TENNIS STRATEGY 2020

Tennis in 2020 has been “different”. The French Open was no exception, cold weather and no fans. Had to adapt to that tough wind.

Strategy—game plan. How you plan to win.

Tactics–the tools you use to carry out your strategy.

Jack Kramer said the fundamental strategy is to find what your opponent can’t handle. Drop shots have emerged as an evolving tennis tool. It follows that defending against drop shot has been taken to a new level. The Joker has mastered this. His extreme crosscourt off a dropshot may be the most improved shot of this year.

Dominic Theim gets the stamina award for recent play; (US Open) starts his marathon. Three backhand down the line passing shots were a tactic!

But he exhibited another passing tactic that impressed me more. When pressured by net play Theim has a low floating pass shot, not intended to win the point. but to make his opponent to volley up. Then comes the point winning pass. Not chip and charge, but chip and rip.

College players were allowed coaching between games about mid-career for me. Once I overhead an opposing player say about his coach, “…yeah, he talked but never gave me any help!”

I began to look harder for ways to help. The best person to know what needs to be done is the player on the court. Theim and Diego Schwartzman practice and play doubles. As defensive as clay is as a surface, Schwartzman’s tools at the net won the match for him. He knew of the chip and rip passing tactic of his friend, now opponent. With this knowledge and speed he closed in and took that away. Knowing also of the down the line bomb he used his speed cover that one too. Faultless volleying caused Theim to try a weak cross court to no avail. While these tools were few, they were flawlessly executed and timely. And kept the match go that long distance. In fairness to Dominic the final strategy may have been to use his fatigue to be a successful game plan. No one should have lost that one.

Did you get the real message? If you can outrun and outlast them, you have the best tools to win. Get in shape.

PS—Watch this shot emerge as the next emerging shot: THE TOPSPIN LOB.

RODALE

James Michener wrote a book on writing. One tool he highly recommended was Rodale’s Synonym Finder. To help describe the recent debate you may find his synonyms for “rude” and/or “rudeness” useful.

“…I hate rudeness in a man. I won’t tolerate it.” Woodrow Call (LONESOME DOVE).

GROUND HOG’S DAY

The days sure have become very similar. There is a moment that is apparent , quite easy to recognize. Actually it’s symptoms are pre-virus. My wife starts throwing things at me.

That is the day we ride. Now. No restaurants, movies, friends over, flights, shopping. But you can drive. Where matters not.

Yesterday was it. Early rise and off to anywhere. Then “..,let’s go ride the ferry to Oriental.” (NC). Agreement is non-negotiable.

Ordinarily we read gas prices aloud. Political signs were the big item this time. Most of these are about the same size and red, white and blue. Imagine.

Oriental had a large number with both parties represented. Next one to be counted looked similarly flag like. As it became readable we both laughed out loud:

EVERYBODY SUCKS.\

WE’RE SCREWED.

THIRD EDITION AND MORE

Getting closer to reorganization.  The third edition of THE LITTLE GREEN BOOK  of TENNIS is done.  It is the first third of the new blog site.  Hopefully the new ordering of blogs will make it easy as it goes from beginners, to high school and tournament players, to talented juniors, to college tennis aspirants, and up.  Help for coaches and teams.

We are still working on the mechanics.  The next third comes from PLAY IS WHERE LIFE IS.  Town lore and people  from five small North Carolina towns at the core of this third.

The final source is largely from  A LEVEL OF THINKING.  From dark to light,  serious to entertaining.  This material concludes the twenty some “columns or categories”  each of which reads as an independent “chapter”.   Now one is able to skip from chapter to chapter by choosing and clicking on the preferred column located  to the right on the website home page.

HELICOPTER PARENT

HELICOPTER PARENT

My friend was one of 5 boys, most younger than their six sisters.  In rural  North Carolina in the 50’s there was little air conditioning.  One night with the Father already in bed, two of the oldest girls were doing their homework at the kitchen table.  Window open.

Strangely the oldest child told her sister that”….I’’m going to take Daddy his cigarettes”.  Though knowing Daddy didn’t smoke, daughter two said nothing.  The older girl went to her Father and reported a “Peeping Tom” right outside the open window.

