Friday, January 11, 2019

John Farley Spotlight WTA: The Young Belarus Triumvirate - Out of the Gates in 2019

At the end of the 2018 tennis season I featured three young Belarusian players - Aryna Sabalenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich. and Vera Lapko - in an article entitled, "The Young Belarus Triumvirate - Showcasing Young Climbers of 2018."  Now, two weeks into the 2019 season and on the cusp of the Australian Open in Melbourne, let's check in and see how they are coming out of the starting gates of the 2019 season after extraordinary performances in 2018.


Aryna Sabalenka:

Coming into 2019 with a ranking of  #13 off two WTA titles in Connecticut and Wuhan, Sabalenka took the trophy in Shenzhen beating Alison Riske in a tough 3-set final, knocking out Maria Sharapova along the way. With that win she has risen to #11 in the world and set the stage for some real tennis poetry with the possibility after winning in Shenzhen - the first tournament of the year  - of very elegantly punctuating her year by winning the WTA Final in Shenzhen - the last tournament of the year. Go get it tiger.


Aliaksandra Sasnovich:

Sasnovich came into the year with a career-high ranking of #30. She made it to the quarterfinals in Brisbane and the semifinals in Sydney. In Brisbane she avenged her loss last year in the final by beating  #4 Elina Svitolina in the 2nd round and then, after getting through the qualies where she beat the Olympic Gold Medal winner, Monica Puig, she continued her "slaying" of top ten players kicking off the main draw in Sydney with a big win over #10 Daria Kasatkina. Two weeks in and already two top-ten wins. I would say Sascha has come out of the gates on fire.


Vera Lapko:

Although she only made it to the 2nd round at the Hobart International, losing to a very "in-form" Dayana Yastremska, in the first round she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 23 points above her, a former Juniors #1 who has reached the quarterfinals in all of the Grand Slams. This was a big win for her and no doubt a confidence booster knowing that she can definitely compete on a very high level with the best players. Now ranked at #63 in the world, she is poised to move into the top 50 in singles.


The Triumvirate in Melbourne

So now onto the Australian Open where will see if our trio can maintain their momentum. Sabalenka is seeded #11, in the third quarter of the draw, and will open against a qualifier, Anna Kalinskaya, #167. She'll face either Katie Boulter or Ekaterina Makarova in round two. Petra Kvitová and Caroline Wozniacki are the top seeds in her quarter of the draw. Sasnovich, who at #33 in the rankings just missed getting seeded, in the 4th quarter of the draw, will open against the tricky slicer, Kirsten Flipkens #49. Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber are the top seeds in her quarter of the draw. Lapko is also in the 3rd quarter and opens against Johanna Larsson of Sweden, ranked at #75.

Obviously, as you can see, I’m a big fan of this trio: their youthfulness, their athleticism, their competitive spirit. And I’m excited to see how deep they’ll go into the Melbourne fortnight. I’m hopeful that at least two of the three will make it to the second week of the tournament, which is a big deal by the way, in terms of prestige, ranking points, and significant Australian bucks. It would be a huge step if one or more makes the semifinal or final. Each one of our trio has generated significant  momentum to start the season. Now let's see if they can keep it as they head to the serving line in Melbourne.



Anyway, that's how I see it.



Appendix:

I've included below the link to my post: The Young Belarus Triumvirate - Showcasing Young Climbers of 2018 and clips of Sabalenka in Shenzhen and Sasnovich.in Brisbane.

The Young Belarus Triumvirate - Showcasing Young Climbers of 2018

Aryna Sabalenka vs Alison Riske, Shenzhen Open 2019




Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Elina Svitolina, Brisbane 2019









