Monday, October 10, 2016

*after a hiatus in blogging I decided I would not write as regular and give tennis a chance to lift its game especially in New Zealand , sadly in a lot of areas it has declined further I am back to call it as it is . These are my own personal views *

My first article back is named the Impossible dream. It's good to have goals and dreams however your dreams may differ from a realistic goal you can achieve, Unfortunately, young juniors are influenced by charlatan tennis coaches ,giving juniors the Impossible Dream!

Here are some of the most recent unethical statements from supposed high-performance coaches who in my point of view have a gift of the gab , large ego and see dollar signs in pupil and parents eyeballs. I mean what coach would tell a pupil they will win the French Open Junior Title!.I will swim back to Australia if that happens in the next ten years by a Kiwi Junior tennis player.

I saw a segment on the News ..a great story until the tennis coach opened his mouth predicting top one 100 for this player. "Sorry this won't happen". New Zealand  has good tennis players just no one of that caliber in Men's Tennis . We have doubles players someone is shouting out in cyber space...I politely return banter WHO CARES! Marina Erakovic is a fantastic role model however, I boldly state that no kiwi junior girl player currently has her  work ethics or ability. The pick of the bunch is Ivanov who trains and lives in Australia and no doubt with Australia having grand slam wild cards to offer the temptation of turning Australian is a more attractive offer if she continues to improve.

Coaches in this country are the worst for poaching other coaches pupils,,,a short whisper into a parent's ear praising their child and then gives them THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM scenario.
Well done coach another pupil paying $500 a week at a beaut academy .

Which brings me to the money part in that IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, which is fueled by rich parents who play the game through their child's eye. Tennis is and always will be an elitist sport. We have a lot of talented athletes in New Zealand.Tennis does not attract them and the answer to the equation WHY is affordability.

Most New Zealand older juniors opt for a USA College Scholarship ..great goal any handy junior player can achieve one . What i don't get many who have graduated come back to tennis coaching in NZ .My advice get a real Job.

The Impossible dream driven by over the top parent is alive and well ! They refuse to look outside the box or are not given the appropriate advice by the some cases, they are.Guess what they swap coaches until they get to hear that pathetic soothsayer prediction will win the French Open! Sorry for being cynical ..or just delivering the truth.

I hope you do get your dream but it has to be realistic advice stay away from coaches "with the gift of the gab"


Friday, July 1, 2016

The Games we Play

Viktor raged: You're terrible, the worst in the world! Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki completely lost his nerve at the finish details Albert Ramos, who lost 3-2 in sets "Fault (fault), fault," exclaimed Troicki, and then went to get the ball to show the judge that it was left lime and did not hit the line.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Australian Open Tennis 2016

Ok Ive been on a hiatus , I have been keeping the tigers eye on tennis events so first post for a while won't be watching early rounds of the women's as they battle for the best scream loudest grunt and best dress. The men's tennis will be ok to watch as early rounds will sought out the Men from the boys. Will Bernard Tomic continue his voice impressions ? How long will it take Nick Kyrgios to get a code violation, Will we have to watch another Hewitt Five setter and which Aussie Women except for Stosur will be singing I now call Australia home. I will say the two women players I refuse to watch Wozniacki and Stosur both went out first round.Typical and that's the reason I don't watch them most times they could not fight their way out of a wet paper bag in Grand-slam's.

One day in and French Player Benoit Paire wins the first SOUR GRAPES award.Read Here
You either LOVE Nick Kyrgios or HATE him this year I am on Team Nick ! Read Here
Two young Americans to watch out for this year Noah Rubin Read Here and Taylor Fritz read here both players of potential especially Fritz. And Australia teen Omar Jasika won his first round match yesterday certainly is a grinder .Read Here.

Will Nadal be a threat this year watch my short video of Nadal in practice HERE. It was not a bad day 1 with news of betting scandal ...any one want to back Cilic?


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Its Ok To be a pusher

I need to republish this post , recently I heard comments which relates to this subject! Wrote this in 2012.....

