Hello world from tennisdadblog

Welcome to my first piece of writing for tennisdadblog. As would befit the blog title, I am currently sat by the side of a tennis court whilst my son is having his lesson. Being a tennis dad can be a fantastic pastime, as my son and I travel around different parts of the country whilst he plays in competitions and we meet some really interesting people. It can also put a considerable strain on the two of us as we are both placed in this completely new and pressurised world. I never played tennis as a child so I do not have a set of a reference points to work from.

I want to use this blog to try and explore some of the issues and challenges that we’ve faced which will hopefully be useful for other tennis parents or sports parents in general. I will also mention some of the books that I have read and the learning that I have gained from them. (November 2012)

Post script: It’s now six years later. My son still enjoys hitting with this coach and younger players and also playing doubles but hasn’t played a singles tournament for a few years. I’m now using our learning to help my daughter so is still on the tournament scene. (May 2019)

Oh and I’ve pulled all my learning together into a book for tennis parents, ‘Trophies, tears and line-calls’ which is available from amazon. Parents who’ve read it say, it is really useful. Why not have a look yourself?

Trophies, tears

10 thoughts on “Hello world from tennisdadblog

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  1. Centreline Tennis

    Hi, great post on twitter.

    Thanks for a kind comment about us 🙂

    1.Increase the social side for girls events. Ideas that we are developing are players areas where bags and players only sit and chill, perhaps at larger events they could have music and games for younger girls to play together.

    2. Deliver it in a different way, try and bring a bit more control of the competition to the players especially in the lower level events. Giving them a grip on the events as not so daunting and making the more approachable.

    3. A new idea we have been looking into which we can give a line about. “Tennis with your friends” a unique idea we are looking to pilot.

    4. More doubles could be a great way to increase girls tennis entries across the uk.

    5. Finally why not do more internal at local clubs for girls only and even invite providers and the LTA to come and some event delivery within the coaching squads with all the feel of the competitions but none of the pressure. Like a step before official entries.

    Sorry but I just though of a 6th, get clubs to bring teams of girls to events rather than just individual entries 🙂

    1. tennisdadblog Post author

      Thank you for your comments. It’s great that a competition organiser is constantly looking at how they can improve their offer further. Thank you for all your time and efforts in ensuring a wide range of competitions in the East Midlands, it is much appreciated.


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