Saturday, December 22, 2018

John Farley Spotlight WTA: Farley's 20 Predictions for 2019

I don't normally predict. I don't want to presume to be some tennis pandit who looks perspicacious at the start of the year and then ends up with egg on his face at the end, if anybody cares to check. I don't mind the egg even though I'm a vegetarian, it's just that the whole exercise is so futile. But I have this impulse at the end of this year to predict a few things for 2019. So here we go:
  1. Bethanie Mattek-Sands will be on the short list for Mad Magazine's Best Dressed Women of 2019.
  2. Having given up the reigns of the USTA, Katrina Adams will take up the Luge and prepare for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
  3. Aryna Sabalenka will end the year among the top five and will win the US Open. Why, among the other Slams, the US Open? She did well in Flushing Meadows last year, she likes the hard courts with her two titles in 2018 coming on hard courts at the Opens in Connecticut and Wuhan, and she is young and strong and will still have the vitality by September to take on the field.
  4. Georgina Garcia Perez will find a Dmitry Tursunov and end the year inside the top 50.  She's 6' 2" and has a big game. She is currently at 124, up 120 ranking points above her 2017 year-end ranking.
  5. Justin Gimelstob will avoid Halloween trick or treating.
  6. Elina Svitolina will win a Grand Slam and end the year #1.
  7. The new deal between the WTA and Tennis Channel, "geo-blocking" the US subscribers, is going to bomb for the WTA. (I watch the WTA events on computer, so what I'm describing here is a digital guys experience.) I hope I'm wrong, but it seems to me that after so many years of the WTA playing second fiddle to the ATP via Tennis Channel (TC), and finally, after the many delays to launch WTATV and have its own media platform so that it could have exclusive control over WTA programming, that the WTA would never relinquish that autonomy and again put itself in a subordinate position where the whims of Tennis Channel could create WTA viewer horrors like TC cutting away from a WTA match at championship point to an ATP match so that Brad Gilbert courtside could tell us how many shirts Rafa goes through on an afternoon match in Melbourne. I realize there is a lot of money talking here, but does the WTA really trust TC to give its subscribers the same high quality, comprehensive coverage they were getting through WTATV?  Also, consider the following:
    1. According to an announcement to US WTATV subscribers, the WTATV content will be picked up on TC Plus. As any TC Plus subscriber knows, only some of tournament content is broadcast on TC Plus. The other "juicier" content, like big name match-ups and the "business end" rounds for example, often air on TC not on TC Plus. I would imagine this would be especially true for the 4 Premier Mandatory Tournaments and the Premier 5s. So, if you only have a TC Plus subscription and not also a TC provider, you're screwed. The new deal might be different, but I doubt it. 
    2. ESPN does the same thing to its ESPN+ subscribers. At the Slams, 3 of which are covered by ESPN (not the French?), you can get the early rounds and most of the matches on ESPN+, but some of the higher-profile matches and, again, the business-end tournament matches (semis, finals) will only be available on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3. For that you need a provider, an additional subscription. 
    3. So... unless Tennis Channel changes the way it presents WTA content over its linear and digital platforms, the WTA is going to find itself wishing it had retained its autonomy and not got lured into the TC buck.
  8. Camila Giorgi, having risen to #26 in 2018, in her dainty, mother-made outfits and Sergio, her coach/father, who was once described by a tennis commentator as, "a combination of Jerry Garcia and Grouch Marx," will continue to entertain. (Outside of Sabalenka, there is no player I like to watch more than Giorgi.)
  9. Garbine Muguruza and Sam Sumyk will part ways.
  10. To avoid embarrassing elocutional problems for commentators, the 127th ranked player from Greece, Valentini Grammatikoloulou, will be required by the WTA to shorten her name to "Valentini G." (And you thought Pavlyuchenkova was a toughie)
  11. Angelique Kerber will enter the Guinness Book of World Records for saying the English word "amazing" over 37 times in a two-minute on-court interview.
  12. Belarus will win the Fed Cup if they can knock out Germany in February.
  13. On-court coaching dialogue profanities will proliferate increasing brand entertainment value much to the delight of the sponsors.
  14. The WTA Sports Science and Athlete Assistance Program will include the technology of Transcendental Meditation in its offerings for player development.
  15. Racquet Magazine will become 'The New Yorker" of tennis magazines, intelligently including submissions by John Farley and more wary of submissions by Andrea Petkovic.
  16. Inspired by the mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, to dispel its stuffy image, decides for the Wimbledon Championship to allow 'streaking," but only if the streaker, if wearing anything, wears white.
  17. Rule Changes: 
    1. Because the WTA dress rules for 2019 addressed only below-the-waist garments, for example, allowing leggings below the knee or above the knee, with or without a skirt, and compression shorts, in an effort to "give our players the chance to be who they want to be" the WTA will make rule changes regarding what the women wear on top, allowing Madonna-type cone bras and metal breastplates. 
    2. If a player is out of competition due to pregnancy resulting in Quintuplets, she is allowed as many years as it takes to get the last child out of the house to use her special ranking. 
    3. Because of the rule change for 2019 decreasing the number of toilet breaks from 2 to 1 for an entire match, there will be a disturbing increase in the number of retirements by players who "just had to go to the bathroom."
  18. Over the next two years Serena will win 2 Grand Slams and surpass the ho #$/%*&ic Margaret Court. Her best shot - Wimbledon. Next best - Australia.
  19. Fulfilling the original vision of its founder, Billie Jean King, the WTA will acquire a major sponsor that will allow it to position itself with complete technological autonomy, with parity, and with an increasingly global reach.
  20. The 2019 WTA tennis year, driven by the loft of so many good players' visions of conquest and the incarnations of compelling, unfolding dramas from previous years, has the potential of an unheard-of 95% from Rotten Tomatoes.


Anyway, that's how I see it.



P.S. If you're gonna throw egg at me January 1, 2020, make it poached on gluten-free bread, lightly toasted.



For those who celebrate it
 Merry Christmas
and a 
Very Happy New Tennis Year




Saturday, December 8, 2018

John Farley Spotlight WTA: Amanda Anisimova - Showcasing Young Climbers of 2018

It happens sometimes you put on a match and you see a player for the first time and immediately you sense something special. Maybe it's from a strut, that signature swagger of an athlete exuding power and confidence or just from some cogent intangibles that haven't yet crystalized into a concept you can clearly articulate. But you know she's got it. I saw it in Garbine Muguruza even before she beat Serena at the French Open in 2014. I saw it in Aryna Sabalenka before both she and her Belarus compatriot Aliaksandra Sasnovich took out Sloane Stephens, at the time the reigning US Open winner, in the 2017 Fed Cup Final, almost upsetting the USA. Those are the two who most strongly come to mind. Now there is another who I feel has got it - Amanda Anisimova.

I don't remember when I first saw her, but I do remember I had that feeling about this 2018 climber who was only 16 at the time. Let's throw the spotlight on some major milestones and highlights in her rise:
  • She was ranked 761 at end of 2016, but climbed quickly to end 2017 at 192.
  • The first American finalist at the 2016 French Open Juniors in 14 years, where she was the #2 seed.
  • As a junior she was ranked as high as #2 in the world.
  • In her Grand Slam debut into a main draw, she lost in the first round of the 2017 French Open, but became the youngest player to participate in the main draw since 2005.
  • Capped her juniors career by winning the Grand Slam title at the 2017 US Open, not dropping a set.
  • A member of the US team that won the 2017 Junior Fed Cup.
  • At the 2018 Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open, she became the youngest player to reach the 4th round since 2005, where she defeated Pauline Parmentier for her first WTA match win before upsetting #23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and then #9 Petra Kvitová who was on a 14-match win streak - her first victory over a top 10 player.
  • On the strength of this performance, she was awarded a wild card into the Miami Open, where she won her opening match against Wang Qiang despite injuring her foot in the third set. She was forced to withdraw from the tournament where she was scheduled to play Garbine Muguruza in the second round. The foot injury kept her out of action for four months.
  • Returning from injury in San Jose, she beat Wang Qiang again in the first round before losing to an in-form Mihaela Buzarnescu.
  • During the 2018 US Open Series in Cincinnati, she took out Timea Babos and Petra Martic before falling to Elina Svitolina who was ranked #7 at the time.
  • In the Hana-Cupid Japan Women's Open (where did they get that name?) in Hiroshima, she became only the 2nd qualifier to reach the final of a WTA tournament in 2018.(the other was Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Brisbane). She lost to Su-Wei Hsieh in the final, but did not drop a set through the main draw getting there.
She will end the year 2018 #98 in the world, up 84 points from her 2017 year-end ranking of 192.
Now, still only at 17 years of age, under the WTA eligibility rules, she may be limited to the number of tournaments she can play in 2019, but no doubt she'll make the most of them. From both the forehand and backhand sides, she can produce blistering baseline shots that catch you by surprise with their accuracy and pace. With an imperturbable match demeanor that belies her mere 17 years, she carries onto court that charming, youthful obliviousness to the possibility of defeat. All that makes her dangerous, and if they haven't done so already, the rest of the field should take note.



