (fps) is all that is necessary to detect and correct any technical problems of any stroke.


October 7, 2009

Doubles Insight (Part 2)






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Katrina Adams is part of the on-air broadcasting team at Tennis Channel. Since joining the network in 2003, she has been the lead analyst for coverage of the International Tennis Federation's Fed Cup competition. Her duties have also extended to analysis during live Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour coverage and hosting the "Fed Cup Preview" show.

A professional tennis player from 1988 to 1999, Adams captured 20 WTA Tour doubles titles and one ITF singles crown during her career. Her career-high world rankings included No. 8 in doubles and No. 67 in singles in 1989.

Adams segued into broadcasting and coaching following her career as a player. Her television career began as a commentator for BET's coverage of the United Negro College Fund Celebrity Golf and Tennis Challenge from 1998-2001. She also provided analysis on the international feeds of the 1999 Pilot Pen and Lipton Championships and ESPN's coverage of the 1999 Bausch and Lomb Championships. Further, she has been interviewed for such programs as "ESPN Sports Century" and Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait." In the coaching arena, from 1999-2002, Adams served as a national tennis coach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), coaching and mentoring junior and professional tennis players in all aspects of their careers. During that time, she also served as a member of the USTA Player Development Committee (1999) and the USTA Executive Committee (1998-99). In 2005, Adams was elected to the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large.

Off the courts, Adams has helped provide strategic direction for the WTA Tour and professional women players worldwide, serving four one-year terms as a player representative on the WTA Tour Board of Directors and participating in the integration of the WTA Tour, ITF and Players Association. She also served five two-year terms on the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors, in the posts of vice president and treasurer, serving as chairperson of the Anti-Doping Committee, and receiving the WTA Tour Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

Born and raised in Chicago, Adams started playing tennis at the age of six, in the public parks and recreation program sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Boys Club. She earned an athletic scholarship to Northwestern University, where she studied communications and became the 1986 ITCA Rookie of the Year and 1987 NCAA doubles champion en route to garnering two-time NCAA All-America honors. In 1998, she was inducted into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Bradenton, Fla.


Zina Lynna Garrison (born November 16, 1963 in Houston, Texas) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. During her career, she was a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games.

October 5, 2009

Doubles Insight







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Katrina Adams is part of the on-air broadcasting team at Tennis Channel. Since joining the network in 2003, she has been the lead analyst for coverage of the International Tennis Federation's Fed Cup competition. Her duties have also extended to analysis during live Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour coverage and hosting the "Fed Cup Preview" show.

A professional tennis player from 1988 to 1999, Adams captured 20 WTA Tour doubles titles and one ITF singles crown during her career. Her career-high world rankings included No. 8 in doubles and No. 67 in singles in 1989.

Adams segued into broadcasting and coaching following her career as a player. Her television career began as a commentator for BET's coverage of the United Negro College Fund Celebrity Golf and Tennis Challenge from 1998-2001. She also provided analysis on the international feeds of the 1999 Pilot Pen and Lipton Championships and ESPN's coverage of the 1999 Bausch and Lomb Championships. Further, she has been interviewed for such programs as "ESPN Sports Century" and Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait." In the coaching arena, from 1999-2002, Adams served as a national tennis coach for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), coaching and mentoring junior and professional tennis players in all aspects of their careers. During that time, she also served as a member of the USTA Player Development Committee (1999) and the USTA Executive Committee (1998-99). In 2005, Adams was elected to the USTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large.

Off the courts, Adams has helped provide strategic direction for the WTA Tour and professional women players worldwide, serving four one-year terms as a player representative on the WTA Tour Board of Directors and participating in the integration of the WTA Tour, ITF and Players Association. She also served five two-year terms on the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors, in the posts of vice president and treasurer, serving as chairperson of the Anti-Doping Committee, and receiving the WTA Tour Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

Born and raised in Chicago, Adams started playing tennis at the age of six, in the public parks and recreation program sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Boys Club. She earned an athletic scholarship to Northwestern University, where she studied communications and became the 1986 ITCA Rookie of the Year and 1987 NCAA doubles champion en route to garnering two-time NCAA All-America honors. In 1998, she was inducted into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Bradenton, Fla.


Zina Lynna Garrison (born November 16, 1963 in Houston, Texas) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. During her career, she was a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games.

October 1, 2009

Shoulder over Shoulder







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the shoulder over shoulder movement (cartwheel action) used in the serve motion.