Episode #41 Season 24: Shaun Boyce & Justin Yeo

In this episode of the Atlanta Tennis Podcast, hosts Shaun Boyce and Justin Yeo dive into the concept of the modern game of tennis.​ They discuss how the modern game has evolved over the years, focusing on the technical, equipment, physical, and coaching aspects.​ They emphasize the importance of understanding your own capabilities and staying in your lane when trying to incorporate elements of the modern game into your own play. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, this episode provides valuable insights into how the modern game can help improve your tennis skills. Don’t miss out on this informative discussion!Timestamps:

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Welcome to the Atlanta Tennis Podcast.

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Good morning, Justin Yeo, world-renowned tennis pro Australian in Puerto Rico.

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He's got the background with the...

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If you're watching on video, he's got the background with the...

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Looks like he's in Puerto Rico, actually, which is a good look.

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But today, we are 10 minutes of tennis, and I am Shaun Boyce with GoTennis

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And the Atlanta Tennis Podcast.

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We are talking about the modern game.

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That is the phrase, the modern game.

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And how it can help you, you, the listener, you, the watcher,

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my YouTube listeners, whoever you are out there,

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how it can help you from a tennis point of view.

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Is it going to make you better?

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Can it help you understand the game better?

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Is it different from the non-modern game?

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So I want to start with a definition.

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Justin Yo, I've done a little research.

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I always do my due diligence, and I'm checking out the modern game.

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And this does not mean the modern game as what was invented after Jou de Pomme,

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meaning something used with tennis racquets in the 1900s in the UK.

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I'm talking about the modern game of Rafael Nadal in the last 10, 15,

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10, 15 years maybe.

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20?

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20 years?

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Okay, so I'll leave you to the definitions and shorten my question.

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Justin, define the modern game for me please.

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All right.

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Well, we're going to get eight minutes left, so I'll do it.

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Okay.

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A long first question, sorry.

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That's what it was.

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It was great as I can.

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You know, the modern game, what we've, what the players have learned and what a lot of

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a lot of people have learned is the efficiency of how to play tennis.

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The tennis has become a lot more baseline, a lot more longer game.

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And so when we think of modern, we think of, you know, biomechanics or hitting the ball correctly,

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or hitting the ball more efficiently, understanding the components together,

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working together, the physical component, working with set and tool and tactical.

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And I think modern wise people need to understand that, you know, these guys,

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this guy's a serious athlete.

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And a probably modern thing that I don't hear a nub of,

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of people doing a good warm up physically and a good warm down physically.

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These players spend more time in recovery than they did at almost training.

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And so we don't, and I think of modern game and especially for an amateur,

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the longer they play, the longer they practice, the more they need to be recovering.

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And I'm not seeing that at all. That's where the breakdowns happen.

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That's when they're standing up on the ball and hitting the ball more with their hands to cut,

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you know, compensate. So modern game, what I would say is that people need to understand that

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there's a lot more physicality with the modern game. That's not denying how great athletes they

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were back in the days because they were. But these guys now are seriously,

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getting the way it's played is very, very, very, very upward.

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You know, just with the different stances too, we've had so many years of,

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and we had straight on neutral stance, or if not cross-step versus now we're seeing a lot more,

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then it went open, stands for a long time with the windshield wipe beforehand.

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What they realized is we're penetrating the baseline. So now we see semi-open and neutral stance,

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when they can get into it, they long to rack the power and drive through the ball.

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And probably the biggest change for everybody, which everybody already knows about,

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is the strings and the rackets, you know. I think rackets have sort of plateaued a little,

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and we see a lot more string. And the string is, you know, five-string or string patterns with wider

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pattern, night and night and arrow pattern. We've seen a lot of control by our rackets,

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the things are getting thicker versus thin. So there's probably more of a modern game and a

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quickest summation as I can in three minutes. Now, how it helps the amateur,

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need the right pro. I mean, sorry to say it, but the pro doesn't educate himself, it doesn't understand

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the modern game and how to break that into their game. Then you need to find the right pro that

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works for you. What you have and making it, you know, try to modernize it, but basically

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tend without reinventing the wheel, without changing everything. And definitely not putting

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sitting about, it's too hard, it's never going to be so...

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And so I've heard four different things. I've heard the technical side, which is,

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we're modernizing the grip. We're moving the actual state. You mentioned the stance,

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specifically the stance and how we hit the ball and the technical of the rackets and the strings.

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So the equipment side, but a lot of that stems from the physicality as you talk about.

