TFP 323: How to Overcome Adversity and Develop a Winning Mindset with Peter Smith – From the 2020 Archives

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[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2020]

On today’s episode of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed current ATP and former collegiate coach Peter Smith about how to overcome adversity and develop a winning mindset.

Coach Smith is currently the General Manager/Director of Tennis for The Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills, California. He also has one of the most prolific records in college tennis history.  Coach Smith guided the University of Southern California Men’s Tennis team to 5 NCAA Championships and has notched over 600 wins in his college coaching career.  Coach Smith was also a 2-Time ITA National Coach of the Year and 5-Time PAC-12 Coach of the Year. He now coaches top American ATP pros Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey.  Coach Smith is one of only two coaches to guide three different schools to the NCAA quarterfinals and top-5 national rankings (USC, Pepperdine and Fresno State). 

On the show, you’ll learn the principles Coach Smith used to guide his players to the top of the rankings, why it is more important to develop great people first and top tennis players second, what he is currently working on with Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, routines that you can implement in your day to perform your best, what sports besides tennis you should play to become a better athlete, the toughest moments Coach Smith has had to face and how he has overcome them, and much more!

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

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Links Mentioned in the Show

The Score Takes Care of Itself - Bill Walsh

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success - Phil Jackson

The Inner Game of Tennis - W. Timothy Gallwey

Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords for Success - Mike Krzyzewski

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