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Let me introduce myself. My name is Wesley Watson, I am from Johannesburg, South Africa and I am married to my beautiful wife Mari and we have 2 beautiful kids. Abi is 9 and Danny is 8.
Both Abi and Danny play tennis and they are coached 4 times a week by their coach. They have been doing this for 2 years now and have developed very well. Abi is showing a lot of talent for the game and she wants to play as much as possible all the time.
Here my questions then, as a parent I am not sure if there must be any coaching from my side or must I just be a hitting partner? Are tournaments important at this stage? How much emphasis must be put on strength and fitness now?
Sorry for just dropping these on you like this but as you said, the opportunity doesn't come around twice, and we want to learn from others what to do and not to do.
Thank you so much,
I have been in the junior development program for many years. I suggest you hit with them when ever they want you to. Weather they win or lose, try to be the same. You love them and want the best for them, I understand. By being a constant, spending the time is priceless. often I have found the parents involvement can be a distraction and not help the player. Help them love the game and the rest will come. Remember, if they love i,t they will work hard on their own, children don't want to work so this will sneak the work on them....sneaky huh? As a parent of 2 open level players who started at age 4, I must say they have fond memories of playing all over California and having a great time with many players with USA team tennis. They learn social skills and today that is a skill that stands out. Anyway there is my 2 cents.