The Fourth of July break roughly marked the halfway point for our first summer of IJP Tennis, and it has been an amazing summer thus far. I wanted to use the occasion to let you know how things are going.
Summertime is a great opportunity for budding tennis stars to make their biggest improvements of the year. There are no day-to-day stresses associated with school or homework, and tennis is a welcome relief from the "I'm bored" syndrome! Summer provides the opportunity to increase time on court, resulting in more balls hit, leading to greater volume of stroke repetition for accelerated improvements.
In Arizona, however, we can only get so many hours on court during the summer. It gets unbelievably hot here! With temperatures exceeding 110 degrees, and extremely low humidity, it can get dangerous. Safety is critical: sunscreen, hats, hydration, frequent breaks, and shade. Our summertime schedule was built around the Arizona heat and the belief that we can achieve quality practices during the "cool" periods of the day.
I have been so pleased with all of our players this summer. I have seen some awesome improvements. Our younger players have been developing hitting patterns and complex spin serves, and our Green and Yellow ballers, who have been grinding away in the mornings to beat the heat, have been working on an array of tough exercises involving complex footwork and movement patterns.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Enjoy Wimbledon!
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