Bring Your Racquet is a resource that any parent or beginning/intermediate player can refer to when they are not on the court with their Pro. Some Pros instruction may differ slightly from the information in the book. None of us teach exactly the same, but 99% of the book is the information that Pros impart to their beginning and intermediate students. --Dick Hatfield, Director of Tennis at Newman Tennis Center, United States Professional Tennis Association
Bring Your Racquet is a resource that any parent or beginning/intermediate player can refer to when they are not on the court with their Pro. In simple and concise terms Steven instills a remembrance to the player "Oh I remember my Pro said that." Some Pros instruction may differ slightly from the information in the book. None of us teach exactly the same, but 99% of the book is the information that Pros impart to their beginning and intermediate students. --Dick Hatfield, Director of Tennis at Newman Tennis Center, United States Professional Tennis Association
From the Author
As a professional tennis instructor, I wanted to illustrate the basics of the game in terms the average young player can easily follow. Too much written tennis instruction is overly detailed and unnecessarily complicated for young readers. This book allows intermediate readers to learn the basic strokes of the game from easy-to-follow instruction with simple sentences to more sophisticated sentence structure, and new vocabulary. But what really makes this instructional guidebook fun is the blend of instruction with Manga characters. "Manga" is a Japanese art form loved by children and young adults all over the world. And truly, with the accompaniment of characters, each lesson piques the reader's interest in learning not only the strokes themselves, but it also promotes their reading skills by motivating them to understand what they are reading - the instruction relative to a game they wish to learn.
Additionally, during the many months that I worked on this project, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the young readers of this book will want to make their own simplifications of the game and personalize their own approaches to improvement. In a nutshell, they will begin to take responsibility for their own games - and that's a good thing.
And finally, as you read and apply the tips I've provided, I hope you realize that this book is not meant to replace the teaching of your local certified professional. It is extremely difficult for anyone to teach himself tennis. There is simply too much to learn about the game. In fact, your teaching pro may even disagree with some of the ideas presented here, but that is nothing to worry about because, literally, there is no one way to play the game. You may even experience some difficulties in executing the strokes properly at first, but that shouldn't concern you either. Allow yourself some time to gain confidence in your new strokes. You may even drop a match or two as you learn your new techniques. But if you are not willing to accept this, you will not improve. Above all, the one thing I hope to teach you, is that improvement comes only with hard work and patience, as I know all too well.
Author, Illustrator, Instructor