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TFP 004: 10 Key Concepts for Tennis Success
Today on TFP I talk about 10 crucial concepts that every tennis player needs to understand and implement in order to maximize their tennis potential.  Most tennis players don’t succeed because they lack the commitment to one or more of these principles. Change the way you approach the game at a higher level and you will be well on your way to becoming a great tennis player. In this episode, you will learn how to: Remove self-imposed limitations  Turn fear into strength Focus on what matters most Overcome negativity Prioritize for maximum results, and more. Thanks for checking out my episode on 10 Keys to Tennis Success. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at, or leave a comment below! Right Click Here to Download the MP3 Links from the Show The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan Subscribe to TFP on iTunes (click view in itunes, then the subscribe button) The post TFP 004: 10 Key Concepts for Tennis Success appeared first on Tennis Files.
TFP 003: How to Become an ATP Pro with Paul Harsanyi, Former Professional Tennis Player
Our guest today is former ATP professional Paul Harsanyi.  Paul talks us through his training, how he was able to rise to the professional level, and the key differences between the top-ranked players. Paul reached a career high ranking of 751 in the world. Paul has also been extremely successful in his career after tennis, thanks to the principles that he learned while training to become an elite tennis player. In this episode, we will cover: How to handle pressure The importance of playing against better players Drills to improve your game Playing to your strengths Key differences between skill levels Being realistic about your tennis career Mental strategies on big points and other awesome content. Right Click Here to Download the MP3 I hope you gained a lot of value from this episode of TFP with former ATP Pro Paul Harsanyi. Thanks for listening! Links Mentioned on the Show 15 Mistakes Tennis Players Need to Correct Paul’s Website My free eBook: The Building Blocks of Tennis Success The post TFP 003: How to Become an ATP Pro with Paul Harsanyi, Former Professional Tennis Player appeared first on Tennis Files.
TFP 001: The First Episode of The Tennis Files Podcast!
The Tennis Files Podcast is here! Over the past couple months, I realized how amazing it would be to start a podcast devoted to helping you improve your tennis game.  Podcasts are awesome because people can listen to them from just about anywhere. During December and January, I read books, articles, and watched video tutorials on how to start podcasting. Then I recorded my first episode, deleted it, recorded it, deleted that one too, and finally recorded one that I liked.  Third time is the charm, I suppose! After that, I scheduled two interviews: one with an extremely successful coach and another with a former ATP Pro. I recorded those episodes, and will be releasing them within the next few days (stay tuned!). The Tennis Files Podcast (TFP for short) will be a weekly podcast. It is unique from the other tennis podcasts out there, because I will interview top tennis experts and ask them for advice on how to help you become a better tennis player. There are several podcasts devoted to the pro game, and another handful that give instruction and tips, but I haven’t seen one that consistently interviews players, coaches, and other tennis experts to learn from their experiences and help their listeners improve their tennis skills. While many of my episodes will be interviews, I will also host several solo shows as well. On those episodes, I will tell you everything that I have learned and am learning about the game that will help you play better tennis. I truly believe that you will benefit immensely from listening to the show, and I will find the best guests that I can to help you break through your struggles and reach your tennis potential. I am committed to helping you improve your game. I hope you enjoy the show! If you do, please share TFP and this episode with your friends by clicking the button that looks like a triangle on the podcast player! Thanks for listening! iTunes Within the next week or so, The Tennis Files Podcast will be on iTunes and other podcast directories!  Soon you will be able to listen to future episodes on either or iTunes and through other podcast apps (I will submit TFP to all the ones I can find!).  Once the show is up on iTunes, I will update this page and future podcast entries with a link to subscribe to The Tennis Files Podcast on iTunes. Show Notes On this episode, I introduce you to Tennis Files and the reason why I created it: to help you improve your tennis game. Since this is the first episode, I also give you some background on who I am, and my passion for tennis.  I explain how TFP is unique from the other tennis podcasts, and speak about the benefits of playing tennis. Right Click Here to Download the MP3 Links Mentioned on This Episode 15 Mistakes Tennis Players Need to Correct 30 College Tennis Coaches Reveal Top Character Traits of Successful Student-Athletes 7 Reasons Why You Should Play Tennis Free Mind Map Tool My free eBook: The Building Blocks of Tennis Success My Social Media Pages Twitter Page Facebook Page Youtube Channel Google+ Page The post TFP 001: The First Episode of The Tennis Files Podcast! appeared first on Tennis Files.
