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 – 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.


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 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.

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.

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.

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 – 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: