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

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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 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.

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

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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

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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: