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By the legendary Argentinian Coach, Jorge Gerosi

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1. Tennis Explosion

6m 31s

In the early 2000s, Argentina had six players within the top ten. But, what was the reason for their success? At what point did everything begin? and how were they able to become a worldwide tennis powerhouse?

Level: Beginner

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2. Dictatorship And Freedom

12m 22s

In the mists of the Argentinian military dictatorship, a young boy was raised under the name of Jorge Gerosi. Having a normal childhood was far from possible in these dark times, but Jorge was able to find the most valuable thing in his life: tennis.

Level: Beginner

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3. Learn To Move

8m 58s

As Jorge slowly drifted away from social tennis moving towards high-performance coaching, he was able to fully understand the different footwork techniques on a tennis court and the importance of knowing how to apply them.

Level: Advanced

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4. Consistency

10m 12s

In modern tennis, we see players hit the ball with tremendous power. But, how do we reach technical perfection? In Argentine tennis, working consistency is the key to success.

Level: Intermediate

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5. Round And Yellow

7m 55s

Many coaches emphasize on 'look at the ball', but not many think of, how do we look at it and why? 'The ball is round, not flat. To play well, you have to know how to hit and use every part of the ball.'

Level: Intermediate

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6. The Use Of The Slice

12m 24s

How to use the slice? Where and when do we use it? this applies to left and right-handed players with a great forehand. The tactic used by Rafael Nadal, but used in the past by Javier Frana and Florencia Labat.

Level: Advanced

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7. Avoid The Middle

5m 37s

In modern tennis, failing to grasp the initiative is equivalent to losing the point. With this drill, Jorge managed to teach his players on how to use all corners of the court making sure they avoid the enemy: the middle.

Level: Intermediate

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8. Two Forehands

9m 34s

It is common to see Argentine players control their opponents with their forehand. How do they train to cover the court with a single shot? Guillermo Cañas and Nicolás Massú used this drill to dominate their rivals.

Level: Advanced

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9. The Map

9m 38s

Tennis is a game of percentages. Knowing the odds that favour you either to inflict more damage or to avoid committing an error, will give you an advantage. 'Each shot has a meaning, you do not need to see the court, it always has to be pictured in the back of your mind.'

Level: Advanced

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10. Clay Tactics

8m 7s

The explanation to the Argentine 'will to win' and why they all have similar tactical patterns.

Level: Advanced

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11. Observe The Game

8m 11s

Learning to observe the game will give you an advantage. Javier Frana worked with Gerosi for 17 years. Today, he works for ESPN as one of the most respected tennis commentators in the world. All thanks to knowing how to observe.

Level: Beginner

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introducing

Jorge Gerosi

Jorge Gerosi grew up in the times when a military dictatorship ruled in Argentina. One day, the government barged in his school to seek out 'traitors'. His mother then decided to pull him away as far as possible from the violence. She signed him up at a nearby tennis club called GEBA.

Shortly after, at a very young age, he committed himself to grassroots coaching. The club became his refuge and second home. Soon after, a boy and a girl arrived, both left-handed. For 15 years they were his students. The boy was Javier Frana, who became 30 in the world. The girl, Florencia Labat, became number 26 in the world.

Then another boy came along. His name was Guillermo Cañas who would later then, guided by 'El Chino', brake into the top 100. At the same time, another talented pupil would join the 'Chino' movement. He was a young rebel born in Temperley. Jorge trained him for four years, placing the talented young player between the best 60 in the world. Years later, that same rebellious young boy named Gastón Gaudio, would win the French Open. The story was yet again repeated with Carlos Berloq and then with Brian Dabul; players of the like of Nicolás Massu and Mariano Puerta, among others, also brewed through Jorge's skilled hands.

Now, closer to his retirement, Jorge Gerosi has decided to share all of his life experiences about the game. Through this master class, el 'Chino' will explain, how and why, from such a remote part of the world so many world champions have blossomed.

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