Toni Nadal – new coach for Team Nadal?

Toni Nadal - new coach

Toni Nadal indicated in a recent interview at the China Open that his nephew and 14 time grand slam singles champion Rafael Nadal may be willing to consider additional help to aid his return to the pinnacle of the game. Nadal is in China this week and playing the China Open and Shanghai Masters before he returns to Europe to play in Roger Federer’ hometown tournament of Basel and the Paris Indoor Masters.

Uncle Toni indicated that if Nadal does find someone to work with his team then if will not be at the expense of his own job. He cited players such as Djokovic and Murray both of whom have different coaches depending on the time of year. This setup seems to have worked well for both Nadal’s great rivals as they can take expertise from two sources and also means that family harmony will be maintained.

But who?

Uncle Toni has certainly opened the door to Team Nadal taking on another coach but who would be available and who would actually benefit the Spaniards game. Federer appointed Stefan Edberg in the off season of 2013 and the Swede radically transformed his game and instilled a net rushing serve and volley type game on the Swiss. But looking at the available candidates who would actually make a positive impact on Nadal?

plays a forehand against in their quarter final match during day six of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters,at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 19, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

John Mc Enroe has made no secret of the fact that he would love to coach a top player and impart some of his knowledge. But can Jonny Mac really revolutionise the Spaniard to become a serve and volleyer. It is a big ask and something which goes against the traditional Nadal game of grinding from the baseline and awaiting an opportunity to unleash the beastly forehand. Yes the points would be played quicker but can Rafas body with many many miles on the clock support such a radical game changing plan?

So what else can be done to get Rafa back on top of the game. Fundamentally Rafa uses heavy topspin to beat his opponents into submission. His opponents of late have managed to counteract this spin by hitting flat hard balls into Nadal’s body which prevent him from using his strength every time. Any addition to the Nadal team will aim to get Nadal back on the front foot and leave him less susceptible to players playing lights out tennis.

Only time will tell. Although certainly not his favourite time of the year, Rafa has few points to defend and can certainly begin to make hay ahead of the 2016 season.

Heavy Racquet Review

Heavy Racquet is a tennis training device for those players looking to strengthen their arm and improve their power.

As you can see from video above Heavy Racquet can slide on any racket over the butt cap and sits on the throat of the racket to add weight to your swing without disrupting the balance of the racket overall. Heavy Racquet is primarily designed as a warm up device which gets the arm and shoulders warmed up before a player would commence a game. It was known that Pele and George Best would often add weight to their boots in training so that when they took to the field for a real match their feet would feel so light and so fast.

Heavy Racquet follows a similar philosophy in that if a player uses the device to warm up their performance should in theory improve. From the moment I slid on Heavy Racquet I found it incredibly heavy and made my racket feel much heavier. When I practiced a few shadow swings I could certainly feel the extra weight in my arm. My first few shots with Heavy Racquet were terrible, I could not get the timing right, shank shank shank! Within ten minutes I was getting to grips with the racket and how it was behaving with the additional weight strapped to the throat. When I hit the ball on the money the extra weight give me incredible power, it was almost as if Heavy Racquet was a little power pack stuck to my racket. In time I did get used to the device and after 25 minutes my arm was telling me it had been given a tough workout.

From the other players which have used the device they also tell me it definitely takes a lot of getting used to. Timing, balance and swing are all affected but here is the good bit. When I removed the Heavy Racquet and just played with my standard frame everything felt so easy. Power was more easily generated, my racket head speed had improved in a matter of minutes and the racket felt altogether flimsy. I am glad I did persevere with Heavy Racquet as it certainly takes a bit of getting used to.

During the off season I plan to use Heavy Racquet to increase my power and racket head speed so come the new season I will be rivalling a pro tour player.

