Rob Krajicek, father of Austin Krajicek, ran our GreatBase Backboard business on a trial basis for six months. Unfortunately, Rob simply does not have the time to continue because of his full time position in the insurance business. We appreciate the time he spent on the backboard project and we plan to implement several of his ideas.
Austin has an impressive tennis resume. Periodically, I will ask juniors during a break to take out their notebooks and write down three things for their tennis bio. Of course, we tell them that they do not need to share their notes because we do not want to embarrass anyone. The purpose of the exercise is to make junior players simply stop and think that they must work smarter and harder to become accomplished. Older players, like Austin, can be asked to simply highlight three stages of their career: 1) juniors, 2) college, and, 3) pros. Austin was the Kalamazoo champion (US national 18's), an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in college and a top 100 player in the pros (ATP singles).
I started teaching Austin just prior to his eighth birthday and soon after he had a portable backboard in his parents' garage. Production of the teaching aid he used was discontinued in the early 90's. I purchased fifty of them and made it a prerequisite for goal-oriented juniors who I worked with at the time and Austin was lucky to get one because my supply had nearly run out. The model Austin used was called the "Tennismate" and our model has very much the same design and same purpose. There are so, so many reasons a player reaches a world-class level and hitting as many balls as humanely possible is one of them.
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