I spoke with ATP Pro Junior Ore on Episode 22 of The Tennis Files Podcast. I first met Junior at the Aspen Hill Club when he was 7 years old. Everyone at the club knew that he was a very unique talent who loved tennis and could make it to the highest levels of the sport. Fortunately, he has proved us right (thanks, Junior!). Junior has always had an extremely strong passion for the game. Since Junior was 5, his dream was to become a professional tennis player. He set high goals, committed to achieving them, and is now playing and beating pros all around the world.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Junior at the US Open Sectional Qualifying tournament at the Junior Tennis Champions Center a couple weeks ago. I had not seen Junior for over a decade, although I kept track of how he was doing in college and recently on the pro tour. I ended up playing against him, and his serve was the biggest that I’ve ever played against. Even more impressive than his game, though, was how much of a class act he was both on and off the court.
I was thankfully able to win a few games off of Junior, but I was in awe of his game, much like we were at the beginning of his career, when he was a short, thin little boy at our tennis club beating players who were many years older than him. Junior turned pro last September after a very successful career at Texas A&M, and has already picked up several ATP points and a ranking just outside the top 1000 in singles and in the 700s in doubles. He and his grandfather’s dedication to tennis from a young age set the foundation for his rise to the pro tour.
While I’ve had some fantastic interviews so far on The Tennis Files Podcast, my interview with Junior easily ranks up there as one of the best. His story is inspirational, motivating, and enlightening. You will pick up a ton of amazing tips and advice on how you can maximize your game and distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack.
On this episode, you will learn:
- How Junior developed his game for the pro tour
- How he beat the #1 Junior in the world at the French Open
- One exercise that will add 20+ mph to your tennis serve
- The turning point in Junior’s career that transformed his game
- A typical day of training on the pro tour
- Junior’s favorite drill at Texas A&M
- Why setting high goals is the key to becoming successful
- Junior’s pursuit of “the constant repetition of perfection”
- How to relax and block out negativity
- Why learning tennis technique is like playing the piano
- How players survive financially on the pro tour
I really appreciate you tuning in to this episode, and I know that your tennis game will benefit from my interview with Junior!
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