The Father got out of bed, took up his rifle and crept around the house. And shot the peeper.

Father was actually friends with Sheriff, who soon was on their phone.

“A man in the hospital said you shot him in the leg” said the constable.  “Yeah, but I meant to hit him in the head” Father admits.

The Sheriff then tells Father he’ll pick him up and both will go to the hospital.  The Sheriff somehow did not notice Father put his rifle in the cop’s car!

The Sheriff was in the hospital lobby when he turned and saw Father with his rifle.

“What in the hell are doing bringing that rifle  in here?”

“I may shoot him again!”

The Sheriff called his friend by name saying  “…if you shoot him in here I’ll have to arrest you.

Now come on in here to see him.”

Father however was  carrying his rifle out the door.

Sheriff:  “Where are you going?”

“If I can’t shoot him I don’t want to see him!”

PLEASE DON’T DRINK THE GRAPE JUICE

I watched both conventions. The Republican show left several impressions:

  1. Few masks and no real spacing.
  2. . Reminded me of cult behavior. Think Jim Jones, Guyana, and 900 lemming.
  3. But the real base, or true cult members weren’t there. The KKK, QNON, White Supremacists, Hell’s Angels,etc. weren’t the cats given the front row seats. Or at least they didn’t wear their suits and hoods.
  4. Didn’t see Mary Lea Trump or Maryanne Trump’s speeches.
  5. One positive: Melania’s second attempt wasn’t Michelle #2.

At least Trump doesn’t stutter, or his speech would have lasted 5 hours.

“THE PASTE IS OUT OF THE TUBE”

STRATEGY: GAME PLAN. HOW TO WIN.

TACTICS: THE TOOLS USED TO ACHIEVE YOUR STRATEGY

In 2008 Barack Obama’s success was credited, in no small part, to the campaign’s use of “social media.”

2020 has seen the fact emerge that there is a camera everywhere. Personal phones to professionals. The amount of footage is staggering. The old saying of “don’t say anything you wouldn’t want to see in the newspaper” now includes actions.

There is no shortage of such in the political arena. The president and cronies have put it out there for everyone.

Visual evidence daily. The crap is out of the bull.

Brian Stetler’s book, HOAX, DONALD TRUMP, FOX NEWS, AND THE DANGEROUS DISTORTION OF TRUTH records the staggering times Trump, et. al. use the word, hoax.

The most damning use was in regard, early on, to the virus. Combine the film of all the mistakes and oversights, and then contend that his actions prevented American deaths is chilling. Do not let him contend that his actions did not cause the large percentage of the soon to be 200,000 American deaths between the “hoax ” rants, and the flip-flop “oops”, or “nevermind!”

‘Want a real hoax? “W” Bush and gang began this hoax with a war, or two. Wrote them off the books. Lost control of the economy and led America from a budget surplus to the trillions we now have no idea to repay. The kicker is that Obama did the heavy lifting to begin to turn it all. Here is a football comparison. When coaches take over a 0-10 program they are given about four years. “W” left us 2-8, 1-9, 0-10. In our business if you see a JET-JOB (a team goes from 1-9 to 7-3 in one year) somebody is probably cheating. The Obama Administration did it right and the foundation for steady improvement was handed to Trump. His reaction? Within literally weeks he started the “I the greatest ever”” daily.

News flash for non-coaches: If you are handed a 7/3 team, win the first three and lose the next seven—–? (NFL–NOT FOR LONG).

GOP-YOU GOTTA COUNT THOSE LOSSES. NO EXCUSES. ADIOS. 2018 numbers don’t matter. 200,000 is a real number. Unemployment today, GNP- today, etc.

Tons of video. Books about all the lies (one cites more than 3000 and it was published before the virus), blood, money and treasure, esteem.

Hard to cover it all. Can’t begin to begin to address the “I AM THE BLACK MESSIAH” hoax. Wow.

It is the Democrat’s campaign’s task to use it effectively. Don’t let them “p” on your leg and tell you its raining”.