Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tennis Equals Better Students and Better Lives

Did you know that a recent USTA study of high school students and adolescents concluded that tennis participation by America's youth influences them in demonstrably positive ways? 

Compared with non-athletes and participants in many other sports, young tennis players enjoy better grades, devote more hours to study, think more about the future, and aspire more to college and careers.


"The evidence shows that tennis participation is clearly linked with educational achievement, health and social involvement among U.S. adolescents," remarked Don Sabo, Ph.D., lead researcher. 

Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director of USTA Serves, added: "Hopefully, this research will encourage and promote more tennis in classes, school(s) and sports programs so that students across the country will reap these important education and health benefits."

Tennis is indeed a sport of opportunity and betterment. 

Best, 
Gary

For more information, see: 
"New Report Shows Tennis Players Make Better Grades", Tennis Now (Feb. 26, 2013)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lessons from Golf: Jack Nicklaus and Playing Within Yourself

"The most important thing you can do is learn who you are  . . . what your abilities are, what your shortcomings are, what your long-suit is . . . if you can take advantage of your long-suit, and minimize your shortcomings  . . .  if you can play smart, play within yourself, you'll be a good player."

--Jack Nicklaus
Hall of Fame Golfer
April 10, 2013
Interview on "Charlie Rose" Show

Sunday, August 25, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama at the US Open 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Flushing Meadows, NY

First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at the 2013 US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and urged America's kids to be active in tennis. 


She applauded the USTA's efforts to promote kid-friendly tennis. 

Mrs. Obama is promoting the White House's "Let's Move" initiative to encourage kids to stay fit and eat healthy. 

Well done, First Lady!

Gary

Friday, August 16, 2013

Historical Greats: Steffi Graf - The Calendar Year Golden Slam Winner

Steffi Graf is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player of all time.
 

Graf was ranked No. 1 by the WTA for a record 377 total weeks, the most ever for any player man or woman. She won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. 

And in 1988, Graf achieved a feat unprecedented for any player in history, male or female - the fabled "Calendar Year Golden Slam" - winning all 4 Grand Slam titles and the Olympic Gold medal in the same calendar year.

Here's a video tribute to the great Steffi Graf.

Video: SportsHistoryUniverse
Time: Apx. 52 minutes




Sunday, August 11, 2013

Video: All About Touch Tennis



By: Trans World Sport
Time: Apx. 7 1/2 minutes

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tennis Quote of the Day: The Reset Button

"One characteristic shared by all great champions is that they know how to hit the reset button. A bad loss might sting, but it doesn't linger. There's always a new challenge around the corner, another mountain to be climbed."
  
--Chris Evert, 18-time Grand Slam Champion, World No. 1 (7 Years), "Forging Ahead", Tennis Magazine (Sept.-Oct. 2013), Page 6.