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Being a good tennis parent

Tennis parents play a vital role in the development of their children as it relates to participation in sports,particularly in tennis.

 As we know most of the kids are introduced to tennis game by their parents and it’s very important for parents to understand their role in the whole process of producing a future tennis player. Sometimes the problem with tennis parenting is much like the problem with parenting in general: they don’t always know if they are doing the right thing for their kids. As a parent the primary job is to do what’s the best for their own kids, and it’s the parents’ role to create opportunities for their kids, but whether those opportunities are good  enough, it can be sometimes difficult to judge.

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Being a part of the developmental process, parents should always try to create a positive environment and make kids have fun being on the tennis court, to teach kids to compete with honor and to have the right attitude towards the game and their opponents as well. Parents should emphasize the social aspect of the tennis game where group play increases the fun at the same time. Judy Murray says that in children’s early years it’s important for young players to have fun. They need to love the game rather to see it as a possible career. If the love is there in their own childhood, the hard work that’s needed to become a professional won’t seem as bad if and when that time comes. On the other hand, if tennis becomes too competitive or result oriented at young age, it can breed unhappiness and anxiety and cause child to reject the game. This is especially true if parents become too intense about a child’s result or performance. Also Dr. Allen Fox agrees that the first and most important is that tennis is just a game that the child ultimately plays for enjoyment.

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After introducing the kids to the game most of the parents figure out that the next important thing is to find the right coach for the their child, to find someone they can trust and who has done tennis coaching before. It’s a parent’s responsibility, when the children are young and starting the game, to evaluate whether a tennis coach can work with young athletes and create positive and productive experience for them. First of all parents should talk to their coach, observe him or her in practices and games and talk with other parents who have had children play under the coach. Making the right choice and after that having a healthy parent-coach relationship is one of the key factors that can contribute to a child’s success on the court.

Tennis Parents

In order to have a positive impact on child’s development parents need to understand why their child wants to participate. A recent study shows that two primary reasons for child’s participation in sports (tennis) were: to have fun and to improve their skills. Other reasons were to be with their friends, to compete, to win and to stay in good shape. Once the parents understand why their children want to play tennis, they are able to help them meet their goals. Also parents want to know what it will take for their children to succeed in tennis. The answer is pretty simple: it will take everything they have- all the energy, strength and hours they can commit to the game at the expense of other things. Even then the odds are small and only few people are lucky enough to have a tennis career, because so much has to go right together and much of it is out of parents and players control. That’s why it is very important for parents to set appropriate goals in their kids tennis development and achievement. Some kids would be happy to make the high school team, some to get a college scholarship, or even to take a shot at the pro tour. Whatever the goal is parents need to be honest and realistic about it. It’s good to know statistic fact that less than one percent of players on the junior circuit will go on to make a living as a professional tennis player. And whatever the goal is, parents should enjoy the ride not the destination with their kids on the tennis journey , and always keep on their  mind the health benefits of practicing and playing tennis, and that the game of tennis is for their kids the sport for a lifetime.

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At the end, it’s interesting to see what some of famous tennis parents, coaches and players have to say about this theme: Judy Murray reminds that most important of all is for parents to enjoy the tennis journey and that children enjoy it, too. Lindsay Davenport stresses that tennis parents should give their children the tools to succeed in life, and if they succeed in tennis that’s a  bonus. Rick Macci’s best advice he can give to parents is to look at the big picture where junior tennis is about tomorrow not today. One of the greatest-Roger Federer explains that parent support and advice is very important to make us understand that it’s a privilege to be able to go to a tennis lesson and play tennis tournaments. So, the very least the child can do is give it their best effort and best attitude. Federer suggests that at the same time parents also need to give space to the child and coaches so they can work and travel together by themselves- the parents don’t always need to babysit them through their entire career.

Written by Sveto Matovic