Anyway, that's the way I see it.


Here are some highlights from Amanda Anisimova's victory over Petra Kvitová at Indian Wells 2018:











Monday, November 5, 2018

John Farley Spotlight WTA: The Young Belarus Triumvirate - Showcasing Young Climbers of 2018

In case you didn't notice there are three young Belarusian players who have made a charge up the rankings in 2018. They are Aryna Sabalenka, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Vera Lapko. I suppose it is possible if you were hunkered down in a snow-blown tent somewhere near the North Pole without a smart phone or any kind of communication device including Arctic pigeons not to have heard of Aryna Sabalenka. And I suppose it's possible if you are only a casual observer of the WTA tennis scene not to have noticed the gradual, but steady rise of Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who will go into 2019 knocking on the door of the top 25. And even if you are tuned into the women's tennis scene, you may not have noticed the progress in 2018 and potential big game of Vera Lapko. So, I will tell you:

These are the three young women who carried Belarus through the maze of zones and groups to reach the Fed Cup final in 2017 and did well enough in 2018 to qualify for the World Group in 2019 - Belarus's third straight year in World Group. Among the 105 nations competing in Fed Cup, Belarus is ranked #3, only behind the Czech Republic and the USA. Belarus kicks off their 2019 Fed Cup campaign in Germany, Feb, 9,10. and it will be the rising-level games of this triumvirate that Belarus will count on to get past Germany and possibly on to anther final.

Each of these young women has her own story played out in ITF events and WTA qualies and main draws on courts from Minsk to Madrid, from Brisbane to Beijing, from Wuhan to the Western and Southern Open:


Aryna Sabalenka:

Back in January, 2018, I wrote about Aryna Sabalenka just before the Australian Open when she was playing in Hobart and getting some double-takes from tennis fans worldwide: "I feel she has the potential to be one of the best in this new generation of women, perhaps even the next great player in the women's game. And she's only 19. My God...Her's is not just another blip on the tennis radar. It is a robust signal that's saying... 'I'm coming.'"

Well, she has come and in a thunderously big way. Counseled intelligently by her new coach, Dmitry Tursunov, who brought craft to her big game, Sabalenka, now 20, will end this year, 2018, at #11 in the world and #11 on the Porsche Race to Singapore, almost making it to Singapore as an alternate. The trip that took her from #78 in the world at the start of the year to this year-end career high of #11, a climb of 66 points through tough opposition, featured five quarter finals - Shenzhen, Hobart, 'S-Hertogenbosch, Beijing, and Tianjin; One semi-final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati; and four finals - Lugano, Eastbourne, the Connecticut Open in New Haven, and Wuhan.

Now giving all this some chronology for the drama for the cresting of the year-end momentum: In Eastbourne she beat Julia Goerges, Karolina Pliskova (#7), and Aga Radwanska. Moving from the grass to the hard courts of the US Swing, she really began to motor in Cincinnati where she took out Johanna Konta, Madison Keys, Karolina Pliskova (#8), and Caroline Garcia (#5). In the stop before in Montreal at the Rogers Cup, she beat Caroline Wozniacki (#2). Rolling now into New Haven, where she wins her maiden WTA Title, she takes out Julia Goerges (#9) again and Carla Suarez-Navarro in the final. She kicks off the Asian Swing in Wuhan where she picks up her second WTA Title of the year, cruising through Dominica Cibulkova and Ashleigh Barty, upsetting Elina Svitolina (#6), and then beating Anett Kontaveit in the final. In Beijing she takes out Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Garcia, (# 8), makes a quarter-final run in Tianjin, and then ends the year seeded  #3 at the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, where she was the only player to beat the eventual and well-deserved winner, Ashleigh Barty.

During this hot run from Eastbourne she beat top-ten players 8 times including Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Garcia each twice. Although she didn't make it beyond the first round in the first three slams of the year - the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, once she got into high gear in Cincinnati and New Haven, she made a march to the second week of the US Open where she knocked out Petra Kvitová (#5), only to be halted by the eventual grand slam winner, Naomi Osaka. And for the record it should be noted that Aryna Sabalenka was the only player to take a set off Osaka during the tournament and was up 4-1 in the third before faltering. One commentator felt that the winner of the US Open would come out of that R16 match. She was right.
Poised at #11, she is ready to raid the ranks of the top ten in 2019. With that tiger tattoo on her left forearm and an indomitable spirit, I see her advancing with the same ferocity we see in her shots. Go Tiger!


Aliaksandra Sasnovich:

Aliaksandra Sasnovich first came to my attention in Belarus's semi-final victory over Switzerland in their 2017 Fed Cup tie. In her singles wins over Victoria Golubic and Timea Bacsinszky, she elegantly moved around the court imparting her own court craft and the Minsk crowd energy into every point and shot. I saw something special there in this 23 year-old Belarusian who was only ranked #96 in the world at the time. I made a mental note to keep my eye on her, but it was Aryna Sabalenka who was mostly grabbing my attention.

And I kept my eye on her as she masterfully put away Sloane Stephens (#13) at the 2017 Fed Cup final which the USA won in a deciding doubles match, and she then went on in 2018 to rise to a year-end ranking of #30. This is how she got there.

First, like all players she paid her dues. Some history: On the ITF pro circuit main draws she was 113-49 with 11 ITF single titles earning her way into WTA tournaments. Starting the year 2017 at #121 in the world, she made her way through qualification rounds to the quarter finals in Budapest, R64 in Miami losing to Jo Konta, and after her semi-final run at Biel, Switzerland, where she took out the alternately brilliant and awful but always fun to watch Camila Giorgi in the quarters, she had raised her ranking to qualify for the main draws at the slams: Roland Garros - loss to Shuai Zhang R64, Wimbledon - tough first round draw and loss to Jelena Ostapenko, US Open: loss to Ashleigh Barty R64. Losing early, yes, but she had earned the right to be there. She finished off the 2017 regular season with a quarter-final run at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow where she took out Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic before losing to Daria Kasatkina. And then the Fed Cup victory over reigning US Open Champ Sloane Stephens at the Fed Cup final. The stage was set for her rise up the rankings in 2018.

