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TFP 069: Strength and Conditioning Training On the Road with Jonny Fraser

TFP 069: Strength and Conditioning Training on the Road with Jonny Fraser

On Episode 69 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Jonny Fraser about how tennis players should train when on the road.  Whether we are top-ranked players or club players, we often find ourselves traveling to a different area for a tournament, USTA league competition, or match away from our home training centers, and don't know how we should train when away.  Jonny and I discuss how you can best prepare yourself when heading to a different area or time zone, what to think about and prepare for before leaving, an awesome sample workout with exercises that you can implement into your training on the road, what equipment we should bring in our tennis bags (there won't always be a gym down the street!), recovery tips, and much more.

Jonny is a fantastic guy and I finally got to introduce myself to him at this past year's World Tennis Fitness Conference in Atlanta (shot out to Dr. Mark Kovacs and the International Tennis Performance Association!).  Jonny has presented at this conference and others over the past several years, and I've always learned a ton from his presentations.  I asked him to come onto the podcast then and we finally made it happen, which I am obviously very happy about! 

Jonny has worked in tennis strength and conditioning for over ten years.  He is currently the Head of Strength and Conditioning at Claudio Pistolesi Enterprise, and is the Assistant Director of Fitness at the Tennis Congress. Jonny also currently runs a business called Science in Tennis dedicated to helping you maximize your performance on court. Jonny acts as an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University as well, and is certified as a Master Tennis Performance Specialist by the iTPA, which is the highest level of certification.  A pretty solid resume if you ask me 🙂

It was a pleasure speaking with Jonny on the podcast, and I know you'll really enjoy this episode and learn a lot about how we can perform better on the court through training effectively on the road.  Many thanks to Jonny for coming onto the podcast! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

BEGINNINGS

  • [5:17] How Jonny got his start in the tennis world
  • [7:00] The injury that lit Jonny’s passion for tennis fitness
  • [8:09] Why Jonny loves working in the tennis fitness niche
  • [9:52] Three things most of the world doesn’t know about Jonny Fraser
  • [12:41] What exactly is sports science and how has it evolved over the years?

TRAINING ON THE ROAD

  • [17:33] The biggest challenges that players face when traveling on the road
  • [20:30] The huge importance of researching the resources around you
  • [23:00] Similarities and differences for club vs pro players when training on the road
  • [25:52] Jonny’s travels with pro and club players around the world
  • [27:28] The biggest mistakes that tennis players when traveling to play tournaments
  • [28:56] The pieces of equipment that you should bring in your bag
  • [31:09] What resistance level (colors) of bands should we use when warming-up and training?
  • [32:04] Why a hockey or lacrosse ball will help your recovery
  • [35:09] What level of intensity should players have when training on the road?
  • [38:48] The differing number of sets and reps you should use for building muscle, strength, and endurance
  • [41:42] What is undulating periodization and should you use it in your training?
  • [43:08] A sample workout from Jonny that you can use in your training!
  • [46:05] Tips to help maximize your recovery when traveling and playing on the road

OTHER QUESTIONS

  • [48:27] One concept about tennis fitness that Jonny has changed his philosophy about over the years
  • [49:56] Why Jonny created Science in Tennis, and what it aims to achieve.
  • [51:27] The 3 books Jonny would gift to a tennis player to help them improve their game
  • [53:45] Jonny’s morning routine
  • [55:45] Where can we follow you online or in person?
  • [56:25] One key tip from Jonny to help us improve our tennis games!

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Episode 33 with Dr. Mark Kovacs on Strength and Conditioning

Episode 56 with Dean Hollingworth on Speed, Power, and Plyometrics

Episode 48 with Dom King on Strength and Conditioning Workouts

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Inner Game of Tennis

Strength and Conditioning for Tennis Players (2nd Edition)

Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

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TFP 068: How Gregory Howe Chased His Dream of Getting an ATP Ranking

TFP 068: How Gregory Howe Chased His Dream of Getting an ATP Ranking

On Episode 68 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Gregory Howe about how he decided to quit his job as a 34-year old to travel the world playing professional tennis tournaments in search of an ATP ranking. On top of that, Greg wrote a fantastic book called Chasing Points: A Season On The Pro Tennis Circuit detailing his pursuit of his ultimate dream. I have been reading the book and it truly is a fantastic peek into the life of professional tennis, particularly at the lower levels of the sport where people are struggling to make it to the big stage.

