The Return of Sharapova!

In a flash her career was over,

Next in line was Sugarpova,

WTA said a champion could come back

Naturally she was over the moon,

Many argue it’s a few days too soon

Watch out – Maria’s on the attack

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BETA Player wins U14 Berkhamsted Open for second year in a row!

Ayaan Haneef, 13, won the annual Berkhamsted junior open event in the U14 category this past Easter weekend. Ayaan kept the trophy in the hands of the BETA team after last years victory by Reece Farrow.

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Fitter at 30 +

We have just witnessed the final two hard court events before the clay court season begins. These tournaments have thrown up some surprising results and for me one thing kept coming up throughout the last two weeks in the USA; how much fitter the men are at 30+ than they were a couple of generations ago.

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3 advantages to Jo Konta’s aggressive court position

Jo Konta yesterday won her second title of the season when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Miami. This was Konta’s first ‘WTA Premier Mandatory’ level title (the highest level under the grand slams). A lot has been discussed in the media about the level of mental and emotional improvement Konta has reached in the past 18 months, (also by us The Mental Rise of Konta), but she has also improved her physical game a huge amount as well. One of these physical aspects is her relentless high baseline court position.

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Is the ‘Net Rusher’ back in Tennis?

Indian Wells the first Masters 1000 of the season in the Californian desert paradise of Palm Springs, is well under way and we witnessed a major upset last weekend, with world number 1, Andy Murray going down to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. This was Murray’s second consecutive loss to a player executing a game plan that has been somewhat scarce over the past decade or more…net rushing from serve and return! Is this strategy coming back into the game?

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Joel takes doubles crown in Sweden and singles runner up!

Joel Pierleoni, last week competed in an event in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Kungens Kanna club, home of the ATP 250 event that is played each October in Stockholm. Joel won the doubles event and finished runner up in the singles, which has jumped his ranking up to number 13 in Europe.

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February Half Term News

February half term has been anther busy week with our players competing in events at Batchwood, Northwood, Gosling and Gerrard’s Cross as well as our pro tour players competing in Wirral and Corby.

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BETA Tennis Awards 2017

Last Saturday evening, we hosted the BETA Tennis Awards for 2017. The evening was a huge success and we would like to congratulate the winners of our 5 awards:
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January tennis news from the BETA team

It has been a busy start to 2017 with the BETA team competing around the UK and Europe, tennis director Tyrell Diaz Stevens has been away at the Australian Open working with top 100 doubles players and our spring term training has began in earnest.

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Federer’s crosscourt backhand fires him to no.18

The biggest match in history went the distance and Federer finally beat his nemesis in a grand slam match after almost 10 years. I discussed yesterday what Rafa would do to Roger, use his leftie spin and attack the backhand wing of Roger. And what Roger would have to do to cope with it, attack the net and not allow Rafa any rhythm to attack the backhand.( Roger didn’t really do what I thought he needed to do, however he wrecked Rafa’s rhythm by playing very aggressive from the back of the court, namely off of his backhand

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