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TENNIS Trainer Leendert Tenuis talks on the need for more training of youngsters at the junior level

The path to successSAT coaches with their wards
The path to successSAT coaches with their wards

The Srinath Academy of Tennis ( SAT) run by the former Davis Cup player and coach, Prahlad Srinath at Kothanur on the Hennur Main Road sports a new look with five synthetic courts, rest room and a gym. It has also hired a trainer, Leendert Tenuis from Netherlands, who with Srinath oversees the training. Tenuis was on the circuit when Srinath was playing the Davis Cup.

He switched to coaching and after completing the mandatory certification programme in Netherlands became a full time coach .

“His presence will strengthen our programme and help us deal with the technical aspects,” says Srinath. It has been over a month since Tenuis took up his coaching assignment.

He says, “We have a talented bunch and they have good ball sense. I feel that youngsters in India in general are not using their body fully. They should use the whole body fully and transfer the weight to arm to generate more power in the strokes. It is fine to use more arm strength when you are seven or eight years, but as the player grows older, the strokes need more power,” observes Tenuis.

The Dutch coach also stresses the need for the right approach to decision making on court.

“You can teach them where and how to hit the ball, but what the players ultimately do, depends on his or her decisions. On court, you have to think on your feet,” says Tenuis.

He also wants youngsters to train on court more when they are young and devote time for fitness as they grow older.

He also advises the youngsters not to load themselves with too many tournaments as it makes them susceptible to injuries and burn outs.

“It is not important, how many trophies you win as a youngster, the accent should be on the development rather than playing more and more tournaments, but when you are a senior, the more you play the better you become as a player”, he adds.

His advice to youngsters is simple “Have fun on court and learn from others as well.

KALYAN ASHOK

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