Lord’s Cricket Ground to host Third London Sports Writing Festival

• Sports’ writers and personalities from across the world to come together for a pioneering four day literary festival at Lord’s Cricket Ground in November 2015

Literary agency David Luxton Associates and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have announced that they will jointly host the London Sports Writing Festival (LSWF) for the third time this November. The London Evening Standard will again be supporting the Festival, which will take place at Lord’s from Thursday 12th November to Sunday 15th November 2015 inclusive.

Building on last year’s Festival, which included appearances from Roy Keane, Roddy Doyle, Sol Campbell, Trevor Brooking, Nicole Cooke, Jimmy Bullard, Dietmar Hamann, Gareth Thomas and many, many more, this year’s programme promises to be even stronger. The Festival will bring together the best sports writers and personalities for a wonderful four days of talks, panel discussions, books signings, and master-classes.. The festival offers a unique opportunity for sports fans and fans of sports writing to meet their heroes, share ideas and learn more about the books, their subjects and the world of sports literature.

The LSWF aims to follow the success of established literary festivals such as Hay, Cheltenham and Henley and has already drawn widespread support from publishers and authors.

This year we are excited to profile perhaps one of the most famous and iconic tennis players of all time. Ever since he graced Wimbledon for the first time in 2003, the Swiss star, Roger Federer, has transfixed tennis and sports fans alike. He is widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time, and you cannot help but be taken in by his elegance, both on and off the court. Spend an hour in the company of William Skidelsky, author of Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession, and share his enthusiasm for the legend who has dominated tennis for the past decade. Skidelsky will be joined by Simon Briggs, author and tennis correspondent for the Telegraph.

Speaking about the London Sports Writing Festival, David Luxton, of David Luxton Associates Ltd, said:

We are delighted that the MCC is committed to continuing to support the London Sports Writing Festival. We demonstrated last year that there is a huge audience for this event, and the support that we received from publishers, writers, celebrities and the public far exceeded our expectations. To once again have the privilege of working with MCC at Lord’s is a testament to the important place that sports writing occupies in the wider literary world. We hope that the London Sports Festival will now be viewed as one of the key fixtures in the literary calendar.

Adam Chadwick, MCC’s Curator of Collections, commented:
2014 LSWF was a really enjoyable occasion. The goodwill, enthusiasm and interest generated promises to make 2015 an equally special occasion. The atmosphere and facilities at Lord’s are suited to everyone, from MCC members to the first time visitor, and its history as an all-sports venue is entirely suited to the richness and variety of the LSWF. In this, Lord’s Bicentenary year, there is no better place to celebrate the passion for sport and its literature.

Tim Nichols, Sports Editor of the London Evening Standard, commented:
The London Evening Standard is delighted to be supporting the London Sports Writing Festival for a second year and we look forward to helping build upon the success of previous years.

The 2015 festival promises to be bigger and better than last year with another exciting line-up of sportsmen and women, writers and broadcasters appearing at the world’s most famous cricket ground.

The full festival programme details will be available at and tickets will go on sale via the Lord’s website ( Or you can follow us on Twitter @lswf15 and also @dluxassociates.

Simple Ankle Sprain Exercise

Did you know that 2 million ankle sprains occur each and every year? Did you also know that ankle sprains are the most common sports related injury? Ankle sprains are so common because your feet are the foundation for every move you make.

One wrong move with your feet often leads to sprained ankles. Lateral ankle sprains, which are the most common usually, occur from these two things:

– falling
– jumping and landing improperly

The best way to prevent ankle sprains is by properly performing ankle strengthening exercises to strengthen all the ligaments in the ankles. Today, I am going show you an easy exercise that you can do to prevent your next ankle sprain.

All you will need for this exercise is a stretch band and two hands and you are all set!!

Learn how to PREVENT Your Next Ankle Sprain – Click HERE!

I am confident if you perform this exercise just a few days per week your chances of experiencing an ankle sprain are greatly reduced.

