The Portray: Crimson, white, and blue. Gold splattered all over the place. The American flag not a Jasper John flag of ironic contemplation, however the rippling backdrop for a full-throated patriotic second on the 2012 Olympic video games. The Bryan Brothers, at 34, have simply received their first (and solely) gold medal, the best second of their profession. Their celebration right here not their well-known leaping chest bump, however one brother supporting one other brother, lifting him up. That’s what doubles is about. Communication, help, teamwork. The one brother lifted excessive appears nearer to us with a barely menacing racquet. Doubles is all about aggression. How one can arrange your companion to allow them to put away balls. The dual brothers coaching and coaching for the reason that age of two to that one factor in addition to anybody on the earth. Each gamers all the time charging ahead, attacking the online.
Top-of-the-line drills for attacking the online is the well-known RDC (Romanian Davis Cup) drill perfected by the Bryan brothers, the place you hit exhausting volleys at each other from the service line whereas shifting forwards and backwards throughout the court docket in reverse instructions. The drill trains you to hit exact, highly effective, managed volleys at machine-gun depth with out lacking. Try this drill and the Bryan Brothers’ wonderful palms within the video above beginning at 1:25. Since I’m focusing solely on doubles for our Arkansas group’s journey to Nationals in February, I’m attempting to include this drill into my each day coaching. Now I simply want a brief twin like a Bob or Mike Bryan–however at my degree–to do it with me. Any takers? Assured enjoyable. Assured enchancment.
Concerning the Bryan Brothers: One of many biggest doubles groups within the historical past of tennis, the Bryan Brothers have received extra titles and extra grand slams than every other males’s doubles group in historical past. For extra on their unparalleled achievements, Wikipedia gives a superb overview.
Artist Bio of Jace McTier (from web site): The son of famend portrait artist, Lucy McTier, Jace McTier has held a paint brush in his hand from the age of 11 months. After accompanying his mother to ship a portrait of Ronald Reagan (atop Reagan’s lovely stallion, El Alemain) to the Oval Workplace as a 5 yr outdated, Jace determined then and there to enter the world of artwork. Combining his portrait expertise and his need to visually interpret movement in addition to emotion, Jace has been in a position to seize not solely the likeness of the topic, however the depth of sport as nicely.
Jace McTier’s first sporting portray was commissioned following the 1996 Equestrian Olympic trials in Thomson, Georgia. His first lithograph of a hunt scene, full with twenty hounds and 4 horses and riders, benefited Easter Seals. Quickly he was commissioned to color a big panorama for the John Deere Company with 5000 restricted version prints- and he was nicely on his manner as a longtime artist. Starting on the age of 16, Jace was “knocking out” giant oil commissions.
Not too long ago hailed as the subsequent Leroy Neiman, McTier’s daring colour and highly effective use of impasto ranks him amongst right now’s main sporting artists. With work collected by such shoppers as Angelo Dundee and George Foreman to company commissions, his work profit charities by the sale of his unique work in addition to print gross sales. A current challenge features a three way partnership with the Press On Fund and Jack Nicklaus to assist find a treatment for childhood most cancers. Jace McTier’s artwork has been exhibited a number of occasions publicly together with Leroy Neiman’s unique work.
To take a look at extra nice tennis artwork by Jace McTier, you may go to the McTier Artwork Web site.
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