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Payers & Players Podcast
70 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
We talk with tennis parent, Steve Miller, whose son (Chad) is a high school senior 5-star who has committed to Northwestern University. Steve shares his thoughts on the parent’s tennis journey and offers advice that can help all tennis parents. Photo: @OhioTennisZone
57 minutes | Dec 19, 2021
Episode 69 - Nico Heng
Nico Heng is a blue-chip recruit heading to play college tennis at Auburn in the Fall of '22. Originally from Madison, Alabama, Nico has trained for the last 5 years at the Tucker Tennis Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Nico tells us how he got into tennis, and how he ended up at Tucker, after spending a year training in Mallorca, Spain. Nico has won multiple gold balls and had an incredibly successful junior career. Wishing him all the best in college and beyond.
43 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 68 - Catch up with TJ Pura
We catch up with TJ Pura - TJ tells us what he's been up to during the COVID-era, we reveiw Tommy Paul's title run at the ATP 250 Stockholm, and of course we hit on some junior tennis developments.
43 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Episode 67 - Cooper Williams & Richard Woodruff
Cooper Williams and Richard Woodruff Cooper is 16 years old, and currently ranked #131 ITF and #10 TRN. Richard is the Director at Raw Tennis Performance in Boca Raton, FL. Richard is one of the top tennis fitness coaches in the world, having worked with Coco Gauff, Shelby Rogers, Kevin Anderson and many other top juniors and professionals. www.rawtennisperformance.com
43 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Brian Wilson (Part 2) - Episode 66
In Part 2, we take a deeper look at Brian's tennis coaching philosophy, what makes a successful tennis academy, and some observations from what other successful tennis federations are doing. BIO Brian was the #1 junior in Southern California before playing college tennis at the University of Illinois. At Illinois, he won the NCAA team championship and doubles title (partnering with current US Open doubles champion) Rajeev Ram. He also achieved being ranked #1 in college tennis. On the pro circuit he was 15 titles, and in World Team Tennis had wins over Pete Sampras and Pat Rafter. He is currently the Associate Director of HP at Darling Tennis Center, Las Vegas and US Scout for Head tennis.
26 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Brian Wilson (Part 1) - Episode 65
In part 1 of our series with Brian, we explore his junior tennis path, the programs and events coming up at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, and the UTR Pro Tennis Tour events. if you enjoy this episode, check out our other episodes with Brian. BIO Brian was the #1 junior in Southern California before playing college tennis at the University of Illinois. At Illinois, he won the NCAA team championship and doubles title (partnering with current US Open doubles champion) Rajeev Ram. He also achieved being ranked #1 in college tennis. On the pro circuit he was 15 titles, and in World Team Tennis had wins over Pete Sampras and Pat Rafter. He is currently the Associate Director of HP at Darling Tennis Center, Las Vegas and US Scout for Head tennis.
53 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Episode 64 - Trent Bryde
Episode 64 - Trent Bryde by Robert Garrett and Scott Colson
54 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Episode 63 - Liam Draxl - Bring fire into the game of tennis
We talk with the 2021 ITA National Player of the Year - sophomore Liam Draxl from Newmarket, Canada. Liam shares stories of his tennis journey, his college career so far, and his plans for the future. Photo: University of Kentucky Tennis
54 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Ep. 62 - Jean-Yves Aubone - Coach to ATP #36 Player Reilly Opelka
JY Aubone played college tennis at Florida State, where was ranked in the top 10 ITA. After brief stop in the world of finance, he played professionally for a few years. He is now the travel coach of Reilly Opelka (currently #36 ATP).
65 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
Episode 61 - Jett Middleton - Tennis Popularity and the NCAA's NIL Rule
In this episode we explore ways to make tennis more fan-friendly, how players can take advantage of the NCAA NIL rules, the UTR's Pro Tennis Tour, and we talk about Jett's tennis development. Jett Middleton is a sophomore on the University of Arizona's tennis team. Jett grew up in Colorado, and moved to California in high school to improve his tennis.