This is my first post for some time and I hope to get back with more regular entry's.Through out my coaching career I have heard parents and players use the excuse of losing a match to the fact their opposition is a pusher...What is a tennis pusher? Tennis pushers are the types of players that do not play glamorous tennis, yet they are able to win tennis matches through their keen use of tennis strategy and placement.The player and their parent have to get over the loss and not just put it down to the "pusher they played" and work out why they were able to beat little " Johnny or Mary" Usually this type of player has the ability to make their opponents play one more shot..keeps the ball deep and doe not make errors. They dont have the attacking skills of a Federer and not able to hit winners at will but play a very conservative game.To often players write this loss off to a "pusher" as an excuse and they must address their shortcomings.I often here Parents say " oh he was just a pusher that's why he/she beat my child, who would want to play like that." Hello Mum and Dad! a tennis match is all about winning! Obviously that player had the correct game and tactics to beat your rising star who obviously does not like hitting lots of shots and try's to finish the point to quickly.Tennis pushers are usually dreaded opponents because they seem to make you beat yourself. Im guessing in the pro men's David Ferrer or Bernard Tomic could be called a pusher, Ferrer makes you play a lot of balls, hes fast and has good control, Tomic is unorthodox hits slices, slower balls , drop-shots etc. So many of us have lost to these sort of players and they leave the court shaking their heads wondering how they could of lost to a player like that.

The "eyes" tips for success against a so called Pusher.

1. Keep your feet moving! You have to work harder no pace on the ball makes you make the play , slow footwork will not work against a person who gets the ball back with no pace.

2.Be patient the "put away shot will eventually come" keep control and make the player work hard eventually your power game will force a short shot for the winner.

3.A smart pusher will try to get in your head space! They will thrive on your negative body language or the verbal comments "this guys a pusher!" the more they see your frustration the more they will keep doing what they are doing!

Its true no one likes playing a "pusher" follow a game plan and stick to it and you should come out on top, often players self destruct with frustration .Keep your focus on winning the match let nothing distract you.And for all you pushers out there! Keep doing what you have to do to get a win!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Certainly would like to hear more

Yesterday I received a comment on my blog. I certainly have not been active lately  as with Tennis in NZ especially at the top area of the game and Admin it seems like you hit your head against a brick wall.However I will post this comment and will follow up

"Hi Steve, I recommend you speak to the parents of 2 of the girls who are no longer with Tennis NZ. Believe me, they have the inside scoop and it is not pretty. And what is with the recent selection they have made for a play-off tournament to win a trip to Singapore? No sign of our top players?? Is this because they want to guarantee that their precious elite kids win the prize? Looking at the calibre of kids they have selected, Tennis NZ is going to be the laughing stock of the tennis world. "

If anyone else can follow up on recent selections and current high performance program please contact me, You can find me on facebook, email or leave a comment on this post.

In general readers are you happy with the state of the game? Coaching ? this blog always attracts a lot of attention so happy to air views and follow up and make my own comments.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios: I have sex before a big game even if you should abstain from it

Long Time no see everyone! I have had good intentions to write but lacked motivation , so here I am and hopefully back to give you some news and opinions.

With the French Open on I bet everyone is interested in this Article.Yep really puts tennis right out there!Read the article HERE

I mean can you imagine Rodger Federer coming out with this! Lets face it Rodger is so perfect i could imagine him having the immaculate conception , and nick.... he has 4 kids to prove he has had sex...Well I certainly enjoyed reading the comments .Here are a few for your enjoyment.

I am prepared to give Nick the benefit of the doubt , I am disillusioned with mainstream media. If true Nick save these comments for the bedroom, I am only interested in watching you play tennis.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Federer to Win!

I have been skeptical that Rodger could add another Grandslam title, but i do believe he can lift that Wimbledon trophy once again! Djoker will have to play his best , Roger if all things are even has the better game and especially for grass!His semi final against Raonic did not take that much out of Fed and if he gets that first set under his belt I think he will be unstoppable!