Go out and give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

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Rafael Nadal’s Annus Horribilis

Rafael Nadal has had a 2015 to forget. The King of Clay, 9 time winner of Roland Garros and certainly one of the best players ever to play the game has been off colour all season. For so long at the pinnacle of the game with fellow top players Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, Nadal has suffered an extremely below par season failing to add to his tally of grand slam titles and suffering losses to players he has owned for his career. So far this season Nadal has lost to Fernando Verdasco, Michael Berrer, Dustin Brown; perhaps not household names. Such defeats have seen ranking plummet to outside the Top 10, the first time in over ten years.Rafael_Nadal-frust_1529303i

The Retirement Question

Inevitably when a top player suffers such a dramatic loss of form and confidence murmurings do begin to surface about potential retirement. Agassi and Sampras dodged such questions for years. For years every loss that Federer suffered he had to fend off reporters asking the great man when was he going to retire. Nadal is in a similar position and maintains that he has no plans to retire. Should his ranking fall further perhaps outside the top 20 it is hard to see Nadal continuing to play with the travel and training involved in being a player on the ATP tour.

Nadal has many many miles on the clock owing to his abrasive style of play and undoubtedly he has many niggles and injuries from his career. Although his game has developed over the years he has somewhat been left behind by the way the tour has moved forward.  Rafael Nadal was the immovable object that chased down every ball, hit better topspin than anyone else and many players would have lost before they had even taken to the court. With such losses the air of invincibility which surrounded the Majorcan has been tarnished. Nadal’s own confidence in his game is at an all time low.4928-1436179575-800

Light at the end of the tunnel?

For Nadal fans who have stuck with the Spaniard throughout his career and are certainly more used to Rafa Nadal lifting trophies must look at how Roger Federer rebounded from his own setups. The great Swiss had a horrible 2013 and came back in 2014 with a new coach, style and showed the world he could win again. Could Nadal bring a new coach? Many top commentators and former players are suggesting Rafa looks at freshening up his coaching team but Nadal has steadfastly denied that it is not Toni’s problem only his problem.

The bookmakers suggest the chances of Nadal making a recovery to the summit of the game as unlikely. You can consider strategies for beating the bookies at .  The Asian tennis swing is in full swing with Nadal due to enter events in China in Shanghai and Beijing and hopefully can discover some form and get some match wins under his belt. Nadal will return to Europe to play Basel and Paris Masters indoors in the hope that he can make the elite 8 man field at London’s O2 Arena.
Nadal will be forever remembered as the iron willed, never say die player who commanded the tennis court for years. Rafa will have to draw on all his experience desire and hunger to catapault himself back to the top of the game.  One this is for sure if anyone can do it Rafel Nadal can it. If we were to ask him what he thought his prospects were. I am sure with a shrug he would say ‘we are gonnna see, no?’


Tennis Activity Tracker

The Tennis Activity Tracker is a suite of smartwatch apps developed by Off-Season Sports that has been built to help tennis players improve their game. The smartwatch uses movements to identify key characteristics in the tennis player’s movements. Tennis players from beginner to advanced are able to track their movements, compete with other smartwatch users, keep score during a live game and train, connect you with your coach, keep score during a live game, send or receive videos from coaches, manage your workouts and workout schedules – all with their Tennis Activity Tracker apps.

A benefit of the Tennis Activity Tracker is that there is a directory of all the rules of tennis for users who are new to the sport. At the swipe on the watch, any tennis related rules debate could be solved. Being able to track and score a game during real time, keeps game playing simple. Discuss, score and win – all while using your smartwatch.

Training and working out will change now that the Tennis Activity Tracker apps can log your entire playtime and time spent getting fit. The workouts that come with the tracker are designed to train the body for high level tennis playing activity. Used by college athletes to get in condition for national tournaments, these workouts are also customizable. Noted from Off-Season Sports’s President Justin Ellis , “With these 10 apps, the tool offers players endless possibilities for improvement. There are many different tennis training aids, but none meet the caliber of the Tennis Activity Tracker apps. It’s unmatched in its ability to help athletes practice more efficiently.“

In addition to the extra benefits of the smartwatch apps, one of the main selling points is the size of the watch that is comparable to the same size as the most popular smartwatch on the market. When it comes to smartwatches small is best. Meal plans and food journaling are as simple as talking to your watch to record for the day. Using the social apps to share game scores and training results, the tracker also allows users to play games and compete against other friends or tracker users.

