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.

Todd’s Facebook page and Instagram.

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

This episode is sponsored by the Smashpoint App – the best match tracking app on the market. Enter promo code “podcast” for a 20% discount on the “Pro” account, which allows you to track unlimited matches.

Episode 41 – Andy Gerst

Andy is the host of the Everything About Tennis podcast, an excellent resource for tennis players, coaches and parents. Andy played college tennis at the University of Washington and Cal Poly SLO, and coached at Florida State. He was also an equipment tester and editor at Tennis Warehouse. He is currently coaching Danielle Lao (WTA #152) as well as coaching juniors at the Jack Kramer Club in Los Angeles.

We talk about Andy’s philosophy of coaching junior players, coaching at the WTA level, grips, and take a deep dive into Andy’s player page at UW. This was a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy it as well. Listen here: LINK

This episode is sponsored by the Smashpoint App – the leading match tracking app on the market. Give it a shot and get 20% off the Pro edition with the promo code “podcast”.

Paul Timmons – the future of the Transition Tour (Episode #40)

We talk with Paul Timmons about the 2019 changes to the Futures and Challenger events. Paul has done a lot of research on the changes promulgated by the ITF and ATP tours, and its effects on the players trying to break into the professional ranks. For us, this was an illuminating conversation on how these changes were misguided and are not serving the players well. Paul’s blog is here.

Listen here: LINK

We also talk about the realities of the tennis wagering (at 48:50).

Paul noted that it was important to support Dave Miley in the upcoming ITF Presidential elections in September. Many of the changes implemented by the ITF have not been well-received and the current leadership has not made the case for re-election. You can learn more about Dave Miley at his website www.davemileytennis.com – and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Jared Hiltzik on Tennis Channel

Follow on Jared Hiltzik and Karue Sell on Twitter for a player’s perspective on the Transition Tour. Below is a statement from Tennis Europe:

Andy Brandi – co-Head Coach at LSU and former USTA PD (Episode #39)

Listen here – link
Andy Brandi served as a partner of the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute since 2007 before joining the USTA staff in August 2010. While at USTA he led the Player Development team for 12 & Under Boys. From 2001-06, Brandi was Director of Tennis for IMG and the Evert Tennis Academy. From 1984-2001, he was the head coach of the University of Florida women’s team, where is teams reached the NCAA finals 8 times, winning the championship 3 times. During his career, Brandi has worked with top professionals, including Elena Dementieva, Shahar Peer, Maria Kirilenko, Lisa Raymond, Ryan Sweeting and Jesse Levine. While at the University of Florida, he led the Gators to three NCAA Division I Team titles and coached four NCAA women’s singles champions and four NCAA doubles champions.  He is currently the co-Head Coach at LSU with his son Chris.

We discuss his thoughts on junior tennis development, and why he thought it was important to work with the 12 & Under boys at USTA Player Development. We talk about building a strong foundation, while adapting to the playing style of the player, injury prevention, periodization, and focusing on the long-term development of the tennis player.

LINKS:

Andy Brandi’s blog at USTA – several informative thought pieces.

TRX – great system for strength and balance. I swear I found a really good home system for $15 at Walmart, but apparently they don’t have it on-line or its discontinued.

Connor Glennon – Memphis Tennis All-time Leader in Wins (Episode #38)

Connor Glennon grew up in Loughborough, England. He was one of the top junior players in the U.K. After a successful junior career, where he competed in top international events, including the Orange Bowl, he attended the University of Memphis. As a sophomore, he was the Conference USA Player of the Year, and he left the University of Memphis as the Tigers’ career victories leader. He’s also the only Tiger to ever be named 1st Team All-Conference all four years. Listen here.

After college, Connor competed in some professional tennis events, including the Memphis Open (ATP 250), as well as coaching tennis in the Memphis area. He is currently the co-owner of Barton Sports Construction, a sports resurfacing business in Memphis.

Senior Speech
Interview (17 years old)
Hitting session