Top Lefty Tennis Players

Only 10 percent of the world’s population is left- handed and among them are some of the most prominent tennis players of this era.  Jeffrey Ruth of Bleacher Report ranks the top lefty tennis players of our time.  “They are also among the game’s all-time greats.These players have a host of things in common. They have won seven or more Grand Slam events, and claimed more than 50 total titles each. All but one of them were ranked No. 1 at some point in their career.”

And here they are as ranked by Mr. Ruth:

6.  John McEnroe Stats:

Grand Slams Won: 7
Major Titles Won: Wimbledon, U.S. Open
Total Titles Won: 77
Highest Ranking: No. 1

5.  Jimmy Connors Stats:

Grand Slams Won: 8
Major Titles Won: Wimbledon, U.S. Open*
Total Titles Won: 110
Highest Ranking: No. 1

4  .Monica Seles Stats:

Grand Slams Won: 9
Major Titles Won: Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open
Total Titles Won: 53
Highest Ranking: No. 1

3.  Rafael Nadal Stats:

Grand Slams Won: 13
Major Titles Won: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open
Total Titles Won: 60
Highest Ranking: No. 1

2.  Martina Navratilova Stats:

Grand Slams Won: 16
Major Titles Won: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open
Total Titles Won 167
Highest Ranking: No. 1

And finally, the number 1 player is Rod Laver and here are his stats:

Grand Slams Won: 11
Major Titles Won: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open
Total Titles Won: 52
Highest Ranking: No. 3

“Rod Laver is the best left-handed tennis player of the modern era. Despite his not holding the most Grand Slam titles, and being ranked only as high as No. 3 in his time, there are two reasons why he tops the list.” They are:

Calendar Year Grand Slam 1969
Calendar Year Grand Slam 1962

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Consistency is the Base of Excellence in Cheerleading

Cheer Magazine shared an article that considers consistency the foundation for the success of all cheerleading routines.

“Consistency is what leads to a routine “hit”. A cheerleader that has been consistent at practice can enjoy their performance without internal worries. If there’s been inconsistency at practice it’s natural to have a fear that the skill might fall during competition.”

Consistency helps enhance:

  • Accountability
  • Accurate Measurement
  • Reputation and Relevancy

Solid cheerleading skills are based on consistent training and maintaining a routine lifestyle that includes proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise.  Confidence is the end result for an athlete who has been consistent in training their body and mind with the support of team mates and a good coach.

“The more we practice consistency and the more confident we feel about our ability to be consistent when we take the floor, the better the result. Routines may be predictable but cheerleading never is.  So as long as the human element exists in this exciting performance sport, fans will continue to hold their breath for the two and a half minutes and only exhale after every skill hits.”

Read for details:  The Power of Consistency

Pylometric Exercises for You

In our previous post, we shared that pylometric exercises are helpful to improve your chances of making your dunk shot dream a reality.  Pylometric exercises though in short intervals require you to exert maximum effort for that specified time.

The goal of pylometric training is to increase power through training exercises that activate the quick response and elastic properties of the major muscles in the body.  Pylometric training is most often used by athletes and commonly by high jumpers, sprinters and martial artists.

The video will share 23 types of pylomtetric exercises for you to try out:

Young african american basketball player scoring a slam dunk.

Tips for Your Dream Dunk

It’s probably safe to say that almost every basketball player dreams of laying a slam dunk.  Some players make it look so smooth and easy, some of them are lucky to have a leg up due to their height.  But a lot more players have to train consistently and rigorously to realize their dream dunk.  Layups.com guest writer A.J Kenrick. shares some tips on how to achieve your first dunk.

“In order to improve your jumping ability you must train with particular jump specific exercise variables in mind.”  Here are 3 training variables to incorporate into your training routine:

  1. Incorporate the same movements used for the slam dunk such as split squat and deadlift that replicate the “triple extension” of the ankle, knee and hip.
  2. Strength training really bolsters your jump so work on barbell squats, deadlifts and single leg lunges.
  3. After attaining a strong and stable foundation, you need to work on improving the reactivity of your muscles and tendons.  Include plyometric exercises and consider including a few Olympic lifts.

Read more:  3 Jump Training Variables That Can Help You Achieve Your First Dunk

Pressure cooker ready to explode on a red hot burner

Subtle Signs of the Over-pressured Athlete

Pressure to succeed and the desire to be the best is prevalent in these times.  Youth athletes are under a lot of constant pressure.  Parents, you are probably aware of the clinical signs of pressure such as:

  • loss of appetite
  • suffering grades
  • trouble sleeping
  • sluggish game-time performance.

