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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nadal's Development; Weil to China; Dickson's New Academy; USTA Selects Kaplan for Education; Orange Co. High Performance Conference Next Weekend

Although I don't usually link to profiles of professionals, this one on Rafael Nadal by Cynthia Gorney for Sunday's New York Times magazine has plenty about his development and about his uncle Toni's coaching philosophy. Doubtful that it can be copied, but interesting nonetheless.

Mark Weil, who has had an academy in Ojai, California for some time, will be spending most of his summer in China, conducting junior training camps in Shanghai. For more on his goals for this project, see Steve Pratt's article on Tennisweek.com.

There is no shortage of tennis academies in the Bradenton/Sarasota area, and Mic Huber of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune profiles the man behind a new one, Mark Dickson, a former Top 40 ATP Tour professional. According to Huber, it will be based in two public facilities in Sarasota.

USTA Player Development has entered into an agreement with Kaplan Virtual Education to provide online schooling options for junior members of the USTA, according to this press release.

California's Orange County Community Tennis Association is scheduling a High Performance Tennis Parents Conference for June 27 and 28, which features several impressive speakers, including longtime teacher Vic Braden, USC men's head coach Peter Smith and USTA National Coach David Roditi. For more information on this conference, click here.

And finally, for those following Wimbledon, there is a new junior acceptance list out a pdf of which can be found on the home page of wimbledon.org and the final round of ladies and gentlemen's qualifying will take place on Thursday, with nine U.S. players still alive. The men are: Taylor Dent, Jesse Levine, Rajeev Ram and Michael Yani. The women are: Madison Brengle, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Melanie Oudin, Shenay Perry and Abagail Spears. Australian juniors Bernard Tomic and Olivia Rogowska, who are entered in the junior championships, are also just one win away from qualifying for the main draw.


Austin said...

American men went 4-0 in final round of qualifying at Wimby today. Michael Yani, Jesse Levine, Rajeev Ram and Taylor Dent all into the main.

American women went a paltry 1-4. Melanie Oudin was the only one to qualify.