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Hello Parents –
If you are an experienced tennis parent, you must be having a logic in place already to plan your child’s tournament schedule for the upcoming year. If you are just starting, you will learn many things along the way.

This article focuses on a vital fact about how probably you as a tennis parent can create a schedule for your child. It’s a personal thing and depends on various factors, however, one factor stands above the rest. The winning %  of your child in the kind of tournaments they are participating.

We will try to attempt and explain this with the help of some tables and numbers.
If you perform the following steps below by the end of this post, we are hoping that some more amount of depth can be accomplished on how to plan your child’s tournament schedule and why. The idea is to select tournaments which will help you to make a better player, in the long run.

Step 1) Draw a table –
Take a piece of paper and pencil (or excel sheet) and draw a table as shown below.
(note: on mobile phones read by rotating the phone and then by sliding the table right to left)

Tournament No. Tournament Type Opportunity Matches Played Won Lost Win% Tournament Depth% Round
 1
 2
 3
 4
5

All the columns above are self-explanatory but for the sake of clarity, we will explain it once.
Tournament No –  Number of a particular tournament, we are trying to capture the last five.
Tournament Type – This can vary from nation to nation. In India, most popular ones are TS7, CS7, SS, NS and Nationals. This can be ITF tournaments also or any other tournaments that your child might be playing.
Opportunity – Opportunity is the number of matches that our child could have played, depending on the size of the draw. For example, to win a TS7 tournament child has an opportunity to play 5 matches. In an SS if your child has played form Q rounds they have an opportunity to play 7 matches considering there were 2 R of Q matches to be played.
Matches Played – In that particular tournament how many matches did they eventually play
Won – How many did the child win
Lost – How many did they lose, this will always be 1 as we always lose 1 match per tournament (except for the lucky loser scenario)
Win% – Won / No of Matches Played
Tournament Depth% – How deep your child made it in the tournament – No of Matches Played/ Opportunity
Round – Which round they made it
You need to fill the above table with last five tournaments your child has played. Let start with an example in step 2 below.
Step 2) Fill your child’s last five performances, for example –
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note: on mobile phones read by rotating the phone and then by sliding the table right to left)

Tournament No. Tournament Type Opportunity Matches Played Won Lost Win% Tournament Depth% Round
1 TS7 /U12 5 2 1 1 50 40 R16
2 CS7/U12 5 2 1 1 50 40 R16
3 SS /U12 7 3 (2 Q, 1 MD) 2 1 66.6 42.8 R32
4 CS7/U14 5 2 1 1 50 40 R16
5 TS7/U14 5 3 2 1 66.6 60 QF
56.64 44.56

Above table shows that your child has won around 56.6%  of their total matches. The first row shows that in a TS7 your child played 2 matches in total and won 1 and lost 1. So the win % would be 1 out 2 for this tournament and hence 50%
Tournament depth – typically in a TS7 if you are in the main draw you get a chance to play 5 matches ( draw size being 32). If your child played 2 out of 5 (5 being the opportunity) their Tournament Depth would be 40%.

Step 3) Analyze and decide the next steps 
Frank Giampaolo who is a very well known coach goes into the details of this subject like no one else we could find. Frank came up with a reasonable formula, which to some effect states the following –

a) If your child winning percentage is around 25%  try to introduce some low level of tournaments in your schedule and pump up the winning % to 75%
b) If your child is somewhere between 40%-60% of the winning range – remain at the same level and try to reach 75% winning percentage
c) If your child is winning at 75% to 90% range introduce higher level of tournaments

Our above example shows that this child’s winning % is below 60%. It will be a good idea to remain at this level and try to go deeper in the similar kind of tournaments. Needless to say, to make that winning % go up parents will have to work harder in recognizing the gaps in the game and work with their team towards the same. Parents can also include more low-level tournaments to go deeper into the tournaments. However, the rule remains if you are winning 75% of your matches child needs to move to the next level.

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