And the 12 things I’am thankful for!!lol
They say you should be seened and not heard, Look but don’t touch, If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all, and the last one is, Do unto others as you would like others to do unto you! Well after 12 years of watching tennis, and watching my daughter grow into tennis, it seems that the game is the same and only the assholes change!!From the tweeting, the emails ,the texting and all other multimedia bullshit, the only thing that still stands true, is, sooner or later you will have to back up the nonsense that you say and do, otherwise people will still think of you a lonely maggot with no balls! Even as tennis players, if you jaw or if your parent jaws, you have the responsibility to stand up for yourself on or off the court.Today people just feel the need to talk, cause their lives are just lonely.I don’t own a tennis club, and yet, I get treated like I do. I get emails that don’t make sense, and tweets that are ridiculous, but then again, I guess I too would comment on other kids too, if I couldn’t comment on my own!People hide behind emails and tweets and texts, like I’m suppose to be annoyed by the whole thing when in reality, I’m laughing my ass off, cause they don’t have the guts to air it out with me, times certainly have changed!!
A few weeks back, I received an email about a blog I did a few years back from a parent that almost had me suspended back then. They asked me if I would be kind enough to remove the blog, I told them I would consider doing so, cause it has been a few years back, and with colleges looking at the child now, they didn’t want any negativity out there, I emailed him back and havent heard back, but I was told that he was looking for me at the last 18 girls sectional in New Jersey? Why would you go looking for me at the sectional when everybody knew Mia was doing the 16′s at syosset? To me it clearly smelt like a set up, but then again, they wouldn’t be too bright to set me up!Needeless to say, we did the 16′s sectional at Sportime in syosset, and for her first tourney back, she did very well, we were very proud!The first night there, I had to hear from parents who did not know we were Mia’s parents, that she shouldn’t be doing this tourney, shes to good, and one father actually said” I HATE THAT MIA VECCHIO” I started laughing and understood, it was the best compliment anyone could give me!He didn’t really hate her, but he understood, that Mia would leave his kid no chance in winning , if they met.
At tourneys and other civilized places ,I’ve always wondered why people speak to each other, or even say hello to one another when in reality,both parties could give 2 shits about what the other is doing? I mean parents say hello, how are you, so, what have you been up to? All these bogus questions that they seem to fit to ask,cause they are confronted by you or you may share a quick glance of one another.I much rather you save the bull shit and move on with yourself, or do what most do when they see me, walk away or get up and walk away. It just saves a lot of time and effort. The best are the old coaches, see that’s the funniest part, while they are all teaching new kids they speak to you or they reach out to you anyway they can, cause the door is always open for another screwing!!lol…If you know anything about horses, you know that a stable can have up to 20 different horses, and each one has their own purpose, and rightfully so, there can be only 1 Stud, and until you find that stud, you stable looks full but the 1 stud you need you will never get, and eventually you can’t sell off the others, tough business but its no different.
Todays Tennis parent from what I see are much more transparent, elusive, they think they know more, but they don’t.Funny, after watching the last 2 tourneys and answering a bunch of questions about her knee and how is she doing?(LIKE THEY CARE)LOL..I did notice 1 thing, I noticed that Mia has been out for a year, and some of the girls she has played with in the past, have not gotten better?? I just don’t get it? What the hell has been going on for a year? Nobody has worked on technique, no one has worked on stamia?The coaches are just happy drilling the kids and leaving the rest up the parents..I mean, it seems today everyone is running off and home schooling their kids in hope of turning pro ? First and foremost, you should home school your child early on, we home schooled Mia at 12, if your home schooling them later than that, you have taken away any of the progress the kids could have been working on earlier in their lives, most Europeans dont even go to school and if your like Del Porto, he turned pro at 14.By the way, the goal is not to just turn pro, but the goal should be to be able to make a decent living playing tennis like some do or to become number one, if those arent your goals,good luck to you and if they are your goals, check the percentages before you commit, just don’t listen to random club owners who blow smoke up your asses, when in reality no one close to him would take such a risk or even be good enough to take such a risk!
There’s a huge gap today in eastern tennis and the quality isn’t there right now, because in the last 2-3 years a lot of the good girls went off to college and there are more going soon enough. Thats why you have a large amount of 14 year old’s doing 16″s and 16′s doing 18″s and everyone can compete because most are on an even platform, and then you have those who are just wasting money , which is always good for local club owners.Parents today want more now than we ever did, they want more exclusiveness, more technology,more blood! But none of them want to pay more!Parents today are way to funny, they know more than you and the more tennis their kid plays ,the better? The one thing we did with Mia was preserve her, we knew all along it wasnt about the ranking, but we had a plan, and stuck to it, and thats why she is still playing high intensity tennis and came back so quickly from her knee surgery.. You don’t have to like me or us, but the fact reminds, my daughter after 12 years, is still finding enjoyment in tennis, when others are struggling to!I see the college lists, of all the eastern and long island kids that are committing to college, all the kids and their parents who said they were going pro and now are on their way to school. It’s a very difficult thing to try but if you set out to turn pro or have a plan to, and you don’t succeed, the parents must take full responsiblity for the failure. Parents today put too much trust into clubs and the coaches. Parents today should understand, regardless how much the club loves your child, they love your money more! Parents tend to form relationships all over the map, and never really look into what the child is doing on a daily. The pro isn’t a babysitter, the club owner keeps recommending all his pro’s for your kid, and you believe the hype! How can the club ower really know whats right for your child? Isn’t that the parents job??
