Top tips from Tim Henman

If you didn’t catch Tim Henman’s top tips talk for parents at Wimbledon, we thought you tennis-mad readers would benefit from these professional tips. The former world No.4 has been involved with the Road to Wimbledon Tournament for 13 years and has some serious advice for parents involved in the competitive game.

  1. Enjoyment is of paramount importance

As we all know, enjoying the game is the whole reason we play and “it’s so important that the child enjoys the game. If they can have fun on the court then they will get a lot more out of it.” If your child isn’t enjoying playing then it is important to spot this early, perhaps they need to change coach/club, or maybe they just need a few weeks break from the game to revive their passion.

  1. Keep the long term view in mind

“‘It’s difficult to find the right involvement as it’s a little bit like saying ‘what is the right style of play?’. It’s very individual for the child and the parents to discover what works best for them.” Some children respond well to active support by their parents and others prefer to be left alone to train.

  1. You can’t praise and encourage enough

“Some parents really enjoy watching, some have a true understanding of the game and some really want to get involved. Other parents might want no involvement and utilise a coach’s experience.” It is crucial that even though tennis may not be your game, it may be your child’s and encouraging them to do well and sitting at the side-line whilst they play will make all the difference to their game. Winning isn’t always possible and when they lose, it’s key that not only the coach is praising them, but you are too, we can all learn from defeat, so try and see the result in a positive light focusing on the areas where they played well. “Learning how to compete, learning how to win and lose. Even if you’re one of the best players in the world, then you’re going to lose a lot and it’s important that you learn from that to use it as a motivating factor to get better.”

  1. Practise makes perfect

 Practice makes permanent, practice doesn’t make perfect. If you’re engraining bad habits then they can become permanent. So it’s vital that you support good habits. That’s physical, mental and technical. I think that’s a very powerful message.”


So what do you think of the top tips from Tim Henman?

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A Reflection on Wimbledon 2015

With the Wimbledon public ballot for 2016 now open, let’s take a look back at some of the fantastic tennis we saw at the 2015 tournament. This year there has been no shortage of enthralling battles to watch, but none could compare to the pure brilliance produced by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as they duelled for the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Championship title.

Within two hours and 56 minutes Djokovic won 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3, meaning he regained his title for the third year running. The 28-year-old Serb fought hard with plenty of skill and determination against the world No. 2 who has won Wimbledon three times. Even after a rain delay which offered the tired players a well-earned break early in the third set, Djokovic came back fighting and upped his level of commitment to the match, which he thoroughly deserved to win. Federer himself certainly thought so and said a few words after the match about the game: “Novak played great today, also in the last two weeks, and also last year and the year before that. Today he was tough on the bigger points and at the end he was rock solid. I’m sure he still has many more great years ahead of him.” Kind words from Federer as he graciously accepted second place.

Now let’s not forget the ladies in this recognition of marvellous tennis, with Serena Williams taking home her 6th Wimbledon title! However, Maria Sharapova and Garbiñe Muguruza both played exceptionally well this year, coming runners up to Serena. As far as female British stars go, these are the ones to watch next year at Wimbledon: Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Laura Robson – watch out, we predict they are going to be big names!

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