ETCH-Swing - Wind resistance strengthening device by legend Pat Etcheberry!
The ETCH-Swing is a wind resistance strengthening device designed by legendary trainer Pat Etcheberry specifically for tennis coaches, trainers and players. An integral part of the training regimens of pros Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azaeenka, the ETCH-Swing allows you to merge movement drills with upper body strengthening for more efficient use of training time. It also reduces injuries and speeds up rehab when recovering from an injury.
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Introducing TennisOne 2.0 ProStrokes in Slow-Motion
Today we're introducing another TennisOne 2.0 feature that takes tennis instruction to a completely new level -- ProStrokes 2.0. Created with our new high-tech hardware and software, these amazingly clear slow-motion videos allow you to see and study the essence of the game--the movement, the strokes, the recovery--like you've never seen if before! Play sample from Serena Williams in ProStrokes 2.0 in this week's edition.
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Wild, Wild Women
Down goes Serena – twice pulling out of tournaments this month. Down goes Venus – withdrawing from LA. Ditto for Lindsay Davenport. Don’t expect to see much of Ana Ivanovic this summer in North America. Nor Maria Sharapova.
Don't expect to see too much of the Williams sisters in North America this summer.
They’re all far more eager to head to Beijing for the Olympics.
Now don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great how the Olympics has fueled the popularity and growth of tennis in many countries.
But at heart, the motivation for these players trekking to Beijing has hardly a thing to do towards what I thought was the main mission of summer: building intensity for the U.S. Open. The Olympics is ostensibly a perk, a chance for tennis players to enjoy being part of a greater culture of sport and fame.
In other words, every four years we can expect the North American summer hardcourt circuit to be gutted with excessive withdrawals, sparse fields and little of the highly-combative competition and rivalries that make tennis compelling. Do the players care that they are more or less slapping their own tour in the face? Why do I even ask?
But as a number of TennisOne readers kindly (and not so kindly) pointed out after I wrote a companion column about the men’s game, the truth is that there will also be a lot of superb tennis going on this summer.
Click Photo: Jelena Jankovic is on the brink of attaining the number one ranking. She indeed could be the star of the summer.
Even though she hasn’t even reached a Grand Slam final this year (or in her career), Jelena Jankovic is on the brink of attaining the number one ranking. She indeed could be the star of the summer. Having already played more events over the last 12 months than any player in the top seven, Jankovic’s superb movement, backhand and counterpunching skills make her an engaging player to watch. My hope is that she beefs up her serve and is still in sharp form come U.S. Open time.
Down the ranks, how can one astutely assess the likes of Ivanovic, Sharapova or the Williams sisters when they’re hardly to be seen? It’s frustrating, and cruising the Internet to find out what time their Olympic matches will be is hardly going to make things better. Probably not until the second week of the U.S. Open will we have any idea how well these superstars are playing.
Down the Ranks
So instead, let’s look down the ranks to see who might well gain from this summer’s wide open universe. I’ve been impressed this year by the resiliency of Elena Dementieva. Her rock-solid baseline game has been quite forceful. It would be great to see if she made a big run in New York. I’ve less faith in such other veterans as the engaging Patty Schnyder, the kindly Daniela Hantuchova, and the mercurial Nadia Petrova. And I’m massively clueless when it comes to assessing Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her tools are significant, but it’s hard to tell what goes on in her head on big occasions.
Click Photo: Out from under the shadow of her struggling brother, Dinara Safina could pose a major threat at this year's Open.
But it’s the younger players who have the most upside. Anna Chakvetadze, Agnieszka Radwanska, Victoria Azarenka, Agnes Szavay, and Alize Cornet all stand on the brink of making big moves. Chakvetadze has been around a bit longer, and last year’s run to the U.S. Open semis was impressive. It will be interesting to see how the others compete in New York. Like Chakvetadze, Radwanska is an adroit counterpuncher. The others have big-time power, so let’s see if each can harness it in the year’s last Slam.
Then there are the awkward adolescents. Dinara Safina’s run to the French Open finals was perhaps a breakout. Still only in her teens, Nicole Vaidisova has stumbled up, down, and back up. This spring she ended her coaching relationship with her stepfather to work with David Felgate (former coach of Tim Henman). I’ll be curious to see how she enhances her game. Marion Bartoli’s playing style and tortured demeanor have earned her a cult following. It’s a pity that she has such a horrible service motion and often competes with the joy of a dental patient.
So many women, so many depleted tournaments – and the U.S. Open less than a month away. It’s a great time for someone to step up and grab hold of the year. Or better yet: Justine, we miss you dearly.
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The Secret to Controlled Power, part 3
The third segment in Doug King's series on how to hit with control based on the "Wave Theory." In tennis the body moves in a linked system but not by passing energy along in a linear fashion (which is more whip like). Instead it rolls energy in cohesive, integrated, fluid swirls. In this article Doug examines how the small segments of the body, specifically the hands, work in the wave system.
The Pro Warm Up
Ever wonder how the pros seem to get to every ball and never appear off balance? Here, Pat Dougherty uses a ten year old Russin girl named Liza to demonstrate an exercise he calls the "Pro Warm Up." The objective of this exercise is to establish a strong and steady athletic foundation just like the pros. Pros want to feel comfortable that their timing is good on court and the pro warm up will quickly get you to that point.
ProStrokes 2.0 - Serena Williams' Forehand
Serena has answered many questions this year about her motivation, her fitness, and her commitment to another run to the top of the game. Quite simply, she looks good, and were it not for the dominant performance of her older sister, she would likely be holding yet another Wimbledon title. Her ground game is essentially a simplified version of the Agassi or Safin model. That is she holds the baseline, keeps her weight against the ball, and meets the it early when an opportunity presents itself. Turn early, simplify the racquet work, keep your weight against the ball. Serena provides the model. Check out Serena's forehand in the all new ProStrokes 2.0
The Etcheberry Experience DVD
For more than twenty years Pat Etcheberry has been providing athletes from around the world with the winning edge. We call this the Etcheberry Experience, and players with an Etcheberry experience have hoisted Championship Trophies at over one hundred major championships, including 28 Australian Opens, 18 Wimbledons, 22 UP Opens, 22 French Opens and 15 Olympic medals.
And now it's your turn! This is your chance to experience the same drills, exercises and words of tennis wisdom that Pat gave to Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Hingis, Jim Courier, Justine Henin-Hardenne, and others, that helped launch them on their incredible careers. For the first time, Pat Etcheberry shares his training secrets in a series of DVDs for players of all ages, their coaches, and trainers.
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