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Future Champions of Wimbledon?

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Three West Bay Country Club tennis players have been selected to play in the 2013 World Youth Games. We caught up with Andrew Fisher, Tennis Director, who has established a forward thinking and vibrant tennis scheme at the West Bay Country Club. Regarded as one of the UK’s leading and most successful tennis coaches, Andrew has coached 13 national champions, including the current Junior Grand Slam winner Heather Watson. Andrew has developed a strong club tennis programme which has been designed to give players of all ages, abilities and experiences the opportunity of enjoying tennis, whether they are looking for high performance coaching or to play socially for fun. As well as establishing a vibrant Club Programme, with his expertise in player development, Andrew was quick to recognise a need for a progressive Performance Programme on the Island. In less than 12 months, Andrew has managed to guide and shape the development of 25 players and three island based players – Millie Coombs (14), Sian Perry (14) and Mikar Fisher (13) – have been selected to represent the Isle of Wight in the World Youth Games in 2013. The success of the Performance Programme can be attributed to Andrews’s forward thinking approach to player development. For Andrew, ‘it’s not a case of spending hour after hour hitting as many tennis balls as possible’ - a model widely used at many tennis clubs in the UK. Instead, Andrew is quick to point out the importance of developing physical capabilities to help improve technical abilities, and importantly guard against injury thus improving longevity. All players on the Performance Programme undergo regular ‘athlete screens’ which are completed by West Bay Country Club Physiotherapist, Jo Hellier. These results are reviewed by the tennis team to establish training priorities. As part of the programme all players also attend weekly Pilates, Yoga, Pre-habilitation and Sports Conditioning sessions as well as undergoing regular coaching. For Andrew this is important from a young age; ‘it promotes a healthy training environment where young players can develop their tennis but also learn skills for life including discipline and learning to look after their body’.

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The basis of a strong and consistent serve

The serve is one of the most important strokes in tennis. It starts each point, and it is the only shot in tennis you initiate. If you want a good serve, follow these key points:
  1. The Proper Grip - A good serves starts with the correct grip, the continental grip. This is also known as the ‘hammer grip’ as you hold the racket like you would a hammer.
  2. Body Positioning – A strong serve starts with a stable base. Feet should be shoulder-width apart at a 45-degree angle to the court.
  3. The Ball Toss - A consistent ball toss is crucial to a good serve. Extending your arm and continuing the extension after the ball has left your hand is key and remember that at the moment that you release the ball, the racket arm should be slightly bent creating a trophy position.
  4. Ball Contact - A fully extended arm at contact is another key component of a good serve. You want to "reach" up for the ball by driving up with your legs. Concentrate on keeping your head up and hitting up and out towards your target.
  5. Follow-through - You don't want to stop your forward momentum at the point of contact. You want to hit through this point and complete the serve with a full follow-through.
For more details about the West Bay Country Club Performance Tennis or Club Tennis programmes please call the team on 07983 766222 or email info@westbaycountryclub.co.uk to request a programme.
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These classes have been specifically designed to allow participants to work at their own intensity level, with the ability to modify all exercises according to their own personal fitness.

Beginner

A person new to training or an individual with below average fitness levels can be termed as a beginner. These classes are also suitable for those returning to exercise after a break/injury.

Intermediate

A person training at intermediate level should have a fair amount of base fitness and coordination and thus can be exposed to a higher intensity workout.

Advanced

At an advanced level, the participant should have experience in subjecting themselves to high intensity training on a regular basis. Every person starting off as a beginner should aspire to reach this level.

Online booking is available for members for classes, activities and spa treatments.
Non-members can book our spa treatments online, and please call 01983 766222 to book classes or activities.

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