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Developing High Performance Tennis Players [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Giffenig
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Book Description

This book is an attempt to answer the questions that I have pondered most of my life: What does it take to be a great tennis player and what is the most effective way to train.

It is a summary of 40 years in competitive tennis as a high performance player and coach of elite athletes. Within its pages you will find a player development system that guides coaches, players and parents through the intricacies of high performance tennis training.

It provides an in-depth analysis and explanation of every important aspect of the game and presents a clear and complete roadmap for anyone interested in truly understanding what it takes to excel in this marvelous sport.

The Author:

Edgar Giffenig was a highly ranked junior in Mexico and played for the University of Texas where he completed an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in exercise physiology.

Starting as assistant coach at his alma mater, Edgar has been coaching high performance players for the last 25 years. He was a national coach for the USA, Germany and Mexico as well as a partner in two major tennis academies: Centro Mextenis in Mexico and International Tennis Academy in the USA.

He has been a speaker at many national and international coaches conventions (ITF, PTR, ITA, USTA, DTB, FMT) and is a partner in TennisGate, a company specializing in player development media.

Edgar currently lives in Connecticut, USA, where he teaches and coaches at The Salisbury School.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 70448 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 3944526015
  • Publisher: Neuer Sportverlag; 1 edition (6 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content 5 Jun. 2014
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Tennis coaches and players who are interested in competing will love this book. Highly experienced international tennis coach Edgar Giffenig shares his expertise in straight forward tennis language in a book which is full of insights and practical ideas.
The accessible style of the book and the quality of advice means the book is not only suitable for coaches developing ‘High Performance Players’, but also valuable to all tennis coaches from Level 3.
Built on a logical approach to teaching, there are sections on all the key aspects of game development including sound technical advice, however where the book really shines in my opinion is in covering tactics. As well as clear expanations of court dimensions and court positioning, there is an excellent section entitled ‘Laws of the battle’. This section covers many tactical ‘rules’ which are presented in simple bite-sized paragraphs which prove thought-provoking. These tactical rules are then integrated into game drills in both singles and doubles in the ‘Drills Library’.
Unlike many other books, it is clearly aimed at coaches as the title suggests and is full of tips and comments which all coaches will find interesting and thought provoking.
I enjoyed reading the book very much and often found myself nodding (though I tried to limit this showing outwardly whilst reading!) , remembering drills and mentally noting the ideas it sparked. I would have no hesitation in recommmending this refreshingly well presented, comprehensive and highly relevant book. A ‘must-read’ for tennis coaches.
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A must have book for every tennis coaches and serious performance players. I have been using the drills and information for my players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource 5 Dec. 2013
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Impressive. This is state of the art coaching and teaching by a master. The book was recommended to me by a professional player who described Edgar Giffenig as a "tennis MRI" because of the depth and accuracy of his analysis of all aspects of a player's game, from stroke production to match tactics and everything in between. Having read hundreds of tennis books, and as a clinical psychologist specializing in peak performance as well as a tennis parent, this one really is a STANDOUT. Beautifully organized for ease of use, there is probably $100,000 worth, at least, in lessons, workshops, etc. The drills, the advice, seem honed to the heart of what is most essential for player development and coaching. A very generous book/resource library. Outstanding.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First law of the battle - get this book 19 Feb. 2014
By John J Posey - Published on
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Edgar’s intelligence, love of the game, generosity, and sense of humor all went into this book, which distills his experience from a lifetime in the trenches as a coach and player. For those who don’t have the privilege of knowing him, this is the next best thing. There is something in here for anyone interested in tennis and what it takes to get better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for tennis professionals who want to organize a successful Jr Development Program 22 Oct. 2013
By Ted Erck - Published on
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Edgar brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to help tennis professionals organize a blueprint for success for their junior tennis development program. Edgar has experience working with and in the highest level of junior tennis in the world. Edgar started as an assistant coach for the University of Texas men's tennis team, then as one of the coaches for the USTA as a national coach for the top juniors in the United State. In Europe Edgar coached in the German Tennis Federation and Latin America created the Mexican National Jr. Tennis program for their elite junior players. Edgars experience as a top level player also allows him unique insight as to what really works and how to get others to the highest level of competition. Edgar has found that kids learn better and have more fun by playing games and matches. That does not mean that skill development through drilling is not important, but through the many examples provided in this book, drills should be structured to mirror point situations so that not only are their skills improving their tactical knowledge is improving as well. This is not a book that you read and put on your bookshelf but one that you read time and time again and use to create your own blueprint for a high performance junior program.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 12 Jun. 2014
By Bruce R Gullikson - Published on
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Giffenig, is a coach's coach and has great practical advice for coaches,parents, and players. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their tennis game or coaching skills.

Bruce Gullikson USPTA 1, PTR Professional
5.0 out of 5 stars Skills beyond tennis fundamental strokes 26 Oct. 2013
By Edward H. Letteron - Published on
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Edgar uses subtle skills to develop advantages for average players at all levels: school, college, league, club, tournament, and top tournament competitors. Shows the ways that separate the good from the very good, and a program of mental and physical techniques used by the pros, but available to every player. Explains necessary rules and strategies for coaches, parents, and players showing how to use gradations of development, mental and physical, adding drill sections for each level. Far beyond simple stroke production.
This seems to be the only book on the market that gives a complete analysis of the game with specific singles and doubles tactics for every possible player situation, the value of spins, types of players (steady baseliner, etc.)and how to develop your own style of play as well as oppose others. A thorough guide to all aspects of the game. I only wish I had had the information in this book to use when I was a prep school coach. It's an overview of the game from a world class coach; worthwhile for everyone who plays the 'game for a lifetime'.
Color coded, important points highlighted, chapter summaries, personal insights, reference library appendix with extensive situation drills.
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