Category Archives: Tip of the Week

JMTA Announces 2013-14 Seminar Series Topics and Speakers

Lawrence Kleger, Director of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, recently announced the 2013-14 JMTA Seminar Series. Over the course of the JMTA season, Lawrence and other JMTA, Sportime, and USTA representatives will be hosting a series of seminars designed to give parents and students insight into what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive junior tennis environment.  This 8 part seminar series begins Sunday, October 27th when Lawrence takes the podium in an “Ask the Director” session.  Other topics that will be covered and the speakers include: The College Process, with former Brown University head coach and current Sportime Roslyn General Manager, Jay Harris; USTA Eastern Section Tournament Schedule and 2014 National Junior Competition Changes, with Julie Bliss of USTA Eastern section; A Coaches Perspective: What it Means to be a Coach?, hosted by JMTA Assistant Academy Director, Nate Emge;  The Parent’s Role, with JMTA Assistant Academy Director,  Felix Alvarado; Mental Toughness, with JMTA Assistant Academy Director,  Bruce Haddad; Off-Court Training, with former world top ten singles and doubles player and JMTA Associate Academy Director, Peter Fleming; and What it Takes to be a Champion, with none other than Johnny Mac himself.

JMTA Tennis Tip of the Week – Fritz Buehning

Fritz Buehning
Fritz Buehning
JMTA Associate Academy Director

JMTA Associate Academy Director Fritz Buehning Stresses the Importance of String Choice

In the Janurary / February 2013 edition of New York Tennis Magazine, JMTA’s own Associate Academy Director Fritz Buehning wrote an article on the importance of string choice for junior players.  In his article, Fritz explains the different types of strings – gut, nylon, polyester, how a player should decide at what tension to string his/her racket, and how string type and tension affect one another.  Every junior player and parent should read Fritz’s article to ensure their child is getting the most out of their string, is using the right string for their age, size, and game, and (most importantly) is not using a string that will cause an injury.  Below is a short excerpt from Fritz’s article:

Let me go on record … I think every package of polyester string needs to come with this warning label due to improper usage by the general public. Is this a pretty bold statement? I believe so. And just why is it a bold statement? In my opinion, the improper use of polyester string is responsible for the bulk of tennis-related arm injuries. And I hear about more arm injuries now than ever before — wrist, shoulder and elbow (tennis elbow and the newer new golfer’s elbow). And since I predominantly work with children, I’m talking about, not just nagging, but potentially long-term serious and damaging injuries to your children…”

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