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Noted instructor Vic Braden coming to Tennis Center at College Park

March 16,2010-Baltimore members of the Mid Atlantic United States Tennis Association (USTA) will have the chance to spend a weekend with one the world’s best coaches. The three days, March 26 to March 28, will include competition and instruction at one of the best facilities in the area.

The Tennis center, in College Park Maryland, boasts 27 courts and is home of the University of Maryland tennis teams. The Tennis Center is also a United States Tennis Association Regional Training Center.

For the past fifty years, Vic Braden has mentored and analyzed many of the top tennis players including Roger Federer. Braden, a licensed psychologist, is known for body-movement research on professional athletes, and his teaching incorporates that data.

Braden’s method of instruction stresses that players who want to improve should tend as much to mind as to muscle.

“You can’t reprogram your mental DNA, but you can use it to learn a better forehand. Our basic goal here is to change strokes,” Braden says, “but you’ve got to train the brain pattern first.”

Braden’s school is a regular entry on Tennis magazine’s “20 Best” List, and recently was named one of the world’s top five tennis camps for its mix of classroom lectures, personalized analysis and drills intended to retrain motor skills.

Beside instruction and analysis, the weekend, at the Tennis Center, will start Friday with round robin doubles play and end with a wine and cheese reception. Saturday and Sunday will be comprised of two and a half hours of court instruction with one and a half hours of classroom instruction each day.

The price for this event will be $300 with $50 going to the MATEF (Mid Atlantic Tennis and Education Foundation) summer camp fund for underprivileged children in the region.

For more information contact Reid Snyder at (301) 779-3000 extension 106 or USTA members can also call the Tennis Center at College Park, 5200 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Md. 301 779-8000.

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