The Tennis Activity Tracker is currently under development and looking for investors via IndieGoGo. With the help of these apps, Off-Season Sports hopes to resolve performance inconsistencies, lack of confidence, and correct poor tennis techniques. Investors have the ability to help move the project forward and keep sustaining research and development. While IndieGoGo has a host of different projects which to invest, the Tennis Activity Tracker is specifically catering to the niche tennis market. Those who are keen to watch their tennis games improve with the turn of a wrist may find this new athletic purchase ideal.3







Perform Hamstring Stretches To Relieve Back Pain

I hope you had a great weekend and got to do something fun!! Weekends for me are filled with a mix of work, family, and exercise… By the time Sunday rolls around my body needs a tune up after the long and physical weekend.

My body is usually a bit sore and tired and needs some time to unwind. I always make sure to stretch my hamstrings because those muscles tighten up easily with sitting, playing with my kids, and working out.

The hamstrings are those big muscles behind the quads. These are large muscles and need to be stretched at least a few times per week to prevent stiff and achy muscles. 7 out of 10 clients who work with me have tight hamstrings from any of the following:

– overdeveloped quad muscles
– too much sitting
– poor posture
– lack of exercise

If you suffer from any of those then you must watch this new training video that I just filmed.

Stretch those hamstrings right NOW – Click Here!

I am confident if you perform this stretch after your workouts you will recover that much faster. Trust me this works!!

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Is Tennis too predictable?

2012_french_open1 I have had time to digest the final grand slam of the year and like the players I am feeling a little tennis fatigue. For both Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, what else is their left to achieve? The thought of the long haul trips to the Far East to compete in empty stadiums does little for fatigue and elongates an already packed season. For fans at home watching on tv the Asian swing always falls at funny times of the day. There may be no grand slam to play for but there is a lot of prestige in winning a big title on the Asian Swing. The bottom line in sport is that money talks and each week of the regular tennis season are sold to the highest bidder.

Having said that there are some very big events left to come on both the ATP and WTA tours. The final places for the end of season World Tour Finals are still up for grabs and each coveted place carries with it huge prize money and lots of ranking points. The ATP seem to have settled in the fantastic O2 Arena in London and the mid November date always seems to attract sell-out crowds and has produced classic battles over the years. Having played in Madrid, Doha and Istanbul of late the WTA hope to tap into the burgeoning Asian/Oceania tennis market. The WTA have chosen Singapore as the venue for their showpiece event.

For the good of tennis it would be nice to see some of the up and coming stars make genuine assaults to the top of the game. Players like Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinzsky have shown good promise this year as has Spaniard Garbine Muguruza but taken as a whole the Top 10 in both the WTA and ATP tours are dominated by older players. Serena is in her 34th year as is Federer, Djokovic and Murray are 28 and Sharapova is approaching the big 3-0 too. For tennis to flourish and maintain interest for fans we need the newer players to come through and cause upsets.


As was witnessed in the US Open final early this month Novak Djokovic still has a long way to go to be held in the same esteem amongst fans as Roger Federer. It seems no matter where he goes Federer is always the fans favourite. Perhaps the world is becoming bored with the domination of Novak Djokovic much in the way Serena has dominated. There can be no doubt that we are in the best era for tennis ever and players like Serena and Novak should be celebrated. After all both are fantastic exponents of the game, ambassadors for the sport and give freely of their time to the media. Tennis has never had it so good. But wouldn’t it be good to see a new crop of players that can actually challenge the elite? Federer and Nadal have had their time but I can see no one within striking distance of the top of the world rankings who can topple Djokovic or Serena on a regular basis.

