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

Petros Chrysochos – 2018 NCAA Champion, Wake Forest (Episode #37)

Petros Chrysochos grew up in Cyprus, inspired by Marcos Baghdatis to pursue tennis to his full potential. His coach, Demetris Herodotou, was a strong influence in his development, taking him from a beginner to the top of Tennis Europe. Petros was named the 2012 Tennis Europe Player of the Year. Episode here: link

Petros talks about what made him choose Wake Forest over turning professional, why he stayed at Wake Forest after winning the NCAA title, how a back injury almost derailed his junior career, and his favorite thing about Winston-Salem.

Links:

Wake Forest Schedule

Herodotou Tennis Academy

Putters Patio & Grill

Devin Britton – 2009 NCAA Champion, Ole Miss (Episode #36)

Devin grew up in Jackson, Miss. and went on to play for the Ole Miss Rebels. As a freshman, he was the youngest player to ever win the NCAA singles title. Following his freshman year, he turned pro. With a Wildcard into the US Open he drew Roger Federer in the first round. Click here to listen to the podcast – link.

At 14, Devin moved to Bradenton, Fla. to train at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy (now IMG). Devin competed in the Junior French, Wimbledon (SF) and US Open (F) Championships.

Devin is currently the Assistant Coach at Ole Miss.

You can catch the Rebels in Montgomery, Ala. this coming weekend (Feb. 21-24) at the Blue Gray Classic. Other teams include Alabama, Auburn, Arizona, Texas Tech, Rice, Princeton and Fresno State.

Parker Wynn – Texas Tech Men’s Tennis (Episode #35)

Parker grew up in the Metroplex (Dallas/Ft. Worth) and finished high school ranked in the top 10 of his recruiting class (TRN). However, he spent most of years in the top 80-100 to range. We examine how he made the big jump to top 10, and get Parker’s thoughts on how to approach junior tennis development. Listen here – link.

Parker spent his first 2 years of college at the University of Louisville, where played the #2 singles spot and #1 doubles. As a freshman, he had a 9-3 record in ACC play. He was named All-ACC 3rd team as a Freshman & Sophomore, and qualified for the NCAA Doubles championships both years as well.

Following singles wins over Gio Oradini (#66 Mississippi State) 6-4 3-6 6-1 and Luis Erlenbusch (#42 Tulane) 6-1 6-2 and 2 doubles wins, Parker was honored with BIG 12 Player of the Week honors.

Parker transferred back home to Texas Tech for his Junior & Senior years where he’s slotted at #2 singles and #1 doubles for the Red Raiders. He’s coming off a successful weekend, having beat Mississippi State‘s Giovanni Oradini (#66) 6-4 3-6 6-1 and Tulane‘s Luis Erlenbusch (#42) 6-1 6-2, as well as winning both his doubles matches.

Parker plays a very aggressive style of tennis – always looking to get to the net and finish points quickly. If Texas Tech is playing in your area, you won’t be disappointed if you go watch the Red Raiders. Their remaining schedule is posted below:

February 22-24: Blue Gray National Tennis Classic (Montgomery, AL) Men’s Teams: Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Fresno State, Ole Miss, Princeton, Rice, Texas Tech. Women’s Teams: Alabama, Auburn, Fresno State, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Yale.

March 3: vs. Nebraska and vs. Iowa (Lubbock, TX)

March 8: at Indiana (Bloomington, IN) 6pm Eastern

March 10: at Northwestern (Chicago, IL) 12 noon Central

March 14: at Central Florida (Home of American Tennis, USA) 6pm Eastern

March 22: at Rice Invitational (Houston, TX) vs Dartmouth 10am, Utah State 5pm Central

March 23: at Rice Invitational (Houston, TX) vs. Rice 12 noon Central

March 29: at Texas (Austin, TX) 6pm Central

March 31: at TCU (Ft. Worth, TX) 1pm Central

April 5: vs. Oklahoma State (Lubbock, TX) 6pm Central

April 7: vs. Oklahoma (Lubbock, TX) 1pm Central

April 13: vs. Baylor (Lubbock, TX)

April 19-21: Big 12 Championships (Lawrence, KS)

Tony Bresky – Head Coach of Wake Forest (Episode 34)

In this episode we talk with Tony Bresky, head coach at Wake Forest – the defending NCAA National Champions. Please click here.

Tony grew up in Canada and played collegiately at Western Illinois, where he was the Conference Freshman of the Year, and won Conference Player of the Year in each of his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. He teamed up with Brian Boland at Indiana State, where they took the Sycamores to a top 20 ranking, then they went on to build the powerhouse program at the University of Virginia.

After a year at Cornell, where Coach Bresky led the Big Red to their best season in program history, he took over the Wake Forest tennis program. In 7 years, the Demon Deacons went from 10th place in the ACC to winning the NCAA National Championship, as well as having their top 2 players reach the finals of the Singles Championships.

Petros Chrysochos (right) and Borna Gojo – Champion and Runner-Up at the 2018 NCAA Singles Championships @ Wake Forest University

Coach Bresky shares his thoughts on college tennis recruiting, how important culture is to building a championship team, his outlook for the 2019 season, and how thankful he is for leaving his career in Finance behind.