Jordan Cox – Espisode 56

Jordan Cox was one of the top ranked American junior players, and reached the finals of Jr. Wimbledon. Jordan talks about his decision to go pro, and then return to college tennis, where he led Georgia-Gwinnett to 3 NAIA National Championships.

Jordan takes us through his junior career, including living in New Zealand, training at USTA & IMG, and shares his thoughts on junior development. In addition, he provides a fun and unvarnished look at life on the Futures tour.

Jordan is currently pursuing an acting career.

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Adam Blicher – Episode 55

Adam Blicher is a high performance coach and sport psychology consultant in his home country of Denmark. Adam is also the host of wildly popular tennis podcast, The Adam Blicher Show.

In this episode we discuss Adam’s approach to coaching junior tennis players, how to structure an efficient practice, and the benefits & limitations of data analytics in tennis development. We also put Adam to the test as we put him through his own famous rapid fire questions. Listen here.


Beau Treyz – Episode 54

Beau is currently the coach of Brandon Nakashima. Beau shares his tennis journey from a junior in Jacksonville, FL to playing college tennis at North Florida & Nebraska, followed by his pro career and how he got into coaching. Beau shares his thoughts on the importance of analytics and how to structure a practice for maximum efficiency.

Beau provides private consultations and can be reached at – or you can find him on Instagram @beautreyz

Alex Rybakov – Episode 53

Alex was ranked #1 in the country by Tennis Recruiting Network his junior & senior years, and went on to star at TCU. At TCU, he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Conference Player of the Year as a senior, in addition to being named an All-American multiple times. Listen here.


Alex goes into detail about his junior tennis development journey. His parents were both tennis pros (his dad once coach Andre Chesnekov [ATP career high #9]), who primarily coached him through his junior career. Alex spent time at the USTA Player Development and shares his insights into his comrades from those years including Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka and coach Diego Moyano. Alex also explains why he chose TCU and tells us why Coach Roditi is such a legend among college coaches. Alex is continuing to work professionally with TCU assistant coach, Devin Bowen.

Please see our player archive featuring Alex – match footage and photos from Charlottesville and Lexington Challengers.

Alex Rybakov clinches the winning point to upset Texas A&M on the Frogs’ final home match.

In his final home match at TCU, Alex clinched the match for the Horned Frogs defeating Hady Habib 7-6 6-7 6-3 to give TCU a 4-3 victory over #8 ranked Texas A&M.

Episode 52 – Jack Newman (Austin Tennis Academy)

We dive into the making of the Austin Tennis Academy with its founder, Jack Newman. Jack discusses the origins and the vision of ATA, and how they are developing more than just high-level tennis players. We were really impressed at the results coming from ATA, and after talking with Jack, it’s not surprising why ATA is having such success.

Listen here – Link. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, I Heart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts.

Jack talks about their mission to Live the Sport, why some of their best days are rainy days, and how important it is to understand the emotional needs of the player. Visit their website to learn more about their various programs.

ATA hosts several high-level tournaments each year, including the Little Mo Nationals (see video below) and several USTA National Level events, such as the Two-Player Team Event in April.

Episode 51 – Peyton Stearns

Peyton is one of the top recruits in the class of 2020 recently signed with the University of Texas. Peyton has played all the junior slams, and is currently competing on the ITF tour, most recently in Midland, MI and Nicholasville, KY.

Listen here.

We explored Peyton’s junior tennis development, including her beginnings in Cincinnati, OH and training with coaches such as Todd Widom and Carey Rubin, as well as her thoughts on the tennis recruiting process. She’s a very fun player to watch in person – catch her with the Longhorns next season!

Episode 50 – TJ Pura

We were happy to catch up with TJ Pura, one of our most popular guests (see episode 11). Tommy Paul mentioned that TJ played a large role in his successful Fall 2018 and 2019 seasons. We dive into that relationship and learn how TJ came to be part of Tommy’s team. We also catch up on TJ’s current career in investment banking in New York.

Episode Link here.

TJ’s approach to coaching and his professional career are inspirational and we recommend all juniors listen to TJ’s wisdom.

Don’t forget to share this post on Twitter, IG or Facebook for a chance to win an autographed copy of “50,000 Balls” – the junior tennis documentary starring TJ Pura, Mitchell Krueger, Joseph DiGiulio and Mitchell Polnet.

Episode 49 – Tommy Paul

We caught up with Tommy Paul at the 2019 Knoxville Challenger. We’ve been fortunate to see Tommy quite a bit over the past few years at the various Challenger events and the Western & Southern Open. Due to Tommy’s recent success, we probably won’t being seeing much of Tommy at the Challenger level in 2020. Tommy reached a career high of 79 in 2019, and is currently getting prepared for the main draw of the Australia Open.

Episode Link here or YouTube video below. Our link to photos/videos here.

We talked about Tommy’s development in Greenville, NC and his move to USTA in Florida. He told us how Coach Brandi (episode 39) tormented him and how TJ Pura (episodes 11 and 50) helped him with his mindset. We also debated the pro and cons of sliding, inspired by a comment on Alex DeMinaur’s IG:

This was a lot of fun – good luck to Tommy at the Australia Open and the rest of the 2020 season.

Episode 48 – Sean Drake (RacquetFit)

Sean Drake is the Vice President and founding member of RacquetFit – an educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to tennis. RacquetFit’s mission is to educate tennis players and industry professionals on the Body-Tennis Connection through its one of a kind ‘RacquetFit Certified’ educational program. This program was developed by RacquetFit’s Advisory staff of industry leading experts.

Episode Link here.

Robert attended a RacquetFit seminar and had a great experience! He learned a lot about the serve mechanics and how we can train our players to better achieve the potential by identifying physical impediments and how we can train to overcome them. We highly recommend RacquetFit especially to tennis coaches, but to tennis parents as well.

Instructors include Dr. Mark Kovacs, Dr. Greg Rose, Jeff Salzenstein (P&P episode 24) & Sean Drake.

The 2020 Calendar:

  • February 29 – March 1, 2020 – Orlando Info
  • April 3 – 4, 2020 – Paris, FR Info
  • July 25-26, 2020 – Sao Paulo, BR Info

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Episode 47: Kevin O’Neill

Kevin has coached players on the WTA and ATP tours, as well as top junior and college players. I played at the same tennis club in Sacramento, CA (Rio del Oro), so it was a thrill to reconnect with Kevin and catch up with him. Play here. In this episode we discuss what fundamentals junior players should be focused and we explore the lessons Kevin has learned from 25+ of coaching.

Kevin played college tennis at Clemson and Pepperdine. After a brief stint on the pro tour, he turned turned to coaching, reconnecting with his junior coach Steve Stefanki. Soon thereafter he was coaching players on the WTA and ATP tours. He is currently coaching Caty and John McNally.

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