You can now read Johan Kriek’s “ABCs Of Tennis” in the UK Tennis Magazine.


#tbt Johan Kriek, 2-time Australian Open champion, former #7 player in the world in singles and #12 player in the world in doubles is now sharing his invaluable knowledge as a coach and mentor to juniors at his academy in Charlotte. Here are some pictures of Johan mentoring juniors at past summer camps. For those who would like to experience JKTA summer camp training, we are currently running a 50% discount, however the offer is about to end, so call now! 704.488.2314 #JohanKriekTennisAcademy #JKTA #JohanKriek #summercamps #tennis #Charlotte #elitetennisacademy

Welcome Alina Zolotareva to JKTA

February 25, 2015

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Welcome Alina Zolotareva to JKTA! The Russian player joins another Russian player, Liza Khabarova, at our academy to prepare for the ITF Pro Circuit Tour. Picture (taken today at JKTA): Alina and Liza with Johan Kriek. #JohanKriekTennisAcademy #JohanKriek #JKTA #JKTAteam #elitetennisacademy #Charlotte #tennis

IMG_1255.JPGThe ABC’s in Tennis

As I grew up as a junior tennis player in South-Africa in the 60’s and 70’s, the glaring gap in my formative years was the fact that there never was any official “mental training” session as we now know it today. I was 100% focused training on the court and basically zero % of actual classroom, sit down and listen to that very essential part of a junior’s “mental” training. It was basically “learning on the job”… hopefully. Looking back it was a very frustrating time for me personally. Because I was a “hard charging take no prisoner” type “A” personality, I was only focused on being “perfect” in every shot and any way to play both aggressively and defensively on the tennis court. When the “planets aligned” for me I was amazing. But when it was not the case, which was more like 90% of the time, I struggled with severe ups and downs in my matches and the mental results. It lead to frustration, feeling depressed I could not keep it together mentally and feeling like a failure. I also started to doubt that I have what it takes mentally and that was to become my “Jeckyll and Hyde” persona that at one end made it a lot of fun for spectators, especially when I played another “hothead” like John McEnroe, but on the other end, it was hell on me, my parents and friends and fans because it was frustrating for them to see me unravel at times only to battle back from seemingly insurmountable odds…
Funny enough, I always felt (after serious introspective and some soul searching) over the years I succeeded despite of myself! I wish I had me now at age 56 when I was 10!
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April 2015 Curtain Bluff Fantasy Camp with Kriek, Austin & Gullikson

February 20, 2015

Coming up April 15-19th, 2015: Curtain Bluff Fantasy Tennis Camp with Johan Kriek, Tracy Austin & Tom Gullikson! Curtain Bluff is a stunning resort in Antigua! Sign up now: 268.462.8400! Space limited!

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#tbt Delray Beach ATP Tournament 2012

February 19, 2015

#tbt Delray Beach ATP Tournament 2012. With the Delray Beach ATP Tournament currently being played in South Florida, here is a look back to the 2012 event. Group picture: Bianca Krickstein, Aaron Krickstein, Michael Chang, Ivan Lendl, Johan Kriek holding daughter Karolina, Daga Kriek, Mikael Pernfors & Jimmy Arias. Other pictures are from the Johan […]

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#tbt Memphis 1982: Johan Kriek Beats John McEnroe in the Final

February 12, 2015

#tbt Memphis Open formerly knows as the US National Indoors Championships is currently being played at the Memphis Racquet Club. In 1982, shortly after winning his second Australian Open title, Johan Kriek beat John McEnroe, then ranked number 1 in the world, to become the US National Indoor Champion.

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Jenna Thompson finishes 3rd at USTA Southern Level 1A Championships

February 9, 2015

Congratulations to Jenna Thompson for finishing 3rd at the girls’ 14 USTA Southern Level 1A Singles Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee! Great job Jenna! Johan Kriek and Evgeny Slesarev were there to support Jenna as well as other JKTA players who were also competing in the event.

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Eleven JKTA Players in Action At Southern 1A Level Championships

February 8, 2015

Busy weekend for the JKTA players and coaches. Eleven JKTA players are competing this weekend in Southern Level A1 championships in Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN plus a couple of other players in North Carolina tournaments. We had some great wins in TN over nationally ranked players today. Good luck to the players who are still […]

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#tbt JKTA Summer Camps

February 5, 2015

#tbt JKTA past Summer Camp pictures. Don’t miss the 50% summer camp discount currently offered at the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy. Offer ends soon!! Sign up now and train with former top players in the world and the elite JKTA coaching team! 704.488.2314 #JohanKriek #JohanKriekTennisAcademy #summercamps #advancedplayers #beginners #QuickStart #adults

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