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.

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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.

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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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Episode 46: Petros Chrysochos [2]

We are excited to have Petros back on the show. We catch up with Petros and review the 2019 NCAA Championships, where Wake Forest finished 2nd, and he explains why he decided not to defend his singles title. We also touch on his experience of playing World Team Tennis for the San Diego Aviators and the Orange County Breakers. And Petros shares his ideas of how tennis can attract more fans and be a more sustainable sport for players trying to break into the top 100.

Episode 46 Link

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Episode 44 – Ronnie Schneider (pt. 1)

In part 1 of our interview with Ronnie Schneider we discuss his junior tennis career [Link here]. Ronnie was the #1 TRN recruit in his class for every year in high school. He chose UNC for college tennis, where he was an All-American and led the Tar Heels to the 2017 NCAA finals.

Ronnie was born and raised in Bloomington, IN, played high school tennis tennis at Bloomington South HS where his high school record was 99-1.

He trained with Bryan Smith in Indianapolis.

Ronnie won Kalamazoo 16s Singles/Doubles and 18s Doubles.

Episode 43 – Heath Waters, Sr.

Heath Waters, Sr. is one the premier junior development coaches in the country, and is based in Atlanta. Heath is known for being on the cutting edge of junior tennis development and is not afraid to put innovative methods into practice, such as playing ambidextrous. PODCAST LINK: HERE

Heath Waters is one of only a handful of coaches in the world to be a current ATP and WTA registered coach on the men’s and women’s professional tennis tour. Heath’s professional players have had wins over many top world ranked tour players such as the likes of Andy Murray, Fernando Gonzalez, James Blake, Ivo Karlovic, Sam Querrey, Juan Ignacio Chela, and more. Heath is the founder of the Alliance for Coaching Excellence (ACE) Player Development System™ and runs the Homeschool program at the Manor (Atlanta). Heath’s professional players have won more than 40 professional titles on tour and his junior students have won more than 30 gold balls. Heath and his wife, current professional tour player, Lindsay Lee-Waters own and operate a popular tennis instructional website www.virtualtennisacademy.com. Heath’s desire is to enhance tennis player development throughout the world through a pragmatic and scientific based approach. 

Episode 42 – Todd Widom & Ronnie Hohmann

Ronnie recently won the prestigious Easter Bowl tournament in California, and is the #1 recruit in the Class of 2019 rankings on Tennis Recruiting. Ronnie is committed to play college tennis at LSU.

On this episode we talk about how Todd manages the important process of continuous development within Ronnie’s selective tournament schedule. Todd also shares his thoughts on “first strike” tennis within the junior game.

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Zoo Tennis provides a summary of the Easter Bowl finals here.

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