Learn This Kid’s Name…It Won’t Be The Last Time You See It!

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:

“Hi CoachKyril,

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,

Coach Kyril


  • Eric Carlson

    March 4, 2011

    I love people’s passions for our game… yes, he is fantastic, looks like coach’s stroke to me… but the point is this kid is working his but off rain and shine to be great… we can all learn from that!

  • Michael

    March 4, 2011

    Excellent! Keep up the good work!

  • Henrik Oelund

    March 4, 2011

    Hi Jed
    This is very, very Nice.
    Your footwork is even better, than your forehand which is so
    smooth and powerful. I would love to see your backhand as well.
    Good Luck to you, you are gonna have fun!!

  • Omar

    March 4, 2011

    Amazing footwork!

  • Joc

    March 4, 2011

    He reminds me of Agassi when Agassi was young. Jed, however, appears better than Agassi at that age. I didn’t see him hit backhands. Is it one or two-handed? I predict this kid will be the next number one tennis player in the world by the time he is twenty, provided he develops an all around game and most of all has the passion and temperament to thrive. Keep practicing. And thanks or sharing a future tennis pro.

  • Josh

    March 4, 2011

    Wow! Jed’s forehand is now added to my collection of forehands to model after with Federer and Djokovich!!

    Another great testimonial Coach. So blessed to have your content to follow and not be subjected to the bozo’s at the local club.

  • Jack

    March 4, 2011

    AWESOME!! The kid didn’t miss!! Great form, great footwork,
    and a GREAT future!! Keep at it Jed, there’s tons to learn, and
    from the looks of it, you have the “right stuff”!! All the best!!

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