TFP 025: 2016 Citi Open – Day 2 Analysis with Mulumba from Tennis Column
On this episode, I spoke with Mulumba from Tennis Column about the action at the 2016 Citi Open up to the 2nd day of the main draw (Tuesday). I met him last year in the media tent at the Citi Open. It was the first time both of us reported on the event, and I was extremely impressed by Mulumba's knowledge. Fast-forward to 2016, and I knew Mulumba would be the perfect person to talk about the matches at the Citi Open. I asked Mulumba about his thoughts on the performances of several players in the tournament so far. You'll hear everything from interesting backstories on players, to technical critiques, and our picks for who will win the Citi Open this year. I plan on connecting with Mulumba again for another episode during the tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 020: Winning in Your 60s with World Champion Dan Waldman
Today I spoke with Dan Waldman, a world champion tennis player. Dan, who is 60 years old, regularly competes in national and international tennis tournaments and ends up winning most of them. Despite working as an attorney at Arnold and Porter, Dan is also dedicated to his tennis and his training. This is why he continues to tear it up on the Senior Circuit. Dan talked to me about his training and tennis playing frequency, the importance of stretching, his diet, his experiences playing tennis for Harvard University alongside current Harvard Tennis Coach Dave Fish, and playing professional tournaments. I know this interview will help a lot of you, especially those in your 50s and beyond. I have received many emails and comments about how to successfully compete as you get older. Dan, a world champion singles and doubles player, shows us what it takes to be the best no matter what your age is! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 023: Choosing the Right Coach for Your Tennis Game with Scott Baxter from PlayYourCourt
Today I spoke with Scott Baxter, CEO and Founder of PlayYourCourt.  Scott is a USPTA certified tennis coach with over 12 years of coaching experience.  He used his problem solving skills and passion for tennis to create a unique platform to help you find the right coach for your tennis game. By entering your location and answering […] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 098: Rick Macci — How to Develop Rock Solid Technique
On Episode 98 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with legendary coach Rick Macci about the most important principles for developing rock-solid technique on our strokes.  Rick has coached five number one players: Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova, as well as hundreds of world class professionals. He has guided his players to a combined 247+ USTA National Championships since 1985, and is widely regarded as one of the best tennis coaches of all time. Rick is also the founder of Rick Macci Tennis Academy, and is a highly sought out motivational speaker, clinician, and author.   On this episode, Rick discusses his philosophy on developing biomechanically-sound technique, gives us simple yet super-effective technique tips, and explains some huge mistakes in our technique that, if fixed, will supercharge your efficiency and power. I particularly love the power leak Rick mentions for the serve in the interview (I won't spoil it for you, you'll have to tune in to find out! :O) ).  I hope you enjoy this podcast interview episode with Rick! Let us know what you think about it in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 093: Announcing Tennis Summit 2019!
The biggest online (and free!) tennis conference of the year is now open for registration! After four months of hard work, I’m proud to announce on the podcast that I’ll be hosting the third edition of this annual event: Tennis Summit 2019!  The objective of Tennis Summit 2019 is to help you win more tennis matches. From May 14-19, 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 explain how the summit works, preview the awesome lineup of coaches and experts, each day's themes, and the session topics.   Paul Annacone (coach of Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Tim Henman), 17-time grand slam champion Gigi Fernandez, Rick Macci (legendary coach of the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati, and Andy Roddick, among many others), sports performance expert and iTPA/Kovacs Institute founder Dr. Mark Kovacs, performance consultant and founder of the McCaw Method, Allistair McCaw, and many more will be presenting this year.  I hope you enjoy this preview of Tennis Summit 2019, and be sure to get your free ticket to the summit here (you'll also get a free kick serve course with your free ticket)! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 078: Strength and Conditioning for Junior Athletes with Aaron Patterson
