Photo: Martin Sidorjak2013 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals player educational forum
PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC: Players at the 22nd World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov laid down their rackets and attended an educational forum.
The forum in Prostejov was attended by all the teams and their captains competing in the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals.
Luca Santilli, the manager of junior tennis at the ITF, began by giving a talk entitled ‘What is the ITF?’. Backed up by DVD footage and slide shows of ITF events, Mr Santilli explained to the players about the role of the ITF in the sport and talked about how the ITF and players can work together.
Santilli was followed by Dr. Wart Van Zoest, an orthopaedic surgeon, who spoke to the players on injury prevention and the various steps to take in order to keep your body in the best shape possible.
Anne Pankhurst gave a helpful presentation on player welfare and the steps being taken to ensure their safety.
Daniel Lowen, sports lawyers Couchmans LLP, spoke about the role of an agent in a player’s career. He advised the players on how an agent could benefit them and gave them some tips on what to look for when entering into a contract with an agent. He also spoke about the new initiative between the ITF and Couchmans LLP which involves the latter providing legal advice to top junior players.
Anne Pankhurst then gave an insightful talk on the dos and don'ts of social media, giving the players invaluable advice such as regularly changing passwords and avoiding posting things online in the heat of the moment.
Dr Van Zoest then did a second talk to the players on nutrition and what best to eat and the best times to eat, as well as what to drink during and post matches.
Former world No. 5 Jiri Novak then held a question and answer session with the players and captains on match preparation and his experiences at this level.
The ITF has long been committed to helping young players learn the off-court skills that they will need if and when they become professionals, as well as keeping them informed about the rights accorded to young people by the United Nations. It holds regular educational forums at its team and individual events and has launched an online junior tennis school to educate them on issues such as anti-doping, coaching, parental involvement and dealing with the media so that they can learn via the internet as well as at the forums.