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The GreatBase Tennis Podcast
101 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
Ed Weiss Interview
On the 105th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith interviews Ed Weiss.To make an understatement, Ed is a passionate and dedicated student of tennis. He shares his experiences from his lifetime journey in tennis. He learned the game from accomplished instructors and observed others. Ed was part of a national championship program as a college player and was honored as an All-American. He has had an instrumental role in building a program for underprivileged children, coached high school tennis, read hundreds of tennis books and written a fabulous book on Welby Van Horn.With great humility, Ed wondered why I would want to interview him? After talking with Mr. Weiss on the phone for years and then working with his associates and him in Connecticut, I knew his story would be enjoyable for our listeners and that his wisdom would prove to be more golden nuggets for one's tennis treasure chest.
69 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
Phil Ritchie Interview
On the 104th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT), Steve Smith interviews Phil Ritchie. Phil, a triplet from New Jersey, earned his stripes completing a summer internship with GBT. We are sure our listeners will find Phil's thoughts interesting and insightful. To make an understatement, Phil's performance was outstanding and he made major contributions to everyone connected with the summer of '22.
152 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Lorenzo Panariti Interview
On the 103rd episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith interviews Lorenzo Panariti. Lorenzo grew up playing junior tennis in Italy and played college tennis in the US. Upon completing his undergraduate work, he moved to back to Europe to further his education in business. He currently is coaching tennis in Odense, Denmark and recently brought a small group of juniors to work with Steve. We are confident that our listeners will enjoy Lorenzo's tennis story. To make an understatement, the tennis world needs more coaches with Lorenzo's passion and dedication.
186 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Andres Barbosa Interview
On the 102nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Andres Barbosa. Andres is a veteran tennis coach who resides and works in Miami. In the early years of his career, Andres's teaching and coaching was influenced by several highly reputable tennis minds. For last ten plus years, he has been a follower and supporter of the body of work Steve has provided to the tennis industry. He also is the "fact-checker" for the GBT podcast. In other words, Andres helps Steve with his senior moments and brain cramps. We are confident that you thoroughly enjoy this podcast
155 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Tennis Basics with Mat Cloer
On the hundred and first podcast of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Mat Cloer is interviewed. Being #101, the theme of the conversation between Mat and Steve Smith is Basics 101. To make an understatement, Mat has a thorough understanding of the history and educational merit of the free educational content the GBT offers to assist players and coaches with tennis development. Mat and Steve have worked together on numerous projects over the last fifteen years. After nearly six years of serving as a national coach with the USTA, Mat and his family have relocated to Gainesville, Florida. Mat will work as the associate head men's tennis coach under Bryan Shelton. One can find an in-depth report on Mat's playing and coaching background on the University of Florida Athletic web site
154 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Jeremy Wurtzman Interview
On the 100th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith interviews Jeremy Wurtzman. The two have known each other for 30 years, so their conversation goes back to when Jeremy was 10 years old. Now 40, Jeremy is the father of three children and the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Indiana University. On the GBT website, there is a free educational course called "Tennis Intelligence Applied" and one of the short videos is a pre-post of Jeremy. He re-built his technical base under Steve's tutelage and the improvements reveal change for the better. Becoming the #1 ranked singles player in division I tennis is just one of Jeremy's numerous accomplishments. We are confident that those who can make time to listen to Steve and Jeremy will thoroughly enjoy their conversation.
68 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
On the 99th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Malhar Patel address a topic that made Wayne Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky. We realize there are few from the world of tennis who don't know 99 was Wayne's number when he was breaking over 60 records in the best hockey league on the planet. Under the guidance of his father, Walter, Wayne completed routine after routine on their back yard rink (Wally's Coliseum). Hockey players find ways to work on hockey skills in their basement, driveway and the street in front of their home. From our experiences, most tennis players do not have "at home" tennis routines.
61 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Situational Tennis Training
On the 98th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith covers a requested topic: Situational Training. Steve is assisted by Malhar Patel, a student assistant and goal-oriented player. Webster's dictionary defines situation as a set of circumstances in which one finds themselves. The same definition applies to competitive tennis. We are confident that our listeners will acquire at least a couple of golden nuggets to add to their tennis treasure chest in this week's episode.
109 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
On the 97th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith is joined by Malhar Patel. Malhar, a student-assistant and goal-oriented player, keeps tally of Steve's communication hiccups during the podcast. Steve encourages the coaches he trains to record themselves to reduce their "OK's" & "Add-ons." Steve reviewed the purpose, procedures and principles as well as other points of the tennis assessment he has conducted for five decades.
116 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
On the 96th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla have a conversation on the task of being competitive. One's true competition is in the mirror and the challenge of having goal-oriented players break comfort zones is becoming more and more difficult. Ego is quite often the enemy and one self-destructs through the unnecessary interference they create. We are confident that tennis enthusiasts will find at least a few pearls of wisdom to add to their tennis treasure chest by listening to Steve and Roberto's points.
