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Quote of the Month: April 2020

This month's quote is from Arthur Ashe, an African American former world number 1 and 3-time grand slam winner.

"Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome."

Arthur Ashe

Now more than ever it is easy for us to be frustrated and negative about life and our development whether that is tennis related or not. Just like you, we also had goals that have now been put on pause while we work together by staying away from each other to beat this Pandemic.

It is important to remember that this is part of our journey and that we need to embrace this process in order for us to reach the outcome we deserve. Adpatability is important. Life constantly throws up obstacles that we need to overcome to continue to succeed. How can you still practice tennis if you can't get on court? How do we improve our coaching without being able to teach you? Both are questions that take creativity and imagination.

To help you we have set up NE14 Tennis at Home, a digital classroom that features small tennis sessions for players to complete in their own homes. We are improving our coaching knowledge by using this time to read, create, organise and exercise. If you need more ideas see our suggestions below:

  • Watch old matches: Youtube and Amazon have several classic matches that you can stream. Learn from the best by charting a players performance or draw patterns of play to see how a player won or lost a match.

  • Create: This could be a project on a player or a piece of artwork.

  • Exercise: Use our NE14 Tennis at home sessions or find some others. Joe Wicks has been running PE live every weekday morning on his YouTube channel. Create your own challenges and test them on your family.

We look forward to being able to see you on court soon. Stay Safe.

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