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These guys and these girls are elite athletes and they're unbelievably physical. And potentially,

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you know, we'll consider them that superhero level of human. Okay, so let's understand in the same

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way that I tell the kids sometimes and I have to tell an adult everyone's going to, "You're not

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Roger." So no, you can't do that. It can be the goal in the same way. It can be that target.

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If they've achieved perfection, we cannot, but we can strive for it. So the physicality is one thing,

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the equipment, the technical, but then also your coach. Your coach has to understand these things

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and how to help you get there. Yeah, and it will, you're great, some great examples there.

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There are some rogers out there. I mean, the nitro through the very similar. If you look at parts of

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Cicipaz's game, you can see a little bit of Roger. You can see a bit of Roger and obviously the

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Alcharez. I see all the three top players in Alcharez a little bit. But really, if we look down at it,

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there's no no that. There's no one with his range of motion and his flexibility and his strength

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through range of motion. So that's, he's out on his own. There's no question. There's no one,

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I don't even see people coming up that are like him. Shelton is a storm, the guy from America,

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the big lefty. But unfortunately, he doesn't have all that range because he's a big guy. So it's,

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yeah. So, you know, when we think modern and the guy that's dominated for so long, nobody's been

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able to replicate what he can do. And so I think what people need to understand is there's a real

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serious physical component in the modern game. And if you want to change your game towards more

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than modern, you really have to think about being physical as well as obviously technical, but

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technical tactical comes together if you've got the right physical components. If you don't have

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those physical components, you're going outside the norm to get the right technique and the right

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tactics. So that's sort of a quickest summation about the modern game into an amateur's game.

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So in that case, I've got to take, there's a little bit of, you know, maintain your lane. There's a

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little bit of, I'm going to do what I'm capable of doing now. Yes, I've got a, I got a years plan to

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lose my 15, 20 pounds, whatever I am as the amateur player that says, okay, I'm going to work on my flexibility,

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but I don't walk out and say, well, I want to do all the things Novak can do now because I can't.

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So we talk about those four different aspects that you mentioned. Let's focus on those four

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in, in separate times. You can say, okay, well, I can go out and buy all the best equipment. That can

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be done. Yeah, let's assume I can afford those things. If you need some help, go to us,

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go to let's go to ns.com and we can help you out with some of that, but the technical side, you need

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your coach. You want to be able to do that. Don't just start grabbing stuff off of YouTube. There's

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some good stuff out there, but if you find that, make sure you contact those people, get some personalized

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advice from online information, but find your local coach and ask him about the YouTube information.

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If you're looking at the guy online like Ian or Pete or some of those guys that give really

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good information, it isn't necessarily directed at you, the tennis player. So you need to go find out,

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hey, go ask coach Justin and say, hey, I've got this information and he can help personalize it to you.

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And then also, if your tennis coach isn't also your fitness trainer and that is rarely the thing,

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many tennis coaches will try to be your fitness trainer also. And some can and there's some

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abilities there because we know what we're doing physically, but really a fitness trainer, find one

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that can help you work on that flexibility and that movement and that you can work on all four of

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those aspects. So those four things from the modern game, we're not really just going to be able to

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serve in volleyball, we are through guys and through people looking more. It's just not really going to

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happen that way. Right. And a quick summation is that doesn't mean you just go hit the gym. You have to be

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very directly around tennis specific exercises around range of motion, around understanding what speed

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and little things that just will help just set the bar a little higher for you that will open your game

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to maybe a little more technique for a little more tactics. But really understand your lane,

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I like that you mentioned the lane because I've seen players that are just better at five shots.

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And if actually lane, then let's start making things better in those five shots. You know, don't try to

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start hitting 20 and you're never a 20-shot player. You're trying to do something that you're

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impossible in your perception or your attention span or whatever, it just doesn't work that way. So

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staying in your lane. And you know, I can be, I'll give a one-minute real quick because we're just

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where the best here. So IBM, IBM has done the study for like 30 years and they've proved that the

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game is zero to four shots. So everybody stop rallying forever. You know, stop hitting for 50 balls.

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It's just doesn't work that way. Start if you want to be a better player, better at the first four,

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but better at, you know, the first five or six. Yes, you're going to have long routes, but it doesn't

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happen all the time. You want to be able to jump and get in early. So, you know, if you want to

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modernize your game, take the ball in the rise. It was what was happening in the 70s and the 60s.

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And it's seen right now if people are taking the ball in the rise. I mean, the doubt is the truth

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of the putting on now. There you go. Modern game. Hello Justin Yeo, 10 minutes of tennis. We'll see you

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next week. Thank you, man. Well, there you have it. We want to thank reGeovinnate.com for use of the

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