Category: Coaches Corner

JTCC FALL FITNESS NEWSLETTER

Written by TC Costello Director of Fitness Edited by Mackenzie Clark The Green & Gold Editor-in-Chief The start of the fall is an important time for our athletes at JTCC. They are coming off a busy summer tournament schedule so it is nice to have some consistency. It is a time for us to get our athletes in peak condition ...

Pre-match Preparation – Are you prepared for your combat?

By Peter Lee (JTCC Senior Advisor Optimal Performance) During the summer our coaches and players discuss and work at effective preparation as if it were for army combat. This preparation should begin when the match is called. The sooner players prepare their technical repetitions, competition simulations, and strong physical fitness and mental strength programs, the better ...

On the Road at the Junior Grand Slams

What makes the Grand Slams so special for tennis players? Is it the great cities of Melbourne, Paris, London and New York? Is it because only the best tennis players in the world can play in them? Is it because competing at these tournaments has been THE DREAM of every tennis player since he/she started ...

JTCC SUMMER FITNESS NEWSLETTER

Written by TC Costello Director of Fitness Edited by Mackenzie Clark The Green & Gold Editor-in-Chief We are over a month into our summer training at JTCC. It has been a great summer of working out for our athletes so far. We have been very fortunate with the weather as we haven't had the usual ...

“Tennis is an Art – You have to be simple and creative”

JTCC Director of High Performance Oliver Akli explains how to ensure tennis is a sport for life:    Tennis is a long life sport. You can play this game your entire life.  Especially, if your foundation and fundamentals are solid, you can really enjoy yourself as you grow older.  In today’s game, everyone has a tendency ...

Universal Tennis Rating – UTR

JTCC Senior Coach Ben Cappuccitti advocates the benefits of using the UTR system: Let me start with one of the greatest tennis lessons I have ever been taught. I was 12 years old and was competing in a French men’s open tournament. In my first round I played against a 40 year old gentleman. In ...

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. ...