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Calabasas Tennis and Swim Club showcases the mental sides of tennis

  • June 12, 2011 10:11 pm PT

Rich Neher

Professional tennis teachers and authors like Vic Braden, Timothy Gallwey, Oscar Wegner and David Breslow have long documented the importance of the mental side of tennis for the touring pro as well as for the recreational player. Spearheaded by USPTA professional Jeff Richards, the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center organized a lecture event titled Lunch with Dr. Allen Fox on Saturday, June 11. Starting at 11:30 am the event included on-court clinics and drills designed to create awareness of the mental aspects of the game, and a classroom lecture by Dr. Fox after lunch at the clubhouse.

The tennis club side of the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center is a 15 court facility run by the Top Seed, a management company and Tennis Academy with 3 major club clients: Calabasas, The Paseo Club, and the tennis courts of North Ranch Country Club. Jeff Richards is a tennis professional certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and responsible for tennis events at Calabasas.

Dr. Allen Fox is a former professional tennis player who became a college coach, sports psychologist, and author. He was ranked as high as # 4 in the U.S. (in 1962). Fox is author of Tennis: Winning the Mental Match (Overcome your emotions, fears and nerves and build confidence for success in life and on the courts). He is originally from Los Angeles, and resides in San Louis Obispo today. His wife Nancy is the founder of Mrs. Beasley’s, a gift basket concept, and Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox, a web site with healthy, low fat skinny recipes.

I went to Allen Fox’s tennis camp at Pepperdine years ago. It was a great experience. How cool to have him at the Calabasas Swim and Tennis Center doing clinics and lectures.

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