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Can anyone explain this pic?

Sinnet
03-25-2005, 12:20 AM
http://alexusjones.com/Picture%20179.jpg


Obviously there's some sort of training for serving going on here (if you haven't heard of her, she's Alexus Jones, who everyone is calling the next tennis great and she's like 7 years old) but I can't tell what. What does having the legs crossed do? And the towel? Anyone? Just curious. Thanks.

Paialii
03-25-2005, 12:30 AM
http://alexusjones.com/Picture%20179.jpg


Obviously there's some sort of training for serving going on here (if you haven't heard of her, she's Alexus Jones, who everyone is calling the next tennis great and she's like 7 years old) but I can't tell what. What does having the legs crossed do? And the towel? Anyone? Just curious. Thanks.

The crossing of the legs is most likely used to help you use the upper-body as opposed to only the legs. This is a great method in improving the upper-body portion of the serve. It forces you to do more "up top."

The towel method is a way to help teach exactly how you must hit the ball for it to go in the service box. If you think about physics, you would have to be about 6'11" to be able to hit down on the ball and it not go into the net. You need to hit on the bottom half of the ball, and snap your wrist for your racquet to kinda catipult it so it goes over the net, but in the square. Of course this varies a bit per serve. The towel method includes bending down on the towel on your knee and then trying to hit a serve in the service box. It forces to one hit the ball properly.

I hope this made sense. As for Alexus, I've seen her play live, she's amazing. ;)

faboozadoo15
03-25-2005, 12:36 AM
sorry, i hope this isn't rude to inteject here and ask how alexus plays. but really, how does she? and how good/often/what age group does she play?

she might be the next best thing for america for a while which is kinda crazy.

Paialii
03-25-2005, 12:40 AM
sorry, i hope this isn't rude to inteject here and ask how alexus plays. but really, how does she? and how good/often/what age group does she play?

she might be the next best thing for america for a while which is kinda crazy.

When I saw her play, it was at an exhibition juniors match in Florida, and that was in July of 04. You can read all about her at http://alexusjones.com , but I can tell you from watching her live I was pretty shocked at the amount of power she has for her age. She definitely looks like a 7-year-old Serena Williams. Not that it's shocking, seeing as how she's worked with Richard Williams, Rick Macci among others.

The age group thing I'm not sure on. I don't think she regularly competes in the juniors, but if she did I'm sure she wouldn't be competing in the 7-year-old group. ;)

Federerhingis
03-25-2005, 12:42 AM
Oh wow she looks like a five year old, she must be pretty good catching so much attention at such a young age!

uNIVERSE mAN
03-25-2005, 01:05 AM
who cares? it's women's tennis.

Chloe le Bopper
03-25-2005, 01:46 AM
The hype surrounding this girl bothers me a lot :( Nobody that young should be under that much pressure. At least I never heard of Sharapova until she was about 11 or 12. (and that was too much, imo). If I'm not mistaken, this girl already has sponsers being lined up :(

Chloe le Bopper
03-25-2005, 01:46 AM
who cares? it's women's tennis.
If I'm not mistaken, the thread was posted to question her practice technique. Perhaps you dont' care about those sort of things, but some of us do :) (not that my last comment had anything to do with that, but whatever)

jole
03-25-2005, 02:49 AM
The hype surrounding this girl bothers me a lot :( Nobody that young should be under that much pressure. At least I never heard of Sharapova until she was about 11 or 12. (and that was too much, imo). If I'm not mistaken, this girl already has sponsers being lined up :(

The hype is hilariously funny, but I guess it's stuff like this that makes the world go 'round.

uNIVERSE mAN
03-25-2005, 10:00 AM
If I'm not mistaken, the thread was posted to question her practice technique. Perhaps you dont' care about those sort of things, but some of us do :) (not that my last comment had anything to do with that, but whatever)

Yes, you're right. I'm sorry.

adeegee
03-25-2005, 10:03 AM
Why don't they give her a Wild Card into the next Masters Series, she's obviously ready. Like Donald Young is. :rolleyes:

ae wowww
03-25-2005, 11:20 AM
I would love to see her play live, good luck to her. I thought the towel might be something to do with bouncing it! but Pailii's theory really makes sense :yeah:

boliviana
03-25-2005, 01:04 PM
has anyone ever heard of exploitation? interesting picture and theory but that's bullshit . . . leave her alone and IF her parents don't get that then shame on them. Kids should be kids!!

