Category: Coaches Corner

Mental Conditioning

JTCC Senior Coach Taka Bertrand explains the importance of mental conditioning: After a poor team performance at a fall tournament during my sophomore year at Vanderbilt, our coach made it mandatory for each member of the team to see a psychologist at the university’s counseling center.  The suggestion surprised all of us.  At nineteen years ...

JTCC April Fitness Newsletter

Written by TC Costello Director of Fitness Edited by Mackenzie Clark The Green & Gold Editor-in-Chief April Monthly Update April is a month where we try to get outside as much as possible to allow our players to get in plenty of conditioning work. We have been doing a lot of sprint work on the ...

“Trust Your Training” – JTCC’s Coaching Philosophy

JTCC’s Senior Director of Tennis Vesa Ponkka gives an insight into what is behind the philosophy of “Trust Your Training”: Since JTCC opened in 1999 it has been our top priority to establish a clear coaching philosophy for our coaches, players and parents to hear and understand. The best coaching philosophies are simple, effective and ...

“Can I play on a clay court, please?”

Coach Mira explains the importance of learning to play on clay courts: I have worked at JTCC for three and a half years and I really wish players would ask that question more often! In fact, it is common for us, the coaches, to see “sad/annoyed faces” any time we decide to train on clay. ...

Vesa Ponkka & Megan Moulton-Levy Feature In First Tennis Technique Summit

JTCC's Senior Director of Tennis, Vesa Ponkka, and Senior Coach, Megan Moulton-Levy, invite you to join them at the first ever Tennis Technique Summit starting on Wednesday, March 22nd. Dear All, Tennis Technique is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of the game. The ability to hit the ball efficiently and effectively ...

Stringing Tips From Coach Frank

One of the most overlooked areas in the equipment tennis players’ use is the string they play with. I have found that a common mistake junior players’ make is focusing too much on the racket model they use and not paying enough attention to the string and tension of the racket. Although the right racket ...

JTCC Fitness Newsletter

A note from The Green & Gold Editor-in-Chief, Mackenzie Clark: Welcome to the first edition of the JTCC fitness newsletter! As you all know, The Green & Gold is published every two months. This fitness newsletter will be published in conjunction with The Green & Gold as well as separately every month. This newsletter is ...

JTCC Trio In Action Down Under

  Frances Tiafoe qualifies for main draw Megan Moulton-Levy returns after two-year absence due to injury World #22 Treat Huey goes for doubles glory in Melbourne Frances Tiafoe claimed his place in the 2017 Australian Open with a 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 win over fellow American Tim Smyczek in the final round of qualifying on Saturday. ...

To Teach is to Coach – A Feature on JTCC’s Vesa Ponkka

Produced and edited by Robert Alexander

Coach Ben’s Tips for Success at the Supernationals

With the National Clay Court Championships starting this week and JTCC summer training in full swing, Coach Ben shares his tips on how to turn your hard work into hard-earned success. Exactly a year ago, JTCC had its most successful summer yet. Our players brought back a lot of hardware from the two toughest tournaments ...