The Junior Coaching Carousel; Weinhold Wins in Rancho Mirage; Falconi Falls in Midland; Kutrovsky Spotlight
The Tennis Mom has a new guest post up, with longtime coach Steve Smith addressing the question of why so many juniors frequently change coaches. Although I think Smith could have boiled down his very long answer to a more effective 1000 words, he touches on several crucial issues about the triangle of parent, coach and young player.
Coach swapping becomes like musical chairs. It is a merry-go-round. The parent, based on various day-to-day circumstances, can only go so far down the road to find a new coach. It is unlikely the parent goes on a national search for another coach. The next coach is right around the corner. The grass is not usually any greener on the other side. But parents and players seek out someone who will tell them what they want to hear and give them what they want. When the new coach does not work out, if they live in a densely populated area, the parent can easily find another coach.Ours is not a society well-versed in "making do." We want the best, and we want it now, and we are optimistic that it's possible. That's not necessarily a bad cultural trait, optimism, but it must be based in reality. Tennis is hard, mastery takes thousands of hours, and even the best coach can only direct, he or she cannot create. Please feel free to comment here(please use a name when you do so) or on The Tennis Mom blog.
2010 ITA Player of the Year Irina Falconi was beaten in the Dow Corning Tennis Classic final today in Midland, Michigan. 2009 champion Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic won the title 6-4, 6-4, breaking serve once in each set and not facing a break point on her serve. Jamie Hampton and Anna Tatishvili won the doubles championship when Falconi and Alison Riske were unable to compete due to Riske's fever. Falconi's next tournaments will be the WTA events in Acapulco and Monterrey later this month. For Josh Rey's account of the Midland final, see this post at Tennis Panorama.
Ashley Weinhold, who won the USTA girls 18s National championship in 2007, captured the $25,000 Pro Circuit singles title in Rancho Mirage, beating No. 5 seed Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. It the first professional singles title for the 21-year-old since 2006, when she won a $10,000 event in her home state of Texas. For more on her comeback win, see this release from the tournament.
Complete draws can be found at the Pro Circuit page at usta.com. The first round qualifying results from the $25,000 tournament in Surprize, Ariz. are also available there.
Today in Memphis, wild card Beatrice Capra lost to Alexa Glatch in the first round of the Cellular South Cup 6-2, 6-0. Wild cards Catherine Harrison and Ajla Tomljanovic will play Monday. For the complete order of play, see the tournament website.
Former University of Illinois All-American Kevin Anderson also plays Monday, taking on qualifier Robert Kendrick, who also developed his game in college, at Washington and Pepperdine. Anderson's alma mater had a big win last night, defeating No. 7 Florida 4-3, with the match coming down to No. 1 singles. For more on that match see fightingillini.com.
I hope you have bookmarked Challenger Tennis to stay up-to-date on Futures and Challenger action around the world. He also does player spotlights, with his most recent an interview with former Texas All-American Dimitar Kutrovsky.