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US Open Matchplay

Well done to all the Prestbury Players attending the Mini Tennis US open Matchplay on Saturday. With Serena losing the final and Nadal in the semi’s it goes to show anything can happen in sport.

The Mini Tennis event saw Isaac Whenman win all his matches with a sudden death point at 4-4 in the tiebreak against Bramhall Lane’s Max Roberts. Ben Wilshaw, Jack Belford, Jack Roebuck and Arun Odedra all played 3 matches to help move their mini tennis rating up to a Green 3. Their challenge is to get to a gree 3 by October and a Green 2 by Christmas, good luck boys.

In the orange event Alex Hill played and won 3 matches to help him move up to a orange 3 rating. After a football match and back to back matches in the rain his spirit was not dampened and played with a warrior spirit. In the red’s Jacob Fosbury came second overall to Poynton’s Joseph Knightley who are both aiming for the Cheshire u8 County Team this winter. Rebeun Lawrence plkayed 4 matches which is helping get experience for his first winter of playing in the point one winter league.


Well Done to all players on a wet afternoon and parents for supporting their children in good spirit.

NEXT MATCHPLAY – Mini World Tour Finals (November)

Alderley Edge Green – 30th September 



Tennis for Life – Long Term Athlete Development for parents and coaches

Parent Tips – Long Term Athlete Development…

The tennis journey is a marathon not a sprint in which should always be fun, exciting and challenging. The journey for any player starts with the Fundamentals of Tennis and generic athletical skills to specialised tennis training on and off the court. Juniors are not mini adults and should train appropriately for their age, experience and ability.

The Long Term Athlete Development Model is widely recognised for all coaches, teachers and parents…

– Learn the FUNdamentals – learn basic motor skill patterns in a fun environment e.g. throwing a ball as far as you can and skipping. Parents should encourage to play different sports for skills development and socialisation with other kids. Little or no competition should be done a this age. Team challenge events are ideal

– Learn to TRAIN – Before ‘training’ players should be developing technical skills for tennis and general body weight exercises like squatting and putting it into fun games. Basic swing shapes learnt now can last a lifetime with tweaking over the years. Competition should increase with time spent 75 / 25 on training / competition i.e. compete once every 6 weeks with regular internal matches within lessons.

– Train to TRAIN – Once technique is becoming learnt and more automatic they can start to put into patterns of play and devloping a game style e.g. baseliner , net rusher or counter puncher. Physically they should be competent with the fundamentals of movement i.e. good at skipping, ladder work, medicine ball throws etc. At this stage players should compete 50 / 50 with emphasis on trying things out in competitions and going back to the training session and reviewing what they learnt from matches. Winning medals is great but emphasis on training and learning correct technique and shot selection.

-Train to COMPETE – A stage were many players start to drop out as they ‘don’t like competitions’ or socially can find it ‘boring’. Important to encourage team tennis and touring with friends. Otherwise this is where the fun begins and start to form a game style and a appetite for competition. Realistic goals should be set for each competition and how far they can get rather than assuming they can win every comp.

At this stage players should feel like they are competent at tactics and patterns such as a crosscourt rally and approaching the net at the right time. If they can not construct a pattern then there technique should be looked at. Emphasis should be 25 / 75 with the focus on entering comps with reminders of basic technique if required and reviewing wins and losses.

A lot more emphasis should be physical conditioning and getting players to understand how to reduce injury as well and developing strength and speed and suppleness on the court. Parents should be mindful that if they are losing more than they are winning they should go back to more training and choose the right competitions

– Train to WIN – To be honest a lot of players do not get to this phase and often drop at club level if to much emphasis is on winning. So coaches/parents/players have to realistic and say whether they want to play for fun or play and compete. If they want to compete then training is focused on peaking for competitions e.g. conuty champs , league tennis. THis is up to the players to decide if they do compete then they should be mentored or coached ideally with other players to help provide s social experience when touring around from club to club

Go the extra Mile this winter and keep your player active – Tips for parents

Winter Tennis can be a tough time to persuade your kids onto the court, here are some tops tips  to motivate your kids…

1 – Hot Chocloate

Every kid loves a hot chocolate, reward their attendance with a hot mug and some marshmallows. Maybe give them a flask to have a sip at half time drinks break

2 – Be a Role Model

Get out there yourself and show them you are exercising twice a week.

3 – Wrap up warm

Without buying them over expensive clothing, get them some nice winter gear hats gloves, skins,thermals as a treat if they show they are committed. Give them a chance to choose what they wear. suprising how many kids come down in shorts o a freezing day!

