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This is the official blog of world famous tennis coach Oscar Wegner. Here you will find everything from tennis tips to opinion pieces by Oscar. This is a great place to get Grand Slam tournament coverage as well as in depth instruction on how to improve your tennis game.

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Don’t Shun the Techniques of the Pros, Embrace Them

September 12 in Oscar Wegner's Blog by Oscar Wegner No Comments

On August 24th a NY Times article was written by Tom Perrotta that throws tennis development back into the old misconceptions, conventional techniques that only have about 15% success (as measured by coaches on the ability to rally consistently). Tom Perrotta quotes renown coaches as supporting his views, but I recall, from listening to Nick Bollettieri at La Quinta, California, in a USPTA Convention presentation, that Nick has changed his mind quite a bit from his beliefs from the past. Judging from this, I am not sure if Perotta’s quotes about other coaches he mentions are up to date.

The New York Times article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444443504577603251303470774.html

This article is quite opposite (and opposed) to what I preach, the Play Like the Pros motto. I developed my techniques because they are the easiest for kids and for amateurs of any age. Effortless, natural tennis for beginners. Great for the body. Over 90% success. These techniques are the reasons why top players succeed. Whether they discovered them as a result of practice, or whether coaches taught them, it is clearly the reason for their success. Why shun them? Don’t people copy, in all other sports, the top performers? The best athletes in their field?

The NY Times article not only shuns copying pros but is also full of the old techniques, which stunt development. In Brazil, I helped with a college study that compared the modern to the conventional and concluded clearly that the new techniques have results well above the norm. It’s a century old debate. Who will win?

Eventually, the one that works better, or to put it more simply, the one that works…. But these developments need to be know. Please pass the knowledge along.

And please feel free to e mail me your comments.

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U.S. Open and the Value of Consistency

September 4 in Oscar Wegner's Blog by Oscar Wegner No Comments

The US Open is showing, more than ever, the value of consistency.

Power is quite a significant factor, but since most players, male and female, have this capability, the key to advance is the difference between winners and unforced errors, specifically applied to each set. Top players may flounder somewhere in between, but the winner, usually, is the one that keeps the head clear and the ball in the court.

Astoundingly, sometimes the loser has won more points than the winner. But guile and efficiency combined are of more value than ever.

Players that can overwhelm other players with power can be counted with one hand on the second week.

There are some players that tower over their opponent, size-wise. They are not usually the faster moving ones.

All of this makes up for a wonderful display of competitiveness, extended and augmented by the sheer excellence of the top ranked players.

Will anyone earn the right to share those top spots?

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are here to defend that realm. Rafa Nadal is not.

Serena, on the other draw, that one of the “weaker sex” and a cadre of pretenders to be as strong a she is, is in full flight, or perhaps fight. Being the US Open and the reigning player to beat, Serena creates another kind of spectacle. The perception, while watching her, is almost as if she has to abdicate, perhaps by nerves or unforced errors, that kingdom which she’s so apt to hold.

Regardless of who’s your favorite, enjoy this superb show. Rather than becoming too emotional, learn the ropes as if you were the one on court. There are, as they usually say, TWO SIDES to any contest, two sides to Life.

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It’s Showtime

August 30 in Oscar Wegner's Blog by Oscar Wegner No Comments

The US Open is upon us, with it’s mighty presence and sellout crowds.

New York is the scene of the last of the Slams, for some players a bonus, for some others their chance for fame.

The task can be grueling, the weather overwhelmingly hot.

Even hurricanes can take their toll.

And some players want to play like hurricanes, want to overwhelm their opposition, in task two weeks long.

I vote for Serena and Roger, but it may be a kind of miracle if they both win and share the showdown. Too many obstacles, too many players wanting to steal their recent crowns.

This is the sport at its most brutal showdown. It’s not the slippery, cool grass of Wimbledon, the slow clay of France.

It’s more like the imposing cement boulders of the city, the monster created by human hands.

Capacity crowds close to 25,000 and about 100 million spectators in the USA alone. You are nakedly exposing your mettle and your inner strength, close to everyone around you, but still alone.

Titans work, a power display with a dose of touch, of feel, of consistency. Uncanny ability, at its most.

The greats will most likely survive!

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Federer for the U.S. Open?

August 21 in Oscar Wegner's Blog by Oscar Wegner No Comments

Federer, with Nadal’s absence and Djokovic lower form is again the favorite for the US Open crown.

Should his current hold at the top continue, he will again be considered a candidate as the best ever player to grace the courts.

So is Serena Williams, who as of lately has shown an impressive form.

Fewer are the challengers that could stop this reign.

The press is fickle. Many had predicted Federer’s decline and a retirement in sight. It will be interesting to see what the comments will be now.

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Will Olympics Fatigue Hinder the 2012 U.S. Open?

August 15 in Oscar Wegner's Blog by Oscar Wegner No Comments

Wimbledon and an immediate Olympics has apparently tired and weakened the top players, men and women, field.

It will take a lot of focus and effort to be prepared for the US Open.

It is also a very hot summer in New York. Playing in the evening, for those best endowed, could be an advantage galore.

We should not be too surprised at surprises.

The difference between top 20 players, both in the men and women, is today far less than in the past.

The only player that I would expect to repeat the United Kingdom success is Serena.

Why? Because she has exhibited so much accuracy and serving power, accompanied in the Olympics with same from the ground, that she could still stand, regardless of New York conditions, well above the field.

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