FrogBurger
03-25-2005, 01:32 PM
I Cant explain it

Paialii
03-25-2005, 08:18 PM
Heh. Talk about a thread that has gone off topic.

If we're looking at the amount of training she's going through, it's no more than the current pros went through. The only difference is this girl's "training life" has been made a public affair through a documentary that started filming some time last year.

I remember training hours upon hours per day with several coaches each and every day since the age of five up until a year ago when I decided to focus on school more. I think so long as SHE is enjoying it and isn't being forced into doing this, then the result will be all right. Otherwise, if she's being forced to become this future champion that she doesn't wish to be, I'd classify it as being extremely cruel on her parents' part.

To my knowledge, this topic wasn't started to discuss HER, but rather the techniques being used in the serving picture, which have been cleared up. :)

tennnisgirl7
03-25-2005, 08:54 PM
OMG That Jones girl can hit a serve at 70 mph when she was six!

Domino
03-25-2005, 09:02 PM
Topics are meant to get off track ;)

Anyways, the point is that a seven year-old girl should not be documented as a future prospect. A seven year-old girl should be playing with her friends, learning in school, and growing up, not preparing to be a professional tennis player. Being documented at this time also seems like a money ploy by all parties involved.

And people wonder why many tennis players can't seem to let go of the sport (or any sports players for that matter) - it's all they know.

Lee
03-25-2005, 09:05 PM
Right on, Domino! The only excuse I can think of for the parents is they need the money for her training. :shrug:

Domino
03-25-2005, 09:15 PM
you're probably right Lee, all that instruction she's getting is expensive, especially considering the ability she's reached means she's had a lot of work.

tennis4eva
03-25-2005, 09:30 PM
The coach standing there in the photo, his name is Steve Smith. Last year I was at his academy in Tampa Florida training there. He has devoloped very specialized tennis training techniques and he has many methods designed to help players learn the most efficient and ideal strokes. The excercise that Alexus is doing here is to help with balance on the serve. Often players fall to the left when they serve, standing with you legs crossed forces you to keep your weight centered.
I wonder though, after seeing firsthand how hard she works for a child her age.... :eek: Its kinda freaky, her parents make her train all day just like the older kids. I hope she doesn't suffer burnout! I must admire her for almost never complaining! :worship: Her dad is really nice guy, but I still think he pushes her too hard!
I just hope Alexus does really well. She deserves it after all her hard work! :)

loeliepoelie
03-25-2005, 10:00 PM
OMG on that site there are pics of her working out in a gym!!! Is that normal? I don't know anything about what the pro's did at that age... But it seems to me that if she practices every day and works out at the gym everday, that kid doesn't have time left to be a kid....

adeegee
03-25-2005, 10:13 PM
Michael Jackson has been in the spotlight since he was about 4. Not particularly relevant I just thought I'd say

Domino
03-25-2005, 10:14 PM
It isn't, just another example of how children are being rushed into professionalism without even growing up.

Roger-No.1
03-26-2005, 08:03 AM
Good luck girl!

Smankyou
03-26-2005, 09:33 AM
Classic case of child living out parents' dream. I hear she has a black belt as well. Over ambitious much?

Michael Jackson has been in the spotlight since he was about 4. Not particularly relevant I just thought I'd say
Yes. And look where that got him.

When I was seven I was playing kiss-and-catch with the boys. And look where that got me. Nowhere. Hmmm.

uNIVERSE mAN
03-26-2005, 11:24 AM
OMG That Jones girl can hit a serve at 70 mph when she was six!

That's because women are pretty much as strong as they're going to get by that age. :lol:

adeegee
03-26-2005, 11:27 AM
Yes. And look where that got him.

When I was seven I was playing kiss-and-catch with the boys. And look where that got me. Nowhere. Hmmm.

MJ's innocent! :p

Paialii
03-26-2005, 01:08 PM
That's because women are pretty much as strong as they're going to get by that age. :lol:

:haha:

Couldn't help but laugh at that, despite me being a female that can serve much harder than 70mph :p