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Johan Kriek is an internationally renowned tennis player and a blog contributor to the Tennis Frontier. He won the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982 and is currently the only professional player at his level who is dedicated to personally teaching students in the sport. Johan and his wife Daga (a former nationally-ranked player in Europe) run the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy in North Carolina.

How to Overcome the Almost Impossible in Tennis

How to Overcome the Almost Impossible in Tennis

Johan Kriek on Muguruza’s success over Serena Williams at Roland Garros Serena Williams, World No. 1 and reigning French Open champion, was severely trounced today by a fairly unknown Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. Muguruza played almost the same type of tennis ...

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Johan Kriek on Progress and Regress in Tennis

Johan Kriek on Progress and Regress in Tennis

Junior tennis mentoring is very challenging even in the best of times. The kids’ brains are not yet fully developed, and we, as coaches, are trying to instill beliefs and knowledge that require high-level thinking. But it has to be ...

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Johan Kriek on Confidence

Johan Kriek on Confidence

What is it and how does one become confident and keep it when competing in tennis? As a former Top 10 player now coaching kids in my academy in Charlotte, NC, from ages 6-24, I deal with this “factor” every ...

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The Wave of New Coaches on the ATP Tour: A Breath of Fresh Air for 2014

The Wave of New Coaches on the ATP Tour: A Breath of Fresh Air for 2014

It is with lots of interest in all media especially social media that we read of the new additions on the men’s side. What is striking is the fact that all of the coaches that are hired were superstars from ...

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Johan Kriek On His Coaching Philosophy

Johan Kriek On His Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy… If one thinks there is just “one right way” to hit a shot, a serve or he/she is playing too flat, too much topspin or he/she is playing too defensively or too aggressively, etc. I say it ...

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Johan Kriek on Character in Tennis

Johan Kriek on Character in Tennis

As an owner/operator of an elite tennis academy in Charlotte, NC, I would like to talk about character. It matters the most in my book. We all make mistakes, but it is the person with character who realizes they have ...

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Johan Kriek on Drugs in Sport

Johan Kriek on Drugs in Sport

Last week, Johan was asked by two different radio hosts about his thoughts on drugs in tennis. MY TAKE: and I hope this sparks a serious debate about drugs in tennis before it is TOO LATE! Back in 1979 and ...

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Johan Kriek on serve-and-volleying at Wimbledon

Johan Kriek on serve-and-volleying at Wimbledon

“During Wimbledon last year I did a lengthy interview with a fellow South-African commentator, Robbie Koenig. Afterwards we went for lunch at the press center. It is an amazingly diverse area…. very cool. Robbie and I discussed the lack of ...

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Johan Kriek on the concept of bring “process driven” vs “result driven”

Johan Kriek on the concept of bring “process driven” vs “result driven”

“Ok, here is the piece I promised on the terms I used in another post…”process driven” vs “result driven”. This is a philosophy similar to the tortoise and the hare story… I was in SA [South Africa] playing most of ...

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Johan Kriek on How to Counter Dominance

Johan Kriek on How to Counter Dominance

“I’ve been thinking about the women’s final at Roland Garros today and how Serena Williams has been so dominating on the WTA tour. I do not know these women personally, in fact have never met either one of them. I ...

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