On Episode 78 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with sports performance coach and personal trainer Aaron Patterson about how to train our junior tennis players to become better athletes. Aaron works with junior athletes every day at the PIT Strength and Conditioning Center in Bloomington, Illinois, and I have been really impressed by both the effort and positive attitudes from his clients. I first met Aaron at last year’s World Tennis Fitness Conference and really enjoyed speaking with him about how we can develop our junior tennis players to reach the next level in their tennis games by improving their strength and fitness. Aaron has a very strong background in the world of tennis fitness. He is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer, International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA) Certified Tennis Performance Specialist, and a Certified Speed and Agility Coach. Aaron trains a multitude of top level junior athletes in sports such as tennis, golf, and volleyball. He is currently a Sports Performance Coach at the PIT Strength and Conditioning Center and a personal trainer at Four Seasons Health Club in Bloomington, Illinois. On this episode, we talk about the best exercises for junior tennis players, the importance of having fun while training, books and resources for learning more about sports performance training, recovery and nutrition tips, and much more! I really hope you enjoy my interview with Aaron! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below! Show Notes: The importance of making sure your athletes enjoy the process 3 things most of the world doesn’t know about Aaron Patterson How Aaron became a sports performance expert and personal trainer The ups and downs Aaron has faced during his career The most critical skills for fitness and sports performance coaches Common mistakes from personal trainers that tennis players should look out for Aaron’s favorite books and resources that helped him develop his knowledge of personal training and sports performance The difficulties of being a personal trainer and fitness coach When younger players should start training their fitness The best exercises for junior tennis players An example of a comprehensive exercise routine Aaron’s favorite pieces of equipment for training athletes Recovery advice for tennis players The most effective stretches after playing tennis Nutrition tips and what kinds of foods to ingest for maximal performance A key tip to help you improve your tennis game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 116: How to Break Bad Habits with Peter Freeman
On Episode 116 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with the founder of Crunch Time Coaching, Peter Freeman, about how to break bad habits that are limiting you from reaching your true tennis potential.Pete has coached Division 1 college players, produced state level and national champions and been awarded the honor of USTA Georgia Pro of the year. He has coached under Tony Palafox, who was John McEnroe’s former coach, and Frank Brennan former Stanford University Coach who won 10 national titles. Pete is hosting an annual online tennis conference this October called Tennis Con 3! This awesome and free event features many of the best tennis coaches and names in the business (including yours truly!) that will teach you how to break bad habits so you can level up your tennis game.On the show, you’ll learn the keys to breaking bad tennis habits, our list of the biggest habits you need to fix in your game, the all-star list of coaches on Tennis Con 3, details about how and when you can sign up for free to watch the event, and much more!I hope you enjoy my interview with Peter Freeman! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below and be sure to join us for Tennis Con 3! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 113: Nick Bollettieri — How to Achieve Your Dreams and Help Others Succeed
On Episode 113 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with legendary coach Nick Bollettieri about how to achieve your dreams and help those around you reach their true potential.Nick has over 60 years of unrivaled experienced coaching the world’s best tennis players. He founded the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, where he has worked with such players as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jim Courier, Serena and Venus Williams, Mary Pierce, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Marcelo Rios, Kei Nishikori, and Boris Becker, just to name a few :)Nick also co-founded the nonprofit fitness camp, Camp Kaizen with his wife Cindi. He writes for tennis magazine as an instruction editor and has been featured in tv series and documentary films. Nick is also a very accomplished author, having written numerous books, including Bollettieri’s Tennis Handbook, My Aces My Faults, and a recent Biography entitled Bollettieiri - Changing the Game. On top of all this, Nick was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame and told me that he has been inducted into 12 others as well.On the show we cover the mindset you must have to achieve your goals, why every top performer has a great team behind that person, why you must get to know your students if you want to help them reach their true potential, Nick’s exercise routine at 88 years old, and much more!Nick also has a new book coming out soon and read us a preview of one of the chapters on the podcast! Nick has teamed up with Tennis Channel to produce the book and I’ll be sure to give you a heads up when it is available!I am really pleased that Nick and his manager Steve made this interview happen so quickly after the Open, and I look forward to doing a part two, Q&A style!I hope you enjoy this podcast episode! Let us know what you think about it in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 104: 10 Tips for Dealing with Extreme Heat
