National Junior Tennis Conference this Weekend in Chicago; Junior Orange Bowl Acceptances; Mississippi St Player Arrested
CARE Academy Director Mark Bey is hosting his 12th annual National Junior Tennis Conference this weekend, and once again he has a great lineup of coaches and speakers for his three day event. Although I've only been able to attend once, in 2005, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I recommend it to players, juniors, coaches and anyone else interested in junior development. This year Bey welcomes USTA Manager of Sport Science, Dr. Marc Kovacs (for his book on tennis training, use this amazon.com link: Tennis Training: Enhancing On-court Performance), author and sports psychologist Jeff Greenwald (for his latest book, use this amazon.com link: The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance), coaches Steve Smith, Peter Cameron and Ken DeHart and several Division I college coaches, including Billy Pate of Alabama, Jay Louderback of Notre Dame and Bruce Berque of Michigan. And that's not even close to everyone. For more details on the junior training camp and seminar schedules, as well as a complete list of topics covered, visit the Libertyville Tennis Club website. If you are a development coach interested in attending a Friday evening session with presentations by Smith, Berque, Cameron and DeHart and a Round Table on various emerging issues in development, please contact Bey at (773) 505-0954.
The Junior Orange acceptance lists have been posted at the tournament's TennisLink site. It's good to see South Florida rivals Breaunna Addison, Victoria Duval, Madison Keys and Sachia Vickery all entered in the 14s. Along with Ohio's Kyle McPhillips, that's a very strong contingent for the U.S.
And finally, there's some bad news surfacing in college tennis. The Starkville, Miss. News is reporting that Mississippi State tennis player Christopher Doerr has been arrested and charged with rape.