Greg set his goal of achieving an ATP ranking almost two decades before he decided to drop everything and travel the world, playing Futures tournaments, finally doing what he set out to accomplish, and then eventually playing Challengers and even ATP Tour events while working a job. You will love Greg's story, as it is a very relatable goal for many players, and he had he stones to go through so much adversity and travel to achieve what he dreamed of doing. I highly recommend you check out Greg's book, Chasing Points: A Season On The Pro Tennis Circuit, as it is extremely detailed and a very entertaining read.

It was a pleasure speaking with Greg on the podcast, and I know you'll really enjoy this episode about Greg's journey to achieving his ultimate goal of getting an ATP ranking, no matter what it took. We all dream about getting a pro ranking; even I tried my hand at a Futures event a couple years ago. You can listen to my recap of how my pro tournament experience went here (and check out my amazing cover photo skills while you're at it 🙂 ).

Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [5:04] How Greg got his start playing tennis
  • [6:00] Playing with his brother on tour
  • [6:57] Greg’s role models growing up
  • [8:25] The peaks and valleys of his junior career.
  • [10:06] An early pro tournament experience that got Greg hooked on playing the Pro Circuit
  • [11:39] The diversity of players in the Gladstone pro tournament
  • [12:50] The difference between those who bounce back and those who give up when adversity hits
  • [14:23] How Greg’s ultimate goal ended up haunting him throughout his life
  • [15:35] The motivation to want to give his dream 100% effort
  • [16:49] Why Greg quit his job to play the pro circuit, even though he had a solid life going for him and despite the risks of doing so.
  • [18:01] How Greg quit his job and what he said to his boss
  • [19:04] What Greg’s wife (then girlfriend) thought about his decision to quit
  • [19:43] The perks of dating someone who works for an airline
  • [20:58] Financial planning for Greg’s travels around the world playing pro tournaments
  • [22:14] The number of countries Greg traveled to during his pro circuit experience that year
  • [23:47] The difference between the different levels on tour (Futures, Challengers, ATP) and ITF vs ATP organizations
  • [25:55] What drew Greg to the ATP Pro touring life the most
  • [26:49] Getting shots before traveling to tournaments
  • [27:58] How Greg managed to recount his experiences so vividly for the book
  • [29:06] Using huge notebooks to write about his travels
  • [30:03] How much luggage Greg brought around the world
  • [31:45] Giving up 45 minutes into a morning training session with Roger Federer’s former coach in Thailand the day before his Futures tournament
  • [33:21] The biggest ups and downs Greg experienced in the several months leading up to getting his first ATP point
  • [35:42] How Greg came back from a devastating injury and his mindset
  • [36:57] The tournament that got Greg his first ATP point 
  • [39:43] What Greg was thinking during the last point of the match that would finally earn him his ATP ranking and achieve his dream
  • [40:49] The play-by-play of the last point and an incredible shot that Greg has never hit in his life ever again
  • [41:36] How Greg got into the zone in the third set
  • [43:41] How Greg got to play in Challenger and ATP Tour level events after achieving a world ranking
  • [44:59] The changes that have made it more difficult to play Challenger and ATP Tour events
  • [46:21] The main differences in player quality between the Challenger, Futures, and ATP Tour events
  • [47:14] How Greg was able to balance work with traveling to pro tournaments around the globe
  • [48:45] The greatest lessons Greg learned from playing on the pro circuit
  • [50:27] Greg’s worst tournament location/experience
  • [51:40] Greg’s favorite country to play tournaments in
  • [52:57] Greg future plans and continuing to compete in Futures at the age of 47
  • [54:14] Where to follow Greg online, and how to get his book, Chasing Points: A Season On The Pro Tennis Circuit
  • [55:06] One key tip to help us improve our tennis games

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2 TFP 067: How Leon Vessels Became a Practice Partner for the Pros

TFP 067: How Leon Vessels Became a Practice Partner for the Pros

On Episode 67 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Leon Vessels about how he became a practice partner for top ATP and WTA pros.  Leon has practiced with Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dmitrov, Eugenie Bouchard, Gael Monfils, John Isner, Janko Tipsarevic, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Rajeev Ram, and countless other top ranked players.  I noticed Leon playing with these top players at the Citi Open while covering the tournament over the past few years, and was intrigued about his story.

