iTUSA Match Analysis Produces More Amazing Results

By James Rader

In our October newsletter, there was an article about the success of June Lee, a rising star in iTUSA’s Player Development program. If you missed this article, you can read it here. At the end of September, June entered the Copa Mangu Tournament in the Dominican Republic and lost her quarterfinal match against Alanna Wolff by a score of 2-6, 1-6. Approximately five weeks later, she won 6-2, 6-1 in a rematch against Wolff in the Round of 16 at the South Carolina ITF Tournament. What is the explanation of this quick, dramatic turnaround? It was a combination of great coaching and a powerful new tennis tool – iTUSA’s Match Analysis Service.

A Great Analysis Combined With Great Coaching Equals Success

iTUSA’s Match Analysis Service isn’t meant to replace a tennis coach. It is true that the output video and statistics of the Match Analysis are easy enough for anyone to understand. However, to get the full benefit, a coach can create a specific training program and gameplan based on his/her professional interpretation of the analysis. In June’s case, footage of the first match was given to iTUSA’s professional video staff. Using this video, they were able to build an analysis – click here to view the entire analysis. This is a Level 1 Analysis, which tallies winners vs. unforced errors and presents them in the order of most-frequent to least-frequent. This allows anyone to clearly see where a match was won or lost. June’s coach, iTUSA’s founder Rafael Font de Mora, used the analysis to formulate a training plan and to write this gameplan email to June just before the second match. The results speak for themselves.

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Guillermo García-López Beats Nadal in Semis; Wins Thailand Open

By Kim Shanley

Guillermo García-López pulled off one of the biggest upsets on the ATP tour all year by defeating the World's number one player Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open. García-López, currently ranked #53, beat Nadal in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, with aggressive groundstrokes and 10 aces. "I've never beaten a number one player in the world," said García-López, "I think this is the best victory in my career."

In the finals, García-López faced off Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, and in a close three set match (6-4, 3-6, 6-4), beat the Finn to take the Thailand Open Title, his second ATP Tour title. "It has been an unbelievable week for me," the Spaniard said. "From the very first round, right through to the final it has been a wonderful experience."

García-López Partnership with iTUSA

Back in April, iTUSA announced a new partnership with Guillermo García-López and Esparcia Sports. García-López has been utilizing iTUSA's Match Analysis service since Indian Wells to sharpen his tactical skills and provide exact training focus while achieving much improved results.

Previously, García-López's string of successes has included:

• Finalist at Eastbourne grasscourt championship in June.
• Seeded for the first time at the French Open.
• Semi-finalist in Estoril Open in Portugal.
• Defeating top ten players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Madrid and Marin Cilic at Indian Wells.

iTUSA congratulates García-López in a great win and wish him continued success.

Click here to watch a video of Guillermo's 2010 highlights.


iTUSA's Meghann Shaughnessy Maintains Doubles Momentum

By Kim Shanley

Meghann Shaughnessy and her doubles partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands were finalists in the Pilot Pen Open in New Haven and Quarter-finalists in the US Open, beating world number two Caroline Wozniacki and her partner Daniela Hantuchova.

Shaughnessy and Mattek-Sands also won a measure of revenge, beating US Open number four seeds Peschke and Srebotnik, who Meghann and Bethanie lost to in the finals of the Pilot Pen.

Congratulations to iTUSA's Meghann Shaughnessy and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Young African Boy Realizes Tennis Dream at iTUSA

By Kim Shanley

Nine year old Arnaud Sewanou began his new life at the iTUSA Training Center in Scottsdale, Arizona a few weeks ago. Sewanou, an athletic and talented young boy, already has developed his tennis skills in the poor West African country of Benin where he won the under-12 West African tennis championship. But arriving at iTUSA, Sweanou now has a chance to pursue his dream--to play on the professional tour. And he has arrived in the right place, as iTUSA is the international training center whose mission is to turn "players into champions."

Sweanou's chance to achieve what few African boys can even dream about is being sponsored by the iTUSA/Paul Segodo Africa Tennis Foundation. The foundation was started in 1995 after iTUSA's Rafael Font de Mora traveled to Africa to conduct a tennis clinic. When he arrived he could not believe what he saw: so many young talented tennis players who loved the game. They had all the athleticism and enthusiasm to become great tennis players, but lacked the basic tennis resources - shoes, rackets, facilities, and coaches. The iTUSA/Paul Segodo Foundation has dedicated its time and effort to improving the lives and futures of African children through the game of tennis.

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iTUSA Signs Agreement with World's Number One Tennis Power - Spain!

By Kim Shanley
06/04/2010 14:48

This month iTUSA signed an agreement with the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation and its regional affiliates to support their players and coaches with iTUSA's advanced instructional and video technology.

For Spain, the goal of the agreement is clear: to continue their domination of men's professional tennis, the facts of which are indisputable:

•  Spain's number one player Rafael Nadal is also the world's number one player, having just won his seventh Grand Slam title and 5th French Open championship this week in Paris. Nadal is also the current Olympic tennis Gold Medalist.

•  Spain has dominated Davis Cup over the last decade, winning four times in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2009. Its victory in 2009 came after whitewashing Czech Republic 5-0 in the Final in Barcelona.

•  Spain has 8 male players in the top 50 in the world! No other country comes close (3 for USA, 2 for Switzerland, 2 for Russia and 3 for Germany).

The special relationship that transformed Pe’er’s game

Coach Pablo Giacopelli speaks of his last 18 months with the Tennis star.

The constant eye contact combined with Giacopelli’s vocal support from the stands leave no doubt regarding the crucial role the coach has played in Pe’er’s recent run of superb form.

Giacopelli began working with Pe’er in November 2008, finally bringing some stability off-court for the Israeli, who had tried several options in the coaching position throughout 2008.

Injuries and some misfortune meant it took a few months until Giacopelli’s work bore fruit.  

But since the end of last year Pe’er has gone from strength to strength and has played some of the best tennis of her life in recent months.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, Giacopelli explained how much work had to be done to get Pe’er’s game back on track.

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