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Classic vs Modern coaching in tennis

The easiest way to explain the difference between the two is to say that the first believes the game should be learned through introduction and perfecting of the techniques required to play it and only once these are developed "enough" on the eyes of the coach then the game can be played!

While in the modern approach the game is played from day 1 and techniques are learned as the game requires them to be developed. This enables the coaches to create an environment around the process of learning characterized by dynamic and intense sessions vs the traditional standard of teaching where the player is exposed to more closed exercises that are by nature less dynamic and intense in order to direct the focus to the movement to be learned.

Ingredients of modern coaching

Game based tactical approach to the game

The biggest change in coaching methodology over the last decades has been the introduction to the sport through playing the game itself. So even though we recognize that technical skills are crucial, we emphasize the decision making process and the ability to play tactically correct from the moment the sport is introduced to the player.

This means that success for the player is not tied to perfect execution of the exercise proposed by the coach but to his ability to play and understand the tennis game, making the process of learning a lot more democratic then the traditional models of coaching allowed.

This approach to the learning process can be resumed in the following steps:

- Expose the player to one of the 5 tactical situations (serving, returning, approach the net, opponent on the net or both players in the back)

- Understand the key elements to master the problems presented by the situation

- Solve the problems through working in more closed drilling situation

- Go back to game and test

Holistic approach to coaching

Player centered coaching (goal oriented learning)

Presence of sport science and technology, prevention and injury free

Development of coordination as a base for technical learning

Functional and biomechanics approach to movement

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