Petra Kvitova destroyed Young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-0 61 points to 37 points. Eugenie is not gaining many friends on tour  , just comes over a little too cocky , and Laura Robson once best friend deleted her from twitter after Nick Saviano who coaches both players was spending more time with Eugenie. Believe me being a coach you just cannot win!

Look at New Zealander Simon Rea who has been Nick Kyrgios coach for the past 18 months and now looks to be parting ways after Nicks best performance ever.This is the nature of tennis as with Andy Murray changing coaches and rumor has it the Murray Camp is far from Happy, Caroline Wozniacki has a new coach every week. Just locally in the Junior scene this happens a lot , we have a lot of parents here that somehow with no experience become a wealth of knowledge on the tennis scene and think they are a coach.The other problem is coaches finding the magic fairy dust and convincing parents they can work miracles.And for most to become top 100 it has to be a miracle!Hard work and as little distraction possible helps chase goals.The other important aspect is defining potential , due to circumstances, money, ability,weapons,location will and want , I see many parents wanting it more than their child..and if that's the case you really are looking for magic fairy dust. All these factors will combine to allow you to reach your potential but not every one has the potential to reach top 100! Sometimes the answer is on your front doorstep, so many exit via the back door! 

Breaking News Krygios is returning to Canberra and his childhood coach Todd Larkham . 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wimby News- In with the New out with the Old

All I can say is wow! Australian Nick Kyrgios came of age defeating World Number 1 Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon. Today he backs up against Milos Raonic of Canada.I hope Nick can serve as well as he did yesterday but this will be a completely different type of match , after beating a champion can he back up today ? will be tough!

1. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19]
2. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11]
3. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]

NO.1 COURT - 12:00PM
1. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13] v Angelique Kerber (GER) [9]
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Marin Cilic (CRO) [26]

3. Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rosol was that the best you could do--Knock over Rafa's Waterbottle

