The tournament phase is set to continue this week for my students James Chen, Jordan Chen and Jayden Chen.
Earlier this month at the Nepean Easter Open, I noted areas such as confidence, competitiveness and court awareness as key performance indicators during the matches they played. We went back to the drawing board once again, and focused on these areas in our lessons. The drills were simple, yet effective. It is very easy to over complicate a process as it does depend on each student and what works best for them.
It appears as though this momentum has done the trick for James. He has shown terrific resilience, confidence and focus on court today, winning his first main draw match of the tournament. It is a fantastic result, particularly after the disappointment of his prior loss at the Nepean Easter Open and I am super proud of his effort today. He has shown the gamesmanship that is required to excel in this sport. The tournament continues on for him tomorrow.
Jordan and Jayden will be competing in the 12/under event and gaining more exposure to various opponents and tournament conditions which is exactly what they need for their age. The game of tennis is still very much a “game” for younger players and emphasising fun and enjoyment of competition is what brings out the best in them.
Track their progress throughout the tournament here: 2018 Nepean Junior Gold JT