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Tennis has changed a lot in the last two decades, from the introduction of new strings, racquets, and other equipment that has made it easier to play tennis and make use of mediocre technique to still be able to play at a somewhat competitive level. Moreover, another implication is that it has made it more difficult to teach students the right technique and strategy in order to be able to be successful in the long run of a tennis career.
The changes are much more visible at the junior level… travelling with a lot of juniors to tournaments over the last several years, it been evident that since the innovations of new equipment, they are able to be more consistent and create effortless power, while using inadequate technique; furthermore, based on my experience this has been even more visible at girls junior tennis and younger divisions.
The impression or illusion in feeling like you are good because you are able to be consistent and hit winners at times, makes it difficult to convince young players that they need to make changes in order to succeed in the years to come in order to play at a college level or a have a chance to be a professional tennis player. Things change a bit as you watch the 16s and 18s boys and girls competitions…the better players clearly stick out with good technique, particularly in the boys divisions.