Okay, here’s the scoop: I have been corresponding with a gentleman in Scotland for a couple of years on-and-off concerning the development of his son’s tennis game. My first interaction with this individual was when he asked me to check out his son Jed’s tennis strokes and watch some videos of him hitting back in 2008, when he was seven. Here he is now at age 10, bangin’ balls with a world-ranked men’s tour player.
Here’s the message I received a few days ago:
Thanks for replying it means a lot, you know Jed has done all this on his own with myself and it will be 4 years come May 2007 since he first looked at a racket.
The thing is we are a normal working class family of 4 children in Scotland, The only thing we did was get help from family and friends to get Jed to a Tennis Academy in France for the weeks training in march 2009 as I was needing to educate myself as well, but the most gain in our training was you, trust me we did everything you said from the laws to drop feeding, serves, grips to volleys its been incredible watching Jeds development has me amazed, oh and the return of serve Jeds got that spot on as your attention to detail was immacculate, we trained outside for almost 3 years in rain darkness puddles even wind and snow, Tennis Scotland and their LTA I guess never gave him a second look because I had no money or a named coach, therefore they thought we would eventually disappear. Managed to get him in to a sports centre indoors, and some times a player who is 800 in the world will hit with him when available; he says Jed is the first player he has seen with perfect technique and if given the opportunity could go far, shame the LTA don’t. I dont know whether to laugh or cry on this, it would be great to get on to the members area on you site. Thanks, Ged and Jed”
Not a surprising scenario. Do me a favor, will you? Head over to YouTube and type Jedzenio into the search box at the top of the page, there are a few videos that document this little dude’s journey and I’m sure Ged and his son Jed would really appreciate some nice comments and support. And yes…Jed’s on ‘scholarship’ here at the Tennis Vault.
Paying it forward,