Tennis players need to take care of their physicality, fitness and confidence. United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (U.S. NCAA) Division I coach Jesse Frieder from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States recently explained why these qualities are important.
“Physicality and fitness are so important,” Frieder said. “It’s so easy to lose to somebody when they hit the ball harder than you because they’re bigger than you are but if you consistently beat higher-ranked players while winning three-set matches, you prove to us that you are really tough and gritty.”
Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, USA, Frieder graduated from the Questrom School of Business of Boston University in 2014. He was the captain of the men’s tennis team of the university.
“People who work the hardest, who are disciplined, who go to the gym, who consistently practice buckets of serves, are generally the most confident,” Frieder pointed out. “You gain confidence from preparation. The more confident the player, the more he or she is likely to win.”
Frieder and his fellow U.S. NCAA Division I coaches Ezequiel Gils of Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA and Rob Raines of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA were recently in the Philippines. They trained 20 Filipino junior tennis players at the DreamBig Gold Series Tennis Camp at Manila Polo Club in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines from January 11-12, 2020.
The Boston University coach said they want to see the young athletes in more and more matches because it makes their universal tennis rating (UTR) more accurate and it makes them a tougher tennis player. He added, “We want players in our team who are tough, who are not scared of pressure and not scared of the moment.”
According to DreamBig Events founder and CEO Akshay Maliwal, the events company is bringing in more camps and tournaments for tennis, golf and soccer in 2020. He said they want to give local junior athletes the opportunity to be discovered by Division I US universities coaches who can help them reach their personal goals and the country’s dream to have Filipino players compete at the international stage.