What is particularly amazing about Leon is that although he was a top junior, he did not play college tennis or on the pro tour, took several years off the game, and yet still possesses the skills and focus to practice with the top players in the world.  On the podcast we get into how Leon became a practice partner at the Citi Open, how others can become practice partners at tournaments, the level required to practice with the pros, tips he's learned from the best in the world, and much more.

It was a pleasure speaking with Leon on the podcast, and I know you'll really enjoy this episode about Leon's journey to becoming a practice partner with these players.  I know we'd all love to be in Leon's shoes.  Heck, I think becoming a practice partner for the pros is one of my next goals 🙂

Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [3:46] How Leon got his start playing tennis
  • [6:57] Leon’s ultimate goal in tennis
  • [8:50]  Where Leon trained as a junior
  • [12:05] Why Leon decided not to play college tennis due to burnout and other factors
  • [14:40] How Leon made his tennis comeback by getting challenged from his friends
  • [15:56] How Leon first became a practice partner at the Citi Open for Rajeev Ram 
  • [18:05] How Leon got a wildcard to play in the Citi Open
  • [20:07] Are there common drills that pros ask for from practice partners?
  • [22:04] The mentality practice partners must have and Leon’s close relationship with Alexander Dolgopolov
  • [23:45] Leon’s rough practice experience practicing with Eugenie Bouchard
  • [25:54] Who are some of the most relaxed and demanding tennis players during practice
  • [30:23] The level of tennis you need to be a practice partner at pro tournaments
  • [32:46] How you can become a practice partner
  • [36:02] The vetting process for practice partner applicant

  • [39:24] Biggest lessons learned from practicing with the pros

  • [40:51] What it feels like to warm-up a top 3 player (Zverev) before a final
  • [44:18] Where we can follow Leon online
  • [45:35] A key tip from Leon to help you improve your tennis game

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1 TFP 066: Jamie Loeb – Staying Mentally Tough on the WTA Tour

TFP 066: Jamie Loeb – Staying Mentally Tough on the WTA Tour

On Episode 66 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with WTA world #164 Jamie Loeb about her rise from the juniors to playing the biggest tournaments in the world.  Jamie developed into a top junior, had a championship run at the University of North Carolina, and qualified for the US Open while still in college before turning pro full-time.  Jamie is grinding it out on the tour and living the dream of traveling the world as a professional tennis player.

I first met Jamie at the Player's Party at the Citi Open last month, along with her former teammate and friend Tessa.  I remembered that my former assistant coach and teammate Ale Pedergnana is close friends with Jamie, and after a friendly chat and compliments on her dance moves, Jamie was nice enough to come onto the podcast.  We chat about her keys to success on the pro tour, how she overcame the toughest moment in her career, how tough it is to survive financially as a pro, what racquets and strings she uses, tips for pros on how to improve your Instagram game, some great insights into how you can improve your tennis game, and much more. 

