Friday, December 3, 2021


Coach Wayne’s Corner

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With all that’s going on, I had planned on doing a Vince Lombardi-ish halftime motivational speech column in regards to dealing with the challenge we are facing as a nation. I was going to comment on how to compete and ultimately defeat the opponent that we are currently facing known as Coronavirus. However, I have decided to wait until we conquer this enemy, at which time, I will reflect on the strength and courage which this opponent is bringing out in all of us.

So for now, since we can’t get out on the courts and play, I’m going to provide my devoted readers with some skill and drill practices you can do at home to keep your game sharp and your spirits high.

These drills have been discussed in my previous columns; so my recommendation is to take some time to focus on something besides the virus. Turn off the news and archive some of my columns at

My first suggestion for homework is to practice your up-zees down-zees and flip-zees. Refer to my column “Tickle The Pickle,” from August 15th, 2019.

Secondly, since you have so much time on your hands, learn how to use them. This is a great time to teach yourself how to juggle. Refer to my column “The Art of Juggling,” from February 21st, 2020.

Finally, as a coach, I can’t resist but to provide a little halftime “go team, rah rah speech.” 

No matter what is required of us during this challenge, we must all remain vigilant—as individuals, as neighbors and as Americans.

We will all need to create and administer new strategies against an unknown and very formidable opponent. We will need to adapt to a different way of doing things.

Most importantly, we need to keep ourselves busy, both mentally and physically.

Wayne Clark is a professional tennis instructor with over 25 years’ experience coaching players on all levels of the game. Wayne is also qualified in pickleball instruction and is on staff as an instructor with The Pickleball Academy of Southwest Florida at East Naples Community Park. Contact Coach Wayne by email at, or by phone or text at 239-450-6161.

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