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 beauregardtreyz@gmail.com – 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.

At TCU

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 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 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

Episode 37 Link

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 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.

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