I've also added something new for the first time: a transcript of the interview.  See below to read the transcript or click here to download the transcript!  It was a pleasure speaking with Denis on the podcast, and I wish him all the best in his career.  Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

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Please let me know what you think about whether I should keep doing transcripts for the podcast!  Based on your feedback, I'll decide whether to keep doing the transcripts or scrap it.  It's an added cost (obviously), and I actually had this one automatically transcribed then fixed it up myself and it took a ton of time, so I'll have to figure out a better way if you want me to keep doing the transcripts. Thanks for your feedback!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [1:57] Jamie’s incredible dance moves
  • [4:09] Breaking the myth about Jamie’s mom being her coach
  • [5:43] How her family influenced her game growing up
  • [7:25] When Jamie knew she wanted to turn pro
  • [8:35] How Jamie’s sister Jenna won a state championship on a broken ankle
  • [8:59] Her tennis role models
  • [9:37] Three things that most of the world doesn’t know about Jamie Loeb
  • [12:03] When Jamie started seriously training for tournaments
  • [13:14] How many tournaments she played as a junior
  • [14:02] Was burnout ever an issue as a junior player?
  • [15:37] The decision to finish up high school online
  • [17:30] Is high school tennis is a good training ground for serious junior tournament players, and potential improvements
  • [19:30] Jamie’s experience training at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy
  • [20:29] A typical day like at JMTA
  • [21:30] Practice matches with John McEnroe and why he never does mini-tennis
  • [24:45] Playing at the US Open in 2015 vs. Wozniacki after winning the American Collegiate Invitational
    College Tennis at UNC
  • [27:23] Deciding to attend UNC instead of going pro full-time
  • [30:47] What is your first memory of your college tennis career?
  • [32:03] Elements of Jamie’s game she improved the most while at UNC
  • [33:42] How to develop maximal focus and tunnel vision
  • [36:57] The most important piece of advice her coach Brian gave her at UNC
  • [39:51] How many days a week the team trained fitness vs on-court practice in the fall season, and how that changed in the spring
  • [41:31] Deciding to leave school early to turn pro
  • [42:30] Big differences between college tennis and the pro tour
  • [43:59] Focusing on the dynamic warm-up
  • [45:27] A typical day of training while on the tour
  • [46:18] How much weight training is part of her fitness?
  • [47:28] Traveling with a coach, and how frequently her coach joins her at tournaments
  • [48:54] Does she travel with other team members besides her coach (physio, stringer, etc)?
  • [50:48] How hard it is to stay afloat financially on the tour
  • [52:25] The most expensive things pros have to pay for
  • [53:15] Housing with volunteer families
  • [54:01] Jamie’s relationship with her fellow American players and the kinds of activities they do together
  • [55:24] What Jamie does to relax from training and tournaments
  • [56:45] The lowest point in Jamie’s career and how she overcame it
  • [1:02:08] The highlight of her pro career
  • [1:03:13] Her experience at this year’s US Open at her home tournament
  • [1:04:08] Jamie’s tournament plans for the rest of the year
  • [1:04:56] Her thoughts on this year's US Open final and the controversy at the end of the Williams-Osaka match
  • [1:07:05] The most ridiculous tournament experience of her career
  • [1:08:05] Getting things done in the morning
  • [1:09:09] Tips for improving your Instagram game
  • [1:10:45] Jamie’s favorite food to eat before a tennis match
  • [1:11:59] Jamie’s drink of choice to stay hydrated during a tennis match
  • [1:12:16] Jamie’s racquet, string and tension
  • [1:12:37} The friendliest ATP and WTA pros
  • [1:14:03] Jamie’s favorite tennis player of all time
  • [1:15:06] Jamie’s social media accounts
  • [1:16:28] Advice from Jamie to improve your tennis game

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TFP 065: Denis Kudla

TFP 042: Clay Thompson

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TFP 065: How Denis Kudla's Obsession with Tennis Turned Into a Pro Career

TFP 065: How Denis Kudla’s Obsession with Tennis Turned Into a Pro Career

On Episode 65 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with ATP world #73 Denis Kudla about how his obsession with tennis turned into a pro career.  Denis turned pro as teenager and has had his share of ups and downs, but through it all his passion for the game and excellent support system has helped him catapult back into the Top 100 once again.

Denis has always been one of my favorite players to root for because he is from Arlington, Virginia, which is very close to where I’m from (Maryland), and also because he is a very down to Earth guy.  I first met and interviewed Denis at the Citi Open last month after he and Frances Tiafoe played a doubles match (two in the same day actually).  Denis wore a Washington Capitals shirt, which has been the pride of DC for their championship win (and one of my favorite hats to wear). 

