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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 weakness 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 recreational player 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
e-mail: michaelstennisworld@gmail.com
March 2009

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CHRONICLES OF MY TENNIS LIFE
1976 - Immigrated to Austin, TX from Taiwan with my family. 
1977 - Received a Wilson T-3000 stainless steel tennis racquet as birthday gift. Did not connect with tennis. Went to Chicago to study computer science.
1980 - Worked in IT field for 1.5 years in Chicago, got married and moved back to beautiful Austin, TX.
1981 - Inspired by McEnroe/Borg Wimbledon match to learn to play tennis. Started at Anderson High school backboard. Got head start with ping pong's spins and badminton's footwork. When I so something, I really do it. Here is how I improve so quickly in tennis. 
1. Continue practicing against the backboard.
2. Borrowed all the tennis books in Austin public library and read and study them all. 
3. Signed up for Austin Tennis League and started from the lowest level and gradually move up over the years.
4. Participated in USTA Leagues.
5. Played tennis tournaments in the beginner level. Moved up to Social, Intermediate and finally champion level.
6. Followed world tennis news and watched tennis on TV.
7. Built up a network of tennis friends and routinely practiced against all different styles.
8. Worked out in the garage on raining days.   
There is no secret and there is no shortcut, just keep on practicing. It takes time, patience and persistence to become a player. 
1984 - Purchased the USTA Life Membership because I knew I would never stop playing this wonderful sport.
1985 - Reached NTRP 3.5. (National Tennis Rating Program - 1.0 is the absolute beginner and 7.0 is the professional player who makes his living from tournament prize money). Must stop smoking to excel beyond NTRP 3.5 because the competition was getting tougher. Did quit smoking and excel. 
1989 - Reached NTRP 4.5. 
1990 - Introduced my daughter Michelle and my nephews Jeff and Justin to tennis. Tennis changed their life forever. (See photos below)
1994 - Reached NTRP 5.0. Michelle was ranked #1 in Texas in Age 10. Represented Texas to The Challenge Cup in Florida. Gave Michelle USTA Life Membership as birthday gift and hoped she would enjoy tennis all her life. (See photo below)
1997 - Michelle accepted the tennis scholarship to attend St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin. Left my first career as a computer software engineer and started my second career as an offshore sourcing consultant. Relocated to Boston. 
1998 - Certified as an USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) coach, preparation 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 - Moved back to the warm, tennis-friendly city of Austin, Texas from Boston.
2001 - Michelle enrolled in University of Pennsylvania and represented UPenn Tennis (2001-2005). During these 4 years, the UPenn Quakers won the Ivy League Championship twice. Defeated Ivy League tennis powerhouse Harvard and Yale. 
2003 - Passed the examine to become an USRSA (United States Racquet Stringing Association) certified stringer. Nephew Justin got accepted to Air Force Academy and played tennis for all four years. Again tennis helped him getting in this prestigious academy.
2005 - Michelle graduated from UPenn and began working in Investment Banking in New York City. Injured right wrist in a traffic accident in China while on business trip.
2006 - Made good use of my brand new injury-free left arm. Learn to play tennis left-handed while injured. Requested NTRP 3.5 from USTA for my left handed game. 
2007 - Nephew Justin graduated from Air Force and began his flying career to serve his country. 
2008 - Reached NTRP 4.0 for my left handed game. In light of the looming economic crisis, I am preparing to start coaching tennis.
2009 - After 12 years of inactive playing due to frequent work-related traveling, found time to resume playing and competing in tennis. Injuries are manageable now and I could use my right arm again. Began building this site (ongoing) in the first week of March 2009 and start coaching tennis freelance full time. Nephew Jeff served in Iraq and retired from the military. Graduated from Harvard MBA and currently works in Wall Street. 
2010 - Happily coaching tennis and competing in tournaments. 
2011 - Still happily coaching tennis. Nothing is better than this! Useful tip for anyone suffering from lower back injury. Do 50 to 100 setups a day. Cured my 20+ years of lower back problem from tennis by doing just setups daily. Counting down 50, 49, 48, 47......is easier than counting up for the repetitions. Decided to graduate all 4 of my high school junior students to make room for younger students. Another tip to fight scorching heat in summer - home made lemonade.
2012 - Decided to play a few more tournaments every year so I can pass the tournament experience to my students. All my advanced students are required to read the book "Winning Ugly" by Brad Gilbert. This book will activate your brain in tennis competition. 
2013 - Woke up one morning 8 months ago and had problem with left shoulder. Received tui-na treatment in Taiwan that did not help. Can only hit the ball with 20% power with my left hand. Decided to forego surgery and let it heal by itself. It may take years but I could use it to play with my students who have problem playing pushers. Pushers (they don't miss) are good tennis players and they are in every level. Tips to play pushers: 1. Respect them. 2. Patience to work the point. 3. The most difficult one - don't ever get mad. :-)  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 - Left shoulder finally recovered after 15 months. Way to go! I often compare learning tennis with learning piano. Both are a form of art , neither is like a cake walk. The fact that piano is played while it is still on the ground makes tennis a more difficult art to learn. Most of my students also learn how to play the piano. I tell them playing tennis is like playing a moving piano. 
2015 - When you are not competing well, most likely you are not serving well either. Do not force the serves or the ground strokes. Learn to relax your grip, your muscles and calm yourself down. Power and accuracy may return. Aim your ground strokes down the middle. You have a chance to turn it all around. 
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 - On my Chinese website, I always refer Roger Federer as "The Old King". I may be one of the most loyal Federer fans. Never quit hoping Roger will win 18 or more Grand Slam titles. Guess what? The Old King has ruled again. #18 and going strong. A few more is very possible in 2017. This small site is just a personal journal and I am very surprised that some people found the site. Welcome!
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 1994 USTA Zonal Competition in Oklahoma City. She complained 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.