Ranked #87 in the world, Aliaksandra Sasnovich blew into Brisbane and blew away the field - three in the qualies, then Kristina Mladenovic (#11), Anett Kontaveit, Alize Cornet, and Anastasija Sevastova (#16) before losing to Elina Svitolina (#6) in the final.  Not a bad way to kick off the year and with 660 more ranking points and over $100,000 in prize money, she headed to Melbourne.

She has a very charming, disarming, kind of innocently funny way about her which came out in her on-court interviews during the Brisbane run. She endeared herself to me. She was now on my radar, if only for the laughs at interview time.

Driven by a persistent, imperturbable court demeanor, she slowly but steadily made her way up the rankings in 2018. She reached the third rounds at Melbourne Park and Indian Wells where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in a tight 3-setter. After getting bogged down a bit in the clay-court season, she rebounded at Wimbledon, reaching the second week, knocking out Petra Kvitová (#7) and Daria Gavrilova before losing to Jelena Ostapenko. Back in the USA, having gone through the qualies, she reached the quarter finals in New Haven, beating Mladenovic again along the way before losing to Caroline Garcia (#6) in 3 close sets.

Now, having risen to #37, she got knocked out in the third round of the US Open by the eventual winner Naomi Osaka but not before beating Belinda Bencic and Daria Kasatkina (#11) in the first two rounds. The Asian Swing didn't swing her way, but she capped off her 2018 season with a quarter-final run at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, knocking out #10 Kiki Bertens, and setting the stage for what I believe will be a 2019 that could see this 24 year-old Belarusian among the top twenty in the world.


Vera Lapko:

I don't remember the tournament where Vera Lapko first got my attention, but I do remember noticing in this 6'0" Belarusian player a power and a poise that belied her young age of 20. I could see that these basic elements of the game were yet undeveloped in her, but I could also see the potential she possessed for making a major climb up the rankings in both singles and doubles which she has been successfully balancing.

Some stats: At the end of 2016 and 2017 her singles and doubles rankings, respectively were 131,102 and 318,283. She now, at the very end of 2018, has a singles ranking of 65 and a doubles ranking of 93. During 2016 and 2017 she amassed 6 ITF single titles and 7 ITF doubles titles. Although during 2018 she put her attention mostly on WTA tournaments, along the way she picked up 2 more ITF single titles, was a runner-up in one, and made a quarter-final run in another.

The highlights of her rise and achievements in 2018 include:

  • She had a stellar year in doubles reaching the finals in Lugano (partnered with Sabalenka) Ghangzhou, and Luxembourg. She had a semi-final run at the Indian Wells Oracle Challenger Series and made the quarters in St Petersburg and Tashkent. She also was instrumental in Belarus's deciding doubles match victory in Fed Cup over Slovakia that further cemented their place in the World Group for 2019.
  • Slowly grinding her way up the singles rankings often through the qualies amid some direct entries into main draws, she moved into the top 100 from #102 at the start of the year and continued to climb. This climb featured: a semi-final run in Lugano where she took out Anett Kontaveit and Kirsten Flipkens before losing to Elise Mertens, in Nottingham she beat Jana Fett in the first round before losing to Donna Vekic, taking her to a second set tie-break, in San Jose she beat Shuai Zhang in round one before losing to Danielle Collins in 3 sets, in Linz she knocked out the tough Beinda Bencic before losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 3 close sets, 7-5, 6-7(4), 3-6. She ended her year with a quarter-final run in Luxembourg, taking out Carina Witthoeft and Pauline Parmentier before falling to a resurgent Belinda Bencic.
  • In the Slams: Her achievements here were modest but encouraging. Singles: Although she did not make it out of the qualies at Melbourne or Roland Garros, by Wimbledon she had the ranking for the main draw beating Christine McHale in the first round before losing to Julia Goerges in 3 sets. At the US Open she took out Kateryna Bondarenko before losing to Elise Mertens in the second round. Doubles: Although her team did not make it beyond the first round at RG (loss to the #1 doubles team - Krejcikova and Siniakova), Wimbledon, and the US Open, over the year she had raised her doubles ranking from 283 to 93, a rise of 190 points. Progress.
Reaching the singles quarter-final in Luxembourg combined with her doubles final showing there has established a strong foundation for Vera Lapko to take on 2019. She has her doubles ranking inside the top 100 and a strong singles ranking at #65 in the world. At only 20 years old, she has a big game and has established herself on the tour as a formidable opponent.


My prediction is that in 2019 this triumvirate will continue to triumph. Aryna Sabalenka will craftily blast her way into the top ten and will be on many short lists for winning slams in 2019. Aliaksandra Sasnovich can surprise and rebound when she's down a few games or a set.  Slowly, but unrelentingly, I see her taking her maturing game and imperturbable court demeanor into the top 25, even into the top 20 by the end of the year. I see Vera Lapko to be on the threshold of a breakthrough to a consistently higher level of play. We saw that kind of breakthrough with Sabalenka this year. With such a breakthrough, only what awaits her are more breakthroughs, which could take her inside the top 40 and beyond.

For each of these players individually and for the prospects for Belarus in the Fed Cup for 2019, the future looks very bright.



Anyway, that's how I see it.



Appendix

1. Here is the post on Aryna Sabalenka I wrote back in January of 2018:

Aryna Sabalenka - January Post, 2018


2.  A clip to give you a flavor of the charming personality of Aliaksandra Sasnovich:



3. To give you a look at the big game of Vera Lapko, here is a clip of her in that semi-final against Elise Mertens in Lugano, Switzerland:

























Monday, July 30, 2018

John Farley Spotlight: A Package for Superior Performance for the Professional Tennis Player

I have written six blog posts on the benefits of the technology of Transcendental Meditation for the professional tennis player from six different angles of consideration. As a convenience, I am presenting all of them here in this single post in the order in which I published them.as a "Package for Superior Performance for the Professional Tennis Player." Own the knowledge in each of these six presentations and you will be a better tennis player and a more integrated human being. It's as simple as that. I will introduce each presentation with an excerpt from the relevant post.