Denis was kind enough to make some time to speak with me while he was in New York preparing for the U.S. Open.  You’ll hear Denis talk about his tennis career from the beginning, how he trained as a junior at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), why he has always prioritized fitness, and how he bounced back from the lowest point of his career.

It was a pleasure speaking with Denis on the podcast, and I wish him all the best in his career.  Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [2:36] Denis’s training and preparation for the US Open
  • [3:43] Playing golf at the Stowe Tennis tournament in Vermont
  • [4:26] Similarities between tennis and golf
  • [5:27] Why this has been the best year of Denis’s sports fan life (Washington Capitals / Philadelphia Eagles)
  • [7:47] Denis’s first memory of hitting a tennis ball
  • [9:04]  Transition to training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center, and why Denis’s family made the decision
  • [10:37] How Denis stayed focused on his tennis training as a junior and avoided distractions
  • [11:54] The most important changes Denis made in his game as a junior
  • [13:27] A quote that has always stuck with Denis throughout his career
  • [14:05] The structure and hours of being homeschooled at a tennis academy (Junior Tennis Champions Center)
  • [15:51] Denis’s closest friends and competitors during his junior career
  • [17:17] How to overcome your doubts against stiff competition
  • [18:26] Why Denis decided to turn pro instead of going to college
  • [19:44] The lowest point in Denis’s professional career and how he bounced back to the Top 100
  • [21:34] What caused Denis to hit rock bottom as an ATP pro
  • [22:59] Differences between Challenger and ATP Tour Level players
  • [24:14] Why routines don’t always work as a professional tennis player
  • [25:44] What Denis changed in his fitness routine after losing a two set lead vs. Thiem at the Australian Open
  • [26:39] Denis’s approach to fitness in the off-season
  • [27:22] One piece of advice from Denis to help you improve your tennis game

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TFP 064: Interviews with David Goffin, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Donald Young and more at the 2018 Citi Open

TFP 064: Interviews with David Goffin, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Donald Young and more at the 2018 Citi Open!

On Episode 64 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll hear several of my interviews with some of the best tennis players in the world and my top takeways from them to help improve your tennis game.  I spoke one-on-one with David Goffin, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Donald Young, Marcos Baghdatis, Hyeon Chung, and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at the 2018 Citi Open last week after their matches and heard a ton of excellent tips from these amazing players that I want to share with you on the podcast.

It was a pleasure interviewing these players, and I have to thank everyone from the Citi Open, ATP Tour, and LINK Strategic partners for helping make these interviews happen.  If you want to see more media from this year’s tournament, including my interviews and press conferences, head over to my Youtube Channel!

I hope you enjoy this episode of TFP with the pros, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

Interviews:

  • Donald Young – 4:30 
  • Thai-Son Kwiatkowski – 11:28 
  • Marcos Baghdatis – 16:39
  • Hyeon Chung – 21:32
  • David Goffin – 26:09
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas – 34:40 and 43:51
  • Bonus Clip: Alexander Zverev Championship Press Conference snippet (pretty funny 🙂 ) – 50:58

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TFP 063: Stringing Machine Tips and Tricks with Mark Gonzalez From Alpha Racquet Sports

TFP 063: Stringing Machine Tips and Tricks with Mark Gonzalez From Alpha Racquet Sports

On today’s episode of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Mark Gonzalez from Alpha Racquet Sports about stringing machines. I asked Mark about the different types of stringing machines, how to choose the right one for you, and tips and tricks to become a great stringer.  The International Alliance of Racquet Stringers (IART) has said that Mark’s knowledge of stringing machines ranks among the very best in the industry.

Mark wears many hats in the tennis world; he is a Sales Manager for Alpha Racquet Sports, an industry consultant for IART, and a Yonex rep.  Mark has a reputation for being super responsive and has helped me figure out my stringing machine needs. When I did research on best value stringing machines, Alpha was the brand that popped up more often than all the others in the forums and everywhere else, which is why I decided to bring Mark on the podcast.

