Virginia as Guru
Someone recently sent me a VHS copy of the 1988 video "Virginia Wade's Class." Have others seen this? Essentially it's an hour long instructional video, but for me, what sets it apart from others I've seen is Virginia's general humor and ease in front of the camera. When talking about how to hold the racket, for instance, Wade candidly admits (and I'm paraphrasing) "While there's Eastern, Western, Continental...it may as be called British Airways, as I don't know what any of those labels actually mean!"...she then instructs her pubils to simply hold the racket by her own visual example. I esp liked watching Virginia teach the flat, side-spin and kick serve, as well as on-court strategy to her pupils, playing out various points against a fellow advanced player. At the end of the lesson, Virginia even brings her pupils to a nearby beach, and, legs crossed, leads them through a basic lesson in the fundamentals of on-court focus through the powers of visualization/meditation. Overall, fun, funny and quite informative - highly recomended for all her fans!