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CTC Jamboree

10 of Philadelphia's top CTC juniors traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to represent PATD in the March 8 & 9th CTC Jamboree.

Held in conjunction with the 2003 Middle States Conference, the tournament pitted the best Competitive Training Center athletes from across the Middle States Section. This year, Philadelphia's team faced stiff competition from Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, and 2 teams each from Eastern and New Jersey.

Arthur Ashe Coach, Yomi Adesubokan lead the co-ed team: Ariel Several, Katie Cullum, Emily Rosenblum, Monique Bonani, Amber Cuff, Matthew & Brandon Savran, Zach Detweiler, Toni Kanterman, David Negron. Play followed the popular World TeamTennis format. Philadelphia won 4 of its 6 match-ups but placed 5th overall in percentage of games won in the 2 day event.

Nick Saviano

Aside from the competition, one of the highlights of the weekend was a visit from Nick Saviano, one of the world's premier experts in coaching. Juniors listened to Saviano talk about his life as a former world top 50 player and and what it was like to coach such tennis greats as Jennifer Capriati, Pete Sampras, Jim Courrier, and Michael Chang.

But the best lesson Saviano served up to Philadelphia's aspiring athletes were his thoughts on how they could be the best they could be.

Contrary to what some teach, Saviano says the LAST thing juniors should focus on is winning. Saviano believes that mentality guarantees tightness, tentative play and disaster.

Rather, Saviano encourages players to focus only on what they CAN control:

  • execution
  • positive self talk
  • strategy
  • taking their time, breathing
  • most important: a desire to have fun

Saviano says an athletes "cycle of success" starts and continues with fun. You have to enjoy the game in order to succeed in it.

The values and mindset Saviano presented to Philadelphia's CTC students apply to life in general.

Focus on what you can control........Do what you love.