It was a pleasure having Mark on The Tennis Files Podcast, and I know this episode will help you choose the right stringing machine for your game and become a better stringer.  You’ll also save a lot of cash if you get a tennis machine which you can use to play more tennis, upgrade your racquets, and enjoy happy hour after your league matches (if you are of-age, anyway! 🙂 )

I hope you enjoy this episode of TFP with Mark, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

Intro

  • [4:02] The biggest advantage of owning a stringing machine
  • [5:32] The biggest hesitation that players have when deciding whether to buy a stringing machine
  • [7:20] What sparked Mark’s interest into the world of stringing machines
  • [9:46] The stringing machines Mark has used throughout his tennis and stringing career?

Researching Stringing Machines

  • [11:47] The optimal approach to buying a machine
  • [14:30] When buying a stringing machine, do we plan for the short term or long term? i.e. space in apartment, stringing skill level, potential to string for others, etc.
  • [15:47] What are the biggest mistakes people make when buying a stringing machine?

Different Types of Stringing Machines

  • [17:31] What are the different types of stringing machines?
  • [20:42] The kind of machine Mark recommends for a player’s first machine, that plays 2-3 times a week and breaks strings once every 2-3 weeks?
  • [21:55] The drop weight machine is the cheapest kind generally – why is that?
  • [23:53] Who would you suggest a drop weight machine for?
  • [25:06] Why drop weights can be one of the most accurate types of stringing machines despite the price
  • [25:47] Is an electric machine worth it, and if so, what type of players would you suggest get one?
  • [27:58] 2 point vs 6 point machines – what does this mean, and does it matter?

Stringing Accessories

  • [29:38] The most helpful stringing tools for stringing racquets
  • [32:29] What part of the stringing machine tends to break the fastest and what to do about it
  • [34:55] What is the WISE electronic tensioner head and what type of benefit would we gain from getting one? Is it worth it?

Stringing Racquets at this year’s Australian Open

  • [37:33] Mark’s experience stringing at the Australian Open and the ATP/WTA players he strung racquets for

Stringing Technique

  • [40:19] The biggest mistakes novice and intermediate stringers make
  • [41:40] The best way to measure how much string you need to string your racquet and the “4-Wingspan Rule”

Alpha Stringing Machines

  • [42:57] The awesome stringing machines Alpha has in its lineup and a cool story about customer service
  • [49:46] Are there any new machines planned for Alpha in the near future, and how we can get an Alpha stringing machine if we are interested in one?

Final Thoughts

  • [51:46] Mark’s key tip to help you choose the right stringing machine

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TFP 062: 7 Serve Killers and How to Fix Them

TFP 062: 7 Serve Killers and How to Fix Them

On today’s episode, I review the 7 biggest serve killers and how to fix them.  Over several decades of playing the game, observing other players, learning from my coaches, and the hundreds of interviews on my podcast, Tennis Summits, and Youtube channel, I’ve come to identify several huge leaks in tennis players’ serves.  And today I’m speaking with you one on one about them.

I’ve personally struggled (and still sometimes do) with several of these leaks, and I hope that you find this episode as useful as I do in identifying and finding ways to fix your biggest serve killers.  It’s certainly not an easy process, but if you work diligently and consistently at your serve killers, you will come out a much more powerful and consistent server.

I hope you enjoy this episode on the 7 Serve Killers and How to Fix Them!  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

7 Serve Killers (and How to Fix Them) I Discuss on the Show:

  1. Serve Grip
  2. Toss
  3. Hitch in Motion
  4. Shallow Racquet Drop
  5. Weight Distribution
  6. Opening Up Early
  7. Eyes Not Watching the Ball

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TFP057 – Top 10 Things That Improved My Game in 2017

TFP 022: Taking Your Game to the Next Level with ATP Pro Junior Ore

TFP 012: How the Universal Tennis Rating System is Revolutionizing Tennis with Dave Fish, Harvard Men’s Tennis Coach

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TFP 061: How Ian Westermann Created One of the Biggest Online Tennis Instructional Sites in the World

TFP 061: How Ian Westermann Created One of the Biggest Online Tennis Instructional Sites in the World

On today’s episode of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with my friend Ian Westermann, founder of Essential Tennis. I asked him about his passion for the game, how he went from country club tennis instructor to one of the biggest online tennis instructional sites in the world, and how we can become better singles and doubles players, among many other interesting topics.  Ian was featured in Forbes as one of the most successful online tennis instruction entrepreneurs and he is considered one of the pioneers of online tennis instruction.

