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Sep 22nd, 2016 11:02 AM
Tess
Re: General Aussie Tennis News

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Originally Posted by louloubelle View Post
^ Yes, there will be hoops to jump through no doubt.


Tess - have you seen Zoe Hives training at Melb Park? She's still MIA, maybe still some complications with that knee?
Hi yes have seen Zoe at mel park. Shes hitting but not much movement it seems. Was also sitting on chair hitting i guess to just work on racket technique.
Sep 22nd, 2016 10:39 AM
guichard
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Checking in with ? Casey Dellacqua ? 22 September, 2016 - All News - News and Features - News and Events - Tennis Australia
Sep 21st, 2016 07:57 AM
louloubelle
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^
Sep 21st, 2016 05:23 AM
Northstar
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The biggest priority for TA must always be to win the davis cup so a team based approach is important. Its a good time for them to return to the values of the 1950s. They are cleaning out the coaching and junior ranks so that noone will ever speak their mind on the Director of Performance again
Sep 19th, 2016 09:45 AM
Daniel.
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Ajla started hitting tennis balls softly for the first time on Friday.
Sep 19th, 2016 07:48 AM
louloubelle
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^ Yes, there will be hoops to jump through no doubt.


Tess - have you seen Zoe Hives training at Melb Park? She's still MIA, maybe still some complications with that knee?
Sep 19th, 2016 06:21 AM
Tess
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Hoping they actually do spread the funds to outside of TA system players, but cant imagine it will be much still compared to TA players. Interesting about the TA coaches having to reapply as me and a friend were commenting the other day whilst at mel park that lots of the coaches sit their and barely do much.
Sep 18th, 2016 03:37 PM
Sandgroper Sam
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Originally Posted by louloubelle View Post
^ Restructure of our academy's by TA 'puppet' oooppss Director of Performance, Pat Rafter.
Interesting to note the 'focus' on behaviour, both juniors and parents.... thinly veiled swipe at the likes of Tomic, Kyrigos and their families. Though I'm not against any kind of education in that area, it needs to be collaborative and not from stand-point of 'follow our values or else we'll fine, suspend or bag you out in the media'.
We have flowed back to a 'team' approach from the 1980's.... our best players were outside of the system for most of the part.... Cash, Stosur, Dokic, Phillipousis, and even Rafter himself (I think Molik too, but maybe wrong). A team environment could develop solid tour players, but champions come from individualised programs and support and not pigeon-holed in a team to play the same way.
Glad they haven't taken away the opportunity to support players outside of the system, but interesting to see how hard they make it to access the funding, and if they have a quota of players they can support.
In other words re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

I like the team-based approach actually, it can pay off in a sport that is so individually focused. But making the system into the haves/have nots isn't the answer nor is getting away from individualised coaching. Get these players playing and competing with each other at an early age and travelling to tournaments together. The rest works itself out.
Sep 18th, 2016 12:14 PM
louloubelle
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^ Restructure of our academy's by TA 'puppet' oooppss Director of Performance, Pat Rafter.
Interesting to note the 'focus' on behaviour, both juniors and parents.... thinly veiled swipe at the likes of Tomic, Kyrigos and their families. Though I'm not against any kind of education in that area, it needs to be collaborative and not from stand-point of 'follow our values or else we'll fine, suspend or bag you out in the media'.
We have flowed back to a 'team' approach from the 1980's.... our best players were outside of the system for most of the part.... Cash, Stosur, Dokic, Phillipousis, and even Rafter himself (I think Molik too, but maybe wrong). A team environment could develop solid tour players, but champions come from individualised programs and support and not pigeon-holed in a team to play the same way.
Glad they haven't taken away the opportunity to support players outside of the system, but interesting to see how hard they make it to access the funding, and if they have a quota of players they can support.
Sep 18th, 2016 12:02 PM
louloubelle
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Pat Rafter makes top coaches reapply for jobs under restructure

Leo Schlink, Sunday Herald Sun
September 17, 2016 8:23pm

MORE than 20 elite Australian coaches will have to reapply for jobs as Tennis Aus­tralia’s development pathway undergoes radical change.

Determined to maximise resources and return Australia to the top of the tennis mountain, former champion Pat Rafter has ordered an overhaul of the nation’s development program.
And the dual US Open winner is focusing on cultural issues, with the introduction of a ground-breaking “wellbeing” program designed to enhance competitive and training experiences for juniors and their parents.
“It’s really important that we address the wellbeing aspect,” Rafter said.
“We want to make the whole experience for the kids enjoyable, not just from a tennis aspect but also from a behavioural point of view.”

Most of the structural changes will be at the three national academies in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
The former world No. 1 has analysed the program over three years and as TA’s director of performance, believes a restructure is required.
“The only way to make the change to the current structure was through redundancies and that’s unfortunate,” he said. “Of the 25 or so positions, 19 are still there.

“We’ve now changed the structure of the three major academies and that will mean a change in the coaching positions at those academies.
“The smaller academies in the smaller states are a bit more fluid.”
He said he had encouraged incumbent coaches to apply for existing or new roles.
“Absolutely, we want those coaches to continue with us,” he said.
“Some of our great coaches have been affected but they have been encouraged to apply for the different roles.
Rafter wants TA’s resources spread wider and juniors to take more res­ponsibility for their development pathway.
“My philosophy is to get back to fewer coaches doing one-on-one work with the kids,” he said.
“I want to see more of a team environment where the kids are helping one another under the direction of a coach.”
Rafter said one option was coaching camps in Queensland during the southern winters.
While yet to be codified, there will be financial support for players who opt to stay outside TA’s pathway and work with private coaches.
Jul 24th, 2016 03:23 AM
Kəv.
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What's the update on her citizenship by the way? Wasn't she supposed to get it in May.
Jul 24th, 2016 02:24 AM
guichard
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Dec 1st, 2015 06:40 AM
Sandgroper Sam
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Originally Posted by louloubelle View Post
^ I know but don't they all have to appear on the WTA rankings to count. It's only 11 days to go

I can't see the old biddies bending the rules if Dasha and Ajla don't appear on the list.

Izzie was always a shoe-in to be allowed to play. The organising committee are no doubt staunch monarchists and it would be unforgivable to deny entry to a Brit come Aussie. (Likely discussing the Izzie situation whilst polishing the organising committee's expensive purchase of a photograph of Queen Elizabeth sitting with Tony Abbott).
I thought the Republicans had infiltrated the committee in a leadership coup at the Onion Festival but alas it appears not to be. I'll tell them Someone that knows them should pass on that giving the ballot box to the first truckie you see at a Roadhouse isn't the best method of couriering.
Dec 1st, 2015 12:06 AM
louloubelle
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^ I know but don't they all have to appear on the WTA rankings to count. It's only 11 days to go

I can't see the old biddies bending the rules if Dasha and Ajla don't appear on the list.

Izzie was always a shoe-in to be allowed to play. The organising committee are no doubt staunch monarchists and it would be unforgivable to deny entry to a Brit come Aussie. (Likely discussing the Izzie situation whilst polishing the organising committee's expensive purchase of a photograph of Queen Elizabeth sitting with Tony Abbott).
Nov 30th, 2015 08:03 PM
Sandgroper Sam
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Great news! Clearly this was rushed through so she could participate in the Michelle Jaggard-Lai trophy!
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