I am so excited to announce the arrival of IJP Tennis's newest team member: Kel Orsi. Kel comes to us with over 18 years of coaching experience. He started in Australia and has traveled the world, working in many high-level programs including Chris Evert Tennis Academy. His coaching expertise is evidenced by the many successful juniors he has developed, and the top-100 ATP players who have trusted him as a coach and trainer.
I had the pleasure of working with Kel in London for 7 years, and I gained tremendously from his wealth of knowledge. Kel's attention to detail on technique is unmatched by any coach I have seen during my playing and coaching careers. Not only are our players lucky to have Kel on board, I feel very fortunate to be able to again work side-by-side with the best coach I know. It's rare to find a coach who has knowledge, playing ability, and a great personality. Kel ticks all the boxes, and our kids are going to benefit greatly from him.
This week, we attended a level 3 tournament to support one of our up-and-coming 10 & under juniors. It's so satisfying to see the progress of young players. Watching a junior's on-court tennis skills improve is one thing. Witnessing a young player learn how to carry him/herself during competition and develop mental toughness and composure that helps them off the court is whole other experience. It brings me so much satisfaction. Tennis is about so much more than just forehands and backhands.
Two weeks in, and we have our first junior groups up and running. Last week, we held our first Orange Ball class, and this Thursday will mark the start of our elite program. We plan to start our Green Ball groups during the week of November 21st.
What a unbelievable start to our program! Thank you again to all of our great families. Feel free to drop me any questions or comments you may have.
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