Junior Tennis Blog

Tennis Psychology: Inspiring and Motivating a Junior Player


1 year ago

Motivating our junior tennis players can be a real challenge for parents and coaches. Sometimes the kids just don’t seem like they care, or that they would rather be watching video games. Particularly in the U.S. where kids have so … Continue reading

Junior tennis team wins Sportsmanship Award


1 year ago

Displaying good sportsmanship in competitive junior tennis can be very difficult. Emotions can run high in the heat of battle, and sometimes kids can let that get the best of them. Heck, it’s even difficult for adults!  Yet, if kids … Continue reading

Ryan Harrison Serves On And Off The Court


1 year ago

Ryan Harrison is showing that he understands well that he is blessed to be playing professional tennis. He is giving back to those in his community who are less fortunate. This is a great model for our junior tennis player … Continue reading

U.S. Junior Tennis Players Make it to World Finals


1 year ago

All four of the U.S. boys junior tennis teams made it to the World Finals! Congratulations to all these talented tennis players. The girls team also had a very strong showing by finishing in second place behind Canada. These young … Continue reading

Tennis Tips: Forehand Stance by Mats Wilander


1 year ago

Mats Wilander of Wilander on Wheels gives great tennis tips. In this video he shows the proper forehand stance.


Welcome to Tennis Junior Aces Magazine! TJA Magazine is a publication of the Down the Line and Beyond Foundation, and we are so proud to bring you a magazine that will focus not only on improving a competitive junior tennis player’s game, but on developing his or her character as well.


Our mission at Down the Line and Beyond is to facilitate positive character and education development for talented youth tennis players, in order to maximize each child’s full potential on and off the court and cultivate the next generation of leadership.

The first objective of our program is to contribute to the character and personal development of all participants and motivate them to participate in community service and mentoring programs.  The second objective is for these players to demonstrate this growth during all practices and USTA tournament play, thus creating awareness of the importance of character and sportsmanship on the tennis court.  This is one of the most in-depth tennis programs in the country, combining tennis sports development, character training, and improving the ‘whole person’.

Down the Line and Beyond was founded in 2010 by Pascal Collard. By April of 2011, Down the Line and Beyond had enrolled 17 “Junior Ambassadors” from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds into its program. The Ambassador application process requires a completed two page application, essay and reference letters.  All applicants are invited to a tennis clinic and character workshop where the Foundation Board and staff have the opportunity to observe the applicants and on and off court attitude and demeanor.  Through private donations and fundraising, the program has grown and will continue to grow with additional funding.

Our program “builds lives through tennis and education” in that we teach both character development and leadership learning for life, as well as support enhanced junior tennis player development.

Additionally, we examine the motive(s) of why men and women do things and discuss the root causes for both a lack of morality and a lack of performance in young people’s lives.

This is one of the most in-depth tennis programs in the country, combining tennis sports development, character training, and improving the ‘whole person’.  The way the program is structured to include ages 7-17, Down the Line and Beyond naturally lends itself to mentoring within the group of Ambassadors.

For more information about becoming an Ambassador visit our Award Winning Website at www.downthelineandbeyond.org



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