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.

Enjoy!

Episode 52 – Jack Newman (Austin Tennis Academy)

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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 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.

Follow Kevin on Instagram.

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.

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

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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.