MISSION STATEMENT – PHILOSOPHY TAA does not just give individual tennis lesson, TAA has an academy approach, everything is done in progressions. TAA works on the 4 main tennis aspects to bring out the best out of any individual. Most of what we know in life we learnt implicitly, at TAA we keep that in mind especially when working with the much younger kids. TAA aims to create the perfect learning atmospheres.
forehand- running,topspin,inside out etc.. speed
backhand- slice, approach, lob etc.. strength
volleys- drop, angle, half etc.. power
serves- slice, topspin, flat endurance
overhead- scissors kick, running etc.. flexibility
3-Tactics 4- Mental
singles or doubles avoid choking
where to stand on court eye control/breathing
where to hit the ball to how to play when down
hit with what spin/speed on the ball how to handle cheaters
etc etc etc etc…………….. etc etc etc etc ………..
Every aspect is best taught in certain conditions and ONLY in those conditions will the participants benefit the most. The TAA program is thoroughly thought out, the time of the year, the age group, the ability level, the number of participants in a group, the duration of the lesson, the type of ball, the size of the court, the time of the day, the gender, the frequency of lessons etc………
To get the best out of the program, especially for kids, it is best if participants play ALL YEAR ROUND. There are times when one on one is ideal and times when a group of 16 is ideal, times when only a 30 minutes lesson is ideal and times when 3 hours is needed, For example in the winter months when the days are shorter, colder and less activities for kids (no football, baseball, swimming etc) it is ideal for bigger groups, intermediate players practice lots of live ball drills (keep warm) and catch up on technical/physical training as there are no big tournaments then.
After assessing a player, TAA is limited to working on certain aspects based on the number of hours and frequency a player can commit to. Someone playing an average 5 hours a month for 8 months in a year will not go past learning the basics, so topspin serve and slice backhand for this player are out of the question, strategy mainly is limited to get the ball in and deep.
I have been fortune enough to have had experience and taught in over 15 countries in three continents in the last 20 years. In that period I have been part of the development of highly ranked world players Daria Gajos (Germany), Yuri Shukin ( Karzastan) and Melanie Oudin (USA). Daria at 14 years old was doing 8 hours of tennis(on and off court with breaks) everyday and half day on
Sunday, Melanie at 13, was doing 6 hours/day 4 times a week and Yuri, seasoned ATP professional player 126 in the world at time I worked with him was doing 6 hours everyday in his off tournament season. Most players that end up playing Division 1 US college tennis put in at least 4 hours/day 4 times a week.
The examples above may be extreme but that is when somebody has decided to dedicate all their time to take their tennis to the next level.
To give parents and players some idea with the 4 aspects in mind, the ideal number of hours a year for a developing young player (8 – 16year old) at TAA.
400 hours a year = 100 % chance for player to achieve fullest potential
300 hours = 75 %
200 hours = 50 %
100 hours = 25 %
Match play is mainly to assess how much you have retained in your lessons and what next you need to work on. When you win all the time at a very early age you do not learn as much from those experiences.