Most recently I had a parent tell me that they were giving up on the kid because they just dont get it?? What’s to get? Why is it the players fault? The kid is 14 and is told what to do, but if the kid isn’t enjoying themselves, then maybe you’re not doing your job! In the last year, I followed so many players you have had some success and others who are still struggling. Everybody needs to remember that the competition isn’t your neighbor down the block, but the kid who is from south america and who hasn’t eaten in a week. That kid wants blood while you’re texting in between sets!!I recently saw HBO, state of play. Its a show about parents who are coaching their children or guiding them along their way. The parents were completely off base and some of the parents were total assholes!! I don’t tell anyone what to do with their child, but making your kid feel the pain of the money your spending is quite sad. If you can’t afford it, or you want it more than your child, let the child live. Parents should let the coaches coach and when things don’t seem to go right, thats when a parent needs to be a parent.
Parents today think that tennis is like brain surgery, always asking the same questions in different formats, thinking the answers will change! Tennis will always be the same, it will always demand more from you regardless of the outcome. Colleges will always be there, and if you look at what one spends in tennis over 5-10 years, you’re better off just paying the tuition!!Here in New York, they make you believe that their coach or club has the answer for your child, and parents today run around to every club searching for the right one, when in reality your just feeding into the system, sharing your wealth, and the kid suffers because you have your heads up your asses!!!If you have been to 2-3-4 coaches in a two-year period, here in New York, then maybe its time you realize, New York may not have the answers you’re looking for?Parents should treat tennis lessons and coaches and clubs today like they do any other form of shopping, but they don’t and thats why kids today will suffer in the long run. There are only a handful of american kids doing well on tour, (A HANDFUL),doesn’t anyone ask themselves WHY??Parents don’t realize, with all the free rides to college, there are going to be at least 2 Europeans who received free rides also and that means your kid is playing 3-4, or might not even play. Parents today are much different from the group that we were grew up with, they are louder, and more annoying. Most of them, don’t know shit about shit, but they have their 10-12-14 year olds playing 20 hours a week, like that will make a difference? They will learn to make the same mistake better on 20 hours a week as they did on 10 hours a week, if your coach doesn’t fix it!!
Enclosing, good luck to all the new comers and Mia is doing awesome.Turn the hate into admiration and understand its not about what you have done or even doing, but can you do it successfully for a long period of time.. As for those who have something to say or continue to hate upon us, get some balls and address me personally. Otherwise, learn to turn your own personal misery into something positive, afterall, if you can’t kick my ass now, you never will……PEACE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL
Right away, you would assume that not only I’m I completely nuts but completely wrong, and yet there will be those of you that will say, What’s wrong with that, Well there is a lot wrong with THAT!For some reason , tennis players act like their doing everyone a favor by playing, like the world would end if we didn’t watch their matches.Even when your walking around the US Open and their half ass security is walking them around the grounds, you are only blessed to get a glimpse of these stars at best.
For years I was blessed enough to see so many things that a normal adult would never get to see.Working nights at the most hottest night spots in the City, you may even get to see things, that nobody may want to see, but you do!As it may, that you would catch so many movie stars n sport stars on an off night, one could argue that, this is the reason why they were friendly, but facts remain, Tennis players down to my own kid, are entitled, selfish, arrogant, self centered, n their egos are bigger than most, unfortunately the men tennis players are worst then the women.
Growing up as a kid, thanks to my dad, I had the privilege of knowing n socializing with the 69 mets n the 86 mets, when I worked at all those clubs, I knew Eddie Murphy well enough to Anthony Mason of the Knicks all the way down to Evander Holyfield…and all I can say is this, they are all night n day different then your AVERAGE tennis player, that’s what is so weird about tennis, even the most average of player acts n thinks like their better than most people??So that is a huge issue for me , I just don’t get it!!Was it their up bringing, Are they praised so often enough, they can’t help themselves? Or is it , that they all want to be asses, n ride their 15 minutes of fame?? All I can say is, I have an ego too,but I’m also smart enough to know when to use it, it seems like these tennis stars, are to special to educate themselves for life in general, Well, maybe I can shed some light..
I think in every sport you have good and bad, but the issue with tennis is that it’s an international sport, not an American sport.You would think that the American players would do more or be a bit more kinder to those fans who love them? I personally love no one outside of my family, I personally do not lose sleep over those who think they walk water,I could careless if Fed or Serena wins or losses, after all, they don’t kick back to me or mine..Pro stars will always have a huge attitude or ego, regardless of how ugly it makes them seem, after all, outside of the top 25, the rest all still split rooms with each other!lol…As a teenager n as a young adult, I had the pleasure of playing n learning the game of pool from the best,I use play at the Golden Cue on queens blvd every chance I got. The better you get in pool, the worse it is. Like tennis other players start gunning for you, n the better you are at beating the aggressors, the bigger your ego gets, my last game of 9 ball was a long time ago. I was up 7 grand, n if I don’t get greedy, I’m up 14, I took my shot cause as good as I was, my ego was bigger. I scratched on the 9 ball n never played pool for money again!! I left with my ego in check n my nuts in a bind!Thru the years , I still get approached but now I’am older and wiser!
As a body builder, your attitude and ego is unreal, I couldn’t walk anywhere without being noticed n praised for the way you look, that’s one of the reasons I decided to marry late, things were that easy!The tennis players longevity is very short lived,as those of a boxer, one mistake or one injury and it’s over! So why be arrogant while your there? Well, the only answers I can come up with is really only one, MOST tennis players are pompous asses who never had to make his or her own way!Now, does that include my kid? To a certain degree, but not completely. My kid is taught old school, meaning, you don’t earn or accomplish something you want to achieve, then you better figure it out, cause we aren’t going to be here forever! The reason I spend so much time on the court daily is because I make sure, she is working hard n getting the most out of her privates. I don’t coach my kid, I let the coaches coach and when my kid has an issue with them, I’m there to support whatever she feels.Here in the states, tennis is a life style, where in Europe, tennis is a way of life.. And this is why, most Europeans like my parents, are all hard asses, but friendlier than most American tennis players, they had it a lot harder than most.