57 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Episode 58 - Giovanni Oradini
Episode 58 - Giovanni Oradini by Robert Garrett and Scott Colson
69 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Episode 60 - Eric Quigley
Eric was a 5-time All American at Kentucky, and holds the NCAA record for most singles match victories. He made the finals of the 2012 NCAA Singles championships, where he lost to Steve Johnson. In his return to the podcast (also see Episode 28), we catch up with Eric and discuss what he's learned after being away from professional tennis for a couple years and working with some of the top juniors in Kentucky. In addition to working with a local homebuilder as a site manager, Eric also helps out with the programs at Top Gun Academy and Hurstbourne CC in Louisville.
59 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Episode 59 - Zeke Clark
Episode 59 - Zeke Clark by Robert Garrett and Scott Colson
92 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Episode 57 - Diego Moyano
In this episode, we talk with Diego Moyano - one of the most successful coaches in USTA player development. Diego has worked closely with Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Dennis Kudla and many more. He's been referred to as America's Tennis Whisperer. Diego shares his thoughts on junior player development, including how to develop weapons, motivate players, and deal with players on an individual basis. Diego's passion for tennis and developing players as well as his relentless work ethic is evident in this interview. I doubt his Apple Watch has ever told him it's time to stand. Diego is currently coaching Kevin Anderson on the ATP tour. http://baseline.tennis.com/article/86412/player-development-coach-diego-moyano-parts-ways-usta Please also see Diego's website: https://diegomoyanohighperformancetennis.com/
76 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Episode 56 - Jordan Cox
Jordan Cox was one of the highest ranked junior tennis in the US. He culminated his junior career by making the finals of Jr Wimbledon. After a few years on the pro circuit, he finished his career at Georgia Gwinnett College. He led the Grizzlies to 3 NAIA National Championships while he was there. Jordan is currently pursuing his acting career and hosting his own tennis shows in Instagram (@jmcoxxy).
62 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Episode 55 - Adam Blicher
Adam Blicher is a high performance coach and sport psychology consultant in his home country of Denmark. Adam is also the host of wildly popular tennis podcast, The Adam Blicher Show. In this episode we discuss Adam’s approach to coaching junior tennis players, how to structure an efficient practice, and the benefits & limitations of data analytics in tennis development. We also put Adam to the test as we put him through his own famous rapid fire questions.
66 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Episode 54 Beau Treyz
Beau is currently the travelling coach for Brandon Nakashima. Beau played college tennis at Nebraska (Big 10 Doubles Champion) and played 4 year on the Futures/Challenger circuit. Before joining Brandon's team, Beau was a High Performance coach at the Brymer-Lewis Tennis Academy in Southern California. Beau is passionate about maximizing tennis performance thru the use of video analysis, match charting and strategic practice organization.
76 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Episode 53 - Alex Rybakov - Current Professional Tennis Player
Alex was the #1 rated recruit by Tennis Recruiting Net his junior & senior years of high school. We discuss his junior tennis development from growing up in South Florida to choosing to attend TCU, where he was an All-American and Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year. He is currently competing on the pro tour. https://www.atptour.com/en/players/alex-rybakov/rg42/overview
71 minutes | Feb 9, 2020
Episode 52 - Jack Newman - Austin Tennis Academy
Jack Newman is the founder of the Austin Tennis Academy, one of the top tennis academies in the United States. Jack tells the story of ATA and what has made their program so successful.
39 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
Episode 50 - Catching up with TJ Pura
TJ Pura played college tennis at Duke. He was a nationally ranked junior player who was featured in the awesome tennis movie 50,000 balls. In 2018 he coached and mentored Tommy Paul, who went on to reach a career high of 79. We talk with TJ about his time coaching Tommy, and what he's doing today. His tennis background helped him successfully land his dream job working in the renewable energies corporate finance industry. TJ offers a lot of wisdom to players and parents alike,
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