Monthly Archives: February 2013

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…”

To read the full article Click Here.

Team U.S.A. Facing Brazil in 1st Round of Davis Cup Play Today

Davis Cup 2013

Davis Cup

The 2013 Davis Cup begins today with the U.S. (World No. 6) taking on Brazil (World No. 16).  Team Captain Jim Courier will lead John Isner, Sam Querrey, and the Bryan Bros. against the Brazilians today at 2pm EST in Jacksonville, FL (coverage begins on Tennis Channel at 5pm EST).

John McEnroe, a huge supporter of Davis Cup play, holds multiple American Davis Cup records including most wins (59), most singles wins (41), most ties played (30), and most years played (12). He played both singles and doubles and he and Peter Fleming won 14 of 15 Davis Cup doubles matches together.

More than any other player in his era, McEnroe was responsible for reviving U.S. interest in the Davis Cup when he made his debut in 1978, which had been shunned by Jimmy Connors and other leading U.S. players, and had not seen a top U.S. player regularly compete since Arthur Ashe.

Peter Bodo of ESPN’s Tennis Blog gives a breakdown of the U.S. Davis Cup team, their match-up against Brazil, and their road ahead.  Click Here to read the full article.