South Florida Youths Excel With Tennis
world that stresses competition and winning above all else, this month’s
issue features two young tennis prodigies that have taken a different
approach in becoming among the best young tennis players in the world.
twelve year-old Steven Rosz and eleven year-old Luzaan Rens….
Two seemingly ordinary South Florida youths who are anything but
ordinary… Aside from both being “Straight-A” students in school,
Steven and Luzaan are in a class by themselves on the tennis court with
their picture-perfect tennis form and extraordinary talent.
Steven or Luzaan are still too young to compete in major tennis events,
they have already risen to become among the most talented and respected
players in their age groups; nationwide.
One reason is because their coach Andrew Rosz of South Florida
Professional Tennis Instruction (www.professionaltennisinstruction.com)
places primary emphasis on mastering proper tennis form and technique
and much less of an emphasis on actual competition.
In coach Andrew’s own words… “Of primary importance for a
developing young player is the complete and total mastery of proper
tennis form and technique. Because
only once this is accomplished is the young player justified in adding
the element of power to their game.”
Coach Andrew further adds… “Many young players are
prematurely pressured by their coaches and parents into hitting the ball
hard before they are emotionally and/or physically ready.
This only results in frustration to the player, an abundance of
unforced errors, and the inability to sustain a consistent level of high
performance play.” And
this is precisely what sets Steven and Luzaan apart from the rest…
From day one, they both have adopted a commitment to technical
perfection and unyielding consistency.
And now after years of training, they are both capable of hitting
the ball harder than, more consistent than, and more accurate than most
adult tournament players twice their age.
special case of Steven and Luzaan, both players have been trained “from
the ground up” by tennis expert and author Andrew Rosz in the Youth
Excellence Tennis Program; an elite tennis program for a select few
exceptionally talented South Florida youths aspiring to become among the
best tennis players in the world.
In the Youth Excellence Tennis Program, players are taught both
the mental and physical aspects of world class “professional” tennis
and learn the skills necessary to compete successfully at the adult
level once they become only twelve years old.
It’s truly an excellence program which involves in depth
discussions on virtually every area of both the mental and physical
aspects of world class professional tennis.
Few players qualify for this program as coach Andrew limits his
enrollment to just four students and works with only two students at a
time. Since parental
participation is mandatory at each and every lesson, the parent is able
to learn right alongside the child. So when the time comes for Steven and Luzaan to showcase
their skills in world class tournament competition, they will do so
having already mastered the elements of world class tournament play. “High level tournament tennis is simply not appropriate for
young players under age twelve” stresses coach Andrew. He also adds… “I’ve seen many otherwise promising young
players have their chances at stardom completely destroyed by over-eager
coaches and parents who see only dollar signs in their eyes and pressure
their young students into competition before they are technically and/or
emotionally ready. It takes
years of training to turn a young tennis hopeful into world class
competitor and a total dedication on behalf of the coach to insure that
every shot is technically correct.
Because if the player practices the wrong thing or learns an
incorrect stroke or grip that goes uncorrected, the bad habits that
result will be virtually impossible to break once the player enters the
indeed when you watch Steven and Luzaan hit the ball, it becomes clearly
evident they both seem to be doing everything right with their blasting
groundstrokes into the corners… with their powerful and accurate
serves… and with their lightning fast reflexes and footwork in
returning even the most challenging shots.
When asked what they like best about tennis, Steven replies…
“It’s a great way for me to exercise and to make new friends.
I’m also able to meet the kind of people who can add to my life…
Not just with tennis but with everything else that I do.”
Luzaan replies… “I just like to hit the ball hard!
I also like to train with Steven because he’s so good and helps
me to become a better player.”
mentioned previously, Steven and Luzaan are both Straight-A students.
While Steven recently finished seventh grade at Olsen Middle
School with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, fifth grader Luzaan
finished among the top three in her entire school academically earning
President’s Honor Roll in every quarter and achieved the highest FCAT
score possible in her fifth grade class. Even off the court, Steven and Luzaan enjoy each others’
company by attending movies together and helping younger players to
learn the basics of proper tennis.
Luzaan does not yet play competitively, Steven recently completed a
successful season of tournament tennis as a member of the Adult Men’s
Tennis League at West Wind Park in Lauderhill.
Routinely competing against accomplished tournament players from
the tri-county area, Steven has enjoyed many impressive wins over
players more than twice his age. And
even when he losing a match, Steven always seems to maintain his
composure and compliments his opponent on a match well played.
“I try to learn from my losses,” says Steven.
“Once I see what my opponent can do better than me in
competitive situations, it gives me direction on where I need to
both Steven and Luzaan are exceptional South Florida youths with bright
and aspiring futures ahead of them; not just with tennis but with
academics as well. Aside
from tennis, Steven plans to become a CPA while Luzaan aspires to become
the #1 tennis player in the world.
So good luck to you both in the years ahead, and may your
dedication and success bring inspiration to others!