Matches Today

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Gilles Simon (FRA)
2. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [6] v Venus Williams (USA) [30]
3. Andy Murray (GBR) [3] v Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [27]
NO.1 COURT - 1:00PM
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) v Na Li (CHN) [2]
2. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) [21]
3. Marin Cilic (CRO) [26] v Tomas Berdych (CZE) [6]
NO.2 COURT - 11:30AM
1. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
2. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [15] vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
3. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [4]
4. Jamie Murray (GBR) [14] / John Peers (AUS) [14] v
Jamie Delgado (GBR) / Gilles Muller (LUX)
NO.3 COURT - 11:30AM
1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [16] v Ana Konjuh (CRO)
2. Jimmy Wang (TPE) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [14]
3. Lucie Safarova (CZE) [23] v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [10]
COURT 12 - 11:30AM
1. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [19] v Ante Pavic (CRO)
2. James Ward (GBR) / Anna Smith (GBR) v
Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Shuai Zhang (CHN)
3. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
COURT 18 - 11:30AM
1. Belinda Bencic (SUI) v Victoria Duval (USA)
2. Marcel Granollers (ESP) [30] vs Santiago Giraldo (COL)
3. Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)
COURT 8 - 11:30AM
1. Klara Koukalova (CZE) / Monica Niculescu (ROU) v
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [16] / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [16]
2. Bob Bryan (USA) [1] / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] v
Matthew Ebden (AUS) / Samuel Groth (AUS)
3. Pablo Cuevas (URU) [16] / David Marrero (ESP) [16] v
Austin Krajicek (USA) / Donald Young (USA)
COURT 16 - 11:30AM
1. Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [22]
2. Shuai Peng (CHN) v Lauren Davis (USA)
3. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Karin Knapp (ITA) v
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [5] / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [5]
4. Andre Begemann (GER) / Olga Savchuk (UKR) v
Florin Mergea (ROU) / Elina Svitolina (UKR)
5. Robin Haase (NED) / Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) v
Daniele Bracciali (ITA) / Karin Knapp (ITA)
COURT 17 - 11:30AM
1. Kevin Anderson (RSA) [20] v Fabio Fognini (ITA) [16]
2. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Tereza Smitkova (CZE)
3. Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA) v
Marcel Granollers (ESP) [6] / Marc Lopez (ESP) [6]
4. Mate Pavic (CRO) / Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
1. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) [13] / Michaella Krajicek (NED) [13] v
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) / Samantha Stosur (AUS)
2. Liezel Huber (USA) [15] / Lisa Raymond (USA) [15] v
Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Renata Voracova (CZE)
3. Martin Emmrich (GER) / Michaella Krajicek (NED) v
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)
4. Treat Huey (PHI) / Lisa Raymond (USA) v
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) / Liezel Huber (USA)
COURT 6 - 11:30AM
1. Julien Benneteau (FRA) [4] / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [4] v
Andre Begemann (GER) / Lukas Rosol (CZE)
2. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) [11] / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) [11] v
Madison Keys (USA) / Alison Riske (USA)
3. Lukas Rosol (CZE) / Klara Koukalova (CZE) v
Martin Klizan (SVK) / Belinda Bencic (SUI)
4. Henri Kontinen (FIN) / Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) v
Chris Guccione (AUS) / Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)
COURT 7 - 11:30AM
1. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) / Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v
Mate Pavic (CRO) / Andre Sa (BRA)
2. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) / Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) / Arina Rodionova (AUS)
3. Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v
Oliver Marach (AUT) / Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
4. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) vs
Lauren Davis (USA) / Monica Puig (PUR)
COURT 10 - 11:30AM
1. Jonathan Marray (GBR) / John-Patrick Smith (AUS) v
Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) [15] / Marcin Matkowski (POL) [15]
2. Naomi Broady (GBR) / Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) vs
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) [7] / Abigail Spears (USA) [7]
3. Scott Lipsky (USA) / Jie Zheng (CHN) v
Colin Fleming (GBR) / Jocelyn Rae (GBR)
4. Neal Skupski (GBR) / Naomi Broady (GBR) v
Robert Farah (COL) / Darija Jurak (CRO)
COURT 11 - 11:30AM
1. Zarina Diyas (KAZ) / Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) v
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) [12] / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [12]
2. Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) / Jiri Vesely (CZE) v
Eric Butorac (USA) [13] / Raven Klaasen (RSA) [13]
3. Dustin Brown (GER) / Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v
Daniel Nestor (CAN) [3] / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [3]
4. Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) / Janette Husarova (SVK) v
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) / Megan Moulton-Levy (USA)
Not Before: 5.00pm
1. Ross Hutchins (GBR) / Heather Watson (GBR) v
Mikhail Elgin (RUS) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
Not Before: 5.00pm
1. Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Johanna Konta (GBR) v
Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Marina Erakovic (NZL)
The Committee, while adhering as closely as possible to the o

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Todays Wimby Schedule - My Picks in yellow

1. Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2]
2. Angelique Kerber (GER) [9] v Heather Watson (GBR)
3. Gilles Muller (LUX) v Roger Federer (SUI) [4]
NO.1 COURT - 1:00PM
1. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
2. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [5] v Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
3. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5]
NO.2 COURT - 11:30AM
1. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [13] v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
2. Sam Querrey (USA) vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [14]
3. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) [13]
4. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) [15] v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
5. Simona Halep (ROU) [3] v Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
NO.3 COURT - 11:30AM
1. Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] v Jack Sock (USA)
2. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [11] v Jie Zheng (CHN)
3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Sabine Lisicki (GER) [19]
4. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v John Isner (USA) [9]
COURT 12 - 11:30AM
1. Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Gael Monfils (FRA) [24]
2. Andrea Petkovic (GER) [20] v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
3. Klara Koukalova (CZE) [31] v Madison Keys (USA)
4. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [19] v Ante Pavic (CRO)
COURT 18 - 11:30AM
1. Denis Kudla (USA) v Kei Nishikori (JPN) [10]
2. Zarina Diyas (KAZ) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [15]
3. Marcel Granollers (ESP) [30] v Santiago Giraldo (COL)
COURT 8 - 11:30AM
1. Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
2. Julian Reister (GER) v Denis Istomin (UZB)
3. Donna Vekic (CRO) v Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
4. Belinda Bencic (SUI) v Victoria Duval (USA)
COURT 16 - 11:30AM
1. Petra Cetkovska (CZE) v Alize Cornet (FRA) [25]
2. Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v Tommy Robredo (ESP) [23]
3. Alize Cornet (FRA) / Caroline Garcia (FRA) v 
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)
4. Bob Bryan (USA) [1] / Mike Bryan (USA) [1] v 
Matthew Ebden (AUS) / Samuel Groth (AUS)
COURT 17 - 11:30AM
1. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [22] v Simone Bolelli (ITA)
2. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) [24]
3. Alison Riske (USA) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)
4. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) / Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v 
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) / Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
1. Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) / Igor Zelenay (SVK) v
Jonathan Marray (GBR) / John-Patrick Smith (AUS)
2. Liezel Huber (USA) [15] / Lisa Raymond (USA) [15] v 
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) / Katarzyna Piter (POL)
3. Benjamin Becker (GER) / Oliver Marach (AUT) v 
Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) / Jiri Vesely (CZE)
4. Eric Butorac (USA) / Timea Babos (HUN) v 
Philipp Oswald (AUT) / Yvonne Meusburger (AUT)
COURT 5 - 11:30AM
1. Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Scott Lipsky (USA) v 
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) / Paul Hanley (AUS)
2. Mate Pavic (CRO) / Andre Sa (BRA) v 
Treat Huey (PHI) [10] / Dominic Inglot (GBR) [10]
3. Leander Paes (IND) [5] / Radek Stepanek (CZE) [5] v 
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
COURT 6 - 11:30AM
1. Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v 
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) / Igor Sijsling (NED)
2. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) [11] / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) [11] v 
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) / Shuai Zhang (CHN)
3. Rohan Bopanna (IND) [8] / Aisam Qureshi (PAK) [8] v 
Frantisek Cermak (CZE) / Mikhail Elgin (RUS)
4. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) / Saisai Zheng (CHN) v 
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) [9] / Jie Zheng (CHN) [9]
COURT 7 - 11:30AM
1. Julien Benneteau (FRA) [4] / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [4] v 
Daniele Bracciali (ITA) / Jonathan Erlich (ISR)
2. Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v 
Alexander Peya (AUT) [2] / Bruno Soares (BRA) [2]
3. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) v 
Lauren Davis (USA) / Monica Puig (PUR)
4. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Karin Knapp (ITA) v 
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [5] / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [5]
COURT 9 - 11:30AM
1. Bradley Klahn (USA) / Michael Venus (NZL) v 
Austin Krajicek (USA) / Donald Young (USA)
2. Eva Hrdinova (CZE) / Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v 
Andreja Klepac (SLO) / Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP)
3. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA) v 
Robin Haase (NED) / Jesse Huta Galung (NED)
4. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) / Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v 
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) / Arina Rodionova (AUS)
COURT 10 - 11:30AM
1. Frank Dancevic (CAN) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
2. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v Kaia Kanepi (EST)
3. Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Simon Stadler (GER) v 
Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA)
4. Naomi Broady (GBR) / Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) v 
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) [7] / Abigail Spears (USA) [7]

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wimby News

Well done young Aussie Nick Kyrgios who won his first round over night as did the Little Aussie Battler Lleyton Hewitt both in with a chance next match! I have to say how lucky is Andy Murray with draws have you ever noticed his easy run in many Slams! Well Gulbis is a character and here is a little from his presser commenting on Vampires ...I mean umpires!

And I always enjoy Rafa pressers

Looking fwd to overnight matches .

I pull my Hair out trying to understand Tennis in New Zealand- by Tony Osborne

I am really a fan of tennis but living in New Zealand its just a thought bubble that bursts rather quickly for most people.In fact the trouble with the governing body I am pretty sure they govern by thought bubbles.I try not to go on the TNZ website but I subscribe to the newsletter passing shots sometimes I think it should be named passing wind.I have not written for the eye for sometime but I thought I should once again add my opinions.I am disgusted that no Live Wimbledon is available for non Sky subscribers, I cant afford it and don't like giving money to tycoons like Rupert Murdoch.

