As the ball dropped and 2017 came to a close its worth reminiscing on the 2017 Smith Stearns students produced. The year saw them take home four Gold Balls, eight Silver Balls, and two Bronze Balls at 2017 Super Nationals.
A strong mental game revolves around the ability to manage the “uncomfortable moment”. The student-athletes at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy have spent the last ten months learning to prepare for and embrace these moments to attain success on and off the court. The most confident individuals are those who are equipped with a mindset and skills to lean on when tension begins to mount and heart rate starts to rise. What we’ve learned… Compete WITH – A great opponent is … read more
Joining other alumni who have qualified for the post-season in college tennis with their respective teams, four former students of the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina were selected to the Division I singles and doubles championships Wednesday evening. Three of the four participants received seedings in their championship garnering them All-American honors. The NCAA Division I singles and doubles championships will take place May 24-29 at the University of Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, … read more
Smith Stearns student-athletes continue learning the importance of challenging themselves appropriately, creating an action plan to guide performance and seeking feedback to learn and grow from every training session and competitive opportunity. In order to build upon this idea, we encourage our athletes to develop imagery skills to prepare confidently for the intense physical and emotional battle that tennis presents. Research continues to show that imagery is one of the most powerful and integral skills to solidify a mindset of … read more
You’ve been playing an incredible match and it’s time to close it out. Up to this point you’ve been moving well and swinging freely. You’re serving, up double match point and start considering what’s about to happen. All of a sudden, you start feeling a little tight. Sound familiar? The big question to consider during moments like this is, “Are you willing to miss?” Your first instinct might be to say “No, I’m not willing to miss … read more
Players from Smith Stearns Tennis Academy were able to take home 5 of 8 championships in the 16& under and 18& under age divisions. 2017 got off to a hot start for several Smith Stearns students as they competed in the Southern Section’s first Level 1 tournament of the year–taking home five of the eight championships awarded in the top two age divisions. The girls and boys 16& under tournaments were hosted at the beautiful new Rome Tennis … read more
Great physical efforts can only be sustained for so long. Keen mental focus wanes over time. Throughout the year, an excellent athlete takes time to practice when tired in order to build up physical strength. The wise player also makes extra efforts to focus throughout potential distractions in order to build mental strength. Athletes must challenge themselves regularly to achieve greatness, AND they should take purposeful breaks to recover in order to maximize both short and long-term potential. Success … read more
Students of Smith-Stearns Tennis Academy brought home the title 12 times at USTA National Tournaments, 8 times in ITF tournaments and 77 times at the Sectional level. 2016 proved to be a year where the students and coaches of Smith Stearns Tennis Academy saw their hard work on the court and in the gym come to fruition. Players were able to take home the singles or doubles title in an astounding 97 tournaments–12 at the National level including four … read more