4 – Show your enthusiasm for them attending

Give them a hifi, hug, smile, ask them questions about the session. Take a video of them playing or picture to show family or friends

5 – Find out what makes them tick

Ask them what they like / dislike. Is it the fact they are getting better, having fun with friends, they are aiming for the rally award certificate. May they don’t like the players in the group, the coach or it the timing of the session is too late etc

6 – Be a cheer leader 

Kids love being watched and playing to a crowd. Be a cheer leader and applause go shots. Finish work early and watch them, go that extra mile for them

7 – Practice with them / Set a tennis play date

Even a non tennis player can practice with their kids by throwing them all a ball to hit . Easy .

Or ring a friend in the group and set a play date down at the club. Take the rackets, football and give them some time in the park. They learn when they play and try things out on their own.

8 – Watch Tennis on the TV with them

Kids learn by watching . Help the understand the scoring and why they won the point

9 – Reward them for attending a course with a treat

A last resort but say to them if they attend and improve then they get a new racket, tin of balls etc

10 – Phone the coach 

Ring your coach and see how they are getting on and what you can do to improve their game and motivate.

Get on court for 2018

This time of year is tough with conditions your game of tennis and indoor indulgences  meaning that sitting down on the change of end is just you sat on couch.

Whether you aim is Wimbledon or you are getting fit for new year or Just want to get back playing socially here are some tips on how get back yourself motivate for the new year for tennis…

1 Ring a mate and practice weekly

Having a mate to play with is obviously the best way to play by having a game and using it as a excuse to catch up on the change of ends. Build your network of training buddies and challenge yourself with different opponents. If you are new to the club try the box leagues, club nights or phone a coach for a lesson and they can help you network

2 Have a back up fitness plan if weather cancels your game i.e. go to gym, yoga, spin etc.

If the weather is bad go to the gym instead, try a circuit class or yoga for sports session. Therefore yo will keep fit and keep you strong and injury free and will help you keep a routine of practising on a certain night.

3 Book into a competition or tennis festival

By booking into a comp this gives you something to aim towards. It may be just a social event like the doubles night or may be you will finally go down to club night which scares you as they all look amazingly good. Either way challenge yourself in which just by turning up is achievement win or lose.

4 Set some training goals

Just hitting balls back and forth gets boring. So spice it up write down want you want your game to look like  and think what you want to improve .If you know the last match in your club comp you forehand was letting you down when attacking then practise it . Don’t write a whole list of errors as this will seem too much and will unmotivate you to train. Be realistic with the time you have and seek coaches advice or look on you tube.

5 Feel smug in Spring

By doing all the above until Easter means that come Easter you will feel a sense of achievement and you will feel smug compared to those fair weather players that will feel rusty and will have a long way to go in the spring


3 fro £75 on Private lessons 07702814351 Jon Cain

Return of Serve week – Session 5

One of the most under practiced shot is the return of serve. It is no secret but my one hand backhand return and many other’s is the weakest, once I am in the rally I know am have then a chance to win the point…so one of my goals is to improve over the next month ready for my return to comps for 2017.

Jon Cain’s tips for return….

1 Athletic Ready Position

2 Watch the ball toss and the servers action

3 Split step before the contact

4 Turn before the bounce – beat the bounce!

5 Decide on where you will hit – just over & in, to backhand, deep etc.

6 Contact infront

7 Recover to the middle before the ball bounces on the other side  . Hit with height to give you some time (unless they serve and volley)

FIRST SERVE RETURN – aim deep and at servers feet

SECOND SERVE RETURN – attack to the corners or backhand. approach the net of short

Make Competition enjoyable – Top Tips for Parents



Now is a great time to play some comps before the start of the Spring Season. At yellow ball level players should be competitions every 3 to 6 weeks, Mini Tennis players every 6 weeks. The point one league provides the opportunity as well as Aegon League in the Spring. It is a minefield out there when parents first enter competitions so here are some top tips for entering competitions…


  1. Plan ahead with a diary – Write down or the family events, other sporting fixtures, school trips etc. If there is lack of time then make some sacrifices on less important activities and but tennis
  2. Play Practice Matches – Play some sets with them or organize to play with their team mates. Tell them to take a football down to the club or table tennis bats so they play something after and make it a social event rather than a serious event. Take them to the Cafe after as a reward
  3. Enter the Right Level Competition – If too hard then the player will lose confidence, too easy then they will get bored and mess around. Best way to measure is their win / loss ratio. If 50 / 50 then this is the right level, if 75 / 25 then this is good, obviously 90 / 10 or 100 / 0 then too hard / easy. Check the gradings below…
  4. Enter with team mates and friends– Make it social and fun so when waiting around for other matches players can play football int eh park, table tennis in the club house etc.
  5. Reward their efforts not results – Reward their champion spirit, sportsmanship etc. and remind them of the benefits of exercise and that competing teaches life lessons like not giving up and treating others with respect.
  6. Make a day out a tournament trip – If your comp is in Chester than make a day of it and go to the Zoo, go shopping as family, treat them to a chocolate fudge cake at the local cafe. Lighten the mood on the long way back.

