TFP 089: Johan Kriek — Secrets to a World-Class Serve

TFP 089: Johan Kriek — Secrets to a World-Class Serve

On Episode 89 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Johan Kriek about his epic battles against the legends of the game, his grand slam titles, and the secrets to a world class tennis serve.  I previously interviewed Johan on one of my tennis summits and wanted to bring our conversation to the podcast so that you could learn how to improve your game from a grand slam champ.

Johan reached an all-time high ranking of Number 7 in the world on the ATP Tour.   He won two Australian Opens, was a semi-finalist at the US Open, reached the semi-finals at the French Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.  In total, Johan won 14 professional singles and 8 doubles titles during his illustrious career. 

Johan's most memorable wins include victories over Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.  He is also the founder of Johan Kriek Tennis Academy at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

I really hope you enjoy my interview with Johan! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Show Notes

  • The critical importance of the serve on the pro tour (and at all levels of the game)
  • Technical changes and adjustments Johan made to his serve during his career
  • The grip that Johan recommends on the serve
  • The benefits of the classic vs. abbreviated motion on the serve
  • How to use your legs to hit a more powerful serve
  • Classic battles with the legends of tennis
  • A key tip to help you improve your game

and much more!

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Links Mentioned in the Show

Website and Resource Links

Johan Kriek Tennis Academy

Johan Kriek Grand Slam Wins - Highlights on Youtube


Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd edition) - Dr. Mark Kovacs

Tennis Summit Links

Tennis Technique Summit

Tennis Summit 2018

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