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June 28, 2010

Catch one, Hit one

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Ashley Ohira, Punahou Tennis Professional, demonstrates a drill using a baseball glove.
In this drill, the emphasis is on getting the students to turn their shoulders.

June 22, 2010

Kick the Stick

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Fumiya Nakano, Punahou Tennis Professional demonstrates "Kick the Stick."

For this warm-up you will need crooked sticks, about 12 inches long. After each player kicks the stick to their line, they turn around, and kick it back the next player in line. Sticks must be kicked along the ground and not in the air.

This warm-up exercise trains fitness, balance and agility. In addition to footwork benefits, players are compelled to constantly reorientate themselves in their approach to the stick. Better balance can provide that extra instant that will allow you to track down that ball or get into proper defensive position. As the students become more proficient add turns and obstacles.

Good footwork and agility will allow the player to have the endurance to be able to play longer and harder than their opponent. It will allow you to react faster to any situation that might present itself. Good agility and footwork will help avoid and prevent injuries.

June 18, 2010

Streets & Alleys

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In this video, Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a fun warm up game called "Streets and Alleys."

This game can play be with 16 to 25 players. Have students stand arms length apart in rows of 4 people or more. One player is assigned a runner and another a chaser.

Call out "Streets" and "Alleys" often to make the game exciting and lively. When a runner is caught, he or she and the chaser go into the lines, and another pair are chosen to run and chase. Students cannot break through the arms of the players.

June 7, 2010

Nadal's Defense

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In this video, Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the distance that Federer vs Nadal run in each point. Even though Nadal runs more each point he is still able to win the majority of points by having superior defense.

June 1, 2010

Brian Gottfried

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Tennis career

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."[2] He won the Italian Open doubles championship in 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 title 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 among the doubles leaders.

His game was viewed as technically flawless and workman-like, particularly his potent forehand volley, considered one of the best in the game.[3] 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.