Formula One can be viewed a similar light. It is a well-known joke in the paddock that the best drivers usually have the best cars most money and win all the races. So the fun and the unpredictability have gone out of racing. Has the unpredictability also gone out of tennis? In many ways it has.  If Serena enters an event chances are she will win or at least go deep. The same can be said for Djokovic, he is the overwhelming favourite for every event he enters and rightly so he has earned it with hard work and determination. Neither Serena or Djokovic would carry the same appreciation as Federer would have. Are the tennis public bored with their success? Do we need new blood? Undoubtedly .

So is there anything left to look forward to in this tennis year? Perhaps the Davis Cup Final in Belgium in which Andy Murray will attempt to win the title for his beloved nation. Serena and Novak have rightfully being crowned year end number ones and as the cold dark evenings draw in it can only be a sign that the Australian Open is but a few short months away. I like many other fans will take a few more weeks off until the really big events this Autumn and when things move back to Europe I will certainly tune in again.

How to win more matches and steadily improve your game:


By… Ramon Osa of

These are the steps I have used to consistently beat more skilled players than me as I climbed from 3.0-5.0 in the span of 3 years.

If you want to improve your skills, or you’re not winning the matches you SHOULD be winning, you should keep        reading this.  

Today I’m going to give you 5 areas to focus on with actionable steps you can use so you can win more matches,   while steadily improve your game.

  1. Master the “inner game”

You may be reading this and say “I’ve heard this a million times, but what the hell does it really mean?” 

I had the same reaction the first time I heard about “inner game”, and was even a bit confused after reading “The  Inner Game of Tennis.”

Luckily, I made up an easy definition that seems to work.


Specifically, it refers to an understanding that your tennis game has nothing to do with who you are as a person.

The problem most players have is, they consciously or subconsciously determine their self worth through how well          they play tennis.

Their thinking is “I really want to play well, and look good on the tennis courts, and I really care about this, so I better  play well.”

I had this problem as a 16 year old kid who was struggling to find his “identity”.  

If I played well, I felt great, temporarily! However, if I played poorly or lost, I felt miserable… usually for a longer period of time.

This mindset put a crippling amount of pressure on me, and effectively doomed my chances for lasting success.

The mindset of someone who has mastered the INNER GAME is:

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if I play well or poorly, win or lose, I’m “enough”.  And, yes, I can improve… but nothing  will change my core identity.

Yes, champions have a strong DESIRE and WILL to win, and they probably work harder and more efficiently than  everyone else.  But, deep down they understand the fundamental truth which is:

Circumstances and achievements don’t define you.

Understanding this simple truth has allowed me to play in a much more relaxed state than my opponents.

 When the points “really count”, you can win the big points because you won’t have nearly as much self generated     pressure on you.

I realized, deeply, that there is no such thing as failure.  There is only feedback.

Upon this realization, I instantly began to play better, win more matches, and consistently improve my game.

When you realize this, you’ll immediately begin to see “undesirable” outcomes as learning lessons, which can      constructively be used to make you better.  And most importantly…

It makes tennis more FUN!

We attach meanings to events that create strong emotional responses in us.

However, it is possible to view each result as “just an outcome”, and to then make corrections to 

improve that outcome.  And when we can do this consistently, we get better and better, and win more matches.

2. Improve your technique, tactics, and strategy

Make a conscious decision to improve each of these areas every time you step onto the court.  If you are 1 percent    better each day, your game will steadily and consistently rise to new heights.

Once I began to focus on improving my technique, I steadily moved past all of my friends who were “just hitting”.

They stood in awe as I began beating the same people who had previously beat me like a drum.

If you begin to focus on improving your technique, you will see consistent improvement in your ability to set up and    win points.

How to improve your technique:

First we need a good understanding of what “good” technique is.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of BAD technique being taught out there.

BAD, in this case, refers to any technique that leads to inconsistency or injuries through inefficient or un-natural    movements.

There is a system of technique that I have used, and professional players have used that is based on natural, physical  laws, that is GUARANTEED to steadily improve your game both immediately and over time.

It’s the same system that has taken me from a 3.0 to a 5.0 player in just 3 years.