So the question remains, what’s up with certain tennis players, why are they so arrogant? I have to believe it’s mainly their up bringing! I blame their parents, and the reason I do is because outside of a few American players like the William sisters, the rest are not prepared for failure, but they were prepared for success that never came or comes!! But their egos aren’t in check cause, in their minds, their still special? Because at the local deli, they still get their eats for free!Here on Long Island it’s even funnier, the kids are pushed along quickly, the parents live every stroke, and they expect results quicker than the norm, cause they want the expense to stop! You hear parents all the time, my kid does this, he’s an “A”student, he’s doing other programs to get into certain colleges, meanwhile, when it’s time to go to college, they want to know why , no division 1 colleges are calling and if they do, why is he playing 5? I speak to a college coach every couple of months, and they all say the same thing, ” your daughter is a very good player n they heard she is a great kid too” and that’s because it’s my job to keep the entitlement down! Your always entitled to carry yourself any way you seem fit, but at the end of the day, you should always have a self confidence in yourself about what you do, but always try to conduct yourselves as a true professional who acknowledges that maybe you had it better than most. There is no reason to think your better than most, n that because you are doesn’t mean you will be treated differently. Personally, I can punch holes in most stories or careers, and I don’t, because I finally know better. But that doesn’t mean, I don’t think it lol..Peace to all
Get Ready, it’s been 3 months n I’m pent up,lol..we will be discussing the fundamentals, blah, blah, blah… We will be discussing what’s been going on with us, the bull crap tourneys, n Long Island tennis.. We will also touch on how the Europeans have more in tennis with less $…. We will touch on the USTA,n I will finally attack those who have attacked us, seems fitting, doesn’t it? After all, my test levels are finally back to normal, lol… Stay Tune!!
Knowing that this will be my last post most likely for the summer , I figured I go out with a bang, afterall, everyone out there thinks tennis is where it excactly should be? But I will gladly tell and yell to you differently!!! I’m even using the proper writing format, so as you can see, people can change, but will tennis, ever change is the question??
As I have repeated a thousand times before, ten years ago at least, we were the ones who had suggested the courts be smaller, so the little kids could get on the courts earlier. The U.S.T.A and the rest of middle class america laughed at the thought, and they should have. Who were we to question the way things are done in tennis,afterall in every other sport for girl or boy they have set up things so that the littlest kid can get out there and play. The fact remains tennis has with no question has come far, and the only reason it has, is because someone young enough finally got thru to all the old folk involved and said, YOU WILL LOSE MONEY IF YOU DO NOT CHANGE!!!About 11 years ago when I lived in Queens, Mia was playing at cunningham tennis center, and Nick Bollerteri’s son had come up from florida to see some of the northeast tennis clubs and how they ran. He was very interested in seeing how we were making money here with recreational tennis, because him and pops wanted to do something like that in florida.
Look at Nick now, still talking shit and all on recreational tennis, Nick talks so much and can get you to believe anything he says, that when Tommy Hass comes out to play Roger,he makes you think that Hass is still 21, its crazy…
The point of evolution is that times change and things change, people change, technology changes, medicine changes, relationships change, kids change, moral compass changes, laws change, rules change, schooling changes,every thing changes , even sports, but not in tennis, Tennis for some odd ball reason must stay as boring as it was when it was in the 1940′s? watching a tennis match that my kid is not involved in is like watching paint dry, OMG, finish already!!I remember when I received my first and last suspension, I had called my attorney to represent me and he was told he could not supoea anyone who was there that day on my behalf, because in my blog, I admmitted using the words,shit,and ass?? has anyone looked in out dictornary lately, some words in there would be considered curse words but if they are in the dictornary, maybe they shouldn’t be any longer.I mean, what the hell is that, I couldn’t defend myself because the cursing was the real issue and I’m not allowed to speak that way even to my wife, who received the barrage of curses that day, because its not allowed at tournaments and there’s no room for that in tennis? ARE YOU GUYS REALLY SHITTING ME? Cursing is wrong but letting your opponent cheat you is allowed because the offical is 100 years old and wear’s glasses! The problem with tennis is the people running it are older than the crust on my draws, I’am ashamed that we play in a sport that no one really cares about here!
Europeans are very rowdy people, I should know, my parents were really out there, in a good way. You guys should have seen my dad at one of my baseball games, no one messed with me, I not only got praised for winning but also for kicking ass, and if I got my ass kicked, I got another beating when I got home, that simple!I started boxing early on and ended up breaking my uncles nose with a right cross, that was 36 years ago and I can still feel the feeling of wraping him and how he pissed and moaned like a bitch when he was bleeding all over the place.I didn’t feel bad at all, I did my job, I kicked his ass before he could kick mine, my uncle was in his 30′s at the time.Anyway,getting back to my point, its time tennis gets a lift in everyway, the paydays are weak, the trophies can certainly get better, and can these refs stop silenting the crowd.Derek Jeter has to hit a hard ball at 90 miles per hour while someone is yelling he sucks, and Roger cannot serve while people are walking to their seats, are you fucken kidding me??Then he wants to know why people question his sexually?? This argument between SLOANE AND SERENA is awesome for the sport, but SLONE is to nice and respectful, she should be like, hey, move over bitch, its my time to shine!!But she won’t for the sake of the sport, and thats a shame!Tennis needs balls,and right now the men or women have none. During Glam Slams, before the final, have both men or women come to the press conference together, with their teams, and have the media ask questions then, like they do in boxing, we need more excitement!!