Number One: Tennis, Peak Performance, and Transcendental Meditation

"The message then to every player on the WTA is that to "own the zone" your brain has to perform in a more refined and a more sophisticated way. This is the key. Greater sophistication and refinement of neurophysiological functioning is at the basis of the elegance of movement, which is the ultimate expression of the experience of peak performance or being in the zone."

Tennis, Peak Performance, and Transcendental Meditation


Number Two: Combating the Toll of the Tennis Tour: A Performance Enhancing Technology (PET)

"A higher level of brain integration creates a higher level of psychophysiological resilience which enables the rhythms of the physiology to adjust quickly to the circadian rhythms of the environment, creating a synchrony that results in a more consistent, higher level of performance."

Combating the Toll of the Tennis Tour: A Performance Enhancing Technology (PET)


Number Three: Fitness From the Inside Through Transcendental Meditation

"'Fitness from the Inside' is created by accessing the innate, inner intelligence of the body through the technique of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a Technology of Consciousness. During the process of transcending during TM, conscious mind becomes consciousness, the deepest level of our own being. It is from this deepest level of our own being where we can most profoundly enliven this inner intelligence that conducts the evolution, development, and healing of the entire physiology."

Fitness from the Inside through Transcendental Meditation


Number Four: Why Every WTA Touring Player Should Learn Transcendental Meditation

"From the deep rest gained through the natural, effortless practice of Transcendental Meditation these impressions can be quickly dissolved, body vitality quickly restored, resulting in a more refined level of psychophysiological functioning that puts every player on the serving line the next time more mentally free and physically refreshed. This is the systematic technology for player recovery that has been missing from tennis."

Why Every WTA Touring Player Should Learn Transcendental Meditation


Number Five: Reversal of Aging: The Tennis Player and Transcendental Meditation

With the technology of Transcendental Meditation in her bag, as they say, each day that player will  be culturing a physiology, a level of perceptual motor performance that is operating continuously from a younger biological age, making her game sharper with each match and with each tournament and, at the same time, establishing the basis for a longer and possibly less injury-prone career.

Reversal of Aging: The Tennis Player and Transcendental Meditation


Number Six: The Professional Tennis Player and the State of Enlightenment

"Enlightenment is the natural state of human life. In the state of enlightenment the question of "who am I" is answered. You come to realize that you are not the adoption of some external persona you have perhaps identified yourself with, but you are a fully realized self, established in an unbounded field of pure intelligence, pure consciousness, pure energy, and bliss."

The Professional Tennis Player and the State of Enlightenment


After reading all of these presentations, you can clearly see that the integration of the technology of  Transcendental Meditation into the world of professional tennis will create a paradigm shift in the conception and in the scope of the application of Sports Science. It is the merger of the traditional applications of Sports Science and the Science of Consciousness. This is the ultimate package for superior performance in tennis.



Anyway, that's how I see it.

Monday, July 23, 2018

John Farley's Spotlight: The Professional Tennis Player and the State of Enlightenment

The gaining of enlightenment is the purpose of our existence. Each of us has his or her role to play in this grand theater of life. You have chosen to be a professional tennis player. Playing out this role, which is natural for you, while embracing the highest wisdom available in this life, will take you to the state of enlightenment.

Enlightenment is the natural state of human life. In the state of enlightenment the question of "who am I" is answered. You come to realize that you are not the adoption of some external persona you have perhaps identified yourself with, but you are a fully realized self, established in an unbounded field of pure intelligence, pure consciousness, pure energy, and bliss. For it is your birthright as a human being to live a life blissful in nature and cosmic in scope. By blissful I mean a life of inner fulfillment, not dependent on external circumstances. By cosmic I mean a fully expanded consciousness, the realization and establishment of full mental potential.

Enlightenment is not based on a mood of the mind, it is a state of the nervous system cultured over time through the process of transcending which completely removes the blocks from the nervous system while producing unbounded awareness. It is important to understand the state of enlightenment can only come from the purification of the nervous system through the process of transcending which gives deep rest to the entire system. It is possible for some of the very evolved among you to spontaneously slip in and hold the state of enlightenment, but this is rare. The nervous systems of most players and most people in general require repeated experiences of transcending to purify their nervous systems to gain enlightenment.

This path to the full state of enlightenment is enlightening itself because with each experience of transcending your consciousness is more expanded and your nervous system more free of stress. This changes your relationship with experience toward one of greater understanding and greater appreciation. Therefore, life becomes more elegantly dynamic, more fulfilling, moving every day to a higher stage of development.

The initial conditions required for reaching the state of enlightenment are transcending and action. The transcending comes from the technology of Transcendental Meditation. The action is simply what you do every day - brush your teeth, hit some tennis balls, eat lunch, work out at the gym, travel to your next tournament, and maybe, if all goes well, come home with a trophy. The combination of transcending through the effortless technique of Transcendental Meditation and your normal, natural routine is the key. With transcending comes an infusion of consciousness into the nature of the mind and deep rest to the nervous system. The action you do stabilizes and integrates the infusion of consciousness creating a more profound level of wholeness in the neurophysiology, elevating you to a more expanded, higher level on the path. And on it goes, moving you every day to a higher and higher stage of development. Eventually a time comes when the full state of enlightenment is gained.

The practice of Transcendental Meditation produces a unique style of functioning of the nervous system called "Restful Alertness," in which the attention system is fully alert while the mind and body are quiet, deeply restful. It is the experience of being awake and rested at the same time -wakefulness and silence together. As your practice of Transcendental Meditation advances, the nervous system, given to experience these two qualities simultaneously again and again from your daily meditations, gets cultured to maintain this experience even in the midst of dynamic activity outside of meditation. Action in silence - this is a hallmark of growth to enlightenment - playing your game, serving, returning, and running down balls - all in an inner environment of silence.

These increasingly dynamic conditions for your growth toward enlightenment - the expansion of consciousness, a more stress-free nervous system, action in silence - and the increasing fulfillment of experience that are more and more defining your life, do not mean you will be free of the ride life takes us on - its successes and its failures, its pleasures and its pains, its losses and its gains. These are all a natural part of life. But what it does mean is that you will have a different relationship with this ride. Not based upon some mood of the mind as I said, this change in relationship has its foundation in a natural, increasingly higher-order level of functioning of the neurophysiology, the development of a resilience and an inner silence that allows you to navigate the ride with more balance and equanimity.