Thanks Passing shots for keeping us up to date with Wimbledon airing maybe you were to embarrassed to publish the fact but then when the CEO newsletter has this to say "Whilst most of us are well and truly in hibernation mode for the winter, there are a number of Kiwi tennis players flying the flag in the northern hemisphere." Mr Johns have not you and your High Performance team thought that playing tennis for about 5-6 months of the year is a major problem we have in trying to promote and develop the sport and world class tennis players?.Now I just wanted to make sure that they had identified this in the new strategy papers and guess what NO! You made a correct call Mr CEO! tennis is indeed in Hibernation.

I have asked the "eye" could I include a response from former National tennis Coach Mike Mooney and below is his opinion and observations.

The near demise and extinction of the team events 12's 14's 16's along with the 18's several years ago .Basically wipes out any other system other than an elite pay as you can afford system.We see this in the elite schools now dominating sport.

No longer are players from lower social  economic backgrounds able to advance in the sport of tennis Money or the lack of it has cut funding to our National teams dismantled any level playing field.

Thanks to Mr Johns and the former Chairman successive chairs and CEOs we have a desert for opportunity.

Is it any wonder players are seeking other homes in other countries. So much for the rock Star economy

I constantly am in touch with other sports coaches and administrators and it is obvious we have a take over from the top down. Funding to pay the astronomical salaries of our so called elite administrators enables very little of the remaining funds to reach the development levels in the regions.

We are now seeing Regional program's being substituted by a National system which has become God in determining who will succeed . This system was tried and failed in the 90's failed No one can pick and choose who wins and who losers at the age of 7 or 8 years of age.

Centralization of the sports,many have been shifted to the Millennium center, ensures not only the rest of NZ being disenfranchised but concentrates all the decision making in one small area with a small group of elites.

Our own swim coach, surf life saving, CEO has unfettered license to further harm Tennis and our game.
When are we as a Nation going to understand centralization of power and resources only leads to more waste,less vision,corruption and fraud.

The current situation mirrors not just sport but our entire Westminster democracy.

We see less referendum less discussion and we are heading towards situation where all the assets accumulated over 160 years of sweat and blood are going to all end up in one balance sheet. Sparc or whoever they determine to call themselves. Re branding does not exonerate the sins of the past.

What we have here is less democracy more centralization. My only suggestion is if NZ Tennis continue to refuse to listen to the voices of discontent common sence and will not acknowledge the dire state of the game and here I Quote Onny Parun we sit at the edge of oblivion. Then oblivion is what we reap.

Then I say there is only one solution get out and stop feeding the parasite that is making a meal out of our game its history and the good tennis people who still process a passion for the game at the grass roots level.

Ask one simple question for all my compliance costs and my fees what have I really got that is worth staying in the system?

Vote now for tennis and for all those in other sports watching their sports be hi -jacked by Govt or Corporate interests I say do the same. Begin again at the bottom where it all began any way.

Leave,starve the beast.Go back and concentrate on the clubs save the affiliation fees and put them into players and player's development.

I say the same for all the other sports.Diversity of thought and practice is what made us successful. I have no desire to be cloned into NZ Tennis image of where they think the game should go.Vote with your feet and your money save it for groceries or your kids

Please comment it is still your right to have an opinion

Michael Mooney former NZ player and coach

I found the above very interesting and also more of CEO John's newsletter

"Tennis NZ recently received praise for its new Participation and Coaching Strategies. Both strategies have been listed in a new “Planning in Sport” document published by Sport New Zealand as being examples of “best practice” in the sector."

I am now starting to worry about this as I have read the strategy's and if they have been praised did people who have read them really and truly take this as gospel and Sport New Zealand do you really understand Tennis in New Zealand?If you did then you would know their are very large black holes in each document! The recent National Juniors Teams event not one mention of it being part of the High Performance Strategy!In fact you may as well say it was overlooked and tried to be put in hibernation permanently.