I said it before and Ill say it again, the players need 2 unionize and it would be better for everyone. The players get nothing paid for, everything is out of pocket expense, but the judges and the officals have the U.S.T.A. pay for everything including food and board and traveling, are we all fucked in the head??, and no one ever speaks up??In baseball, and the rest of the sports, the players are given a spending budget, and they do not use any of their own money!!If I was Roger’s agent, I would tell the ATP, and whoever else he must tell, Hey assholes, I’m still the biggest draw, even though I’m not winning finals anymore but you know what, cover my end, or else not only won’t I compete in these Grand Slams but neither will Noles, or Rafa, you can keep Thomas with his bullshit H&M SPONSORSHIP, in other words , pick up some of our bills or fuck off!!UNIONIZE!!!!Tennis needs to be more exciting and I,m not talking about the matches, I,m talking about all the other stuff. Why can’t the players talk trash, why can’t they listen to whatever they want when they walk into an arena..? Funny in college tennis your allowed to scream whatever you like, within reason while the player is hitting, no one prepares our kids for that? Tennis should be billed more like a fight, after all isn’t that what we tell our players when their down, to fight?? Recently I heard Patrick Mcenroe on ESPN sports, they actually gave him a sports talk show. First and foremost, Patrick should stick to tennis because with out it, he be opening doors for John. He comes on and is speaking with Stephen A about how, Nate Robinson and Noah were using unsportsman like behavior and it was unprofessional of them in the series aganist Miami, and Stephen A bascially told him , he’s wrong and we are taught to do whatever necessary to win within reason. What Patrick doesn’t realize is that if tennis was more like basketball, he be doing more tennis matches then doing some boring ass show, I mean really, his show sucks!!!
Like Jimmy Connors said recently, Tennis needed a push when he and John had those matches, and tennis needs another push now.You do all these tournaments that don’t mean swat because coach says so, and then you go to college and the college will make you try out all over again anyway, they could give to craps what tourneys you do, and the clubs will tell you different because they need money. If your willing to drop school like mine did, and forget going to college, then thats a different story, my daughter gets an adverage of three leters weekly from colleges because they assume that she is going to college. My kid needs to change the face of womens tennis, and the quicker the better. We were told recently on tour, that everyone has their own clicks, meaning, straight girls stay with straight girls, gay girls stay with gay girls, african americans stay with their own, europeans stay with their own, and etc…A player we knew couldn’t get warmed up my one of her group memebers so she had to ask another group memeber for the warm up, and that girl needed permission to do so from her group!!!!TRUE STORY!! If that is the case, who gives a rats ass who you offend or why should your behavior be altered??
Tennis needs EXCITEMENT, even golf has gotten more exciting, imagine that, chasing a fucken ball and putting it in a hole is more exciting than two tennis players waging war. Today I saw a tennis player rip off his shirt after a match with Tsonga, my first impression was what the fuck and then they showed Tsonga he was pissed,well,don’t lose to him again.. I thought it took balls to do it, and I loved it.How many rules do we need in tennis, I mean a foot on the line is a fault but a ball on the line is good??WTF!!!!!!Tennis is a control sport and after all these long and boring years, someone should try to reinvent this sport and bring up to the 21st century. These old people who still play on clay, should let the reigns go a bit and let the players be themselves, afterall, do you really think these guys are happy when they lose a match, and while their answering questions , I can bet all they want to do is say, FUCK OFF ALREADY!!Defending your previous points is ridiculous, if you ill your ill, they should account for that. In other sports, if your ill, you still get paid!Recently, Magic Johson said, he doesn’t understand why Lebron doesn’t get the endorsements alot of the other players get and they are not as good? Well Magic, Lebron has a big mouth, and Jordann never did!Lebron is not embraced by the proper people, because he whines, the only people who like Lebron are players, ex players, and kids from 10 to 30 years of age, tell me what can he endorse, that will make a company money in that age group???
Tennis as not envolved and its the most diffucult sport to try to be a pro in, the top 20 make a shit load of money and from 20 to 100 are straving, all the while the ATP, and WTA STILL NEED ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS TO MAKE A TOURNEY!! SO UP THE CASH FLOW!!!If you think for one minute, Mike Tyson or Michael Jordan never had a family member or a friend put a wager on themselves while they were involved in the sport, your sadly mistaken!!!And these guys were making millions already. Trouble starts within, if players are starving or can’t get up enough dough, its the federation responsability to get them there, do not wait for trouble to start!
I think coaches coming out during matches is okay, but you should allow a certain amount of visits during a grand slam too. They should also add 2 more reveiws to each player, the linesman are normally, fat, old, and can’t see much, and they are getting paid big.,And just one other little topic I would like to touch on, these male coaches either from here or from europe or south america or whenever you fucken guys come from, you should try to resist getting involved with any young girl players! It hurts the sport, and you are taking advantage of the fact that you are being paid alot of money to train her on the court and no where else.I have heard some terrible stories in the past and because Tennis does nothing about it, because well, for the same reason no one will drug test some of these girls, Tennis fears the outcome, because there’s alot of money on the line for them and all the people involved. I can afford to do 4 to 7, so I guess many know I would have no problem staking my claim in someone’s ass, but shit like this hurts tennis too, and as long as those who are involved will always be involved, Tennis as a whole will never evolve! AND THATS A FUCKEN SHAME!!!!
Thanks to all, and like I said, I’M working on a few projects and Mia is back hitting so things are good I’m taking off the summer from posting , and hopefully I can catch up with a few of you at the open this year, I,m a big fan of ACES, my buddies are there and so will I . Have a great summer and I can only hope, that as crazy as you all think I’am, that just maybe, I’m getting thru to you. These are all real topics, and they will only hurt our kids if we let them, good night and see you soon….Rudy Vecchio
THIS IS THE CONCLUSION OF THE LAST BLOG I POSTED ABOUT NUTRITION, AND EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY NOT THINK THERE ARE ANY REAL STRATEGIES AND TACTICS THAT ONE NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT AT THIS STAGE, YOU ARE CLEARLY WRONG AND MISINFORMED, SO LETS GET TO IT…..
TACTICS IN TENNIS INVOLVE EVERYTHING FROM PICKING OUT SPECIFIC OUTFITS, WITH SPECIFIC COLORS,SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN YOUR WAITING FOR YOUR MATCH OR NOT, SHOULD YOU CONVERSE AND ACT LIKE YOUR FRIENDLY TO OTHERS, SHOULD YOU WALK IN WITH A TAN, THAT LETS PEOPLE THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN FLORIDA TRAINING? WHATEVER YOU THINK MIGHT WORK, YOU DO….STRATEGIES ARE PURELY HOW YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR MATCHES, AND HOW TO PICK THE MATCHES YOU PLAY, N HOW TO SPEAK AND HANDLE YOURSELF IF OTHERS SPEAK TO YOU, (YOU CAN LET THEM SEE YOU CARDS, BUT YOU DONT NEED TO TELL THEM WHICH ONES)!!! ALOT OF TENNIS PLAYERS WHEN THEY BEGIN TO COMPETE, SOME TAKE THEIR TIME AND PICK TOURNEYS THAT ARE EASIER THAN THE NORM, OTHERS JUMP RIGHT IN BECAUSE MATCHES ARE USED FOR EXPERIENCE PURPOSES ONLY AND THESE ARE MATCHES THEY WOULD NOT NORMALLY GET.
THE ROLE OF EXPERIENCE IS A VERY BIG ISSUE, SOME PLAYERS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY UP, PLAY DOWN TO GIVE THEMSELVES THAT VOTE OF CONFIDENCE THEY NEED SO BADLY. WHEN PLAYERS TO THIS, IT IS ALSO CONSIDERED A TACTIC AFTER ALL, THE REST OF THE TOURNEY NOW KNOWS THEIR DONE FOR WHEN THEY SEE STRONGER, BIGGER, TALLER PLAYER WALK IN..BEHAVIOR IS ALSO ANOTHER ISSUE WHEN PLAYING AND REPRESENTING ONESELF AND THE CLUB THEY PLAY FOR. WHEN A PLAYER WALKS IN A TOURNAMENT WITH ATTITUDE, OR A VAST AMOUNT OF CONFIDENCE, OTHERS WILL PICK UP ON IT, THE KEY IS EVEN IF YOUR PLAY IS LACKLUSTER, YOU STILL MUST PLAY THE SAME GAME THEY ALL DO, NEVER LET THEM SEE YOU SWEAT…
KNOWING WHEN TO COMPETE IS A HUGE THING, I MEAN AFTERALL, DURING THE TENNIS CALENDAR THERE ARE MATCHES ALL YEAR LONG BUT WHEN THE DOWN TIMES COME AROUND, LIKE THESE MONTHS THAT JUST PASSED, THESE ARE THE BEST TOURNEYS TO ENTER. CHECK OUT THE NATIONALS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, THERE ARE PLACES LIKE MINNESOTA, I MEAN WHO HELL IS GOING TO GO THERE IN THE FREAKEN WINTER?? YOU KNOW WHAT, THE U.S.T.A CAN KEEP THEIR POINTS!!!ANOTHER KEY POINT IS ,HOW OFTEN DOES ONE COMPETE? I ALWAYS TRY TO BREAK UP THE WEEKS I VERY RARELY GO FOUR WEEKS STRAIGHT OR EVEN THREE, ITS UNHEALTHY AND IF YOUR TRAVELING FROM PLACE TO PLACE, SOONER OR LATER IT WON’T BE COST EFFECTIVE.
PUBLICITY IS A HUGE THING AND A HUGE STRATEGY WHEN YOUR PLAYING THIS GAME, I MEAN AFTER ALL, WHEN I DID THE BILLBOARDS, HOW MANY OPPONENTS SAW THOSE BUSES AND BILLBOARDS ON THEIR OFF DAYS, ON THE WAY TO DINNER, OR JUST DRIVING TO THE MALL? IT ALL PAID OFF, MIA BECAME A HOUSEHOLD NAME EVERYONE GOT TO KNOW HER, WIN OR LOSE AND EVERYONE REMEMBERS HER TODAY, INJURED OR NOT. THEY WILL BE DONE AGAIN, BECAUSE ANY PUBLICITY GOOD OR BAD IS ALWAYS GOOD!!!TO THIS VERY DAY A COUPLE OF PRO PLAYERS THAT ARE STILL PLAYING AND TWO WHO ARE RETIRED STILL STAY IN TOUCH, OF COURSE I NEVER MENTIONED IT BEFORE, BECAUSE THAT WAS MY STRATEGY,LOL..WBLI STILL WANTS TO SPONSOR MIA, AFTER ALL THIS TIME, ITS CRAZY BUT IM A FULL BELIEVER IN HYPE!
THE DAY OF THE TOURNEYS ARE ALSO VERY IMPORTANT, YOU SHOULD KNOW AHEAD OF TIME HOW YOU WILL SPEND YOUR DAY AND WHAT IS NECESSARY BEFORE YOUR MATCH THAT WILL HELP YOU GET THRU.MOST TENNIS PLAYERS HAVE CERTAIN WAYS OF DOING THINGS LIKE MY DAUGHTER OR THE WAY NADAL PUTS HIS WATER DOWN THE SAME WAY EVERY TIME HE PLAYS A MATCH.WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOURNAMENT, YOU SHOULD AVOID ALL NEGATIVE PEOPLE AND THOUGHTS, YOU SHOULD SEE IF THERE ARE ANY LINE JUDGES, AND IF THERE ARE, HAVE YOU EVER SEENED THEM BEFORE, HAVE THEY EVER CALL LINES ON YOU BEFORE?? INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE DIRECTOR WHO IS RUNNING THE TOURNEY.IF YOU DO, HE MAY LEAN YOUR WAY IF THERE IS A PROBLEM ON YOUR COURT, HE’LL REMEMBER YOU WERE THE NICE ,KIND ONE WHO INTRODUCED HERSELF..
PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IS AN ELEMENT THAT IS INVOLVED IN ALL LEVELS OF SPORTSMANSHIP, REGARDLESS IF ITS TENNIS OR HOCKEY, ITS SIMPLY THERE AND YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO.PSYCHING OUT YOUR OPPONENT OR GAMEMANSHIP IS VERY COMMON IN ALL SPORTS.I CAN’T GIVE AWAY EVERY THING WE DO, BUT I CAN TELL YOU A LOOK SPEAKS VOLUMES..YOUR JOB IS TO TRY TO BREAK THEIR CONCENTRATION AND CAUSE THEM TO RETHINK THEIR ACTIONS UP TO THAT POINT.THROWING THEM OFF BEFORE THE RACE STARTS IS NOT CHEATING , NO RULES ARE BEING BROKEN.IS IT ANY DIFFERENT THEN WHEN THE OPPONENT CALLS A BALL THAT WAS CLEARLY LINE ,OUT, EXCEPT THEY LIED AND CHEATED AND BROKE RULES!YOUR JOB AS A TENNIS PLAYER OR ANY PLAYER IS TO KNOW HOW TO MASTER YOUR BELIEFS AND MASTER YOUR KRAFT.REPRESENTING THE SPORT ISNT AS IMPORTANT TO ME AS REPRESENTING ONESELF, IN ALL HER YEARS, NOT ONE INFRACTION, TALK ABOUT GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP!!THE ONLY TIME YOU SHOULD REPRESENT THE SPORT IS WHEN THE SPORT IS PAYING YOU, OTHERWISE, TO CLAIM THE TITLE OF GREATNESS,OR CHAMPION, CARRY YOURSELF THE BEST WAY YOU KNOW HOW, AND CARRY A BIG STICK.THERE WILL ALWAYS BE HATERS, AND PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY KNOW TENNIS, HOPING YOU FAIL, AND THEY SHOULD HOPE YOU FAIL, THEY NEED COMPANY AT THE BOTTOM….
I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE WHO READS THIS POST TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A HUGE FAVOR! THE REASON I CONSIDER IT A FAVOR IS, BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER FIND A MORE TRUTHFUL AND MORE INSIGHTFUL POST WHEN IT COMES TO THESE CERTAIN TOPICS, AFTER ALL, MOST COACHES BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW THEMSELVES WILL CONTINUE TO TELL YOU TO DO THE SAME SHIT ALL THE TIME OR BUY INTO THE NEXT GREAT PROGRAM. YOU CAN’T FAULT THEM ALL THE TIME FOR BEING ABSENT MINDED, BUT AT THESE RATES, YOU SHOULD HOLD THEM ALL ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE NOT TELLING YOU! AND MAYBE TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU FOR YEARS!!!!NO APPLAUSE PLEASE:)…….LET’S GO…
A THROW IN TOPIC I’M WILLING TO GIVE YOU IS (NUTRITION AND DIET)…
WHEN YOUR TRAINING IN FITNESS OR TRAINING IN TENNIS, ALL TRAINING STIMULATES GROWTH, WHEN YOUR GETTING READY TO TRAIN FOR EITHER, YOUR BODY NEEDS A SUFFICENT AMOUNT OF ENERGY, MINERALS,NUTRIENTS, AND RAW MATERIALS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WORKOUT. THE KEY PROCESS HERE IS TO STAY LEAN, AND HOPEFULLY MEAN, MEAN ENOUGH TO KICK ASS.WHEN A PLAYER STARTS TO TAKE THIS TENNIS THANG FURTHER, THE PLAYER OR THE COACH SHOULD KNOW EXCACTLY HOW MUCH OF WHAT KIND OF FOOD TO EAT FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULT.GOOD NUTRITION IS CONCERNED WITH PROTEINS, VITAMINS,MINERALS AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS. KNOWING EXCACTLY WHAT IS NECESSARY WILL NOT ONLY HELP YOU IN YOUR MATCHES BUT IT WILL HELP YOU RECOVER BETTER AND KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM NICE AND STRONG. IM A FIRM BELIEVER THAT NUTRITION AND SUPPLEMENTS ARE THE MAJOR REASON FOR MANY OF THE SUCCESS STORIES YOU HEAR ABOUT.ALOT OF THE KIDS TODAY AND PARENTS OF TODAY DO NOT EDUCATE THEMSELVES ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT WILL HELP OR HURT THEIR CHILD, INSTEAD THEY FLY BY THE SEAT OF THEIR PANTS AND THINK EVERYONE IS DOING THE SAME THING, EATING THE SAME WAY, USING THE SAME PROGRAMS AND I WILL TELL YOU NOW, NOT EVERYONE IS DOING THAT!
TENNIS PLAYERS ARE UNIQUE IN THEIR DEMANDS THAT THEY PUT ON THEIR BODIES.THEY NEED A LARGE AMOUNT OF STRONG MUSCLE, AND NEED TO KEEP THEIR BODY FAT CONTENT LOW. BECAUSE THE TENNIS PLAYER HAS SUCH A TOUGH TRAINING REGIMEN, DIETING IS NOT THE ISSUE, BUT KEEPING WHAT IS NECESSARY IN THEIR BODIES FOR THAT AMOUNT OF GIVEN TIME IS.TENNIS PLAYERS SHOULD FEEL THE NEED TO CONTROL CALORIES,BUT THEY ALSO NEED THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PROTEIN TO STIMULATE MUSCLES BEING USED.THE BASIC NUTRIENTS WOULD BE PROTEINS,CARBOHYDRATES, AND FATS..WATER AND MOST NON FATTENING LIQUIDS LIKE SELTER ARE ALSO CONSIDERED AN ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT. THERE ARE A FEW OTHER NUTRIENTS WE LIKE TO TAKE ON AND THOSE ARE, REGULAR VITAMINS, MINERALS, AND AMINO ACIDS….IM NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU THE DEFINTIONS OF THESE BECAUSE YOU SHOULD KNOW THEM AND IF YOU DON’T, YOUR COACH SHOULD AND THEY SHOULD KNOW WHEN THEY ARE NECESSARY….I WILL GIVE SO COME INSIGHT ON SOME OF THESE, PROTEINS FOR EXAMPLE, ARE USED TO REPAIR YOUR MUSCLE FROM A WORKOUT, OR AFTER A MATCH , YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE SOME FORM OF PROTEIN AROUND WHERE THE PLAYER CAN INGEST SOME AFTER A MATCH, CHICKEN BREAST, EGG WHITES(FOUR WHITES TO 1 YOLK),TURKEY BREAST ETC… ALSO SOME WATER AT ROOM TEMPERTURE WOULD BE HELPFUL, IF THE WATER IS TO COLD, IT WILL EXPAND IN YOUR STOMACH AND MAKE YOU FEEL FULL BEFORE ACTUALLY BECOMING FULL….CARBOHYDRATES, ARE USUALLY THE ONLY FORM OF NUTRIENT AND THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF ENERGY.ALL CARB’S ARE SUGAR, BUT THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF DIFFERENT CARBS YOU CAN INGEST FOR PRODUCTION.
CARBS ARE NOT FILLED WITH REGULAR TABLE SUGAR OR KOOL AID SUGAR, THEY ARE MOLECULES CONTAINING CARBON,HYDROGEN,AND OXYGEN. YOU HAVE SIMPLE CARBS, THAT HAVE A HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX, (FRIUTS,VEGGIES,PRCESSED SUGAR)THESE CARBS WILL GIVE YOU A QUICK RUSH OR HIGH BUT YOU WILL NEED MORE OF IT TO CONTINUE IN ANYTHING YOU DO..COMPLEX CARBS (STARCHES,CELLOUSE, STICKY WHITE RICE FROM THE CHINESE TAKE OUT,)THESE HAVE A LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX, THEY ALSO HAVE PROVIDE ENERGY OVER TIME. GOOD CARBS LIKE , BROWN RICE, BAKED POTATOES, SWEET POTATOES WILL GIVE YOU THE EASIEST FORM OF FOOD FOR YOUR BODY TO CONVERT INTO ENERGY.THAT IS TO SAY IF YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GLUCOSE,FRUCTOSE,GALACTOSE,SUCROSE,LACTOSE,MALTOSE???? THE CARB GLUCOSE, IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF ENERGY THAT FUELS THE BRAIN,AND NOT HAVING THIS CARB WILL RELEASE SERVE EFFECTS ON YOUR MOOD,PERSONALITY, AND MENTAL ABILITY…AND FINALLY FATS….
FATS,I WON’T GET INTO TO MUCH WHEN IT COMES TO THIS TOPIC, BECAUSE ITS THE EASIEST TO UNDERSTAND BUT ALSO VERY COMPLEX TO EXPLAIN, FATS ARE THE MOST ENERGY DENSE OF THE THREE NUTRIENTS, FATS ARE MADE UP OF THE SAME ELEMENTS AS CARBS, BUT THEY HAVE THREE BASIC FUNCTIONS, 1)THEY PROVIDE STORED ENERGY..2)THEY SERVE AS A CUSHION TO PROTECT MOST ORGANS..3)AND THEY PRESERVE BODY HEAT AGAINST THE COMMON COLD..FATS ARE AN ABSOLUTE NECESSARY NUTRIENT IN A HEALTHY DIET, MORE SO FOR TENNIS PLAYERS..TENNIS PLAYERS USUALLY GO ON HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARB DIETS, WHILE KEEPING THE FATS LOW TOO. TENNIS PLAYERS NEED, FISH OILS AND VEGETABLE OILS, YOU CAN TAKE FISH OILS AS A HEALTHY SUPPLEMENT OR YOU CAN EAT A PIECE OF SALMON AND GET THEY SAME EFFECT..FLAXOIL SEED IS ALSO NECESSARY AND CAN BE FOUND IN WALNUTS OR PUMPKIN SEEDS..IN YOUR LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE YOU WILL FIND ALL THE RIGHT AND NECESSARY SUPPLEMENTS THAT CAN REPLACE YOUR GENERAL FATTY ACIDS BUT DERIEVE FROM THE OILS NEEDED…
WATER…WATER IS AN NUTRIENT THAT IS ALWYAS OVERLOOKED, IT CONSUMES 40 TO 60 PERCENT OF YOUR BODY, AND REMEMBER YOUR MUSCLES ARE CONSUMED OF 72 PERCENT OF WATER, WHERE AS FAT WEIGHT IS ONLY 20 TO 25 PERCENT OF WATER. DIETS AND ACTIVITES LIKE TENNIS OR A GRUELING THREE SETTER,WILL RESULT IN EXCESSIVE FLUID LOSSAND HAVE A SUFFICENT EFFECT ON YOUR BODY AND MIND. WHEN YOU START TO BECOME DEHYDRATED , WATER IS STORED IN YOUR BODY AND WILL SMOOTH OUT ALL YOUR MUSCLE DEFINTION.RETAINED WATER BECOMES CONTAMINATED BECAUSE YOUR KIDNEYS CANNOT FILTER OUT CONTAMINANTS PROPERLYWHEN YOUR DEHYDRATED, THE LIVER IS THEN CALLED UPON TO DO THE DIRTY WORK. FOR ANY TENNIS PLAYER, FROM INTERMINDATE TO PRO, EACH PERSON SHOULD CONSUME, AT LEAST, 8-12 OUNCE GLASSES OF WATER DAILY, NOT JUICE, VITIMIN WATER, DIET SODA,COFFEE, YOU NEED PURE WATER!!
