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.

High Performance String-Racquet-Tension Survey

Parents or Players (22 Years old or Under), please take a moment to complete the following Google Doc information about your child’s racquet-String-Tension. We wondered what equipment the best players are using.

As the staff at the Payers and Players Podcast continues to crowdsource parent education in junior tennis, we think it will be great to see what type of equipment and specifications the best players are using.

Link – Click Here

2019 US Tennis Calendar

MENS

ATP Challenger, ITF World Tennis Tour, Collegiate/Junior

Calendar as of Dec. 2018 here.

Detail (fact sheet, entry list, notes, and draws) can be found here. Click on the date of the tournament.

WOMENS

ITF $100K, ITF 80K, ITF $60K, ITF $25K, Transition Tour, Collegiate/Junior

Calendar as of Dec. 2018 here.

Detail (fact sheet, entry list, notes, and draws) can be found here. Click on the date of the tournament.

Episode 33 – Racquet and String information for Elite Junior Tennis Players

Episode 33 is all about tennis racquet and string technology for high performance juniors. Our guest is Robb Julian; Robb is the Southeast Regional Manager at Technifibre. We discuss size, weight, and stiffness of racquets and when they are appropriate for elite juniors based on age, ability, and size.

We also discuss how parents can navigate all of the tennis string options available. What type of string a child should be using and how to progress through the offerings. We discuss which players should use Poly, Multifilament, or hybrid strings. We also discuss string tension as it relates to a child’s weight, height, gender, and size.

We have a supplemental document that goes along with our podcast. It has even more detail on racquet string and equipment. Click here to view the research study document.

Click Here for Episode 33 – Link

Click here for the supplemental research document – Link

String Notes from the Show (Technifibre Brand):

Multifilaments – player goal = 15 on court hours before a break for singles players; 30 hrs for doubles players

  • MultiFeel – least durable string
  • NRG2
  • NRG2 Black
  • X-One Biphase Natural
  • X-One Biphase Red
  • TGV

Hybrid-In-One Strings – player goal = 15 hrs for singles and 30 hrs for doubles players

  • HDX Tour – the string a player would move to after breaking TGV 16g in less than 15 on court hrs
  • Duramix HD

Polyester Strings – player goal = 8 on court hours for singles player; 16 hrs for doubles player

  • Black Code
  • Pro Red Code
  • Pro Red Code Wax
  • Black Code 4S
  • Razor Code – most durable string Tecnifibre makes