151 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
Alex Slezak Interview
On the 95th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith and Karla Navarro Wojick interview Alex Slezak. Their guest is a physical education teacher and high school tennis coach in Pittsburgh, PA. Alex has spent decades studying tennis, fitness and coaching. Over the last seventeen years, he has held the same position and has built a positive and productive tennis culture. Alex utilizes the GreatBase system in his programs and believes the body of work can be a catalyst to improve the level of high school tennis in America.
149 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Chad Berryhill Interview
On the 94th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla have an in-depth conversation with Chad Berryhill. Currently, Chad is the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at St. Leo University in Florida. Chad has nearly twenty years of experience as a college tennis coach. Upon graduating from Ferris State University's Professional Tennis Management program, Chad worked with Steve and Roberto for five years. During that period, he completed his master's in Physical Education at South Florida University, managed a twenty-eight court complex, worked 24/7 with goal-oriented juniors, and won an NJCAA national title as one of the youngest in the history of college tennis.
124 minutes | May 25, 2022
On the 93rd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla covered another segment centered on practice. The focal point of their conversation was on technical routines that can be completed by a player within the comfort of their own home. Additional tennis information, ideas and insights were shared to help deepen one's understanding of player development.
181 minutes | May 18, 2022
Alex Vuckovic Interview
On the 92nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla have an in-depth conversation with one of their former students. Alex Vuckovic is a parent yet his son is too young for his father to be a tennis parent. Alex is not currently a player or a coach either. Nevertheless, his passion for the game alone qualifies him for a tennis audience filled with everyone from a beginner to a veteran. We encourage our listeners to find at least ten-minute segments throughout the course of their week to listen to Alex. We cover the whole gamut of Alex's tennis journey: transitioning from high school to college, the SAT's, playing for Princeton, teaching top juniors, the pain of regret, ego, maturity, and why the word "options" is the most important word in the game of tennis.
168 minutes | May 11, 2022
Roberto Calla Interview
On the 91st episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Roberto Calla. The Peruvian is not new to a large percentage of the GreatBase Tennis network and alumni because he worked with Steve for fifteen years. According to Steve, Roberto has a magic about him. Roberto translates his life's journey and mastery of soccer with a complete and in-depth understanding of tennis. We advise our listeners trying to acquire golden nuggets for their tennis treasure chest to find a few minutes here and there to listen to this week's podcast.
136 minutes | May 4, 2022
Steve Smith Q&A
The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Episode 90 - Steve Smith Q&A On the 90th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith is interviewed by Will Reznek. Will grew up playing junior tennis in Canada; where he earned top five provincial rankings and top ten national rankings. He played college tennis at Marist College; which is in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has been a tennis-teaching professional since graduating with a degree in psychology. Will currently works in his hometown at the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club. Will recently spent three weeks studying tennis with Steve.
127 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Kim Wittenberg Interview
On the 89th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Natalia Sorokin and Steve Smith interview Kim Wittenberg. Their guest has spent nearly fifty years teaching and coaching tennis. A native of Southern California, he spent half of his career living and working in Europe. We are confident that our listeners will find value in Kim's insightful educational points. A major dose of honesty based on proven principles is healthy tennis medicine.
124 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Chris Cloer Interview
On the 88th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan have a tennis conversation with Chris Cloer. Chris has a lifetime of tennis experiences. His first exposure to tennis basically started in the cradle because his parents have always worked in the tennis club business. As a junior, he became a blue-chip recruit and then posted an outstanding record while playing for Florida State. Upon graduation, he began his coaching career under the guidance of Harold Solomon. Chris has coached competitive players at all three levels: juniors, college and pros. He served on the coaching staff for the men's teams at North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina. He also experienced the role of a travel coach on both the WTA and ATP tours.
79 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Dr. Gideon Ariel Interview
On the 87th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Dr. Gideon Ariel. He is the founder and chief executive of the board of directors of Ariel Dynamics. Gideon is a world-renowned bio-mechanist, former Olympic athlete, author, inventor, breakthrough pioneer in the field of technology for human performance, and a funny, funny guy. To spark the attention of our listeners, Vic Braden considered Gideon to be his mentor. The two of them established their own research center and worked with world-class athletes from almost every sport under the sun. Anyone who loves sport would love to listen to Dr. Gideon Ariel.
79 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Roger Crawford Interview
On the 86th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan have Roger Crawford as their guest.His story is truly amazing. Sports Illustrated called Roger Crawford one of the greatest achievers among all physically challenged athletes in all of sport. He played NCAA Division I tennis and he is disabled in all four limbs. We are sure everyone will enjoy the interview and we think all junior players with competitive goals should make the session a "must listen." By doing so, one will have a better chance to never make excuses and to never ever feel sorry for themselves.
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