Great technique will allow you to confidently go for your shots, TRUSTING that your approach is based on natural,      physical laws that produce predictable, favorable outcomes. 

Pick one area of technique at a time, and focus on improving that ONE area ONLY

Students often complain that “there’s so much mental noise when I go to hit the ball.  I’m remembering to bend my  knees, turn my hips, rise up into the hit, make contact out in front, etc etc etc.”


Instead, make the intention that for the first 15 minutes of practice you will ONLY focus on one area of technique such  as, “move with the ball”. Then, move on to the next point of focus. Over time, you can begin to incorporate multiple    skills together.  If you maintain this approach throughout your practice you will consistently improve your technique.

This simplification of technical growth will lead to consistent long term technical improvement.

You can use this SAME FORMULA to improve your tactics and strategy.

How to improve tactics and strategy

Tactics is essentially understanding percentages as it relates to the opponent you are facing.

At the simplest level, find out what your opponent doesn’t do well and do it.  Then…

Decide what you do well… and do that.

If you do what you do well, and put your opponent into a position where he is doing what he doesn’t do well, you’ve  got a decided advantage.

A good tactical strategy can make up for technical deficiencies.  However…

They must develop together to maximize your effectiveness on the court.

3. Improve your fitness

We get so caught up in technique and tactics that we lose sight of this simple truth.

Comparing players of equal skill, the fitter man or woman gains a decided advantage the longer the match   goes.

This is obviously true. However, not all fitness is created equally.

In fact, many men and women hit the gym for 3 hours a day and it KILLS THEIR TENNIS GAME.

They can bench press a house and squat an elephant, yet they get SLOWER on the tennis court.

That’s because they are training to be gym warriors, not great tennis players.

At the end of the day, being in GREAT TENNIS SHAPE is about 2 things: Movement, and elasticity.

Look at the best tennis players.  Think about Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.  What do you  notice?

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that they are the BEST MOVERS and VERY flexible.

If you truly want to get in better shape for tennis, consider training with: Yoga, plyometrics, and high intensity intervals while consistently improving your EFFICIENCY of movement with proper footwork patterns.

Making this decision will put you in position to outlast opponents, reduce your recovery time, and prevent injury while   winning more matches.

Plus, you’ll look really cool.

4. Develop rituals between points, games, and sets

We are emotional beings.  We get upset when we lose points, or miss easy shots. 

That is why it is ESSENTIAL that we develop rituals that bring us back to a neutral state of mind.

This can be done as reliably as turning on the light switch WITH THE RIGHT STRATEGY.

It is entirely possible, using the right strategy, to go from your present state to a desired state QUICKLY.

If you’d like one example of this type of strategy, click here.

Being in an optimal state of mind will allow you to go for your shots with confidence and allow you to handle adversity  like a champion.

I used to be so nervous between points that my legs would shake.

I often thought of all the different ways I was going to screw up a match without hitting a single ball that day.

Once I developed a ritual to put myself into a calm, positive state of mind… I began to become mentally impenetrable.  

The result was more wins and more FUN.

By developing the habit of employing these rituals, you will be totally relaxed, confident, and ready to play   your best match.

5. Visualize success ONLY

This is what screwed me up for years.

I knew visualization was important, but I didn’t realize that I was doing it subconsciously and producing negative    results.

Then, one day while attending a self improvement seminar in Los Angeles I had the ah ha moment and realized:

You must deliberately visualize the results you want if you are to obtain them.

In fact, there is physiological proof that the brain can not distinguish what is “real” from what is VIVDLY IMAGINED.

Essentially, if you visualize a desired action or scenario consistently, you will eventually produce that action or scenario.

For a clear understanding of visualization, click here.

As you are reading this article, you’ve been introduced to 5 elements that you know will ultimately make you a better tennis player, and win more matches.

Clearly, these are topics that I can’t address in depth, because you’d be reading all weekend, and you have things to   do.  So, if you’d like more videos and information like this, here’s what i want you to do:

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