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Dear Tennis Friends,
For those of you who are actively playing and competing, I salute to you because playing itself is winning. Tennis is the most beautiful sport and also the most demanding. It requires strong eye-hand coordination, speed, quickness, and endurance. Not to mention the knowledge, the focus, the strategy and the courage required to become a decent player. I have been competing for many years and have never been tired of learning and competing.

In recreational tennis, it is very common to find players with weaknesses in their game. Please seek help to correct these problems quickly before they lessen your enjoyment of this great sport of tennis.

I have devoted my time and energy to teach the recreational players how to learn to serve effectively, how to build up a strong backhand, how to volley technically-correct and how to execute the delicate drop shot. It is so much more fun to enjoy the game if you can execute all the strokes and direct the ball to anywhere on the court. Bear in mind that there is a big difference between professional tennis and amateur tennis. Some of the shots and movements the pros do may be harmful to your well being unless you have been training in a rigid fitness program like theirs and also possess their athletic talent. 
 
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Michael - USPTA 1998

March 2009

PS: For those of you who can read Chinese, you can also visit http://blog.sina.com.cn/tennisgreat
      

CHRONICLES OF MY TENNIS LIFE
1976 - Immigrate to Austin, TX from Taiwan with my family. 
1977 - Receive a Wilson T-3000 stainless steel tennis racquet as a birthday gift. Did not connect with tennis. Went to Chicago to study computer science.
1980 - Work in the IT field for 1.5 years in Chicago, got married and move back to beautiful Austin, TX.
1981 - Inspired by McEnroe/Borg Wimbledon match to learn to play tennis. Start at Anderson High school backboard. Have a head start with ping pong's spins and badminton's footwork. 
1984 - Purchase the USTA Life Membership and plan to play this sport for a long long time.
1985 - Reached NTRP 3.5. (National Tennis Rating Program - 1.0 is the absolute beginner and 7.0 is the professional level). 
1989 - Reached NTRP 4.5. 
1990 - Introduce my daughter Michelle and my nephews Jeff and Justin to tennis and tennis changed their life forever.
1994 - Reached NTRP 5.0. Michelle represents Texas to The Challenge Cup in Florida. 
1997 - Michelle accepts the tennis scholarship to attend St. Stephen's Episcopal Boarding School in Austin. Relocate to Boston for a business opportunity. 
1998 - Certified as a USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) coach, prepare for my third career in the future. My nephew Jeff got accepted to West Point and played tennis during his time there. Tennis definitely helped him gain admission to this prestigious Academy.
1999 - Move back to the warm, tennis-friendly city of Austin, Texas from Boston.
2001 - Michelle enrolls in the University of Pennsylvania and play for UPenn Tennis (2001-2005). During her 4 years there, the Quakers won the Ivy League Championship twice. Defeat Ivy League tennis powerhouse Harvard and Yale along the way. 
2003 - Passed the exam to become a USRSA (United States Racquet Stringing Association) certified stringer. Nephew Justin got accepted to Air Force Academy and played tennis for the Air Force. Again tennis helped him getting in this prestigious academy.
2005 - Michelle graduates from UPenn and begins working in Investment Banking in New York City. I injured my right wrist in a traffic accident in China while on a business trip.
2006 - Learn to play tennis left-handed while injured. 
2007 - Nephew Justin graduated from Air Force and began his flying career to serve his country. 
2008 - Reach NTRP 4.0 for my left-handed game. In light of the looming economic crisis, I prepare to start coaching tennis full time.
2009 - After 12 years of inactivity in tennis due to work, I find time to resume playing and competing in tennis.  
2010 - Happily coaching tennis and competing in tournaments. 
2011 - Life is good. Nothing is better than this! 
2012 - All my advanced students are required to read the book "Winning Ugly" by Brad Gilbert. This book tells you how to think and play smart. 
2013 - How to play pushers? Pushers are good tennis players and they are at every level. Tips to play pushers: 1. Respect them as players that have a special ability. 2. Imagine you are on a clay court. You need the patience to set up the point. 3. Do not get emotional. :-)  They are good "Tennis Gate Keepers". If you don't find a way to overcome them, you don't deserve to go to the next level.
2014 - I often compare learning tennis with learning piano. Both are a form of art, neither is like a cakewalk. The fact that the piano is played while it is still on the ground makes tennis a more difficult art to learn. Playing tennis is like playing a moving piano. 
2016 - Rod Laver once said; There are 3 things that will make the game better for anybody. Ready? 1. Watch the ball - nothing else.  2. Bend your knees as you hit.  3. Get your first serve in.  Please do work on your serves a lot because it is the key to make or break your game. Happy hitting!
2017 - Roger Federer is the GOAT, "Greatest Of All Time". 
2020 - Fast forward! Roger Federer has 20 Grand Slam titles. My tennis coaching is winding down. Crossed path with pickleball in 2019 and got hooked immediately. The sport is very similar to tennis. I find it so amazingly challenging. Try it!  
Giving a tennis lesson to my youngest sister Lisa in Bay Area, California.  July 2005

My daughter Michelle at 11 years old, finishing a backhand slice in the 1994 USTA Zonal Competition in Oklahoma City. She complained about discomfort in her left knee in the morning 
warm-up. I gave her a knee brace from my tennis bag and resolved the problem. Sun was super bright and hot in Oklahoma so I let her wear my Killer Loop sunglasses. She did really well in the one-week competition and was selected to represent Texas for the National Challenge Cup competition in Florida. Great memory! 

Jeffrey Michelle Justin
Michelle with cousins Justin & Jeffrey. All three competed in Texas Super Championships junior circuit and later all represented their college in competitions.