On Episode 104 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you'll hear my top 10 tips for surviving and thriving in the extreme heat when you're playing tennis matches  Recently temperatures have reached around 100 degrees and tennis players worldwide have been suffering in the heat. That's why I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about my favorite tips that I've learned and implemented successfully to allow me to perform optimally, even in the face of record-breaking high temperatures.  Do you know your sweat rate? How about the maximum amount of liquid you can absorb per hour? You'll learn about this, along with my 10 most effective tips for dealing with extreme heat on this episode of The Tennis Files Podcast!  If you're playing in a hot climate and want to perform at your best, then you won't want to miss this episode!  I hope you enjoy this podcast episode and find it helpful! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 058: How to Hit Kick Serves with Ramon Osa
On today's episode, I spoke with Ramon Osa from Osa Tennis 360 about how to hit kick serves.  Ramon is an expert at helping tennis players discover the fun in tennis, while showing them what they need to do to improve their technique and tactics.  Ramon is the founder of Osa Tennis 360, where he produces value-filled and fun tennis videos.  He also has an awesome Youtube channel with fantastic tips and advice.  Ramon believes that fun, along with the right system to develop world-class strokes and sound fundamentals, is the key to improving your tennis game. We discussed technical aspects of the kick serve, how to toss the ball properly when hitting a kick serve, kick serve strategy, Ramon's approach on how to learn this severely underused and often feared serve, and much more on Episode 58 of the The Tennis Files Podcast! I hope you enjoy my interview with Ramon, and let us know what you think in the comments below! Time-Stamped Show Notes [5:56] What is the kick serve, and how can it help us win tennis matches? [9:07] Why are players uncomfortable hitting or trying to hit kick serves? [11:05] At what level (NTRP rating) do players consistently use the kick serve? [12:34] The number one thing that players do incorrectly when trying to hit a kick serve. [13:41] How to be more relaxed when serving [15:15] The technical differences between the kick serve and a flat or slice serve [17:38] How we should toss the ball when we hit a kick serve. [18:45] How should we approach developing our kick serve -- piece by piece or as a whole? [20:17] Ramon's two favorite drills that teaches us how to hit a kick serve. [22:28] How far forward should we lean into the court for kick serves? [25:21] How often should we use the kick serve in tennis matches? [27:26] Why we should use the kick serve more often in doubles matches [23:18] One key tip to help us hit better kick serves [30:52] How Ramon's serve course helps tennis players develop their kick serves [34:56] What is in the course, and how is it organized? [38:44] Results Ramon's players have achieved through his instruction and courses [41:55] Advice to players who don't believe they can develop a solid kick serve Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 046: The Mental Game with Jeff Greenwald
On today's episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff Greenwald, an internationally recognized sports psychology consultant and licensed therapist who specializes in the mental game of tennis. Jeff gave us some fantastic advice on how we can play better tennis by improving the way we think on court and about the game on Episode 46 of The Tennis Files Podcast. If you haven't listened to Episode 44 with Neil Endicott on Mindfulness-Based Tennis Psychology yet, definitely check that one out as well. Jeff is author of a fantastic book entitled The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Strategies for Fearless Performance. He is also a speaker and a former world-ranked pro on the ATP Tour who went on to reach the No. 1 ITF ranking in the world and U.S in the men’s 35-age division. The mental game is such an important part of tennis and I am really excited to bring you this interview with Jeff. We discuss the most important lessons Jeff has learned about the mental game, his biggest struggles on the court, advice that he'd give his younger college/ATP pro playing self, tips on how to improve your mental approach, and much more. Jeff's advice will help you deal with pressure during matches so you can play better tennis. Click the play button above to listen to the interview. Enjoy! Time-Stamped Show Notes: [1:11] How did Jeff got to where he is today in his tennis career [1:55] What Jeff learned most from The Bollettieri Academy [3:10] Jeff's most difficult moment as a professional tennis player that pushed him mentally? [5:27] Jeff's advice to himself as a 20-year old college/ATP pro player [7:47] What can we do to strengthen our mental game? [10:15] What are a few things we can do during a match to help us reset for the next point? [13:12] How can we stay positive after a series of losses? [15:45] Strategies from Jeff’s book that will make a substantial impact on your performance [18:36] Books Jeff recommends you read to improve your mental game The Power of Full Engagement - Jim Loehr Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman Winning Ugly - Brad Gilbert Open - Andre Agassi Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl and William J. Winslade Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol S. Dweck [22:02] One key tip from Jeff to help you improve your tennis game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 102: How to Record Your Tennis Matches
