NickW Tennis

**Is anyone old enough to remember the incredible summer of 2018?
I coached through that Summer, and I tell you, it was beautiful! Perhaps this Easter heat is a sign it could be about to happen again?**


Welcome to our latest Newsletter - Published Easter 2019

Catch up with all the latest news. Thanks for reading!

Too important not to read: More important than our news, than Brexit, and than a famous building burning down in Paris. Mental health affects people, and the problem is getting worse. Especially for young people growing up in a technological world that has been advancing too fast for it to be regulated properly, meaning failure to safeguard the next generation. Please check out an incredible charitable cause in which Robyn Moore will play tennis all day, every day, this June, to raise awareness of mental health. She intends to hit 200,000 shots, and travel around the country. To find out more, and to donate, please follow the link at the end.

2nd series coming!: I'm excited to have a 2nd series commissioned by the leading coach resource website in the world, and look forward to once again having my work published alongside many of the most famous and successful tennis coaches of the last 30 years. This series will look at marginal gains in tennis. In it, I will link together the newest coaching concept of data and statistics, with the modern concepts of first strike tennis (the first 4 shots), and individual-based coaching, and also with the timeless concepts of sound tactics, and disciplined preparation. Marginal gains aims to do just what it says, and give tennis players simple ways to increase their chance of winning points by 3% here, 5% there. Winning 51% of total points played in 2018 was enough for Kyle Edmund to be ranked No.20 at the end of that year. The importance of fine margins in tennis is huge, and following the theme of this new series has been a significant reason for the great success of our Hawker Jets teams over the last few years.

Surrey Junior Team Trophy 18/19:Hawker Jets had another excellent season, setting a competition record for the number of teams to qualify for the knock-out stages of 7 (out of 8!), and going on to have 4 semi-finalists, and 2 finalists across the age groups. Big well done to our two finalist teams: Our U11 Girls who made Roehampton battle for 4 hrs to get past them, and our U13 Boys B's who lost out to St.Georges Hill. A shout for the U13 Boys A's too, who were one tie-break away from beating St.Georges in the semi-final, and making it an all-Hawker final. We pride ourselves on building success on the 3 courts at our humble home at Hawker, and love taking on the heavyweights of Surrey. Roehampton and St.Georges Hill are two of the biggest, with 28 and 32 courts respectively, plus an army of coaches. We look forward to more battles during the upcoming Team Tennis season, and to trying for a first win in the Team Trophy next winter! Do follow the Hawker Jets progress via my website, and on Instagram (hawker_tennis)!

Individual success: It has been another great term, with 3 different tournament winners! Well done to Nicholas for winning the Wilton Grade 4 U10's tournament, coming through a field of 24 players to win this important event. Also, Josh won a Grade 5 at Hampton, beating the top seed along the way, and winning 3 of his 4 matches in deciding tie-break! This was also an all-Hawker final, as Harry was Josh' opponent in the final. James also won a Grade 5 at Hampton, coming through a 16-player field without dropping a set! Well done too to Rohan, who has been part of U12's Surrey county training during the Winter Season, and also to many of our players who have improved their LTA rating during this season. Of course, improving their skills is the only thing that is actually important, but we now have 8 players at U14 age group who are rated 7.1 or 7.2.

Summer Term Classes: We kick-off this week with the usual packed programme, running 7 days per week. Classes for all levels, along with weekend Matchplays, Grade 4 and Grade 5 tournaments, and adult tennis!

Matchplay: Matchplay is a gem for local juniors who wish to compete regularly and without having to travel too far. It’s open to players from other venues as well as Hawker, and caters for all levels. Those starting out shouldn’t be put off, as we often have helpers to assist them, and we won’t match players up where the ability/experience gap is too wide. The 2019 Race is also underway, but players starting now can still catch-up with the leaders!

Hawker Tennis Squads: The success of our players in team and individual competition continues to speak for itself. We have a few spaces in our squads, and welcome new players to have a free trial, please contact me directly if you're interested.

Thursday Night Tennis (TNT!): A great addition for higher standard players to add to their weekly training, and also a suitable session for competent players who can't commit to tennis, but still want to play each week. This term is pretty full up, but if you're interested to join, please get in touch and I'll do my best to find a spot for you.

And more!: Our Annual Summer Tournament will take place on Sunday 7th July, the highlight of our junior calendar, and the Orange Open will be on Sunday 19th May, a fun family event for all ages! Once again, we'll be involved with the Road To Wimbledon event, and be supporting the TennisForKids initiative at Hawker.

YouTube channel: 56 videos with a huge wealth of information, that continues to receive huge support from around the world. Do check them out via my website!
Richmond/Sheen Sports: Hawker Tennis users and their families continue to be entitled to 10% off everything in the shops in Richmond and Sheen. For anyone who is actively involved in tennis at Hawker, just mention ‘Hawker Tennis’ to claim your discount! Do please support our partnership by using their stores when you need sporting goods.

Break Point 2019 Charity:
Richmond Sports website:
Adult Tennis at Hawker:

Feel free to get in touch about anything at all.
Let's hope it's another amazing summer, and hope to see you down at Hawker!
All the best,