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TFP 052: Dennis Novikov on Climbing the ATP Tour Ladder

TFP 052: Dennis Novikov on Climbing the ATP Tour Ladder

On today’s show, I spoke with ATP Pro Dennis Novikov.  As an 18-year old, Dennis gained direct entry to the 2012 US Open singles and doubles main draws by winning both titles at the Boys 18s National Championship at Kalamazoo.  Dennis impressively won his first round singles and doubles matches at the US Open, and has been steadily climbing up the ATP Tour ladder ever since, reaching a career high of #119 in the world last year.  He also played two years of college tennis at UCLA, a top-ranked school that another podcast guest, Clay Thompson, attended.

You’ll hear about Dennis’s daily routines, how he handles adversity, the type of training he does in the gym, and tips for improving your tennis game on Episode 52 of The Tennis Files Podcast.  I first met Dennis after a World Team Tennis match between the Washington Kastles and the Orange County Breakers in D.C.  My dad and I chatted briefly with Dennis in the garage elevator, and it is really cool to have him on as a guest on the podcast.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Dennis, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [3:57] Dennis’s first memory of hitting a tennis ball
  • [4:46] Dennis’s brother’s influence on Dennis’s tennis game?
  • [5:10] Other sports/activities Dennis played as a youngster
  • [5:58] How not specializing early helped Dennis’s tennis game
  • [6:38] Dennis’s favorite hockey player
  • [7:00] When Dennis believed that he could be a professional tennis player
  • [7:42] Dennis’s role models growing up
  • [8:12] Having your dad as your tennis coach
  • [8:45] Pressures as a top-ranked junior
  • [9:29] When Dennis reached the top rankings in juniors
  • [10:36] Winning without training at tennis academies
  • [11:21] Why being a successful junior player doesn’t really translate to the pros
  • [13:41] Dennis’s experience winning both the 18s singles and doubles titles in Kalamazoo
  • [15:09] Going pro versus playing college tennis
  • [16:09] Biggest improvements in his game while at UCLA
  • [16:59] Where Dennis would have gone has he not chosen UCLA
  • [17:36] Why Dennis left UCLA after two years
  • [18:12] The most memorable moment as a Bruin
  • [19:15] Winning both first round matches at the 2012 US Open as an 18 year old 
  • [20:52] The toughest moment in Dennis’s career and how he overcame it
  • [22:10] Differences between the juniors, college, and the pro game
  • [23:10] What Dennis has changed in his training over the past few years on the ATP tour
  • [23:42] Dennis’s speed and agility workouts
  • [24:19] Changes in the pro game: shortening matches and using a time clock between points
  • [25:28] A typical day in the life of Dennis Novikov on non-tournament days
  • [26:22] Dennis’s go-to breakfast
  • [27:00] Dennis’s frequency training strength, speed, agility, power, and endurance
  • [27:41] Dennis’s go-to exercises in the weight room
  • [28:15] The importance of different set and rep schemes in your workouts (i.e. endurance vs. power)
  • [28:59] What Dennis eats and drinks during a match
  • [29:45] Does Dennis practice meditation or yoga?
  • [30:28] Caloric intake and the 14k diet
  • [30:55] How many meals Dennis eats a day
  • [31:06] Dennis’s favorite TV shows
  • [31:55] Sustaining a pro tennis career from a financial standpoint
  • [33:02] Why Dennis couldn’t take a dime of money for reaching the second round of singles and doubles at the US Open as an 18 year old
  • [33:21] Dennis’s racquet, strings, and tension setup
  • [33:58] 3 books Dennis recommends tennis players read to improve
  • [34:46] Dennis’s thoughts on the McGregor – Mayweather fight
  • [36:00] Tips to help improve our serves
  • [36:39] Dennis’s schedule over the next few months
  • [37:31] Where we can follow Dennis online and on social media
  • [37:53] One key piece of advice to help improve your tennis game

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Links Mentioned in the Show

Dennis’s Instagram Page

Dennis’s Twitter Page

Dennis’s Facebook Page

Tennis Technique Summit

My Fight / Your Fight – Rhonda Rhousey

I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game, and Glory – Ray Lewis

Win or Learn: MMA, Conor McGregor, and Me: A Trainer’s Journey – John Kavanagh

International Tennis Performance Association 

Complete Conditioning for Tennis

TFP 033: Dr. Mark Kovacs – Strength and Conditioning for Tennis Players

Tennis Files Youtube Channel – Subscribe!  You know you want to 😉

Citi Open Tournament

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If you enjoyed my interview with Dennis, subscribe to The Tennis Files Podcast in iTunes or your favorite podcast app!

And be sure to check out my vlogs and player interviews at the 2017 Citi Open on my Youtube Channel! The first vlog should be up on August 1st.

For more tips on how to improve your game, download a free copy of my eBook, The Building Blocks of Tennis Success below! Thanks for listening!