On Episode 102 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I explain step by step the different equipment and accesories that you need to record your tennis matches.  Recording your matches, practice sessions, and stroke mechanics is hands down one of the best way to improve your game. The only way to improve is by knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and often we have weaknesses that we never know about unless we watch ourselves on camera.  I walk through the different types of recording devices and accessories you can use, their pros, cons, cost, specific product suggestions, and my recommended full setup for recording yourself playing tennis.  But don't just listen to this episode; take action and start recording and watching yourself play! Trust me, you'll see things you didn't expect and will wish you started recording yourself way earlier in your career.  I hope you enjoy this podcast episode and find it helpful! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 041: Coaching Elite Junior Tennis Players with Adam Blicher
On Episode 41 of TFP I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Blicher about coaching elite junior players and high-performance tennis principles. I first heard about Adam when I searched for tennis podcasts on iTunes. The Adam Blicher Show popped up, and ever since, I have learned a lot from Adam and the fantastic guests he has had on his show. Adam focuses on dissecting and deconstructing the minds of world-class performers & leading specialist in our sport. This is something that I love doing as well, so it is not surprising that we connected and did an episode that will help you all improve your tennis games. Adam also has a really cool show called Adam's Advice that will be up around the time of this episode. I highly encourage you to check out Adam's podcast and his show to further immerse yourself in the world of experts so that you can improve your tennis game! Time-Stamped Show Notes [2:33] How did you get to where you are today in your tennis career? [3:51] What is it about tennis that inspires and motivates you to get up and coach your players every single day? [5:01] What are 3 things most of the world doesn’t know about Adam Blicher [5:57] In your bio, it mentions that you dissect and deconstruct the best tennis performers and athletes so that you can teach others; How does one go about doing this type of in-depth study to improve themselves? [8:55] If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were a junior, what advice would you give yourself? [10:25] Pressure is a huge part of tennis; what type of mental exercises or training do you have your players go through to help them with this part of their game? [13:01] What type of advice do you give your players before they step out on the court? [15:25] What are your thoughts about meditation? [18:26] How can a player break through a losing streak? [20:22] If a player constantly gets tight on big points, what advice would you tell that player to help him/her perform optimally in critical situations. [22:10] What is a typical day of coaching like for you? [23:37] What are three keys to successfully coaching juniors in the 14-16 age group? [25:43] How much traveling do your players do, and do they ever have issues coping with the travel? If so, how do you help them with this? [28:00] What are some mistakes that you see other coaches making that inhibits the growth of their players? [30:48] What should a player do if they have to make a big technical change to a stroke (i.e. how much tournament play should they be doing)? [34:20] What type of fitness regimen do you put your players through? [39:22] Who are a couple of your high-performing junior players and what about them makes them so successful? [42:18] What did you learn from interning at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy? What is it about coach Mouratoglou that makes him a great coach? [45:41] Which interview on The Adam Blicher Show is your all-time favorite, and why? [48:52] What was the best piece of advice your podcast guest gave on the show? [50:16] I understand you are planning to release Adam’s Advice; can you tell us about it? [51:12] What are three books that you would give as a gift to your tennis players? [52:37] Do you have a morning routine, and if so, what is it? [53:47] Adam’s favorite type of coffee [54:33] Where can our audience find you online and in person? [56:20] Upcoming podcast episodes [57:50] Key piece of advice to improve your tennis game Many thanks to Adam for coming onto The Tennis Files Podcast and providing our audience with a lot of great advice and tips to help you improve your tennis game! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 040: Tennis Serve Technique with Brian Smith
