Biographical look at the past, present and future in tennis.
Well, this is my 60th year and 42nd as a professional tennis coach.
I have had many wonderful years teaching this amazing game of tennis to thousands of people from complete beginner to high level tournament players. I have been extremely privileged to have met and worked with many great coaches from around the world and I do feel very humbled to have been in that position to do so.
My “Love 40” biography two years ago covered my beginnings in tennis from 1976 up to my 40th year as a tennis coach in 2016.
To add to this, I have become Head Coach at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Olympic Park, a dream role in the context that I am a complete fan of the Olympic Movement, all of this is in “My Backyard” in Stratford, my home town.
My daily role is to conduct both individual lessons, group sessions and ensure that the coaching team and centre programme run smoothly and professionally.
I love doing what I do on court as much as I did back in 1976. This will never diminish over time.
The future holds more of the same, coaching players, mentoring coaches, giving everybody that I meet the opportunity to fall in love with the game as I did.
Tennis is more than just a “Bat and Ball” game as I sarcastically describe it to non-players.
It is a way of life, a means to challenge oneself both physically and mentally. It helps life’s decision-making skills and all this while having a lot of fun with the people around you on court.
I have been so lucky to meet many great characters in the sport. Coaches, players and people from all walks of life of all ages and abilities. I hope that I have imparted useful skills to all of them as well as learning many new skills myself whilst doing it!
Tennis also provides a great boost in protecting you from outside influences and problems you may encounter in your lifetime. A chance to go and hit some tennis balls and clear your mind for a few hours. Then regenerate your off-court thoughts into a more practical outcome. You can see things differently if you just release the pressure by playing tennis.
My three major views for anyone playing tennis either as a coach or a player.
1.Have FUN! Ultimately it is just a game. You play because you love it. That simple!
2.Always TRY your best, even if it seems that it is not working out at the time.
3.Embrace the skills of learning different aspects of the game, not just the result of a match.
I would like to thank each and everyone of you I have met and worked with in this great sport over the past four decades. I know that I have been very lucky, but I also know I have combined the luck with a lot of hard work and sacrifice too.
Going into the fifth decade on court, I can promise more of the same from me, commitment and passion and a lot of fun along the way.
Keep playing tennis…..Forever!
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