Ian started the Essential Tennis Podcast in 2008, which is one of the most popular tennis podcasts of all time. Ian and his awesome team at ET have produced an incredible amount of free, high-quality, value-filled videos that have helped millions of people improve their tennis games.  The proof is in the pudding: Essential Tennis currently has over 125k subscribers on Youtube, which says a lot about the quality of ET’s instructional content. Ian and his team have also created tons of amazing premium tennis courses at EssentialTennis.com.

It was a pleasure having Ian on The Tennis Files Podcast, especially because we both share the same passion as you do: to become better tennis players.  I hope you enjoy this episode of TFP with Ian, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [3:36] Ian’s secret nickname
  • [4:49] Does Ian really have an Essential Tennis tattoo?
  • [5:19] How Ian got his start in tennis
  • [9:08] Ian’s incredible passion for the game
  • [13:22] Ian’s junior career
  • [16:47] Not making the college team the first year
  • [19:22] The highlight of Ian’s college tennis career – playing in the zone
  • [24:32] Ian’s experience taking the Professional Tennis Management Program at Ferris State
  • [28:35] Ian’s coaching jobs at various tennis and country clubs and the frustrations he experienced
  • [33:56] Tough career choices
  • [36:23] The Essential Tennis Podcast: one of the longest standing tennis podcast out there
  • [38:32] What to expect next from The Essential Tennis Podcast
  • [41:15] Leading yourself through the tennis learning process when you can’t find a coach for you
  • [44:04] Ian’s 3 key tips to playing better singles
  • [46:10] How to become a better doubles player
  • [50:28] What is a Vlog and why Ian started one
  • [54:52] Three books Ian would gift to a friend to help him/her become a better tennis player
  • [58:36] When to expect Ian’s new book
  • [59:38] What’s in store next from Essential Tennis
  • [1:00:46] Where can we connect with Ian and Essential Tennis online
  • [1:01:51] One key tip to help us improve our tennis games

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Essential Tennis Podcast – iTunes link here

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Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin

Mastery – George Leonard

Winning Ugly – Brad Gilbert

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TFP 060: Tennis Summit 2018 Preview

TFP 060: Tennis Summit 2018 Preview

After nearly 4 months of hard work, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be hosting the world’s biggest online tennis conference: Tennis Summit 2018!

From April 25-30, you’ll be able to watch presentations and interviews from 30+ world-class coaches on your computer and smartphone. And you can get a free ticket to watch all the sessions!

On today’s episode of TFP, I put together a preview of Tennis Summit 2018.  You’ll get to listen to five ten-minute clips of some of the best sessions on the summit.  These sessions include presentations and interviews from Paul Annacone (coach of Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Tim Henman), 17-time grand slam champion Gigi Fernandez, sports performance expert and iTPA/Kovacs Institute founder Dr. Mark Kovacs, performance consultant and founder of the McCaw Method, Allistair McCaw, and registered Dietician Jeff Rothtschild, who has worked with the Brian Brothers and other famous athletes from multiple sports.

I hope you enjoy this preview episode of Tennis Summit 2018, and be sure to get your free ticket to the summit here!

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • [2:38] Paul Annacone – The Secrets of Federer, Sampras, and Henman
  • [14:16] Gigi Fernandez – Optimal Doubles Strategy From a 17-Time Grand Slam Champion
  • [26:01] Dr. Mark Kovacs – Mastering Your On-Court Movement
  • [37:39] Allistair McCaw – How to Become Champion Minded
  • [50:10] Jeff Rothschild – Carbohydrates, Sports Drinks, and the Heat

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