On today's episode, I spoke with Brian Smith, creator of Performance Tennis Training, about tennis serve technique. Brian and I went through each phase of the tennis serve, from the grip to the finish. The serve is easily the most important part of the game. As I've said time and time again, we serve half the time, and you can start dictating with it immediately. Brian creates fantastic, value-filled videos about all aspects of tennis, including stroke mechanics and footwork, on his Performance Tennis Training Youtube Page. I've watched many of them, and when I've implemented Brian's tips, they have worked really well for me. Thanks to Brian for being on the show and talking about the most important stroke in tennis, the serve! Time-Stamped Show Notes [2:32] How Brian Smith became an expert tennis coach [3:52] Tennis book that made the most impact on Brian's tennis career [4:49] What motivates Brian to be the best tennis coach he can be every day [6:23] Why the tennis serve is the most important part of your game [7:16] The grip we should use for the tennis serve and some alternatives [9:09] Various stances for the serve (platform, pinpoint) [10:35] Brian's preferred backswing technique (abbreviated vs. full/classic) [13:23] How to develop a smoother backswing on the serve [15:19] Tools we can use to smooth out the serve [16:57] How much should we rotate our bodies on the serve? [18:32] The ideal loading position for the serve [19:42] Ideal height to toss the ball [21:17] How to toss the ball properly [23:04] What is pronation and how does it help us hit better serves? [24:42] Would a weak continental grip still allow us to pronate effectively? [26:22] The different types of second serves [28:19] How can we produce more spin on our serves? [30:10] Tips for generating power on our first serves [34:03] How can players hit flat serves? [37:58] Brian's favorite serve placements [40:14] How many serves should we practice hitting a day? [42:32] What parts of our body should we be strengthening to hit better serves [43:57] Favorite point patterns off the serve [46:19] Exercises to keep the rotator cuff healthy [47:27] Resources to improve players' serves [49:52] How did Brian come up with the idea for Performance Tennis Training? [51:23] Why should players check out Performance Tennis Training? [53:07] Brian's favorite PTT video [54:30] Future plans for PTT [55:59] One key piece of advice on how you can improve your tennis serve [56:57] Where can we follow Brian and PTT online? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 037: How Luca Corinteli Became an Elite College Tennis Player
On today's episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Luca Corinteli from the University of Virginia Men's Tennis team. Luca is an elite tennis player and was ranked as high as #2 in doubles in the country with partner Ryan Shane. Luca has helped UVA Men's Tennis win the NCAA Division I national championship the past two years in a row. Brian Boland, head coach of UVA Men's Tennis and a recent guest on The Tennis Files Podcast, highly recommended that I interview Luca when I asked Coach Boland who he might suggest I speak to from his team. Coach Boland was right on the money (per usual). The senior Wahoo with proud Georgian roots gave us a truly fantastic interview on the life of a college tennis player at the #1 college tennis program in the country. Luca is mature well beyond his years, and we wish him and UVA Tennis all the best this season and into the team's professional careers. Time-Stamped Show Notes [3:15] How does the championship ring feel? [4:13] How Luca got his start playing tennis [5:57] How judo helped Luca's tennis game [7:12] Luca's first tournament experience [7:59] Role models growing up as a junior [9:34] How Vesa Ponkka has helped Luca's tennis career [11:08] An overview of Luca's junior career [12:54] How Luca overcame a low point as a younger player [14:42] Luca's biggest accomplishment in his junior career [15:49] How Coach Boland recruited Luca onto UVA Men's Tennis Team [16:57] Luca's biggest improvement since joining UVA Tennis [18:36] Overcoming adversity in college tennis [20:51] Best advice from the coaching staff [23:08] Luca's favorite drills in team practices [24:18] Ratio of on-court to off-court training [26:50] What part of Luca's game did Luca have to improve the most when he came to UVA? [28:28] Luca's most memorable moment at UVA [30:16] Rivalries in college tennis [31:45] What went through Luca's mind when Henrik Wiersholm clinched the 2016 National Championship for UVA Men's Tennis [33:15] Funniest moment with the team [34:50] The sickest match that Luca has played in college [36:33] Luca describes how he held serve down a break point at 5-5 30-40 in the national championship match at #1 doubles against Oklahoma [37:27] How Luca calmed himself down after shaking before serving down break point in the national championship [38:29] What makes Luca a great doubles player [39:50] How Luca decides when to poach in doubles [40:57] Winning point patterns in doubles [42:46] Difference in levels between college tennis and ITF Futures events [44:05] Luca's plans on whether to play professional tennis after college [45:20] Three things that most people don't know about Luca Corinteli [47:27] Luca's favorite tennis book [49:07] Where can we follow Luca online [49:52] One key tip that will help us improve our tennis games Special shout out to UVA Men's Tennis, as Luca is the 3rd guest I've had on the show in 37 episodes that has ties to the program. Coach Brian Boland (Episode 34) and Treat Huey (Episode 7) have also been on The Tennis Files Podcast. Treat just qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in doubles with Max Mirnyi, which is an incredible accomplishment! Go Treat! Thanks again to Luca for coming onto the Tennis Files Podcast and speaking about his experiences as a player on UVA's Men's Tennis Team! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 030: 15 Tennis Pros Answer: “How Can Our Audience Improve Their Tennis Games?”
On today's episode, 15 professional tennis players answer the question: "How can our audience improve their tennis games?" I placed their answers in this episode and commented on their responses. The idea for this unique episode came to me when I attended Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago last month. One of the presenters, Pat Flynn, gave us a list of cool podcast episode ideas. One of these was to ask a bunch of experts one question, and include them all on an episode. This is a brilliant idea, so when I was part of the media at the 2016 Citi Open, I ended just about all of my twenty or so interviews with ATP and WTA pros by asking what the key is to improving our tennis games. It is inspiring to hear what the best tennis players in the world think we should be focusing on to take our games to the next level. I hope you enjoy this unique podcast episode format! On this episode, you will hear answers from the following ATP and WTA tour professionals: Alexander Dolgopolov (#58 ATP) Alexander Peya (#25 ATP) Alla Kudryatseva (#155 WTA) Borna Coric (#40 ATP) Camila Giorgi (#66) Edouard Roger-Vasselin (#13 ATP) Ivo Karlovic (#23 ATP) James Duckworth (#199 ATP) Jessica Pegula (#139 WTA) Jordan Thompson (#92 ATP) Lauren Davis (#105 WTA) Mackenzie "Mackie" McDonald (#412) Malek Jaziri (#53 ATP) Yen-Hsun "Rendy" Lu (#72) Yuichi Sugita (#83) I hope you like this episode! Let me know what you think about it in the comments section below! I appreciate your feedback! If you enjoyed listening, share this episode using the social buttons above or below this post! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 three 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] Clay's highest ranking 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] What type of yoga does Clay practice 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 ( [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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 033: Dr. Mark Kovacs—Strength and Conditioning for Tennis Players
On today's episode, I spoke with world renowned sports science and fitness expert Dr. Mark Kovacs about strength and conditioning for tennis. Mark has trained numerous top professional tennis players, including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Sam Querrey, Donald Young, and Melanie Oudin. In 2015, Stack named Mark one of the Top 31 Fitness Professionals to Follow in 2015. Mark is a performance physiologist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching elite athletes. He has been featured in many of the biggest sports and news publications, including ESPN, the New York Times, and Tennis Magazine. Mark was also a top college player at Auburn and achieved a world ranking on the ATP Tour. To sum it up, Mark has one heck of a resume, and it is an honor to speak with him on the show today. Mark co-authored an amazing book and resource, Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd edition), which was published a couple months ago. I have a copy of his book and have had a hard time putting it down in my spare time. It has a ton of invaluable information on how we can put together a personalized fitness program using the exercises and in-depth knowledge from Mark, E. Paul Roetert (former managing director of the United States Tennis Association’s Player Development Program) and Todd S. Ellenbecker (Vice President, Medical Services ATP World Tour, and clinic director at Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona). The book also includes 56 videos illustrating the exercises and stretches which you can access online. The value in this book is unparalleled in comparison to any other tennis fitness book I've seen on the market so far. In this episode, I ask Mark questions on how we can improve our tennis fitness to become better tennis players. We also talk about Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd edition) and some of the principles in the book that will help take your game to the next level. Mark has an unbelievable amount of knowledge in sports science for tennis, and provided us all with a ton of value on The Tennis Files Podcast. Time Stamped Show Notes: [3:18] - How Mark became a world-class fitness expert [5:08] - Mark's degrees and certifications [7:14] - One thing about Mark that most people don't know [8:27] - The elements of tennis fitness [10:25] - How to train the different elements of fitness [12:30] - What most tennis players lack in their fitness [14:12] - The muscle group that amateur players tend to undertrain the most [15:39] - Ways to train your your weakest muscle group [17:16] - How low should we go when we squat [19:22] - What type of squat should we use during training [22:35] - Will partial squats put pressure on the knees [25:04] - What set/rep/weight ranges should we use for our exercises and what are the effects of using different ones [29:16] - What is periodization and how does it affect our training [32:30] - In what order should we train the different fitness elements in a periodization program for maximum results [36:07] - What are the best strengthening exercises for the serve [38:37] - The importance of the kinetic chain and discussing Mark's "An 8-stage model for the tennis serve" scientific study [42:47] - How do we correct inefficient footwork [45:56] - Mark's favorite footwork drills to help your speed and agility [49:10] - Stretches that tennis players should incorporate into their routine [51:41] - Analysis of professional tennis players' fitness and why tennis is one of the toughest sports in the world [53:53] - How can we get the most value out of Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd ed.) and put what we learn into action Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 016: How Jesse Witten Took a Set off Djokovic and Remembering Bruno Agostinelli