Michael touched on the expense of tennis , not one plan to keep Juniors involved in this sport.Again coming back to the newsletter I was ashamed and embarrassed that TNZ has to resort to this "Last week, our Boys 14U NZ team of Finn Reynolds, Macsen Sisam and Chris Zhang, departed for Europe to commence preparation for the 2014 ITF World Junior Tennis World Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic (4-9 August). This is the first time since 2006 that a Kiwi boys team has qualified for the World Finals where they will compete against 15 other nations to determine the World Champions for 2014. We wish the team and Captain Marcel Vos, all the very best for the tournament. As we mentioned last week, we are trialing a new fundraising strategy for this tour via Givealittle. Please visit the View the Tennis NZ 14U Boys Team cause page for more information. Thank you for your support! "

So with interest I went to the site and the headline was this


Now I congratulate all the boys who achieved this a great effort but I condemn TNZ for not financing this and asking for donations!I really could help in freeing up finances for TNZ 

Stop  the waste and if you want an example flying and accommodating the special Think tank group in Auckland just Skype! The think tank group is made up off TNZ selected people from each region.This is on top of regional CEO's meetings which should of already discussed regional matters and idea's. This is  just one I have a few more.

As I read further I started pulling more hair from my head! While in Europe, the boys will be joined by targeted athletes Valentina Ivanov, Tiana Windbuchler and Tharubphet Homkrun. Also joining the tour is Emelia Price from the Southern region and Tennis NZ coach Lan Bale. The Europe Tour is considered an important piece of Tennis New Zealand’s new Players Development Strategy, giving New Zealand’s top juniors the opportunity to train and compete on clay, an unfamiliar surface to most Kiwis.

So I did some research on these players one is only 10 or just turned 11 can I ask which sensible Coach or National body would suggest an undertaking of this magnitude for a junior such as this that still cries under duress of matches! This is a big mistake Tennis NZ and Sport New Zealand...simply at this age they are not ready and who knows what true potential will be! 10 and 11 and even 12 are way to young , even Tennis Australia do not take this on for this age ...gets me thinking that's why parents with stars in their eye will go for this...( current NZ But can change citizenship at a later date)

Some  cannot beat their peers locally in Australasia and until that can happen in the 14 age group forget 150 in the world.Now I also found out Lan Bale is not there until after Wimbledon commitments with Michael Venus who is playing doubles.They get a replacement some local yokel from the South Island instead of the experienced Bale.

This week I again mistakenly read Passing Shots and I found a report on what is happening with the targeted tennis players in Europe who after reading the strategy papers will be Top 150 in 6 years time ...did you read this Sport New Zealand?

If only Marina Erakovic had these strategy's when she was young she could be world number 1 not hovering around 50 .

Tennis New Zealand High Performance Coach Marcel Vos reports from Holland.
 The training here at the Academy in Amsterdam is a fantastic opportunity for Tennis New Zealand’s Targeted Athletes to train, adjust to claycourt tennis, and prepare for the upcoming tournament schedule. Its a fantastic facility with 16 outdoor clay and 8 indoor courts, gym, physio, basketbal, table tennis and a great restaurant. We have been running a full time tennis program which includes physical and mental support as well as yoga sessions. 
There is also a brand new on court analyses tool available to us which is an amazing new tool measuring everything you can imagine. 
This new feature, PlaySight TM Smart Court, is installed on 2 courts and features a game changing after action review system. With just 4 fully automated cameras PlaySight Smart Court gives real-time and after action review with complete debriefing solutions, auto stats, biomechanical analysis and 3D tactical game management. All your activity and motion are automatically recorded, analyzed and uploaded into the where you can review your performance instantly and share it with others.
Sounds like they are having a wonderful time at Disneyland, nice restaurant, 
and the Playsight Ride hope they use the fast pass for that. If only this was a
around when Rafael Nadal was younger he would of become World Number 1 .
whoops he is World No 1.Maybe NZ players are like the British 

Britain's young tennis players are too soft and lazy to make it to the top says the new chief of the LTA

Michael Downey says talented youngsters have it too good in this country and must toughen up and learn to fight for their lives


Well tomorrow I'm going to submit Part 2 . But this is enough hair pulling for one day!