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Another great year comes to a close with the year-end tennis championships behind us and the anticipation of another sweltering Australian Open on the horizon. Here at The Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis, we have continued with our “guest-editor” themed journals focusing on specific tennis topics brought to you by experts in their respective fields. This issue is no exception, brought to you by Deborah Skinstad and Dr. Neeru Jayanthi. They have focused on “the junior tennis player” and have put together original and insightful articles related to the junior tennis player.

Deborah Skinstad, affectionately known as Coach Deb, was born in South Africa. After graduating high school, her love for sport and tennis landed her a one-way ticket to Tulsa Oklahoma where she played NCAA Division I collegiate tennis and completed two degrees: BSc in Health and Exercise Science and a MA in Behavioral Health Science. Deb is currently a full-time lecturer at Stellenbosch University in the Department of Sport Science where she is also doing her PhD. Current research focus: long-term ath­letic development with an emphasis on children in sport, the human condition of the athlete and successful athletic environments.

As the current president of the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science, Dr. Jayanthi is an international leader in tennis medicine. As a a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional he works with tennis players of all ages and has numerous publications on the youth tennis athlete. Additionally he leads an innovative tennis medicine program at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Jayanthi is a tennis enthusiast and a true contributor to tennis science medicine and research.

Once again, we feel very lucky and honored here at The Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis to continue recruit and obtain original research and articles from such respected experts in their fields, and after reading this issue, we are sure you will agree. Without further ado, allow us to turn this issue over Deborah Skinstad and Dr. Neeru Jayanthi.


Michael J. Griesser, MD
Editor-in-Chief, JMST

Natalie Myers, PhD, ATC
Associate Editor, JMST

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