This wisdom of how to gain enlightenment and joyously live your full potential is what has been missing from life. Without it, the consciousness tends to narrow over time while the physiology, unable to release the deeper stresses that it picks up, becomes more vulnerable to illness and injury. With it, your consciousness expands, freeing you from the smallness of thinking and making you more creative, while the physiology, with the deeper blocks of stress removed each day, becomes stronger and more resilient. With it, you create for yourself, as a professional tennis player and athlete, the mind-body coordination that can take you to the finals of grand slams. With it, you increase your chances every day of walking onto court and playing "in the zone." With it, you have a better chance of remaining injury-free and enjoying a longer, healthier career. With it, you will begin to enjoy more each moment of your life. Embracing this wisdom, you will have set yourself on a path of increasing fulfillment and happiness, on and off the court.

You have chosen in this theater of life a court stadium as your setting and a professional tennis player as your role. Then play it every time for an award winning performance. You are a cosmic being, unbounded and blissful in your true nature. Gain the state of enlightenment and live that reality. Be it. It will transform not just your game, but your entire life. Then you'll know who you truly are and what you are capable of. Maybe you didn't know before how to gain it....... but now you know.



Anyway, that's how I see it.



Note from Author:

All of what I imparted to you above is a knowledge most fortunately shared with me by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I learned this knowledge from personal discussions with Maharishi, from his lectures, video tapes, books, and from other teachers of Transcendental Meditation over a period of almost 50 years. I am eternally grateful to Him for blessing me with this wisdom. As He has passed it on to me, I am passing it on to you.














Saturday, July 7, 2018

John Farley Spotlight: Reversal of Aging: The Tennis Player and Transcendental Meditation

A New View of a Player’s Career

There is in the women’s professional tennis world a collective consciousness that creates the concept of a career that begins in the late teens and usually ends by the age of 30 or so. That concept has been created because the experience up to this time is that by 30, for most, the body has pretty much had it. After an immeasurable number of miles running east and west from tramline to tramline, north and south - baseline net baseline, on slippery grass, clammy clay, or shin-numbing hard courts, putting the body through contortions a circus performer could only envy, and enduring losses that sometimes rip the heart out, the body and the psychology clock out and look for maybe a nice comfortable chair for a new career in broadcasting or to finishing that on-line degree program started somewhere along the way.

What I just described to you is just a concept. That concept can be rendered obsolete by the incorporation of the technology of Transcendental Meditation into the world of women’s professional tennis. This technology can create a paradigmatic shift in how the career of a tennis player is conceptualized, how it is viewed, and it can do this because research is showing that with the practice of the technology of Transcendental Meditation there is a slowing down of biological aging compared to the players’ chronological aging, and as the practice continues the research is showing there is an actual reversal in the aging process. Biological age is an indication of an individual’s overall state of health compared to the norm in the general population.

According to Dr. Robert Schneider, M.D., an NIH-funded-researcher, commenting on research published in the International Journal of Neuroscience on Transcendental Meditation and aging,”...the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique has this distinctive effect in reversing the neuro-physiological and physiological basis of the aging process - resulting in a slowing and even a reversal of the aging process as well as enhanced longevity.”

In the seminal research on Transcendental Meditation and aging cited above the researchers, using a standardized biological age index, found that long-term meditators (over 5 years) had an average biological age 12 years younger than their chronological age. For shorter-term meditators, the difference between biological and chronological age was 5 years. Other research over the years evaluated the effect of Transcendental Meditation on numerous physiological, mind-body coordination, and psychological parameters and found in each case a younger biological age in the group practicing Transcendental Meditation.

Evaluating the Parameters - A Younger Biological Age


Now let’s put this into a practical perspective. The parameters looked at in this body of research are numerous, but I’ve categorized those I felt would be of most interest to the professional tennis player according to: Those that go down with age (get worse), like cardiovascular efficiency for example, but go up with TM (get better), indicating a younger biological age OR Those that go up with age (get worse), like reaction time for example, but go down with TM (get better), indicating a younger biological age.

Parameters that go down with age (get worse) but go up with TM (get better), indicating a younger biological age:

• Cardiovascular Efficiency
• Cerebral Blood Flow
• Vital Capacity
• Visual Perception
• Field Independence
• Neuromuscular Co-ordination
• Perceptual-Motor Performance 
• Fluid Intelligence
• Creativity
• Cognitive Flexibility
• Self-Evaluation of Health and Well-Being

Parameters that go up with age (get worse) but go down with TM (get better), indicating a younger biological age:

• Reflex Response: Reflex Latency
• Reflex Response: Recovery Time
• Reaction Time: Complex
• Susceptibility to Stress
• Anxiety

To make all this compellingly relevant I have defined below each parameter and explained in what way or ways the betterment of each parameter is significant to a player’s performance on court. Some of it is obvious, common sense, but some of it is enlightening:


The Parameters that go down with age (get worse) but go up with TM (get better), indicating a younger biological age::

Parameter: Cardiovascular Efficiency
Parameter Description:  Cardiovascular efficiency is the efficiency with which the cardiovascular system can deliver and distribute blood and oxygen to the tissues of the body and the brain. It is a measure of the performance capacity of the circulatory system.
Significance to Player Performance: Greater cardiovascular efficiency means more energy is getting to the tissues of the player’s body and brain resulting in greater endurance and a more consistent performance, especially in three-set matches, but generally over the course of the entire 10-month tennis tour. Cardiovascular Efficiency decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Cerebral Blood Flow
Parameter Description: Cerebral blood flow is the blood supply to the brain and the level of this blood supply is very much tied to cardiovascular efficiency. The greater the cardiovascular efficiency the greater the blood flow to the brain, which supplies the brain with oxygen, glucose, and other nutrients it needs to function properly. Research on world-class athletes practicing Transcendental Meditation shows that, even during their performance, they have higher levels of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood.
Significance to Player Performance: A strong, consistent blood flow to the brain simply means clearer thinking, which translates into a more efficient, more economical performance on court. During a player’s performance on court, different parts of the brain are used depending upon the demands on the player at any given moment. With a higher level of cardiovascular efficiency and, therefore, with a more optimum cerebral blood flow, the blood will go to these different parts of the brain as needed. The player will feel as if she is doing less but accomplishing more. Cerebral Blood Flow decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Vital Capacity
Parameter Description: Vital Capacity is defined as the greatest volume of air that can be expelled from the lungs after taking the deepest possible breath and is a measure of the strength of the muscles that control the respiratory system. Naturally, the more air, the more oxygen is available to the cells. Cellular metabolism or respiration with oxygen is called aerobic - without it, it is called anaerobic.
Significance to Player Performance:

1. Cramping: Under extreme exertion as in a tennis match and without sufficient vital capacity, which means there is an insufficient supply of oxygen getting to the cells of the body, the player’s system goes into a state of anaerobic metabolism, producing increasing amounts of lactic acid which often lead to cramping. At this point the player is usually forced to retire from the match or continues under extreme duress. Vital Capacity decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

2. Endurance: An increased vital capacity implies that the player will be able to inhale more oxygen, and increased hemoglobin in the blood implies that she will in turn be able to absorb more of this inhaled oxygen into her blood. These two factors reinforce each other to produce substantially increased oxygen levels in the blood. As extended physical activity is limited by the ability of the tennis player’s system to provide oxygen to the muscles and other body tissues, the increased vital capacity and hemoglobin levels resulting from the practice of TM directly increase the player’s endurance. Vital Capacity decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.


Parameter: Visual Perception
Parameter Description: This is not a tough one. Visual perception, on the physical level, is simply the ability to see your environment more clearly.
Significance to Player Performance: Obviously, when you can see better, you can respond better to the demands coming at you from the other side of the net. With clearer perception, the brain receives the accurate information it needs to fulfill your intentions, which are to win the point, the game, the set, and the match. Visual perception gets worse with age but gets better with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Field Independence
Parameter Description: Field independence is a style of functioning of the psychophysiology whereby, from a more stable internal frame of reference, broad comprehension is able to be maintained during intense focus.
Significance to Player Performance:  Players exhibiting higher levels of field independence are able to stay focused even amidst the many possible distractions of a court or stadium environment. Also, owing to the more stable internal frame of reference, the player will feel more grounded in herself, with a greater ability to assimilate and structure experience in a positive way. All of this means more success and happiness, both on and off the court. The ability to maintain Field Independence goes down with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Neuromuscular Coordination
Parameter Description: Neuromuscular Coordination, also known as “muscle memory,” is the ability of the nervous system to efficiently recruit a muscle or a group of muscles in order to perform a specific task unconsciously.
Significance to Player Performance: As a professional tennis player you depend upon your neurophysiology to respond spontaneously to your intentions on court. Over many years and countless practice sessions and matches, you’ve cultured your neurophysiology and honed your skills to the point where, in the midst of action on court, you don’t have to think too much about how to serve, hit a cross-court backhand or a forehand down the line. This muscle memory or Neuromuscular Coordination decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Perceptual Motor Performance
Parameter Description:  Perceptual Motor Performance pertains to the skill involving the interaction and integration of perceptual processes and voluntary physical movement. It is the coordination of a sensory or cognitive process and motor activity and can be conceptualized as a process of perceiving, selecting, and realizing possibilities for action    
Significance to Player Performance: This is the guts of proficiency on court for every tennis player. As a professional athlete, the tennis player must have both her perceptual and physical machinery cultured to the point where the coordination developed between the two over many years of playing can be optimum. For the tennis player, whose goal it is to move on court with the elegance of perfect motion, it is the purpose of the development of all the other parameters described here to support a high level of perceptual motor performance. Perceptual Motor Performance gets worse with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Fluid Intelligence
Parameter Description:  Fluid Intelligence is the general ability to think abstractly, to solve new problems, use logic in new situations, to reason, identify patterns, and discern relationships. It is flexible and adaptable, a level of intelligence that you may use slightly differently each time you’re in a new situation.
Significance to Player Performance: Every player goes into a match with a game plan, but often, even within the first few games, it becomes obvious that game plan has to change. A high level of fluid intelligence gives the player the ability to identify patterns in her opponent’s play, and on the spot, spontaneously in the flow of the match, devise a new plan to solve the problems those patterns of play may be creating for her game. This ability to adapt to changing conditions and create novel, strategic responses within the context of the dynamics of the flow of the match is crucial to the success of every player. This comes from fluid intelligence. Fluid Intelligence decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Creativity
Parameter Description: Creativity, which is very much tied to fluid intelligence, is simply the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.
Significance to Player Performance: As a player you know the experience of seeming to get stuck in one style of play that may get less and less resilient over time resulting in less success on court. With a higher level of creativity you begin to impart spontaneously a more imaginative style in your play, giving your opponent a different look that may baffle her to defeat. Creativity decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Cognitive Flexibility
Parameter Description: Cognitive Flexibility can be described from slightly different but important points of view. Firstly, it is a component of executive functioning, higher order cognition involving the ability to control one’s thinking. It is the ability, based upon some need, to switch one’s thinking in order to overcome habitual responses and respond freshly and effectively to new situations. It is also the ability to suppress some environmental stimuli to focus on more important aspects within that environment. And, very importantly, it has been defined as having the understanding and awareness of all possible options and alternatives simultaneously within any situation.
Significance to Player Performance: Along with fluid intelligence, cognitive flexibility gives the player the ability to see a need for change in the middle of a game or a set, have within her awareness all possible options and then identify spontaneously from those options what that change should be, and switch tactics on the fly. Also with a higher level of cognitive flexibility, every player can maintain a higher level of focus and concentration because her brain can more efficiently sort out what is useful and what is not to her play at any moment on court. Cognitive Flexibility decreases with age but increases with Transcendental Meditation. (These qualities of fluid intelligence, creativity, and cognitive flexibility, in part, combine to create within the player’s awareness a wholeness of operation that is the basis of the “in-the-zone” experience.)

Parameter: Self-Evaluation of Health and Well-Being
Parameter Description: The parameter is self-explanatory. It is simply how individuals perceive themselves - their own health and well being. The research shows a direct relationship between a positive self-evaluation and greater confidence.
Significance to Player Performance: Every player knows that the more confident she is about herself generally and her game, the better the results. Commitment to shots, the successful deployment of tactics and game plan, and, importantly, maintaining that psychological edge on her opponent all have their basis in a high level of confidence. Self-Evaluation of Health and Well-Being decreases with age but grows stronger with Transcendental Meditation.


