The Tennis Parent's Bible: A Comprehensive Survival Guide to Becoming a World Class Tennis Parent (or Coach) Paperback – 6 Jan 2014
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Frank Giampaolo breaks down everything needed for success on the court.
Mental toughness is not talked about enough in the game of tennis and Frank is the master!
The insight given in The Tennis Parent's Bible will take you/your child/your player to new levels.
This book is THE essential guide to high level tennis. If you haven't read it yet, you should get your own copy NOW!
So I began to research, looking high and low, buying dozens of books, talking about being -In the Zone- or -Mental Toughness-, etc. which were all great and inpirational .. but none of them guided me on "how to do this" or how help my child "get there". None of them really explained to me about how MY behavior as a parent played such a HUGE role in helping or hindering my child.
This is how this book is different from any other!!! It is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE for any tennis parents hoping to give your child every advantage you can, and stop some of the behavior that may actually be holding them back from being all they can be.
The author has such relatable REAL life experiences, with both successes and failures, that you feel like you have your own "seasoned coach" helping you out along the way!!
He even goes as far to provide and explain how to use specific tools, like match logs and charting, which we have used and have found to be truly helpful !!
My first review of this book last August when I first purchases it was as follow:
"I've found in this book something so uniquely real and honest, and for once had a resource where I was able to relate to every word !!
It has just brought such great clarity and given us wonderful direction that I can only see remarkable future development using this book as guidance for our young daughter."
6 Months later.. (as I continue to re-read this book, referring back to sections when I need a refresher) my review today is as follows:
Since reading this book for the first time this past summer, I can truly say it has really changed our family's perspective and our attitude towards our daughter's (and now son's) tennis.
She has definitely benefitted .... taking her ranking from the mid 50s to the Low 20s. (and climbing !!) Making our family's whole experience from what were many times, tense and stressful for all of us, to a positive experience.
I had so many "lightbulb" moments as I read this book... where you just say.. "well yes.. of course" things that are so obvious.. it's just your so close sometimes you just can't see them. This book truly helps you to do a self-assessment of your role in your tennis player's life. I know I felt truly empowered to help my child be the best person they can be with the "life skills" he talks about, that will make her successful on and off the court!!!
As an example, over and above what it has done for our daughters tennis success on the court, this book has helped us create such a better positive attitude that my daughter as since gone on to win the Sportsmanship Award at our last Closed Championship Tournament. It was a proud parent day !! And I truly think our family's new attitude created by the guidance we got from this book helped make this award possible!!
Thank you so much for writing and sharing your experiences!