CoachUp Nation shares some less conspicuous signs that your child athlete  could be  succumbing to the pressures induced by competitive athletics:

  • your child has no interest in talking about the sport
  • your child is not interested in practicing and improving
  • your child is extremely obsessed about improving
  • your child seeks other avenues to escape from the sport

Any, or a few of these signs could show that your child is feeling pressured.  If you notice some of these symptoms, you should talk to your child and coach, and work things out together.  These signs could be interpreted as an athlete feeling burnt out, losing interest in the sport, or just needing some time to rest.  Paying attention and communicating can resolve concerns before they become major issues.

Find out more:  Are You Putting Too Much Pressure on Your Athlete?

Laura Wilkinson Continues to Pursue Her Passion for Diving

The 2017 International Swimming Hall of Fame class included Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Laura Wilkinson.

“Beating what many said were impossible odds in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, Laura, starting in eighth place and with a broken foot, came from behind to win the 2000 Olympic platform gold medal.Laura has also won the 2004 World Cup and the 2005 World Championships, becoming the first woman in history to win all three coveted world titles in platform diving. Along the way, she has won 19 US National Titles, been voted by the American public the 2000 US Olympic Spirit Award winner and was nominated for an ESPY award.”

Laura is 39, a mother of three, and this is not hindering her from planning a 2020 comeback to qualify for the Tokyo Summer Olympic games. Visit Laura’s website, laurawilkinson.com and share her journey as she continues to pursue her passion for diving.


Congratulations Jordan!

Congratulations to our very own Jordan Snider who has been named as the new head coach of the Panther men’s tennis team.  The announcement was made by Athletic Director Chris Bisignano of Purchase College. Not to worry Future Stars Campers and Families, Jordan will continue in his job responsibilities at Future Stars. When you see Jordan, don’t forget to congratulate him!


Read more:  In the Panther Spotlight: Jordan Snider



Sweating About Basketball Try Outs?

Basketball tryouts are coming up and anxieties levels are more than likely escalating.  Don’t sweat it, work on what you can control.  Prepare  for your try outs in a methodical way.  Fortify your skill levels with consistent practice.  Confidence in your abilities can help make a lasting impression on your coaches.  LiveStrong.com has some great tips from Michael Hutchins to help you be in your best form for try outs:

  1. Every other day till try outs, perform conditioning drills.
  2. Work out with a practice partner.
  3. Emphasize practicing on the skills for the position that you most want to play.  Perhaps, pick another position for back-up.
  4. Round-up some other players to play half court games.  It’s better when you play against those that may possess higher skill levels than yourself.

Remember to rest right before try outs, keep yourself hydrated, and have a nutritious meal at least two hours before.  Take deep breathes and do your best.

Find out more:  How to Get Prepared for Basketball Tryouts


College Fit Can Be as Important as a Scholarship

Trends seems to show that an increasing number of  college sports recruits are a large share of college transfer statistics.  Applying for colleges is a taxing time, choosing the right school that will meet your financial needs and provide both a great academic, athletic experience all adds to the stress.  JVA Blog shares 5 things to consider when applying for athletic scholarships:

  1. Have a concrete list of what you are looking for and what you don’t want in your college experience
  2. Start your college search early, so that you have time to thoroughly research the programs at the schools
  3. Always present yourself as someone who adds something to the team
  4. Meet all the NCAA eligibility requirements
  5. Make sure you have enough highlight moments to make a video.  Grasp as many  opportunities to visit and build relationships with the coach and team. Find creative ways to finance your trips.

All the prep work that you do will pay off when you are at the college with the right fit that gives you the best academic and athletic experience with the least amount of financial hardship.  Do your homework and start early.

Read more:  5 Ways to Make College Coaches Notice You


Playoff Prep Tips

Endings are often tough for everyone and it’s that time of the year, when football season is coming to a close. If your child’s team has had a good season and they are heading to the playoffs, here are some tips from USA Football to prepare for an exciting but sometimes stressful time:

  • Maintain the same routines that you used during the entire season.  You might consider arriving a little earlier than usual to accommodate pre-game practice.
  • Work with your child to manage their expectations.  Prepare them for loss in this game or victory.  Remind them of what a good time they have had and to look forward to another season.
  • Work on not overwhelming your child with game strategies and advice, leave that to the professionals.
  • Win or lose, plan on having a celebration after the game with your family and/or teammates.  Whatever the outcome, always remember to greet your child after the game with affection, hugs or high fives are always appreciated.


Find our more:  4 things to remember as your child prepares for a playoff football game