My name is Oscar Wegner. I played the tennis tour in the 1960s against some of the best of that era, from Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle, John Newcombe, Tony Roche and Martin Mulligan, to Beppe Merlo, Gaetano Di Maso, Francois Jauffret, Roger Taylor, Ronnie Barnes, Cliff Richey, Istvan Gulyas, Niki Pilic and Boro Jovanovic.
I also practiced with some of the best players ever: Pancho Gonzalez (I played close to 90 practice sets with him), Rod Laver (for the picture taking of his signature book) and Pancho Segura (while being his assistant coach at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club) and coached Bjorn Borg for his second comeback in 1992, Gustavo “Guga” Kuertenfrom a very young age to the end of 1991 at 14, and a plethora of junior boys and junior girls, some ranked in the top ten in the world.
I learned immensely from those experiences, for some of those were the very best the game has produced. Couple that with my job of six years as a tennis analyst/commentator for ESPN International, my background studies in engineering and later on of a new science of the nature of man and the human spirit, and I have had enough data to fill hundreds of volumes on the tennis subject.
But most importantly, I extrapolated what would make a perfect player, all aligned with the physical makeup of the human being and mechanics of the game but from the viewpoint that man is a spiritual being, that he thrives in tennis (and sometimes in life) looking, feeling and on simple instinctual decisions, and that he uses those as a guide to succeed in reaching the highest echelons of the game.In other words, appealing to what is innate and “natural” to humans all around the world.
Children are very keen to operate like that and should be encouraged to do so. Those abilities change after lets say 10 years old, when schooling and the influence of society make them accustomed to think prior to every step they take.
This book will emphasize the lessons I learned, the simplicity of the sport of tennis, the tested results, and the different world that this sport can be.
It is not about criticizing and betraying the greatest players and coaches I have met, but to applaud, admire and pass-on the best I learned from them. I love them all, their style, personality and above all, the executing quality they brought, with their best tools, to the game.
This book is a treatise on the simplicity that this sport of tennis really is, and how some tenets and simple mechanics are not only more natural, but by far more efficient not only in playing but in learning the game. Children (and all adults) deserve our best guidance. Students trust coaches to do so.
I had a huge open stance Western forehand as a kid. At 16 years old, being the 18 and under club champion and a very good starting performer in the Argentinian juniors top echelon ranks, I was counseled to change my forehand grip, to turn sideway and to hit linearly through the ball. I lost my major weapon.
I still made it into the international tour for five years. I could see top players struggle at times for lack of clear, concise, true data. I can see students of all ages suffer many times from the same. It boils down to the different messages of their feel and instinct from the misconceptions of what has been passed as “secret lore”, for over a century, of what you have to do to learn the game.