The Parameters that go up with age (get worse) but go down with TM (get better), indicating a younger biological age:

Parameter: Reflex Response - Reflex Latency
Parameter Description: A reflex is an involuntary and nearly instantaneous movement in response to a stimulus that does not receive or need conscious thought. Reflex latency is simply how quickly one can respond to a stimulus.
Significance to Player Performance: As a player in a match you are required to respond hundreds of times to balls coming at you from the other side of the net. In some cases there is no time to think. A good example of this is when you are in some rapid-fire volleying, back and forth at the net, or shots coming back at you so quickly and with so much pace, you can only respond, no time to think. Reflex Latency gets slower with age but improves with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Reflex Response - Recovery Time
Parameter Description: Reflex Recovery Time is a measure of how quickly one can get set or reset for the next stimulus.
Significance to Player Performance: After returning a shot in a rally for example, the neurophysiology has to reset itself to receive the next shot. The faster the recovery time the more ready the player will be to handle the next shot. This resetting is automatic, without conscious thought. This is an extremely important area of functioning for the tennis player whose neurophysiology has to reset itself many times to prepare the player to receive the opponent’s next shot. Often the opponent’s goal is to return the shot quickly to take “time away.” The faster the recovery time the less successful this tactic of your opponent will be. Reflex Response - Recovery Time gets slower with age but gets faster with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Reaction Time: Complex
Parameter Description: Before describing Complex Reaction Time I want to make a distinction between reflexes and reactions. Reflexes, as described above, are involuntary or unintentional (and not subject to conscious control in most cases). Reactions, on the other hand, are voluntary responses. Reaction time, generally, is the amount of time required for an individual to perceive and respond to a sensory stimulus, and in the case of complex reaction time, we’re talking about multiple stimuli requiring different responses, and it is within this dynamic context tennis players play the game. Complex reaction time is the ability to detect, process, and respond to stimuli, and logically good reaction time is associated with having good reflexes. To have good reaction time, it is also necessary to be focused, an ability that comes from a higher level of field independence and cognitive flexibility as described earlier.
Significance to Player Performance: The player, standing at her baseline after returning a shot with a fair pace but only a few feet beyond the service line to her right-handed opponent’s deuce court, not knowing for sure what’s going to come back to her but without a doubt a shot within a finite realm of possibilities that she may be somewhat familiar with from playing this opponent before, must be ready to react to a cross-court forehand, a slice deep into her ad court, maybe a drop shot just clearing the net in her deuce court, a cross-court slice, a forehand down the line, or a flat shot deep in the center of the court, each requiring a different response or shot. The faster the player can react the more likely she is to win the point on her return or, at least, set up the point for the win. Complex Reaction Time gets worse with age but gets faster with Transcendental Meditation

Parameter: Susceptibility to Stress
Parameter Description: Susceptibility to stress is essentially an individual’s vulnerability to future stress intake. The more stressed and, therefore, the less resilient their nervous system, the more likely they will perceive experience in a less healthy, less innocent, more stressful way.
Significance to Player Performance: If a player is less susceptible to stress, her nervous system will function better under the dynamic conditions of a match with greater vitality, faster reaction times, and faster recovery. Susceptibility to Stress increases with age but decreases with Transcendental Meditation.

Parameter: Anxiety
Parameter Description: Anxiety, generally, is a feeling of worry or nervousness, often about an imminent event. More clinically, anxiety is a disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension.
Significance to Player Performance:  Research indicates that anxiety has a significant effect on perceptual motor performance. Through its effect on attention, anxiety affects the degree to which a player’s movement can be controlled. If the attention is drawn inward towards “task-irrelevant” stimuli under anxiety, less attention is available for the player’s shot execution and overall play. After all, perceptual-motor performance requires an appropriate adjustment of the player’s movements on the basis of available perceptual information. This implies that as a result of anxiety, a player’s movements may become less accurate, and since anxiety causes the attention to be drawn inwards, it may lead to the player’s attempting to explicitly control or monitor her movements. For the professional tennis player this disrupts the automatic execution of play, lessening the possibility of the “in-the-zone” experience, seriously harming overall performance and chances for success. Anxiety increases with age but decreases with Transcendental Meditation.


According to research in an article in Wired, a monthly American magazine owned by Conde Nast that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, “... there reaches an age - a physiological tipping point - when athletes start to experience an irreversible downturn in their abilities. Generally speaking, athletes start to see physical declines at age 26, give or take.” Now, with the technology of Transcendental Meditation, this physical decline at that age can be averted. Once you begin and continue the practice of Transcendental Meditation, as a player-meditator, then, moving your way through the tournaments of the tennis tour each year, your neurophysiology will continuously be functioning on a younger and younger biological level, with each of the parameters evaluated above displaying a commensurately younger level of performance. We could say,”36 (or older) has become the new 26, Roger Federer and the Williams sisters notwithstanding.”

Conclusion - A Sharper Game and a Longer Career


With the technology of Transcendental Meditation in her bag, as they say, each day that player will  be culturing a physiology, a level of perceptual motor performance that is operating continuously from a younger biological age, making her game sharper with each match and with each tournament and, at the same time, establishing the basis for a longer and possibly less injury-prone career. The ability of a player to bring this dynamic to her game and to her career as a whole, to create the physiological condition for playing longer at a high level, is a most profound breakthrough in Sports Science.

The seemingly prevailing concept that a player is destined to physical decline in her abilities at around 26 with a career pretty much finished by 30 is obsolete. The new conceptual paradigm of a longer, healthier, and more successful career is not just on the horizon, it is available now with the incorporation of the technology of Transcendental Meditation into the total game plan of every player, of every coach, and into the programs of every tennis association and every tennis academy around the world. In the future, it will be the player-meditator who will prevail.



Anyway, that’s how I see it.

APPENDIX

Notes from the Author:

1. In the seminal research cited above, the three parameters used to determine biological age were: blood pressure, near-point vision, and auditory discrimination.

2. The research on Transcendental Meditation and aging is extensive and comprehensive. Here is a link summarizing some of the research referred to in the text:  Results of Some Research Studies on Transcendental Meditation and Aging

3. I have written four other blog posts on Tennis and Transcendental Meditation laying out the benefits of the practice for the tennis player from four different angles of consideration. Here are links to those blog posts: