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Gracie, Learning Progressions, and the ATP Style Forehand
It is never too early to learn how to hit an ATP-Style Forehand. In this video analysis we take a look 8-year-old, Gracie. When Gracie started working with Christophe Delavaut she had a big, loopy motion. Which, is very typical for most young players because they think they will generate more pace by utilizing a bigger swing path. Over the course of two months, Christophe and Gracie have isolated and worked on the different elements that comprise the ATP-Style Forehand. Through this progression, Gracie has learned how to more efficiently create racquet head speed, and so can you.
Only occasionally do players with the intensity of Jimmy Connors or Rafael Nadal rise to the top in the world of competitive sports. These players compete with equal hunger and ferocity on virtually every single point. Not that other players don’t focus well, but they appear to let some points get by them more easily than others. Joe Dinoffer analyzes three types of personalities that can affect how and when we reach our own individual tennis potential. Note that all three of these personalities have the ability to achieve intensity.
ProStrokes 2.0 — Jeremy Chardy, Backhand
Jeremy Chardy is a 27 year old french tennis player. He has won one singles title at Stuttgart in 2009, reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 25 in January 2013. He has amassed almost four million dollars in prize money to date. As a junior, he won the Wimbledon Championships Boys' Singles title in 2005 and was a runner-up at the US Open Boys' Singles the same year. Chardy considers serve his best shot and he backs that up with a powerful forehand. He has a two-handed backhand but often resorts to the one-handed slice. New this issue, Jeremy Chardy's backhand.
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The One-Handed Backhand in the Modern Game
Their has been a lot of talk by pundits and commentators about the demise of the one-handed backhand, however, with the emergence of Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka, and his stunning victory in Australia, it's apparent that you can still play at the highest levels and win using the one-handed stroke. Coach Mark Gellard breaks down this stroke and shows you some simple ways you can improve your one-handed backhand.
Learning from Elena
Elena Dementieva was a consistent top 10 player from the very late 90s up until her sudden and unexpected retirement at an on-court ceremony at the conclusion of the 2010 WTA championships. In 2008, Dementieva trained at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Ft Lauderdale, Florida where Tom Downs was Head pro for several years. Tom spent a lot of time on court with Elena, and marveled at the discipline she put into every shot. Here he outlines three things that all club players can learn from Elena Dementieva.
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