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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.