My guest today is ATP Pro Jesse Witten. Jesse has been ranked as high as #163 in the world and reached the 3rd round of the 2009 US Open, where he took a set off tennis superpower Novak Djokovic. Jesse has also played in the main draws of the French Open and Wimbledon. He reached the final of the NCAA Division I Championships as a freshman at the University of Kentucky and was its first 5-time ITA All-American (4 singles, 1 doubles). I first noticed Jesse back in the juniors when he played and won a Super National Clay Court tournament in Maryland in 1999. It was my first time watching the best juniors in the country play against each other, and I witnessed him dominate the entire field. I was fortunate enough to play in this event two years later, but Jesse's performance always stuck in my mind as the best I had ever seen by a junior tennis player. I was fortunate enough to speak to Jesse about his career, from reaching the top ranks of the juniors, to how he developed into an elite tennis professional. He also discussed his time playing tennis at The University of Kentucky, and the impact that it had on his tennis game. We also paid tribute to Bruno Agostinelli, a former University of Kentucky tennis player who tragically passed away recently. Bruno was a great teammate and tennis player, but an even better person. He reached #2 in the NCAA rankings, and famously clinched a 5-set victory in the deciding Davis Cup match for Canada in 2009. A Gofundme page has been set up for Bruno's family, and they would definitely appreciate it if you could donate to the fund. Thanks to Jesse for being a fantastic guest on The Tennis Files Podcast. And shout out to Elliott Datlow, a fellow Kentucky Wildcat Tennis alumni, for putting me in touch with Jesse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 014: Nutrition, Sleep, and Supplements with Jeff Rothschild, Registered Dietitian
My guest today is Jeff Rothschild, a Registered Dietitian (RD) and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science. Jeff’s clients include Mike Bryan, Stefan Kozlov, and James Valentine from Maroon 5. He has also worked with other elite ATP and NCAA tennis players, endurance athletes, boxers, swimmers, and a number of touring musicians at TriFit in Santa Monica, CA. On this episode, Jeff gives our audience a ton of amazing advice about nutrition, sleep, meal timing, protein bars, supplements, and hydration. You will take your game to the next level if you follow Jeff’s tips about preparing your body to perform at its best. Jeff also has a fantastic website at and has authored several scientific papers that have been published in peer-reviewed nutrition and food science journals. He has presented his research at national nutrition conferences. Jeff spent five years as the assistant tennis coach at CSU Los Angeles and helped the Golden Eagles earn national Top-25 rankings each of those years. Jeff is also a two-time winner of Assistant Coach of the Year for the West Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Jeff has competed as a cyclist and continues to play competitive tennis. Mike Bryan calls Jeff an encyclopedia of knowledge, and he proved it during our interview! Thanks to Jeff for speaking with me on The Tennis Files Podcast! Note: The medical and/or nutritional information in this episode is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding this information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
TFP 002: Focus on the Process with Keith Puryear, Head Coach of Navy Women’s Tennis
My guest on this episode is Keith Puryear, Head Coach of the Navy Women’s tennis team. Keith has over 560 wins as a coach at the Division I level, and he was my college tennis coach when I played at UMBC.He has been recognized as the USPTA Mid-Atlantic Section College Coach of the Year, and the Wilson ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.Keith has taught so many people, including me, how to be great tennis players and even better people by focusing on the process and improving.In this episode, we cover: Keys to being a successful player How to play big points Drills to help you improve your game Focusing on the process High Percentage return strategies Winning Point Patterns The importance of doubles Setting Goals Fundamentals …and more.Right Click Here to Download The MP3I hope you enjoy my interview with Keith, and I am confident that if you take his advice, you will drastically improve your game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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