Welcome to the 1st World Tennis Convention by GPTCA and the Segal Institute
The GPTCA – International Skilled Tennis Coaches Affiliation – licensed by the ATP and in partnership with the Segal Institute, organized and offered the primary World Tennis Convention, March 25-28, 2021. Designed for high-performance coaches and different business members, the TennisONE app, for an affordable charge, offered entry to greater than sixty consultants within the discipline. As soon as registered on the app, coaches, gamers, organizers, and tennis fans may entry the displays on their cellphone, pill or laptop and can proceed to have entry till April 24, 2021.
A united group is a resilient one. The convention’s two principal objectives are to encourage and educate the worldwide tennis group, particularly younger coaches by providing multi-disciplinary on-line programs from the most effective coaches and gamers within the world.
Fernando Segal, president of the Segal Institute and organizer of the WTC, encourages life-long studying; be thirsty for data and share with others your ardour and experience. The Segal Institute strives to extend the extent of tennis improvement worldwide with higher teaching processes by creating improvements and using know-how to advertise a wholesome atmosphere for progress.
Adam Blicher, a Danish sports activities psychology marketing consultant who labored with the Danish Tennis Federation for six years, spoke about coaching gamers below stress. Strain can drain one’s vitality which ought to be centered on ways and execution. In an effort to handle stress, the participant should register the adverse ideas, launch them, and refocus.
Jacco Eltingh, from the Netherlands, is a six-time grand slam doubles champion and coach who mentioned the event of an expert tennis mentality. Whereas intrinsic motivation can’t be taught, the conduct of gamers, coaches, and oldsters is related. Based on Eltingh, focus is the important thing efficiency conduct; it empowers the participant to make good selections. Gamers should persevere, adapt, and interact in self-reflection. Coaches ought to create a wholesome, productive atmosphere and embrace the participant within the course of to allow them to thrive.
Toni Nadal, VP of GPTCA and long-time coach and strategist of nephew, Rafa Nadal, confused the significance of method and preparation. Prepare the way you play! Gamers will need to have respect for the sport and can’t enhance if they’re indignant. Coaches ought to pay attention and study from their friends and be passionate and observant. Sport is to battle and for that purpose, helps develop the human being.
Wolfgang Thiem, the daddy of world #4 Dominic Thiem, runs an academy in Vienna for gamers aged 14-18. It’s essential to trend a studying atmosphere the place gamers good their method and develop a way of equity given the pervasiveness of dishonest on the junior degree. Coaches will need to have ardour in the event that they hope to succeed, whereas mother and father ought to belief the coach and settle for his selections. If mother and father understand that the coach is dedicated, they may belief him/her and the course of.
Claudio Pistolesi, a former participant on the ATP tour, has been teaching ATP and WTA gamers for twenty-five years. For him, studying and progress are an everlasting cycle. As a rule, gamers and coaches come from totally different international locations talking totally different languages. Tennis, nevertheless, is common; it brings folks collectively. He strongly believes that this may help eradicate racism as a result of, on the courtroom, one finds frequent floor.
Andrei Medvedev, former world #4 and French Open finalist is now a coach. He strongly believes that info, schooling, and belief are paramount for creating a terrific competitor. The psychological part of tennis is large. In an effort to handle worry, stress, and anxiousness, he practiced visualization and respiratory workouts throughout changeovers. He used that point to judge errors and reassess ways. Concentrate on what you possibly can management and do not forget that you can’t management your opponent.
Tomas Behrend, former ATP participant with two tennis academies and a GPTCA-A star degree coach, expressed an analogous sentiment throughout his presentation on the magic of being a optimistic considering participant and coach. In the event you can not management your self, you can’t management your opponent! Based on Behrend, 70-80% of tennis is mindset, but most gamers/coaches ignore this facet of the sport. Whereas on the tour, he took six weeks off to work with a psychological coach and after 11 months made his principal draw debut at a grand slam match and cracked the highest 100. Prepare your mind to remain optimistic in tough and nerve-racking conditions and change into an issue solver.
Rainer Schuettler reached a career-high rating of #5, represented Germany 3 times on the Olympics and coached former world #1, Angelique Kerber. Honesty and open communication with gamers is crucial. In an effort to maximize potential, it’s vital to acknowledge that each participant is exclusive. Junior gamers mustn’t worry dropping for it’s regular. Gamers mustn’t fear about errors simply develop from them.
Dirk Hordorff, a founding member of GPTCA, mentioned the way forward for high-performance teaching. He believes within the energy of tennis to rework lives. It’s a lifelong sport that ought to be celebrated and promoted. There may be not sufficient cash, nevertheless, on the grassroots degree and this have to be remedied. He encourages the grand slam tournaments to share revenues with smaller, creating nations. In an effort to develop the game, it have to be united and interact the youthful era.
The function of the coach, like the game, continues to evolve. At this time, he’s the chief of a crew of specialists – physiologist, nutritionist, psychologist, and strategist. The crew should work collectively in direction of the identical aims. Each coach, irrespective of the extent of the participant is equally vital as a result of they serve the participant.