2 TFP 042: How Clay Thompson Changed His Perspective and Saved His Tennis Career

TFP 042: How Clay Thompson Changed His Perspective and Saved His Tennis Career

On today’s episode I spoke with professional tennis player Clay Thompson, a serious contender for most interesting man in the world (move over, Dos Equis guy!). Clay grinds mostly Challengers and some Futures events as he pursues his dream of becoming a top-ranked professional tennis player.

Clay has been ranked as high as 408 in the world (last year) and is famous for a viral video of him smiling and fist-pumping his way to the semifinals of the Champaign Challenger last year. His high-energy and carefree approach is what makes Clay such an entertaining and enjoyable player to watch.

Even more impressive is Clay’s business acumen and his outside interests, which include creative writing and helping grow the game of tennis.

If you dare press the play button above, you are in for two of the most entertaining and insightful hours of audio that I have produced on The Tennis Files Podcast so far. And it only took me 42 episodes to crack a decent joke or ten on the show!

Thanks again to Clay for coming onto the podcast and showing us how we can improve our tennis games with a more positive mindset and an attitude of gratitude for the game we love.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

Beginnings

  • [2:00] Clay’s first memory of playing tennis
  • [3:09] Playing other sports and how he decided on pursuing tennis
  • [4:33] Clay’s tennis idols growing up
  • [6:55] Clay on the importance of personality in tennis
  • [8:30] What are 3 things most of the world doesn’t know about Clay Thompson
    • Creative writing, screen writing, business ventures, alternative medicine
  • [12:41] Favorite video games: Final Fantasy, League of Legends, Counterstrike

Junior Career

  • [14:42] The first tournament Clay played as a young kid
  • [15:55] What it felt like to win his first tournament
  • [17:57] The highest ranking Clay reached as a junior player
  • [23:13] Going toe to toe with Jack Sock in the Juniors
  • [26:50] Technical changes in the juniors.
  • [30:14] 

    Unique

     stroke techniques – Gulbis, McEnroe

Transition to College Tennis

  • [31:27] A pivotal moment for Clay in 2012 in the All-American Championships that helped change his perspective on the game and save his career
  • [38:24] The type of yoga Clay practices and how it helps Clay’s tennis
  • [41:01] The most influential person in UCLA Tennis that helped grow his game and character.
  • [44:29] A point away from winning the NCAA Championship match to UVA
  • [47:51] Clay’s impressions about Mackenzie McDonald, a fellow UCLA Bruin and teammate, on his prospects on the pro tour?

Pro Tour 

  • [50:33] What is the hardest part about being a professional tennis player?
    • Being like a CEO and managing your finances.
  • [53:18] Dealing with no job security in tennis
  • [57:38] Solutions for the financial black hole for professional tennis players
  • [59:58] A normal day of training when Clay isn’t playing a tournament?
  • [1:03:49] Typical workout day for Clay
  • [1:06:07] Differences between working out for tennis and other sports
  • [1:08:29] Shake-weight training for tennis! (just a joke 🙂 )
  • [1:09:12] His experience reaching the semis at the Champaign Challenger last year
  • [1:11:24] Plan to have an awesome year and executing on it with great results
  • [1:14:27] How to plan financially as a professional tennis player; documenting expenses and your budget
  • [1:17:13] The importance of mind maps and Mind Meister (tennisfiles.com/mindmap)
  • [1:18:39] The need for more business courses to teach professional players to manage their finances
  • [1:19:04] The benefits of forming a company (i.e. LLC) as a pro
  • [1:20:58] A fine example of a terribly-executed Chappelle-show joke
  • [1:21:57] The key to succeeding on the pro tour
  • [1:26:00] Clay’s worst experience at a Challengers/Futures Event (hint: it involves food poisoning!)
  • [1:28:52] How Clay feels being a combination of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in one body
  • [1:29:35] What the camaraderie is like on the pro tour
  • [1:32:59] The importance of having a strong team
  • [1:34:01] Clay’s favorite meal after a match
  • [1:35:59] Cooking on the road
  • [1:36:54] Clay’s not the only one with a personal chef!
  • [1:37:54] Training at the USTA National Facility
  • [1:41:43] Traveling on the pro tour
  • [1:43:16] Clay Thompson is not Klay Thompson
  • [1:44:25] The key to having a huge serve like Clay
  • [1:46:37] Clay’s long-term goal in the sport
  • [1:49:10] The need for marketing tennis more effectively to help it flourish
  • [1:53:43] Three of Clay’s favorite tennis books
  • [1:57:27] Where can we follow Clay online?
  • [1:59:00] One key piece of advice on how we can improve our tennis games
    • Structure your training in a way that keeps you happy and motivated to get better
    • Go from “have to” to “want to.”

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Links Mentioned in the Show

TFP 035: Martin Blackman

TFP 033: Dr. Mark Kovacs

Agassi’s Book – Open

Zen Tennis

Inner Game of Tennis

Winning Ugly 

Clay’s Twitter Page (@ClarenceAThomp)

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If you enjoyed my interview with Clay, subscribe to The Tennis Files Podcast in iTunes or your favorite podcast app!

For more tips on how to improve your game, download a free copy of my eBook, The Building Blocks of Tennis Success eBook below! Thanks for listening!

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