The Great Debate: Open Stance or Closed Stance
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
6d ago
Since before I began playing tennis 34 years ago, there’s been a huge debate in the tennis world about what stance coaches should have younger juniors use: open stance or closed stance. And it’s a great debate because each one has their clear advantages. The more traditional closed stance footwork is where you’re stepping in to the ball. It helps get your weight and momentum forward, creating a more effortless hit, with more power, and in the direction of your target. The modern open stance footwork is where you’re hitting with your feet more parallel to the baseline/net. Think of the athletic ..read more
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How I Would Structure a High Performance Player’s Training Week Leading Into a Tournament
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
1w ago
When it comes to planning your training week, whether you’re playing a tournament on the upcoming weekend or not should always be taken into account. It will affect how much you practice, how much strength & conditioning you do, how many sets you play, how much time you spend on technical work, and how much time you spend drilling. If you manage it right, the player will be feeling confident, rested, and motivated leading into the tournament. If you manage it wrong, the player might be feeling tired and unconfident leading into the tournament. Each day might bring unexpected challenges lik ..read more
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Why taking your child to a collegiate or pro event can be a game changer
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
2w ago
Growing up, one of the biggest inspirations I had each year was going to the Miami Open. Every March, my parents would take my brother and I to the tournament, and it was one of the most exciting times of the year. It was an opportunity to see the best players in the world, up close and in-person, learning and studying the best. We would marvel at how quiet Jonas Bjorkman’s feet were even though he never stopped moving. We would be amazed at how great Martini Hingis’ hands skills were to maneuver the ball around the court. We would be inspired by Agassi’s impeccable groundstrokes. And then jus ..read more
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Pick Your Junior Tennis Poison
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
1M ago
Because you can’t have at all.  You can’t always have a quiet and respectful environment, that also contains the best junior competitors in the world, while they’re going through puberty and their hormones are running wild. The best competitors live on the edge. They’re all in physically and emotionally, and considering that we’re dealing with kids, they’re all immature to some degree.  If they get upset, it’s going to be hard to always control it. If you can’t handle their emotional outbursts from time to time, you’ll have to reconsider the pathway your family is allowing your child ..read more
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A Key Element to Mental Toughness: Routines In-Between Points
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
2M ago
A tennis player spends approximately 80% of a match WALKING around. Not running and playing. Walking.  And when they’re walking, they’re thinking. Consciously or unconsciously, they’re thinking.  That thinking can either be a powerful tool, or a dangerous tool. The job of a tennis player is to obviously make it a powerful tool. A powerful tool that puts themselves in the best state of mind to perform well during the next point. When that point is done, they need to use the alone time wisely again, and prepare for the next point. And over and over it goes……until the match is done. The ..read more
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How a Parent Should Handle the Time In-Between 2nd & 3rd Sets
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
2M ago
Most families are stuck in a position where their child splits sets, they’re able to receive coaching, and they have no coach there. If you know me well, my thoughts are that the coach should be there. For most though, they’re not. So the parent is left as the de facto coach. What should they do? They’re not a coach, but here they are, with their child about to go into a nerve wrecking third set tiebreak (or regular set depending on the tournament), and are looking for guidance. Most parents put on their best coaching hat, and provide coaching advice such as play more aggressive, attack the ba ..read more
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The Difference Between A Good Attitude & A Champion’s Attitude
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
3M ago
“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t” - Jack Dempsey Michael Jordan. Tom Brady. Wayne Gretzky. Leo Messi. Lebron James. Steph Curry. Djokovic. Federer. Nadal. Phelps. Nolan Ryan. Tiger Woods. These are some of the greatest athletes of all time, and the most important thing they have in common is a “Champions Attitude.” Not a good attitude. Not a great attitude. A CHAMPIONS ATTITUDE. And there’s a big difference. It shows up when things are going against them. When they don’t feel well. When they’re hurt. When they’re tired, and when they’re facing adversity. They don’t back down. T ..read more
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Podcast with Jonathan Stokke from Baseline Intelligence
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
3M ago
Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Podcasts We have another special guest episode with Jonathan Stokke (full bio below) from the Baseline Intelligence podcast. If you haven't listened to the Baseline Intelligence podcast, and you're a tennis coach, parent, or player, you need to! Stokke has an incredible wealth of knowledge, from his experience as a junior and collegiate player, playing in the US Open, coaching in college tennis, and now a private coach with an amazing podcast. He's interviewed many incredible people like Paul Annacone, Brad Stine, Jessica Pegula, Gil Reyes, Lindsay Da ..read more
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How important is it to train with higher level players?
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
4M ago
This blog was a difficult one to write, so I will be directing you to the podcast instead. Answering this question is straight forward, but finding that type of environment is difficult. There will always be a higher level training group so at some point, a coach has to say no, they can’t move you up. So here are the main points of the podcast, and I encourage you to watch or listen to the podcast to get all of the details behind my thoughts: Yes, the better your training environment, the better your chances are of improving as a player. But you can still get better training with lower lev ..read more
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2023 Review: 3 things I learned & 3 things that stayed the same
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by Jean-Yves Aubone
4M ago
One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to take some time to reflect. Days can quickly turn into months, and just like that, the year is over. It’s hard to stop, slow down, and evaluate things, yet it’s something I try to do as much as possible. It’s during these moments that we can fine tune our process, and redirect our coaching energies to the most important places. Here are the 3 things I learned in 2023, as well as 3 things that stayed the same. 3 Things I learned 1. We can’t be afraid to talk about winning At the end of the day, if you’re in the high performance space ..read more
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