Archive for December, 2013


Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! At our specialized boutique we have a very small number of only 5 students in our Strive Tennis environment and 2 coaches. This lends to the most laser focused hands on player development training environment offered anywhere in the world. What took us 3 years to do in the 1990’s (mind you we had a pool of 1500 students with 8 locations to work with back then when we were ACE Academy)  has taken us only 1 year 3 months to achieve similar results with our current players totaling only 5 players.

Congratulations to Strive players Kelsey Smith who made semi finals achieving a 4th place finish and Anna Claire Mitchell Who went 5-1 to win the consolation draw achieving a 5th place finish at last weeks National Level 2 event. Both players defeated multiple seeded players above them along the way.

AC and Kelsey had no national ranking to speak of just over a one year ago. They were losing right and left, day and night, working on the development of a very difficult style of game to master, so it’s quite a remarkable feat to say the least to achieve such a lofty result in such a short amount of time.  It has not been an easy road, as many losses, many ups and downs, much foresight and patience, much vision, parents who wanted to quit, players who wanted to quit, and much needed trust in our guidance had to be surrendered to in hope that the execution of the games they were working on would one day come to fruition. We are glad you had faith and trust in our guidance girls. Your trust is paying off. These two girls will tell you the rewards have been worth all the pain and agony they had to go through to reach such goals. The future is bright!

More importantly they won doing things other players were/are not willing to do at 11 years old…even serving and volleying to win on match points. Trust and faith are a peculiar thing.  They could have given in and quit many times over the last year, could have given into their fears and let discouragement rule their lives as they were taking their lumps developing their games, but rather the players and parents bought into what we were selling…and instead did NOT quit, persevered, and in the end prevailed. We are very proud of you AC and Kelsey! You are now on your  way to a top 50 national ranking, of which they will both achieve barring injury in 2014. Sometimes one must go slow to go fast. As they say “Choices are the hinges of destiny”. Choose wisely…

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They are not there to scare you. They are there to let you know that something is worth it”- C. JoyBell C