Since 2010, Alberto Castellani has been president of GPTCA. Over the course of thirty years, he has coached quite a few prime gamers together with Marc Rosset (#9), Janko Tipsarevic (#8), Ivo Karlovic (#14), and was the psychological coach of Rainer Schuettler. Castellani fervently believes that philosophy may help each participant and coach on their journey of progress for as Socrates aptly proclaimed, “the extra I do know, the extra I notice I do know nothing.” Construct the individual first – then the athlete.
Fernando Segal, founder, and president of the Segal Institute for human efficiency and tennis improvement, believes that the best coaches pose pertinent questions for guided discovery.
The main focus is on the main points; coaches ought to be extra particular with their directions to develop high-performance gamers. A motivated mind is one able to study subsequently, coaches have to be excellent communicators and champions of motivation.
Sandy Mittleman is an elite coach with over thirty years’ expertise, working with leisure gamers to grand slam champions. His presentation on participant assessments and can to talent addressed psychological focus, ardour, and depth in younger gamers. In his estimation, all nice gamers have on/off courtroom amnesia. How a participant behaves within the first 30 seconds after which 5 minutes after an error offers coaches an excessive amount of actionable information. Based on Mittleman, depth is undervalued. All high-performance gamers are in a position to maintain their depth by tuning out distractions and confronting challenges.
Tamer El Sawy defined mind improvement in high-performance gamers. El Sawy is a former ATP participant, coach, and GPTCA president in Egypt. He examined feelings and the way gamers can handle them whereas remaining productive. The mind features to keep away from stress and anxiousness however tennis is a stress-inducing, anxiety-provoking sport. Coaches should practice gamers to be calm throughout matches and have the ability to acknowledge psychological fatigue. Prepare the mind for stress and multi-tasking. This may be achieved via cognitive mind workouts. Establish the restrict of every participant and do not forget that failure is a part of the equation on the highway to success.
Marco Panichi is an elite bodily coach and coach who has labored with two world #1s – Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic. Tennis requires advanced motion and stability. Stability and excessive efficiency are achieved via the interactions of the visible, proprioceptive, and vestibular methods. Coaches should deal with steadiness to realize peak efficiency. Energy is transmitted from the ft up – kinetic chain. One wants stability to make use of energy. Workouts that make the most of instability to create stability are extremely efficient. Gamers try to keep up steadiness mechanically to allow them to deal with level building and execution. For Panichi, “energy is nothing with out management.”
Dr. Mark Kovacs, CEO of the Kovacs Institute, is a high-performance professional who evaluates motion and footwork. Return of serve, overhead, serve, volley – all require totally different actions for correct execution. Whereas coaches use totally different phrases to explain the identical actions, he urges them to talk the identical language. The institute examined 100 hours of the sport’s prime movers and decided there are 5-10 strikes noticed in most female and male gamers. Tennis requires particular coaching and motion. Gamers should transfer rapidly, taking massive steps whereas sustaining stability, and coaches ought to practice primarily based on their participant’s fashion.
Mark Leschly, CEO and chairman of Common Tennis, is bringing know-how options and innovation to tennis. UTR or common tennis score, is making tennis extra accessible, inexpensive, and enjoyable. It charges each participant equally no matter age, gender, or location. UTR helps gamers, coaches, golf equipment, and academies by offering the means to measure oneself towards others worldwide. It incorporates rating, competitors and up to date historical past and is at present current in 72 international locations. It’s greater than a score; it’s an engagement platform. Via the creation of clinics, occasions, leagues, native golf equipment, and academies, it helps generate income on the native degree.
For added info, go to www. myutr.com.
Mike James is a method coach and information analyst who mentioned the essential function of statistics in tennis. Whereas tennis lagged behind different main sports activities within the utilization of statistical evaluation, it just lately made nice strides with the introduction of participant headsets and iPads for on-court teaching on the NextGen ATP Finals and a method room for every crew on the 2020 ATP Cup. His function with the ATP/WTA excursions is to offer successful methods and patterns of play information. He helps a highway map through information, video, and analytics which offers a participant’s crew a multi-disciplinary method for improved efficiency.
Craig O’Shannessy is the main tennis technique analyst who deciphered the conundrum that’s rally size. Whereas the highway to statistical nirvana was lengthy and remains to be incomplete, he concluded that it’s the first 4 pictures that make the distinction; whoever dominates this class wins the match 91% of the time. Brief rallies are the norm – even on clay – but 90% of observe classes deal with lengthy rallies. Whereas they assist gamers good their groundstrokes, they don’t win matches and coaches ought to practice their gamers accordingly.
Andrea Gaudenzi, chairman of the ATP, is set to unify the game. Tennis is just too fragmented with competing organizations wrestling for management. The main focus and way forward for tennis is the fan expertise. If the game is united, all stakeholders will profit and grassroots tennis will flourish. Coaches are a basic a part of participant improvement and may help within the transition from junior to skilled. Appearing like a life coach, they may help a participant study to just accept defeat, failure and summon endurance and perseverance. In different phrases, “tennis is life!”
GPTCA and the ATP have partnered since 2012 and are working collectively to help coaches worldwide with their ongoing schooling.
The WTC encourages statement, active-listening, and schooling. I urge you to register for the WTC on the TennisONe app and study from the finest.