So get entering a comp today …


Grade 7/ 6 Internal Social Comps – Beginner / starter events

Grade 5 County Tour – Club players

Grade 4 County Tour – Club & County Players

Grade 3 Regional Tour – County Players





One Hand Backhand Clinic


Arguably Roger Federrer has one of the most stylish one hand backhand’s in the game. Wawrinka has the most powerful one hand backhand’s, in which backhand to backhand he could probably out rally Federrer. But Roger’s flair, touch and tactical mind beat the battle of the one backhand’s today.

Have a look at Federrer’s anticipation initiating the left foot to pivot and turn the whole body to face the singles line before the ball bounces. His quick movement allows him to beat the bounce and be in position early.

Federrer then drops the racket head so he can brush up the back of the ball and to lift the ball doubles the height of the net. The follow through see’s his head still on contact and through the hit zone. His head lifts as his arm’s just after the arms separates and the wrist turns outwards.

Most importantly after the shot he gets back into position to pounce on any short balls or to run round the next backhand and use his stringer forehand if on.


7TH FEB & 14TH FEB 10:30-12:00

15TH FEB 6:30PM


Set your goals for 2017

Player Goal Setting Sheet

Competition Goals – which comps do you want to peak for ? set a calendar of comps for the year

 Tactical Goals – What is you strength’s (e.g. inside out forehand )& weakness’s (backhand down the line) and build a game plan around your strength’s. practice patterns of play with a partner of coach.
Technical goals – what shots work and what let you down. get a coach or watch some you tube video’s

Physical Goals – Fitness can be broken down into Speed, Stamina, Strength & Suppleness. Maintain your strength and improve your weakness’s

Mental Goals – Does you mind wonder ? Maybe improve your concentration by tightening your racket strings or use positive self talk. Again a coach or reading up about mental toughness and skills training can help.


MacMillan coffee morning

A great way to play some doubles and raise money for MacMillan nurses charity. Winners will receive a prize from a local coffee shop knowing that the real winner is raising money and helping out in the community. Ideal for beginners and club level players

Wed 9th november 9:30am

Jack of all sports…good or bad??

No doubt you have been watching the olympics in which these athletes are dedicated to their sport. Hours of training on and off the court, pool, track, field etc. these athletes are only focused on one thing…winning a medal. However, as any of these athletes and I can assure they will have played numerous sports growing up before they found their feet in their chosen sport.

So can playing other sports help a tennis player?

As a adult club player I know I can play at level that challenges me yet requires just a little less dedication than olympic level. I often go running, play football with friends and golf when the weather is good. I just want to compete with friends or other people in a competition for fun knowing I am keeping fit and getting some fresh air (yet secretly thinking this is the biggest game in the world and it is a matter of life or death!) However, the higher you want to go up in any sport the more time, dedication and focus you need to perfect your craft. Many coaches go off the formula that it takes 10 years (10,000hrs) to grow a champion. Endless sessions on practising hitting balls to a cones, fitness sessions &  improving your technique can not be substituted for a game of golf and a beer every 2-3 days. Every athlete though needs a break from the repetition of training  and needs a break in which cross training can help.

Which Sports are best for children and adult to cross train with??

COMBAT – can be compared with tennis with boxers using co-ordination of feet and hands, fast reactions, high level s of fitness and requires good movement in a small space. Many pro tennis players have done pads and light sparring for off court training to improve speed and cardiovascular fitness.

TEAM SPORTS – Football and rugby require cardio, speed and power and are a great way to learn working as a team just like the GB Davis Cup Team. High skills levels are required, spatial awareness and social skills to get on with team mates. There is however a high risk injury in which can require 2-3 days recover, no good if you have a game mid week.

ATHLETICS – Running, throwing and jumping is required in tennis. Jessica Ennis’s Javelin throw is a similar action to a serve in which biomechanists have compared javelin throwers and the tennis serves to help learn the best action for a fastest throw/serve. Running of course is good for lasting for lon 3 set matches and sprinting can help you pick up a drop shot. However, after training to run a marathon last year I felt very slow picking up drops shots (or may be I am past my physical peak) but running for a long time like Mo can actually slow you down on the court. Also tennis requires changes of direction (agility) and running in a straight line for 100m will not help you run from backhand to forehand.

DANCING – The rhythm of a rally to a metronome beat may not be a obvious comparison to the royal ballet theatre. Federer is often said to have balletic movement and aesthetically would score 10/10. The timing of his movement and preparation to a shot is just amazing to watch in which could be a theatrical production in itself if you took the scoreboards and trophies away.

Either way play sport, keep fit but stay focused to tennis if you want to be a champion!!