"I am going to play the way I was taught to play." Jimmy Connors
Attached is a film of a young player from the Tennis Memphis program. On the tape, she is trying to play the way we are teaching her to play. We would like her to do what she is doing in the drill, she is playing approach shots, volleys and overheads.

Players need to be encouraged to play aggressively and learn from their mistakes. Far too often, a young player will miss a volley or an overhead and then decide to only go to the net to pick up balls and shake hands.

Young players need to not let the scoreboard regulate their emotions. If one's coach tells their player to play more approach shots than drop shots, they should play more approach shots than drop shots. Simple. Follow Jimmy Connor's advice and play the way you are taught to play.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson's Goal
Last week in a three minute interview from the ATP event in Rotterdam, Roger Federer referred to the Winter Olympics three times. He said he was on a mission to win Rotterdam (which he did) but he had no time for pre or post match practices because he could not pull himself away from watching the world class athletes compete in South Korea. No doubt, the Fed has seen the amazing highlights from the women's gold medal hockey game. Attached is a short film (2:13). Just watch the tape from the 1:35 mark. The entire game was spectacular and all connected with the championship game need to be commended. I can assure you that the game winning goal was totally respected by legends like Federer. The clutch play in such a pressure-packed situation was in a league with Ali, Brady, Gretzky, and Jordan. Wow!

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Pre & Post
Attached is a split screen of a young player from the Tennis Memphis (TM) program. TM is a non-profit organization that helps children through tennis & education. I have been working as a consultant for TM for just over a year, focusing on helping with player development and pro education. The player on today's film was first filmed in January of 2017. The second filming, from January 2018, shows that the player has made progress.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Mike & Bob Bryan Forehand & Backhand Volley
Attached is a filmed produced by the late Vic Braden and Andy Fitzell. Here are four technical points to make note of: 1) how far the ball is away from their bodies at impact, 2) how long the racquet is aligned to the target, 3) how the racquet face is nearly vertical at impact and the forward momentum/motion of their bodies.

Thanks for watching and sharing.

Steve Smith
GreatBase Tennis
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Tennis Content
Attached is a short video from our GreatBase Tennis course. There is no substitute for a good beginning, plus the process of making technical changes at a later age after years of ingraining inefficient strokes is extremely difficult. Thanks for watching and sharing.

Steve Smith
www.GreatBaseTennis.com
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