John Newcombe Fantasy Camp Sunday, Day 1

Me, John, Rich, Willy

Me, John, Rich, Willy

It is that time: the start of “the best week of my tennis year!” The travel to my eleventh year at the Fantasy Tennis Camp was once again in the luxury of “AirBerry” (Pelican Bay friend John Berry); so John, Willy Hoffmann, Rich Tarantino and I took off from Naples Airport at 1 p.m. for the 2.5 hour flight to a small airfield in New Braunfels, Texas. Continue reading

National 70s Clay Sunday-Wednesday

Jimmy Parker & opponent

Jimmy Parker & opponent

In the days before my first round match at the National 70s Clay against former World number one Jim Parker, I told people my “goal” was to win one game. I figured that Fred Drilling beats me normally 6-2/6-1, and Parker has been beating Fred in straight sets, and he bageled my friend Tom, so that wasn’t too bad of a goal. But that was BAD THINKING Continue reading

Dynamic Warm-up vs. Stretching

Larry Starr at Newk's

Larry Starr at Newk’s

Larry Starr, professional athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and the John Newcombe Fantasy Camp, writes, “Stretching prior to playing has always been a mainstay in tennis and all athletic activities. It was felt that you needed to ‘stretch’ the muscles to prepare them for whatever sport you were to undertake, including tennis. But the current philosophy among professional trainers is different.” Continue reading

Getting Calmer

calmThere are many factors that go into being “successful” on the tennis court… your shot making ability, your power, your conditioning, and (maybe most important) your mental ability. Being able to stay calm on the tennis court (between and during points) can play a big role in how you play. Continue reading