This new series of articles are thought experiments about the future of tennis--where the sport could be headed, at the club and competitive professional level, in the teaching and coaching realm, and even in the more distance future with the evolution of machine intelligence. Let's start in this first article by discussing the evolution of players.
If coaches can predict the next evolutions, they can be on the cutting edge in player development, building players with advanced skills who can compete better in the present era. Players can then buy into this foresight, developing and practicing skills that will give them a competitive edge in the future.
Anticipation of Future Technique
Imagine, for example, having an impenetrable two-handed backhand, a heavy topspin forehand, and the fitness level of Rafael Nadal—not now but back in the 1970's. That was the game of Bjorn Borg, a genius who had technique that anticipated the future of tennis. He was a player ahead of his time.
In the 1980s, players like Jimmy Arias and Sergi Bruguera continued this anticipatory trend with forehands that were decades ahead of their time. The point is that the spoils go to the players and coaches who can predict future trends and train those skills before others either see the trend or admit there is a trend in that direction.
Chris Lewit, former #1 for Cornell and Pro Circuit player, has coached numerous top 10 nationally ranked juniors and is a leading coach, educator, and author. He has written two best-selling books, The Secrets of Spanish Tennis and The Tennis Technique Bible.
Chris runs a high performance summer tennis camp in the beautiful mountains of Vermont and coaches players world-wide through his virtual school, CLTA Online. Chris also produces a weekly tennis show, Prodigy Maker Live at the Chris Lewit YouTube Channel (Youtube.com/ChrisLewit). The show features live lessons filmed directly from Chris’s private teaching court.
Chris also hosts a weekly tennis talk show on Facebook, Sunday Night Q and A, where he discusses topics in high performance, junior development, and technique—and answers questions from viewers around the world. The show airs weekly at 9:45pm NYC time on the Chris Lewit Facebook page. The show is also available as a podcast on all podcasting platforms.
What makes Spanish tennis so unique and successful? What exactly are those Spanish coaches doing so differently to develop superstars like Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer that other systems are not doing? These and other questions are answered in The Secrets of Spanish Tennis, the culmination of five years of study on the Spanish way of training by USTA High Performance Coach Chris Lewit.