THE WAY AND FORMAT TO SUCCEED IN TENNIS IS QUITE SIMPLE BUT TAKES ALOT OF EDUCATION AND HARD WORK TO PUT THE PLAN TOGETHER. TENNIS PLAYERS SHOULD HAVE A BALANCED DIET, AND SHOULD INGEST FOODS IN COMBINATIONS. I THINK WHILE TRAINING AND EQUAL AMOUNT OF CARBS AND PROTEINS IS NECESSARY, IF YOUR BIG MATCH IS WEEKS AWAY, OTHERWISE, SOME PLAYERS MIGHT NEED TO TAKE IN LESS PROTEINS VERSUS CARBS, AND LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT THOSE FATS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR DIGESTION. FEEDING YOUR BODY A GOOD AMOUNT OF PROTEIN IS ALWAYS A GOOD WAY TO GO, BUT IF YOUR OUT ON THAT COURT FOR 3 HOURS, AND ALL YOU HAD WAS A COUPLE OF EGG WITES WITH SEVEN GAIN BREAD AND SOME NUTS, YOUR IN FOR A LONG DAY…YOU NEVER WANT TO HIT ON A COMPLETELY FULL STOMACH, BUT MAYBE SOME WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES WITH REAL NATURAL FRUIT AND WATER WOULD BE ALOT BETTER FOR YOU. AFTER EVERY SESSION, EITHER HAVE SOME PROTEIN, AND IF YOUR NOT HUNGRY, THROW DOWN A PROTEIN SHAKE TO HELP YOU REGROUP. REMEMBER, IT TAKES 2 TO 6 HOURS FOR YOUR STOMACH TO EMPTY ITSELF,WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, AND YOU HAVEN’T EATEN , YOUR BODY IS LACKING CARBS, AND SINCE THEY ARE NEED TO PRODUCE GLYCOGEN, WHICH YOUR MUSCLES NEED, ITS ALWYAS BETTER TO HAVE A HIGH CARB BREAKFAST. AT MID MORNING ANOTHER SMALL MEAL OF FRUIT AND NUTS, OR TOAST, WILL GIVE YOU ENERGY WITHOUT SLOWING YOU DOWN.
PEAKING FOR A TOURNAMENT IS NOT SOMETHING MOST TENNIS PEOPLE DO, BUT I DO, WELL, MIA DOES,LOL…A TENNIS PLAYER, WELL A GOOD ONE PLANS HIS OR HER COMPETITION STERGY ALL THE TIME. ITS NOT ONLY ABOUT WHEN YOUR TRAINING , WHEN YOUR PRIVATES ARE, OR WHAT GROUPS YOUR IN, ITS ABOUT KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING NECESSARY NOT ONLY TO LOOK GOOD, BUT YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO GET YOU THROUGH THESE MATCHES, AND IF YOU HAVE TRAINED RIGHT AND YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE RIGHT DIET, YOU WILL FEEL CONFIDENT ENOUGH , THAT YOUR OPPONENET WILL NOTICE AND WILL HAVE LOST THE MATCH BEFORE IT EVEN STARTS…MOST COACHES KNOW NOTHING OF NUTRITION, OR SHOULD I SAY 95 PERCENT OF THE COACHES DO NOT, THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT IT IS YOUR RESPONSABILITY, NOT THEIR’S BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW YOUR BODY WORKS. WELL, I JUST GAVE YOU WHAT IS NECESSARY AND I’M PRETTY SURE THEY WOULD NOT EVEN GIVE YOU THAT. IF YOUR GETTING READY TO TRAVEL AWAY FOR A BIG MATCH OR YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF WEEKS HERE BEFORE YOUR MATCH IS PLAYED, STAY AWAY FROM DOING PIZZA WITH THE COACH OR YOUR FRIENDS, STAY AWAY FROM SUBWAY, CARRY YOUR FOODS, KNOW WHATS WORKS FOR YOU, KNOW WHATS IN THE VITIMINS YOUR TAKING, IF YOUR TAKING ANY? MIA IS LEAN, BECAUSE I KEEP HER THAT WAY, STEAK TWICE A WEEK FOR IRON, CHICKEN TWICE A WEEK, FISH TWICE A WEEK , WITH ONE CHEAT DAY.. PROTEIN SHAKES, PROTEIN BARS, AND A VARIATION OF OTHER SUPPLEMENTS INCLUDING UP TO ABOUT 18 DIFFERENT PILLS DAILY, TOURNAMENT DIETING IS A BIT DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE NEED TO GET THE MOST OUT OF HER WORKOUTS, SO THEY MAY BE HIGH CARB ONE WEEK, LOW CARB THE OTHER , WITH SOME CARB DEPLEATION AND THEN SOME CARB LOADING..BEFORE THE MATCHES, 24 HOURS BEFORE….
THIS IS THE FIRST SUBJECT OF THIS BLOG, NEXT UP WILL BE COMPETITION STRATERGY, I WILL DO THIS BLOG IN SECTIONS BECAUSE IT IS NECESSARY. I THINK ITS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT IT TAKES ALOT MORE THAN JUST HITTING A FOREHAND, TO MAKE A CHAMPION AND IT TAKES ALOT OF TIME, BUT DO NOT THINK ITS YOUR PLACE TO KNOW THESE THINGS. THE REASON I KNOW THEM IS BECAUSE I EXPERIENCED THE WHOLE DIETING THING WHILE BODYBUILDING AND PLAYING BALL, YOU DO NOT GET TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SPORTS WITHOUT KNOWING CERTAIN THINGS, AND I FOUND OUT EARLY ON, NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOU SUCEED QUICKER OR BETTER THAN THEM. TENNIS COACHES HAVE THE ABILTY TO YELL AND SCREAM WHEN THEY NEED, THEN THEY SHOULD ALSO TAKE A CLASS ON NUTRITION SO THEY CAN GIVE YOU A COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR THR NUMBER AND A DEADLY GAME PLAN FOR YOUR CHILD, IF THEY DO NOT, ALL I CAN SAY IS GOOD LUCK…. AND PLEASE REMEMBER, LONG DISTANCE RUNNING KILLS MUSCLE TISSUE, SPRINTS AND SHORT BRUSTS ARE THE NORM, STAY AWAY FROM LONG DISTANCES, WE FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY…