and often maligned tennis ball is in fact a beautiful and
special object that only exists on our great planet" Bill
Bryan’s (coach and father of the Bryan brothers) stridently
argues against the new USTA 10-and-under initiative, which uses
larger colored balls (sometimes green) and sets up smaller
nets, and courts on smaller surface areas.
"Right now there is not one pro player on the ATP or WTA
that grew up playing competitive tennis with green balls in the
U10s and the last time I looked there were some pretty dadgum
good players out there,” Bryan wrote. “And bingo, the USTA
is mandating (and the ITF to be fair) that you must do it this
way only. Bet: You give me 100 kids and let me do my thing from
age 6 to 10 and let me do the whole program with JTT and trips
to college matches each week and tournaments each weekend and
team events against other clubs—and you take 100 kids and
keep them on the soft colored balls until they are 11 and then
track both groups on out until they are all 18 and see who has
got the goods. I know where I would put my money."
site is a grass roots movement to offer an alternative to the new
2012 USTA soft ball policy for 10 and under
junior tournaments. Starting in 2012 I will be organizing
10 and under tournaments in the St. Louis area using REAL
tennis balls and FULL size tennis courts for 9 and 10 year
Under Tennis using the QuickStart Tennis play format takes a
new and better approach to introducing kids to the game. Balls
are lower in compression; they bounce lower and don't move as
fast so they are easier to hit. This allows kids time to get to
the ball and helps them develop optimal swing patterns.
My questions are:
research shows that this is a legitimate system?
2. What happens when the balls bounce regularly and
faster? Do the kids magically adjust to the new bounce,
pace and feel of the ball?
3. What on earth does this have to do with developing swing patterns?
consider the case of one of the greatest female tennis players
ever, Martina Hingis:
Hingis won the Junior French Open when she was 12
years old and won the Australian Open when she was 16 years old:
In 1993, 12-year-old Hingis
became the youngest player to win a Grand
Slam junior title: the girls' singles at the French
In 1994, she retained her French Open junior title, won the
girls' singles title at Wimbledon,
and reached the final of the US Open.
She made her professional
debut in October 1994, two weeks after her 14th birthday. She
ended the year ranked World No. 87,
and in January 1995, she became the youngest player to win a
match at a Grand Slam tournament when she advanced to the
second round of the Australian
She then became the
Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the
Australian Open at age 16 years and 3 months (beating former
Pierce in the final).
Could Martina Hingis have won Grand Slams as a teenager if she was brought up hitting
compression balls till the age of 12? I think NOT!!