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